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There have been many recent discussions on social media about drug problems in various parts of Schuylkill County.  One topic frequently being discussed involves situations where drugs are being sold out of various apartment buildings and rental homes.  There is a little known, but very powerful law, known as the Expedited Eviction of Drug Traffickers…

Elder abuse can take many forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial exploitation, neglect, abandonment, and self-neglect. Signs of abuse can include unexplained bruises, burns or broken bones, lack of basic hygiene, access to adequate food, clean or appropriate clothing, unexplained weight loss, social isolation, changes in banking habits, or giving away assets…

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is currently administering a tax amnesty program to allow individuals and businesses to pay past-due taxes, with the Commonwealth waiving all penalties and half of the interest. This amnesty period runs from April 21, 2017  through June 19, 2017. For more information call our office at: (570) 622-5933   The…

WF&J’s Tamaqua office is currently running a “Walk-in Wednesday” promotion. Have a legal question but don’t feel like making an appointment? This is the perfect opportunity for you! Every Wednesday from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., our Tamaqua, PA office will be open for walk-ins and you will be able to speak directly to an…

A recent decision of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has expanded the ability of law enforcement officers to search motor vehicles without obtaining a search warrant.  The Court’s decision adopts the Federal Automobile Exception Rule to the search warrant requirement.  In the case of the Commonwealth v. Gary, 26 EAP 2012, the Court adopted an exception…

In Pennsylvania, the requirement for a zoning permit is decided by local government.  Each municipality, whether it be a township, a borough, or a city, has the right to adopt a zoning ordinance in accordance with Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.  There are as many versions of zoning ordinances as there are municipalities, so the requirements…

The Pennsylvania Bar Institute Press recently released the Pennsylvania Ethics Handbook, 4th Edition. This work is a useful guide regarding the professional responsibility obligations of every practicing lawyer in Pennsylvania. Chester C. Corse, Jr. of the law firm of Williamson, Friedberg & Jones, LLC is a contributing author for this Handbook. His section of the…

In general the new Code of Judicial Conduct denotes standards for the ethical behavior of Judges and Judicial Candidates. However, it is not an all encompassing model of appropriate conduct but is rather a component of general ethical standards and other rules governing the judicial and judicial personnel conduct. The new Code adopts the traditional…

In Pennsylvania, there are laws at both the Federal and State level that prohibit employers from discriminating based upon various factors. For instance, one cannot discriminate with respect to the hiring, termination, salary or working conditions of individuals based upon age, gender, race, disability, religion, nationality or other recognized protected factors. While the prohibitions on…

When a loved one dies, many people often think that you must open an Estate and go through the probate process.  While many times this may be the case, this is not always necessary.  Assets pass three ways upon death: (1) by ownership; (2) by contract; and (3) by will.  Starting with ownership, if assets…

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