Thinking about buying or selling your home in 2020? The current housing market is the sellers’ dream. With record low mortgage rates, low supply, but high demand, sellers have seen 5 to 10 offers in one day. In response to an economic downfall amid the pandemic, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates, resulting in the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage going below 3%. Generally, in the past … [Read more...] about Pandemic Sparks Highly Competitive Real Estate Market
In general, choosing which school learning model is best for your child can lead to custodial and child support implications, so it is not surprising to see an uptick in custodial disputes between divorced or separated parents regarding the non-traditional reopening plans schools have implemented in response to COVID-19. The authority over major decisions including but not limited to a child’s … [Read more...] about The New Norm for the School Year Causes New Problems for Divorced and Separated Parents
Recently, a federal judge in Pittsburgh ruled that certain preventative actions taken by Governor Wolf during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic were unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge William S. Stickman IV held Governor Wolf’s stay-at-home and business closure orders, as well as his indoor/outdoor gathering restrictions, violated the First Amendment and the Due Process and Equal … [Read more...] about Where Does Stickman Court Decision Leave Businesses and Restaurants Now?
This global pandemic comes with lasting effects on almost every aspect of our lives. Sadly, this also includes stress and strain on marriages. At the outset of COVID-19, divorces and other legal proceedings were postponed because of the lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders around the country. While there is no specific evidence pointing to the correlation between the current divorce filings and … [Read more...] about As the Pandemic Continues, Divorce Rates are Increasing – A Coincidence or Correlation?
After much speculation as to what, if any, restrictions would apply to residential evictions in Pennsylvania after Governor Wolf’s eviction moratorium expired on August 31st, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has announced an order which provides for a temporary halt to residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. What impact does this CDC order have on residential … [Read more...] about CDC Halts Residential Evictions for Non-Payment of Rent Through December 31, 2020
In late March, Congress passed the CARES Act as a way to provide some economic relief to businesses, families, and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis. One part of the CARES Act included direct Economic Impact Payments to qualified individuals. As a result, most Americans have or will receive a check from the U.S. Treasury in the amount of $1,200 for each adult, and an additional … [Read more...] about What Should I Do If I Receive an Economic Impact Payment for a Deceased Individual?