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Marital Agreements: Why and How (March 2017)
David S. Kaplan, Esq., and Victoria S. Hollister, Esq., discuss the why and how of Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements.

Death and Its Implications (December 2016)
David S. Kaplan, Esq., James C. Kovaleski, Esq., and Rebecca A. Hobbs, Esq., discuss death and its implications, including the estate administration process, probate, duties of the personal representative, tax issues and distribution of assets.

The Social Security Disability Application Process (November 2016)
David S. Kaplan, Esq., and Steven Rollins, Director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Disability Determination, discuss the ins and outs of the Social Security Disability Application process.

Elder Law and Special Needs Planning (September 2016)
Rebecca A. Hobbs, Esq., CELA, and Kathleen M. Martin, Esq., CELA, discuss elder law and special needs planning issues.

Non-Disclosure Agreements (July 2016)
Joseph K. Koury, Esq., Gary L. Stein, Esq., and James C. Kovaleski, Esq. discuss Non-Disclosure Agreements (also known as Confidentiality Agreements) and their use in different applications in various business contexts.

Risk of Not Planning With a Business Entity (April 2016)
Joseph K. Koury, Esq., Gary L. Stein, Esq., and James C. Kovaleski, Esq., discuss the pros and cons of forming a limited liability entity.

Title Insurance and Sale of Real Estate Issues (March 2016)
David A. Megay, Esq., and James C. Kovaleski, Esq., discuss various issues related to real estate title insurance and sale of real estate.

Pennsylvania's Protection From Sexual Violence and Intimidation Act (February 2016)
Victoria S. Hollister, Esq., and David A. Megay, Esq., discuss the details of Pennsylvania's Protection From Sexual Violence and Intimidation Act which was enacted on July 1, 2015.

Issues in Commercial Leases (December 2015)
David A. Megay, Esq., and James C. Kovaleski, Esq., discuss various issues related to Commercial Leases, including the importance of landlords and tenants paying close attention to details when negotiating Leases.

Pottstown Community Update (November 2015)
Joseph K. Koury, Esq., is joined by Eileen S. Dautrich, President of TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce, and Erica L. Batdorf, Assistant Borough Manager of the Borough of Pottstown, to discuss exciting developments and continuing improvements in the Borough of Pottstown, as well as other topics important to its members and all businesses within the Pottstown community.

Phoenixville Borough Update (October 2015)
James C. Kovaleski, Esq., is joined by David A. Megay, Esq., E. Jean Krack, Phoenixville Borough Manager, to discuss construction projects currently ongoing in the Borough, and Jessica Capistrant, President/CEO of the Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce, to discuss the activities and topics important to its members and all businesses within the Phoenixville community.

Why Your Estate Plan Should Be More Than a Simple Will (September 2015)
Rebecca A. Hobbs, Esq., and Joseph K. Koury, Esq., discuss estate planning documents necessary during lifetime and after death.

Celebrating 80 Years of Social Security (August 2015)
David S. Kaplan, Esq., Ha Tran, District Manager for SSA, and Edward Lafferty SSA Public Affairs Specialist, discuss the history of Social Security.

Custody Issues: Grandparent Custody and Parental Relocation (July 2015)
Victoria S. Hollister, Esq., and David A. Megay, Esq. discuss custody issues related to grandparent custody and parental relocation.

Real Estate Assessment Law Update (May/June 2015)
Michael B. Murray, Esq., and David A. Megay, Esq. discuss real estate tax assessments, including how your real estate is valued and how to appeal your real estate tax assessment.

Non-Competition Agreements (April 2015)
David A. Megay, Esq., Gary L. Stein, Esq., and Joseph K. Koury, Esq., discuss the various types of restrictive covenants, including non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disclosure.

How Pennsylvania's New Law on Powers of Attorney Impacts You (March 2015)
Rebecca A. Hobbs, Esq., and John A. Koury, Jr., Esq., discuss the importance of Powers of Attorney, as well as Pennsylvania's new law on Powers of Attorney and how it impacts you.

