EKME Law News

FISHER NOW HEADS ESTATE PLANNING & ESTATE ADMINISTRATION

December 9th, 2011

In the wake of Henry Ekker’s death, the leadership of the Estate Planning and Administration, Tax, and Elder Law practice groups is now being ably provided by partner Wade M. Fisher. Wade joined the firm as an associate in 2004 and was elevated to partnership March 1, 2011. He has extensive experience in [...]

FISHER ADMITTED TO FEDERAL TAX COURT PRACTICE

September 8th, 2011

Attorney Wade Fisher has been admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court. The Tax Court, which is established by Congress under Article 1 of the United States Constitution, primarily resolves disputes regarding tax deficiencies determined by the Internal Revenue Service [...]

The Cloud Created by Internet Ministers: Are You Sure You Are Legally Married?

May 17th, 2011

 
               By Wade M. Fisher             
Jacob Hollerbush and Dorie Heyer had a private wedding ceremony on August 24, 2006.  A few weeks earlier, the couple had applied for a marriage license pursuant to Pennsylvania law, and the minister who served as the officiant at the ceremony filed the completed license shortly after the ceremony.  Nonetheless, a [...]

New Custody Law Brings Important Changes, Clarification

March 22nd, 2011

By Russell J. Adkins, Associate
Due to the difficult to quantify “best interests of the child” standard, child custody cases have often left parents – particularly those who have brought unsuccessful custody petitions before the court – disappointed, confused, and yearning for a greater explanation for a judge’s custody determination.
Prior to the enactment of Pennsylvania’s new [...]

WINNING FORMULAS: APPLYING SCIENCE TO LITIGATION

February 1st, 2011

WINNING FORMULAS: APPLYING SCIENCE TO LITIGATION
By: Richard W. Epstein, Managing Partner
In litigation an attorney’s job is to determine the facts and themes which will convince jurors to decide in favor of his client. At Ekker, Kuster, McConnell, & Epstein, we apply the same statistical and demographic data and formulas to litigation that politicians [...]

RICHARD W. EPSTEIN, MANAGING PARTNER, IS ON THE SEARCH COMMITTEE OF A NEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION

January 3rd, 2011

County called diamond in rough
By Monica Pryts Herald Staff Writer The Sharon Herald Thu Dec 30, 2010, 12:00 PM EST
MERCER COUNTY — Committee members of a new economic development organization met Wednesday in Hermitage to get ideas from an expert who shared his vision for Mercer County.
Daniel C. Gundersen spoke at Avalon Golf and [...]

SPRINKLER REQUIREMENT FOR 1-FAMILY AND 2-FAMILY HOMES EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2011 IN PA

December 14th, 2010

BY: MARK LONGIETTI, OF COUNSEL
Sprinkler Requirement for 1-Family and 2-Family Homes Effective January 1, 2011 in PA
Effective January 1, 2011, in Pennsylvania, new construction of single family and two family homes will require installation of a fire suppression sprinkler system. There may be an exception to this requirement for such homes where the [...]

EKME Attorneys Serve as Judges for GG Elevator Pitch Contest

November 1st, 2010

By: Wade M. Fisher
Attorneys Richard Epstein, Ron McCall, and Wade Fisher of the law firm of Ekker, Kuster, McConnell & Epstein, LLP participated as judges for the 2010 Grove City College Elevator Pitch Contest. The event was held on Thursday, October 28, 2010, in the Hall of Arts and Letters on the Grove [...]

A PRIMER ON LEAD-BASED PAINT DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

October 19th, 2010

By Wade M. Fisher, Associate
Because state law generally governs transactions involving real property, an unwary home seller or landlord could easily overlook the lead-based paint disclosure requirements contained in the federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1992.
Now known to be toxic, lead was once commonly used in paint as a pigment that created more [...]

SUCCESSION PLANNING, ESTATE PLANNING, MEDICAID PLANNING

September 7th, 2010

SUCCESSION PLANNING, ESTATE PLANNING, MEDICAID PLANNING
By: Henry M. Ekker, Partner
These three planning devices all have one thing in common. WHAT IF? In each type of planning, goals must be established. However, they are not the same goals.
Succession Planning requires the creator of a profitable private company to recognize that the company needs to [...]