Eminent Domain in Philadelphia

In Sharswood dozens of residents are being displaced through the use of eminent domain, clearing a path for the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s sweeping plans to transform the neighborhood. For our series Remaking Sharswood, reporter Ryan Briggs caught up with residents affected by eminent domain about their experiences and the road ahead.

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Do you really need a will?

You May Not Think You Need a Will, But You Really Do. Most Americans do not have a simple will as part of their estate plan. You might believe that a will is only for the rich and famous, and not the average person who has a far smaller net worth. On the other hand, […]

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Which life events that require an immediate estate plan update?

Estate planning is the process of developing a strategy for the care and management of your estate if you become incapacitated or upon your death. One commonly known purpose of estate planning is to minimize taxes and costs, including taxes imposed on gifts, estates, generation skipping transfer and probate court costs. However, your plan must […]

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Highest and Best Use, Mitigation?

Eminent domain practitioners are well versed in analyzing a property’s highest and best use. Under these principles, a property being condemned is not necessarily valued based on its current, existing use. Where the appraiser can show that the property’s actual value is based on a different use, that use can often be the foundation for […]

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Small Takings on Preserved Agricultural Land

Pa. development fight grows on ‘sliver’ of farmland Updated: JANUARY 22, 2017 — 3:03 AM EST by Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer @MichaelleBond It is a mere “sliver” in the county that has the state’s richest harvest of farmland, more than 100,000 acres of which is off-limits to development.  But conservation activists say the future of […]

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Important 30-Day Time Period in Eminent Domain Actions

Important 30-day Period in Eminent Domain Actions Once a Declaration of Taking (D/T) is filed against your property there is an important 30-day period that begins to run.  A property owner must within the 30-day period file any objections to the taking with the Court.

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Estate Planning for Unmarried Partners

When you’re in a romantic partnership – as opposed to a marriage – you need to create the legal protections and benefits automatically afforded to those who are married. For example, married persons legally inherit from each automatically and can visit their spouses in the hospital without question. You and your partner can do the […]

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Your Estate Planning Binder: Tips for Proper Care and Maintenance

You finally crossed “getting your estate plan done” off your list, and you’ve (rightly) breathed a huge sigh of relief. By tackling this challenge, you’ve not only established protections for your loved ones and legacy, but you’ve also freed up some important “mental space” that had previously been preoccupied.

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