July 31, 2012

Lawsuit Settlement Funds and Equitable Distribution in PA

MARITAL PROPERTY – Tort Claims Focht v. Focht, 32 A.3d 668 (Pa. 2011). The wife sought review of an order from the Superior Court that vacated a trial court’s equitable distribution award in the parties’ divorce action. The trial court had affirmed a special master’s equitable distribution award, based on a determination that proceeds from an accident […]

July 8, 2012

Survivor benefits under a Qualified Domestic Relations Order

2012 BCBA Leonhardt v. Leonhardt [ 85 Bucks Co. L. Rep. ] 580 BUCKS COUNTY LAW REPORTER Husband appeals this Court’s Order holding that the terms of a Marital Settlement Agreement did incorporate the payment of survivor benefits under a Qualified Domestic Relations Order from Husband’s pension in the event that Husband were to predecease Wife. Domestic relations […]

Philadelphia Tax Assessment Appeal 2012-2013

Tax Assessment Appeal – Philadelphia Common Level Ratio revised to 25.2% for 2012 – 2013 STEB, known as the State Tax Equalization Board has revised the 2012 common level tax rate for property in Philadelphia from 18.1% to 25.2% for tax assessment appeal purposes.  This function of the Board is to establish a common level ratio of assessed […]

June 4, 2012

Montgomery County Tax Assessment Appeal Deadline

Montgomery County has recently changed the Tax Assessment Appeal Deadline from September 1 to August 1, 2012 Montgomery County has recently changed the Tax Assessment Appeal Deadline from September 1 to August 1. Not familiar with Tax Assessment Appeals? Go to our informative page at www.tax-appeals.com On May 21, 2012, our office received an email […]

May 24, 2012

Procuring Cause

What is Procuring Cause In simple terms it is a legal term used when it comes to disputing who earns the real estate commission.  We have handled numerous cases which involved Procuring Cause and almost every case was different than the other. The general theory is that the agent who ultimately caused the buyer to purchase […]

May 16, 2012

Neff v. Neff BUCKS COUNTY LAW REPORTER 417 (2011)

NEFF V. NEFF BUCKS COUNTY LAW REPORTER 417 (2011) Husband appeals the entry of an order for equitable distribution alleging this Court erroneously excluded inheritance funds received by Wife from the marital estate. 1. Inheritance funds received by a spouse, even though commingled with a joint account, do not necessarily lose their identity as a non-marital asset […]

May 15, 2012

Summers v. Summers | Equitable distribution and Engagement Ring

Summers v. Summers 2012 BCBA 85 Bucks Co. L. Rep Husband appeals the court’s order regarding division of property subject to equitable distribution pursuant t o 23 Pa.C.S. §§3501 and 3502 alleging inter alia; that the court erroneously included the amount Husband received as a result of a personal injury settlement as marital property; possession of an engagement […]

2012 Equitable Distribution Case, MacDougall v. MacDougall

MacDougall v. MacDougall  2012 BCBA   85 Bucks Co. L. Rep. Wife appeals this Court’s Order denying her petition for contempt alleging that Husband violated the terms of an Equitable Distribution Agreement by failing to pay a portion of his pension’s cost of living allowance increase. Domestic relations – Equitable distribution agreement – Cost of living allowance […]

April 17, 2012

Diamond Engagement Ring

Diamond Engagement Ring Husband gave Wife an heirloom diamond ring as an engagement ring prior to their marriage. Husband was in possession of this ring at the time of the hearing. N.T., 5/31/11, p. 14. Both parties agreed that the value of the ring was approximately $20,000.00. Id.; Husband’s Prehearing Stmt., p. 3. Based on Wife’s credible testimony, we […]

April 7, 2012

First Entry

Today is my first Blog Entry