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October 4, 2016

 

Pennsylvania's General Assembly passed House Bill 380, which will reduce the waiting period in unilateral, no-fault divorce proceedings from two years to one year.

 

The Bill will be effective December 3, 2016.  And so living separate and apart for ONE year (instead of two years) will now be grounds for divorce in PA. Reducing the waiting period will align Pennsylvania with many of its neighboring states.  New Jersey and New York have a six-month waiting period, Indiana has a sixty-day waiting period, and Ohio has no set waiting period.

 

 

 

 

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September 30, 2016

 

Governor Christie and legislature announced the resolution to a standoff on a proposed tax reform bill. In exchange for an increase on the gas tax of $0.23 a gallon, New Jersey will be phasing out and repealing the estate tax on estates larger than $675,000.

 

The estate tax exemption will be increased to $2MM for 2017, and eliminated as of January 1, 2018. In addition, NJ will be increasing the tax-free limit on retirement income to $100,000 for married couples filing jointly and $75,000 for single taxpayers.

 

May 30, 2015

Teper Law Firm LLC will provide free legal advice at the annual legal clinic. 5pm - 7 pm at the Polish & Slavic Center in Brooklyn, NY

NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES

55% of Americans die without a will.

69 % have no living will or medical directive.

21% of Americans have created a trust as part of an estate plan.

15% of Americans without an estate plan say their biggest reason for not having one is not being old enough.

25% say their biggest motivation for creating a will was the arrival of or preparation for children.

7% were motivated by a significant long-term relationship, such as a marriage.

8% of Americans have personally experienced problems after the death or incapacitation of a loved one due to a lack of or improperly prepared estate plan, including conflicts over asset distribution.

38% say they review or anticipate reviewing their estate plan documents at least once a year, and 22 % say once every two to three years.

8% of those Americans without an estate plan say they do not have one because they do not want to think about dying or becoming incapacitated.

 

Teper Law Firm LLC now serves New Jersey and Pennsylvania with two convenient office locations. Our office in Pennsylvania is located at 2538 East Alleghany Avenue in Philadelphia. To better serve our clients, we now accept cases in the following counties in Pennsylvania: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. 

October 3, 2016

 

The Supreme Court dashed President Obama’s hopes of having his immigration plan reconsidered before he leaves office—turning down a White House request to try again to resolve the program’s legality after deadlocking 4-4 in June.

 

 

June 23, 2016

 

In a 4-4 decision in United States v. Texas, the case challenging expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), the Supreme Court decided that the Fifth Circuit’s decision upholding the preliminary injunction against these initiatives will stand. This ruling does not impact the original DACA program launched in 2012.