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Your professional license and criminal charges or conviction

Professionals who require a license to work, such as doctors, nurses and real estate agents, could risk losing their license if charged with a crime. It is important to understand the effects of criminal charges on a professional license.

If you are facing criminal charges and must maintain a professional license to work, you should understand your rights and responsibilities under the law and with your profession's governing board. Each situation is unique, so make sure you are clear about how your particular professional licensing board views criminal charges and convictions.

Alimony Changes in 2018

The newly-enacted Tax Cut and Jobs Act ("TCJA") made changes to the tax treatment of alimony that will take effect for divorces and legal separations after January 1, 2018. Alimony-payer deductions and payee's income inclusion for post-2018 divorces and separations will end.

PA Plans to Pass a New Megan's Law (Megan's Law V)

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's denial of certiorari to the Commonwealth of PA in Commonwealth v Muniz on January 22, 2018, the Senate Judiciary Committee is meeting to consider HB 1952. Senator Greenleaf expresses concern over the legislation's breadth. 

Paperwork you need to file for divorce in Pennsylvania

Are you ready for a divorce but are unsure where to start? The complexity and length of the divorce process can make it intimidating to tackle. With the help of a family law attorney, it can be manageable.

The first step is to gather and complete all the necessary paperwork for your divorce. Which documents you need to file may vary depending on your circumstances, but the most common ones are as follows.

Are you carrying someone else's prescription drugs?

There are strict rules governing the use of prescription drugs. In large part, the strictness stems from the potential of abuse. After all, many prescription drugs are in demand and/or addictive.

In fact, could it be likely that you have been violating these rules, opening yourself up to the possibility of serious criminal charges?

3 common misconceptions about juvenile crimes

The number of total juvenile arrests in Pennsylvania has steadily declined over the years. In 2006, 8,574.4 juvenile arrests took place out of every 100,000 individuals between the ages of 10 and 17. By 2014, the rate was only at 4,883.5. 

Many parents hope they never have to deal with their children going into the criminal justice system. Part of these worries come down to misconceptions many people hold about juvenile crimes. It is vital to separate fact from fiction so that parents can take the best action for their kids. 

3 tips for managing your emotions during a high-conflict divorce

It's a sad reality that some divorces unravel into nasty and bitter battles. Even if you are a strong and resilient person, the toxicity and negativity can overwhelm you. If you are heading towards or embroiled in a high-conflict divorce, you may wonder how you are going to make it through.

You may feel like the arguments will consume you, but it's important to believe in yourself and to know that you can and will get through this difficult time. Below are some helpful tips for navigating a high-conflict breakup.

3 ripple effects of a white collar conviction

Being charged with a white collar crime is no small matter. While it may lack the stigma of drug charges or other types of crimes, the consequences may be no less severe. Offenses such as bank fraud, embezzlement and RICO violations all have the potential to land you in prison and majorly disrupt your life.

Apart from the obvious, though, there are several other ways a conviction can impact you. According to the Huffington Post, felony convictions typically have consequences that last a lifetime. There are many ripple effects that can make recovering from such an event difficult. Take the following into consideration, and fight against charges so that you do not have to deal with these disadvantages. 

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