The process of going through a divorce, custody dispute, or and other family law matter in Pennsylvania can be a stressful one for everyone involved. An option that many people aren't aware they have is utilizing mediation as a means of settling the legal dispute. There are many advantages to mediation, in fact, parties in a custody dispute in Allegheny County are required to attend an initial mediation to attempt to resolve the issue without further court action.
December was a busy month for Superior Court, which issued over a dozen family law related rulings last month. However, as often happens with family court matters, only two of these opinions were precedential, one involved child custody and the other involved paternity testing.
One of the most important things to the day to day practice of the law is keeping up on the ever changing cases and statutes that govern the lives of attorneys and clients. Whether it's making sure you have an up to date copy of the state Rules of Civil Procedure establishing a deadline for filing your inventory and appraisement in an equitable distribution hearing or new decisions from the state appellate courts, as lawyers if we don't keep abreast of changes in the law, we will be left in the dust by our opposing counsel. It's also important that the clients stay updated as well so that they have the best impression of the merit of their case. Because of this, we are excited to announce a new monthly feature to our blog. On the last Monday of each month, we will be providing a list of the most recent Pennsylvania Superior Court decisions related to family law and brief summaries of these cases. This feature will be supplemented in-depth reports on some of the most important cases and how they will impact you.
Lisa Marie Vari & Associates is excited and proud to announce that our law clerk, Alexandra E. Cabonor, a May 2015 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, has passed the Pennsylvania Bar Exam and is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth!
In Pennsylvania, a person may die with or without having a will prepared. If a person has a will, it is important to make sure that the will was properly executed. If it is not, the courts may not honor the will if it is contested. To create a valid will in Pennsylvania, you must be at least 18 years old. The person making the will, commonly called the testator, must also be of sound mind at the time the will is created. Of course, the will must also be signed by the testator. In some situations where the testator is physically unable to sign, there may be an exception to this rule. Finally, the will must be witnessed, and this is usually done by two adults who are not named as beneficiaries under the will.
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Here's something that our Pittsburgh family law attorneys have been talking about!
Election Day is tomorrow, and our Pittsburgh family law attorneys remind you to go out and vote in this year's Presidential Election! Voting for a Presidential candidate is a big choice to make, and one that should not be taken lightly. In our day-to-day lives, we are faced with many big choices. Some of the most important decisions we make involve our family members and loved ones.
Arguably one of the most popular television shows in recent years, Modern Family allows viewers a glimpse into the family life of fictional characters, but these families are hardly "traditional." The show centers around 3 very different families: one is a same sex couple who has adopted, another is an older man married to an immigrant with a young child, and the third centers around a family with a father who struggles with maintaining his head-of-the-family role while still not quite having "grown up" himself. Sitcoms in the past, like Full House, Family Matters, The Cosby Show, The Brady Bunch, and even Leave it to Beaver from the 50's, were centered on strong family values, and allowed the viewer some laughs too. However, Modern Family, while still demonstrating some family values, is more focused on the emotions that a family experiences. The characters of the show have their "out of character" moments when they speak directly into the camera and let their emotions and thoughts out.