What is a consent decree?

submitted by Carla V. Risoldi, LLC, risoldilawoffices.com

Q.  My son got into some trouble and we have a pending case in Pennsylvania juvenile court. A friend mentioned something called a “consent decree.”  What is that?

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Pennsylvania’s new power of attorney law

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

On July 2nd, 2014, Act 95 of 2014, which makes substantial changes to Pennsylvania’s power of attorney law, was signed into law. A power of attorney (POA) is a document that gives you the authority to appoint an agent to make both financial and health care decisions on your behalf if you become disabled or incapacitated.

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Something smells funny with this deal

submitted by Gary Selleck, owner, C and C Family Roofing

Have you ever been presented with an offer that feels like your getting something for nothing? Usually these things don’t present themselves very often. But occasionally the stars line up in just the right way and win the lottery. How about the times when you think you have the “deal of the century” and it turns out to be a lemon. Don’t let yourself be scammed by fast talk and awesome deals.

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Prepare your car for the winter weather

submitted by Herb Elsner’s Auto Repair, www.elsnerautorepair.com.

Now is the time to get your vehicle ready for the upcoming frigid weather.

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What items require a certified copy of a Death Certificate?

submitted by Jason “Oz” Oszczakiewicz, Owner/Supervisor, Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home of Doylestown, Inc.

When a death occurs, families are unaware of all the potential items that may require a Certified Death Certificate. It is suggested that families order 3-4 additional copies when the death occurs because families discover items or assets that they were not aware of when a loved one was alive. Today, many families may order between 10-20 copies on the average. The State of Pennsylvania currently charges $6 per copy and this is relatively inexpensive compared to other states or metropolitan areas around the country.

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Annual gift tax exemption remains the same for 2015

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

The annual gift tax exemption will remain at $14,000 in 2015. According to the IRS, a gift is a voluntary transfer of property from a donor to a donee without full and adequate consideration. An individual may give gifts up to $14,000 each year to as many individuals as they wish without having to file a Federal gift tax return. A married couple can make joint gifts up to $28,000 each year.

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Bring on the cold

submitted by Gary Selleck, Owner, C&C Family Roofing

Winter is quickly approaching, as is evident from the changing colors of the leaves, the dropping temperatures and the cold weather clothing all over the department stores. With these changes comes the possibility of bad weather. Snow, ice and cold temperatures can play havoc on your home. Now is the time for homeowners to winterize their houses. Nobody likes to have a storm outside that can be felt inside.

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How quickly we forget

submitted by Gary Selleck, owner, C and C Family Roofing

What a terrific summer we just had. The weather was sunny and the temperature was moderate. A truly picture perfect way to spend the summer. The winter months seem so distant so we are forgetting how awful this past winter was. Remember having to shovel almost every day, temperatures constantly in the teens to low 20’s and an overall feeling that the winter would never end?

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Be careful when making changes to your will

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

If an estate plan isn’t kept current, it can become useless. You should always make sure your will is up to date with your wishes, your financial circumstances, and current tax and other laws.

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Adult day care can provide a much-needed break for caregivers

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

Caregiving is hard work, and it’s easy for caregivers to become exhausted. Adult day care centers provide care and companionship in a group setting to seniors who need supervision during the day, allowing their caregivers to go to work or take a much-needed break. There are about 4,600 such programs in the U.S., according to the National Adult Day Services Association.

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