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Kidde Recalls 40 Million Fire Extinguishers

Kidde, the well-known manufacturer of fire safety products, has announced a recall of over 40 million fire extinguishers. According to Kidde’s recall page, 134 models of plastic handle extinguishers manufactured between 1973 and 2017, as well as eight models of push-button Pindicator extinguishers made between 1995 and 2017, are the devices in question. It has Read More

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Real Estate Law

From transactions to litigation, real estate matters can be some of the most stressful and costly endeavors in which individuals or businesses engage. Even a “standard” real estate transaction can be confusing to review. Having an experienced real estate attorney looking out for your best interests can relieve that stress and protect you from great Read More

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Tax Relief

Tax relief and IRS settlement advertisements insinuate that you can settle your tax debt for “pennies on the dollar.” While this may be true in some cases, those advertisements do not set reasonable expectations for most clients. The IRS has a process called an “Offer-In-Compromise” (OIC) that allows them to collect what they determine to Read More

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Annual LGBTQ Workplace Survey Findings

In a recent study by Glassdoor, 53% percent of LGBTQ Americans have experienced or witnessed anti-LGBTQ comments at work. Anti-LGBTQ comments can vary from phrases like “that’s so gay” to “I don’t support same-sex marriage.” The survey also showed that 43% of LGBTQ employees admit to not being fully out at work while almost half Read More

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Professional Licensing and Discipline

Are your bar exam studies being disrupted by stress that, even if you do pass the exam, you may be denied admission on character and fitness grounds? Or perhaps you’re already practicing, but you’ve received notice that charges of unethical conduct have been brought against you? At Leonard Sciolla, we know that your professional license Read More

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THE SECURE ACT AND ITS PROBABLE EFFECTS

On May 23, 2019, the House of Representatives passed the Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act 417-3, with 12 abstentions. This bill represents the largest change in retirement savings since the 2006 Pension Protection Act. The Senate previously had a companion bill, the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act, but is now expected Read More

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A Sparkling Dilemma

In 2017, House Bill 542 was passed allowing the legal statewide sale of certain fireworks to citizens. However, the Bill is in direct conflict with the Philadelphia Fire Code which strictly prohibits people from actually using them within City limits unless you have a permit. The two laws were in conflict last Fourth of July as well. Read More

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Estate Planning

We spend many years going to school and then pursuing a job, a family, or both. Hopefully, the student loan debt is satisfied and we begin to accumulate property. It may be a house, a rental property, a vacation property, furniture, jewelry or motor vehicles. Even if you do not have all of those items Read More

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Legislative Update

Two months ago, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to assess whether current federal law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (read more about that here). That issue is now also being considered on a local level. Pennsylvania Representative Dan Frankel and State Senator Larry Farnese recently introduced two bills Read More

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Fourth Circuit Ruling on Decision to Rescind DACA

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, is a program created by the Obama Administration for individuals who entered the United States before age sixteen and are now in undocumented or illegal status. Under DACA, the U.S. government can defer deportation of these individuals and the recipients are able to work, obtain Read More

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