Investing in Real Estate (February 2015)
David A. Megay, Esq., and James C. Kovaleski, Esq., discuss investing in real estate for the purpose of renting and the pros and cons associated therewith, including how the real estate should be owned.

Why Social Security Disability Claims Are Up and What We are Doing With Them (January 2015)
David S. Kaplan, Esq., discusses some of the myths and truths of Social Security Disability and the steps necessary to obtain SSD.

Planning Child Custody During the Holidays (December 2014)
Victoria S. Hollister, Esq., discusses planning child custody during the holidays.

Starting a Business from a Legal Prospective - Business Entity Choice (November 2014)
James C. Kovaleski, Esq., and Joseph A. Koury, Esq., discuss different types of business entities and related business planning issues.

Death and Taxes: How to Plan for Both (October 2014)
Rebecca A. Hobbs, Esq., and James C. Kovaleski, Esq., discuss death and taxes, spousal portability and non-probate assets.

Why Social Security Disability Claims Are Up and What We are Doing With Them (September 2014)
David S. Kaplan, Esq., discusses some of the myths and truths of Social Security Disability and the steps necessary to obtain SSD.

Estate Planning After Divorce (August 2014)
Rebecca A. Hobbs, Esq., and Victoria S. Hollister, Esq., discuss how estate planning is an essential step in the divorce process, including background in divorce law and the effect of filing a divorce action on estate planning documents.

Act 89 and Distractive Driving (July 2014)
Richard D. Linderman, Esq., Ted Leonard, Executive Director of the PA AAA Federation in Harrisburg, PA, and Theresa Podguski, Director of Legislative Affairs at AAA East Central, discuss the transportation funding bill entitled Act 89 which Governor Corbett signed in 2013 and distractive driving as it pertains to text messaging and cell phone conversations while actively driving a motor vehicle.

Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeals (June 2014)
Michael B. Murray, Jr., Esq., discusses how property taxes are calculated, how to read and understand your property tax bills, and how property tax assessment appeals work.

Long-Term Care Planning (May 2014)
Rebecca Hobbs, Esq., and James Kovaleski, Esq., discuss the important topic of long-term care planning and explain what is involved.

Automobile Insurance Coverages for Your Family and Your Vehicles - Part 2 (April 2014)
In Part 2 of a 2-Part series, Richard D. Linderman, Esq., Leo E. Dallas, CIC, of Reed-Dallas Insurance Agency, and Christopher M. Laskey of the Ron Black Agency/Laskey Group, discuss insurance coverages, including bodily injury liability and property damage liability.

Automobile Insurance Coverages for Your Family and Your Vehicles - Part 1 (March 2014)

In Part 1 of a 2-Part series, Richard D. Linderman, Esq., Leo E. Dallas, CIC, of Reed-Dallas Insurance Agency, and Christopher M. Laskey of the Ron Black Agency/Laskey Group, discuss insurance coverages, including the "full tort" v. "limited tort" option and medical coverage..
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  • Restrictive Covenants: Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation and Non-Disclosure Agreements (February 2014)
    An explanation of various restrictions that may be included in an Employment Agreement which would come into play upon termination of employment.

