Property Insurance Update – The Appraisal Process

The appraisal process has been the source of disagreement and even some confusion for insurers in Pennsylvania. While there are no clear trends emerging from the courts, we...

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Is the New myRA Retirement Savings Account Right for You?

Soon many employees will have access to a new type of retirement savings account, the “myRA”. President Barack Obama introduced his proposal for this new plan to the public during his State of...

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2014 Tax Extenders Bill Passes Congress

As of Tuesday December 16, 2014, both houses of the U.S. Congress have now passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, and analysts expect President Obama to sign the Bill. The Bill...

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The Suit Limitation Clause is Enforceable

Welcome to the first in our series of legal updates focused on property insurance and property loss adjusting. This inaugural entry addresses the enforceability of the one year Suit...

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Beware of Scammers Impersonating the IRS

Despite repeated warnings from the Internal Revenue Service and news reports (including on this blog

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VICTORY FOR TAXPAYER OVER THE IRS: Discount Allowed for Fractional Interest in Artwork

In a victory for the taxpayer, the Fifth Circuit ruled that valuation discounts are available for an estate which owns a fractional interest in artwork. In the case of Estate of James A. Elkins,...

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Internal Revenue Service Announces the Estate Tax Exemption for 2015

The Internal Revenue Service announced on October 30, 2014 that the estate tax exemption, sometimes referred to as the federal estate tax credit, will rise to $5.43 million per individual dying in...

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Pennsylvania’s New Power of Attorney Law: What You Need to Know

What Does Pennsylvania's New Power of Attorney Law Mean? You may have heard that the law governing Powers of Attorney in Pennsylvania has changed....

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Home Closing Process: An Interview with Kate Harper

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Protect Yourself From “Phishing”

Earlier this week, I received a voicemail from a person claiming to be from my credit card company.  The caller identified my bank and said she was calling about my MasterCard.  The message sounded...

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