Category Archives: Family Law

What is the Sentence for Marijuana Possession in Pennsylvania?

Although there is much talk of marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania, and a number of western states such as California, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington have legalized recreational marijuana, in Pennsylvania, being in possession of any amount of marijuana (without a valid medical marijuana prescription) is still a criminal offense. And, should prosecutors and/or a judge choose to pursue incarceration, you can find yourself in jail for possessing even a small amount of marijuana. You Face 30 Days in Jail For a Small Amount of Marijuana Under Pennsylvania law, there are separate criminal charges based on the amount of marijuana found in your possession and your intent in possessing it. If you possess 30 grams or less of marijuana, or 8 grams or less of hashish, and the marijuana is for your personal use or to give to another person – and you do not intend to sell it to another person – then the maximum sentence is 30 days in jail or a $500 fine, or both. If you….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Who Should Be Concerned About Estate Taxes?

While some states levy either estate taxes on the deceased person’s estate or inheritance taxes on the heirs, neither North Carolina or South Carolina have these taxes. You will not have to worry about state estate taxes unless you inherit assets from someone who lived in a state with an inheritance tax. Federal estate taxes are another issue, but very few estates are big enough to pay any estate taxes. That’s because there is a large exemption amount that shields most estates from any tax. Who the Estate Tax Impacts The federal estate tax exemption for 2017 is $5,490,000. Any estate that is valued below this amount will not pay any estate taxes. This amount has fluctuated over time, and politicians continue to discuss either reducing the estate tax exemption or getting rid of it entirely. However, under current law the exemption is indexed to inflation with annual adjustments. Married couples can shield almost $11 million from estate taxation with proper estate….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Indian Supreme Court Rules that Indian Family Life is Better

                                                                                         Jeremy D. MorleyUpon re-reading the recent decision of the Supreme Court of India in Gupta v. Gupta — which endorsed a father’s abduction of a child from the United States to India on the primary basis that the child had been living in India since the abduction for 2½ years while the judicial proceedings were pending in India (see my article at http://www.internationalfamilylawfirm.com/2017/12/supreme-court-of-india-endorses.html) it is most disconcerting to read that the Supreme Court seemingly ruled that Indian family life is inherently superior to family life in the United States. Specifically, Justice Amitava Roy explained the Court’s….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Do You Need a Discovery Referee?

5 Ways to Defeat Deposition AbuseIt’s not feasible to stop a deposition every time an attorney or witness becomes obstructive, run to court to have a judge or discovery commissioner resolve the issue, and then resume the deposition. If you anticipate such problems, using a discovery referee may be a solution. Discovery referees can be very useful to: Help the parties develop a voluntary exchange of discovery that avoids or limits the need for formal motions; and Resolve numerous, complicated discovery issues without having to file successive motions in court. When using a discovery referee for depositions, you can have the referee either attend or be available by telephone throughout the deposition. If the problem is with an obstructive witness or attorney, the referee should probably be present; that very presence may inhibit such conduct. If you just want the referee to rule on issues that may arise from time to time during the deposition, it’s probably….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Same Sex Marriage Debate in Parliament and a Proposal

From The Washington Post: In anticipation of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia, a 37-year-old lawmaker debating the issue in the House of Representatives took a moment to make it personal, turning to his partner and popping the question…... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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