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  • Protection From Abuse (January 2014)
    Victoria Hollister, Esq., and Jamie Ottaviano, Esq., answer questions regarding the Pennsylvania Protection From Abuse Act.
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  • DUI Law in Pennsylvania (December 2013)
    Richard D. Linderman, Esq., and Jamie Ottaviano, Esq., present an outline of the punishments associated with a DUI conviction in Pennsylvania.
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  • Planning Ahead: Why Your Estate Plan Should be More Than a Simple Will (November 2013)
    An informative discussion regarding the new Pennsylvania Support Guidelines which went into effect on August 9, 2013.
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  • Child Custody - Sharing Holidays (October 2013)
    Victoria Hollister, Esq., and Jamie Ottaviano, Esq., discuss issues regarding sharing holidays and custody agreements, and provide a few points to keep in mind when planning for custody over the holidays.
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  • Basics of Estate Administration (September 2013)
    An informative discussion of the basics of estate administration, including probte, duties of the personal representative, tax issues and distribution of assets to the heirs.
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  • New Pennsylvania Support Guidelines (August 2013)
    An informative discussion regarding the new Pennsylvania Support Guidelines which went into effect on August 9, 2013.
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  • Property Tax Assessment Appeals (June & July 2013)
    Do you feel like you're paying too much property taxes? Do you think that your house is valued too high for property tax calculation purposes? Learn how property taxes are calculated, how to read and understand your property tax bills, how property tax assessment appeals work and how to do a quick and easy analysis of your property taxes to determine if you should file a tax assessment appeal.
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  • Legal Issues Affecting the Motoring Public - a Discussion with AAA of PA (May 2013)
    This month, Legal Talk hosted a PCTV program which was a presentation by AAA regarding issues important to the motoring public.
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  • Business Structures and Operations: Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, Corporations and LLCs (April 2013)
    A discussion of different types of business entities, as well as tax issues related thereto.
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  • Changes in Elder Law (March 2013)
    A discussion of Medicare, Medicaid and recent changes in Elder Law.
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  • Restrictive Covenants: Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation and Non-Disclosure Agreements (February 2013)
    An explanation of various restrictions that may be included in an Employment Agreement which would come into play upon termination of employment.
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  • Answering Your Questions About Family Law (January 2013)
    A discussion of common questions related to family law issues, including divorce, support, custody.
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  • Rights and Responsibilities of Condo and Townhouse Unit Owners and Renters (December 2012)
    A discussion of the difference between a condo and a townhouse and getting involved in the governance of same.
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  • Estate Planning for the "Fiscal Cliff" (October/November 2012)
    A discussion concerning the pending "Fiscal Cliff" and the importance of reviewing your current estate plan.
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  • Ensuring the Continued Success of Your Business Through Business Succession Planning (September 2012)
    A discussion of the importance of business succession planning, including personal estate planning and business planning.
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  • Prenuptial, Postnuptial & Cohabitation Agreements (August 2012)
    An informative discussion of issues related to Prenuptial, Postnuptial & Cohabitation Agreements.
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  • Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeals (June 2012)
    A discussion of how real estate tax assessments are calculated and the eligbility for and process of appealing your real estate tax assessment.
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  • AAA Sponsored Legislation Affecting the Motoring Public (May 2012)
    Ted Leonard and Theresa Podguski of AAA joins OWM Law in discussing the advancement of legislation regarding "distracted driving" and "teen driver crashes"
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  • Elder Law Overview (April 2012)
    Elder Law, what is it and how does it impact me?
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  • Educating and Empowering Children Against Abuse (March 2012)
    Psychologist Lori Stauffer (hope4families.com) and OWM Law continue the discussion on child abuse, which focuses on how parents can help to educate and empower their children to recognize and prevent abuse. (Part 2 of 2 Part Program)
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  • Child Sexual Abuse (February 2012)
    Psychologist Dr. Lori Stauffer (hope4families.com) joins OWM Law in discussing child sexual abuse: how to recognize and report suspected abuse and proposed changes to child protection laws (Part 1 of 2 Part Program)
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  • Reviewing Your Health Club Agreement (December 2011)
    A discussion on Health Club Agreements and the Pennsylvania Health Club Registration Act
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  • Effects of Work Activity on Social Security Disability (November 2011)
    A discussion on the effects of work activity while on Social Security Disabilty
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  • District Court Practices (October 2011)
    Interview of 2 local District Justices, including discussion on District Court practices in civil and criminal cases.
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  • Getting Divorced in Pennsylvania (September 2011)
    A discussion on the basic principals of divorce law and procedures in Pennsylvania.
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  • Social Security Disability Update (August 2011)
