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No Need to Disclose Murder and Other Real Estate Updates

Frank Kosir Jr. | November 25, 2014

Pennsylvania property owners and real estate attorneys should pay close attention to three recent cases that significantly change property owners' rights.

In-House Counsel

  • Visa Options: Hiring in the Wake of Executive Action

    By Robert S. Whitehill and Catherine V. Wadhwani

    This time of year, many companies are making hiring decisions that will impact their businesses for the following year. Will your company be able to hire highly skilled foreign workers who have been identified for employment? Or will the U.S. visa system continue to stand in the way, forcing these talented prospects to look for work elsewhere, at a loss to your business?

  • FLSA Complaints Failing to 'Connect the Dots' Subject to Dismissal

    By Patrick T. Ryan

    The number of lawsuits alleging uncompensated work time has skyrocketed in recent years, as employees in many industries, such as health care, retail, food service, manufacturing and financial services, allege that employer practices or policies undercompensate them for required activities. Most of the lawsuits are brought as potential collective actions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, and many include claims under analogous state wage laws. The FLSA does not define what constitutes "work" or a "workweek," and courts have been forced to address these issues in an increasing number of cases alleging unpaid overtime for work performed beyond the statute's 40-hour threshold.

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Young Lawyer

  • Knowing When You Are Not Prepared to Offer Legal Advice

    By The YL Editorial Board

    So you recently graduated from law school and just found out you passed the bar. You must be able to jump right in and practice law, right? What about giving advice to family and friends who are excited they can now get free legal advice from you? Do you know enough to dispense this advice when requested? Take it from Ygritte in the "Game of Thrones" series: You know nothing, (insert your name here).

  • The Most Important Interview Question for a Young Lawyer

    By Joseph R. Williams

    Every day, young lawyers and law students attend interviews hoping to attain that first big break into the legal profession. They put on their best suits. They double- and triple-check their resumes and writing samples. They meet with each member of the hiring committee and try their best to give the perfect polished answer to every question, hoping to provide the magic responses leading to a job offer. Toward the end of the interview, when asked if they have questions, they will inevitably ask a few preplanned, typical questions about the position, firm culture and advancement within the firm.

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Business of Law

  • Five Essential Components to Becoming a Winning Lawyer

    By Frank Michael D'Amore

    I was surprised when someone recently pointed out that this column has now entered its 10th year of publication. Time certainly marches on at an inexorable pace.

  • Reports Show Playing Team Sports Benefits Women's Careers

    By Frank Michael D'Amore

    The benefits associated with playing sports have been extolled in this column over the years. For instance, a two-part series, "Ten Lessons From Athletes to Excel in the Boardroom," was published in the May 20, 2013, and June 17, 2013, editions of The Legal. The series discussed some of the most significant characteristics embodied by those who participated in sports—such as perseverance, goal-setting and the ability to operate in a team environment—and gave examples of how they were a boon to the careers of lawyers.

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  • Explaining Waiver of Court Trial in Arbitration Agreements

    By Abraham J. Gafni

    When an agreement provides for arbitration, what language waiving access to the courts will be enforceable, particularly when one of the parties may be unsophisticated?

  • Adverse Event Letter: What Is It and What Is Its Significance?

    By Stephen J. Pokiniewski Jr.

    You get a telephone call or email from a potential client advising that he or she or a family member was in the hospital recently and a problem occurred in the course of his or her medical care causing injury or death. You are advised that shortly after the event he or she was given a letter from a hospital representative expressing the hospital's concern for what happened and briefly discussing the event.

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