    A discussion with the District Manager of our area Social Security Office, Joanne Wolpert, on current issues involving Social Security Disability.
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  • Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeals (June 2011)
    How real estate taxes are calculated; procedures for appealing your tax assessment.
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  • Distracted Driving (May 2011)
    AAA East Central joins OWM Law in discussing the causes of distracted driving accidents, and how to minimize those distractions.
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  • 2011 Changes in Custody Law (April 2011)
    PA recommends - and some PA counties now require - mediation in the resolution of custody disputes. Learn about using mediation to resolve child custody disputes, and recent developments in custody law.
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  • Federal Estate Tax (March 2011)
    This episode covers the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts, the Federal Estate Tax, gift taxes, the concept of basis and step-up in determining gain, and other tax issues.
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  • Non-Probate Assets in Estate Administration and Estate Inheritance Tax (February 2011)
    Not just for the rich, the PA Inheritance Tax applies to most viewers, and understanding it can make the difference in how your beneficiaries get taxed. OWM Law sheds light on this complicated subject, as well as other complex issues, such as tax clauses in wills and non-probate assets.
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  • Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax (January 2011)
    The Federal Estate Tax applies to estates that exceed a certain minimum value, while the PA Inheritance Tax has no minimums. An estate may be subject to one or both of these taxes. OWM Law focuses their discussion on the PA Inheritance Tax, its provisions and exemptions.
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  • Guardianships for Disabled Minors (December 2010)
    If a minor is incapacitated, parents are the 'natural guardians,' but once the incapacitated person becomes 18, the parents must petition to become guardians. OWM Law discusses the petition and formal hearing process.
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  • Health Care Powers of Attorney (October 2010)
    The living will is specific to end-of-life issues, whereas the health care power of attorney allows you to appoint someone to make health care decisions on your behalf if you're incapacitated. This episode explores the kinds of issues these directives address, and why it's important to have both documents.
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  • Current and New Laws Regarding Expungement of Criminal Record (September 2010)
    Expungement refers to removing or eliminating criminal convictions from a person's record, including any formal charges, arrest records, indictments, witness statements, and all supporting information. Learn what can and cannot be expunged, and who is eligible.
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  • Relocation of Tri-County Area Social Security Office (July 2010)
    OWM Law visits the new Social Security Administration building - relocated to Limerick - to tour the facilities and to inform viewers about what to expect when they visit the office.
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  • Tax Assessment Appeals (June 2010)
    How is fair market value calculated? What can you do if you're paying too much in real estate taxes? OWM Law discusses real estate tax assessments and how to appeal those assessments for residential and commercial properties.
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  • Health Care Reform (May 2010)
    Contrary to popular belief, the Health Care Reform Act has not cut Medicare benefits. The Elder Law Attorneys of OWM Law provide insight into the new law and its impact on the elderly, including Medicare Part C benefits, closing Medicare Part D prescription coverage gaps, and the so-called "death panels."
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  • 2010 Support Law Amendments (April 2010)
    How is child support calculated? What about spousal support? What's to keep my spouse from collecting support while he/she drags out the divorce proceedings? These are some of the questions addressed by this month's Legal Talk.
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  • AAA and Cell Phone Use / Texting While Driving (March 2010)
    Teenagers represent 5% of PA drivers, but account for 16% of all accidents. Our guest from AAA discusses teen safety legislation, including junior licensing requirements, the ban on wireless devices, and legislation to limit the number of passengers junior drivers can carry.
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  • New Real Estate Settlement Sheets and New Agreement of Sale Form (February 2010)
    The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) protects home buyers from unscrupulous practices during settlement, making more information available earlier in process, including full disclosure of fees in the good faith estimate. This episode details home buyer rights under the Federal statutes, and changes to the PA Association of Realtors Agreement of Sale.
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  • Mechanics Liens / Payment Act / Home Improvement Act (January 2010)
    OWM Law discusses the relationship between homeowners and builders, the disputes that arise between them, and the rights and responsibilities of both parties.
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  • DUI Issues & Consequences (December 2009)
    The DUI statute in PA is based on the premise that a driver's license is a privilege, with certain obligations, including your implied consent to submit to blood alcohol testing at police discretion. This episode discusses the consequences of driving impaired, what your rights are, changes in the law, and the obligations inherent in having a PA driver's license.
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  • Estate Planning with IRA's (November 2009)
    The 2006 Pension Protection Act expanded the rights of beneficiaries, creating new estate planning possibilities by allowing more sophistication in structuring how distributions can occur. This episode focuses on the IRA beneficiaries, and discusses the advantages of a Trusteed IRA vs. Custodial IRA.
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