Why Should I Pursue a Car Accident Lawsuit?

January 20, 2021

A car accident victim may wonder if they should file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver who caused their injuries. It is not always an easy choice, but understanding the facts can help one decide if filing a lawsuit is worth it. A plaintiff in a car accident case has the burden of proof,…

Can Failing to Wear a Seat Belt Affect a Car Accident Claim?

January 18, 2021

In Pennsylvania, failing to wear a seat belt is illegal. What happens if a driver did not wear their seat belt when they were hurt in a car accident? Every state looks at seat belt use uniquely. It is important to understand how not wearing a seat belt could play a factor in assigning…

Will My Holiday or Year-End Bonus Affect My Child Support Payment?

January 14, 2021

When courts determine child support, numerous factors come into play. The first is the base salary of the non-custodial parent. Where does that leave bonuses? The answer may not be clear since bonuses fall into many different types and categories. Over time, a custodial parent might have to work with a lawyer to compel…

What is a Living Trust?

January 13, 2021

A living trust can be an important component of estate planning and can protect family members. It is a legal document that an individual creates to guard their assets and also indicates where the assets will go once the person has passed away. These assets can include real estate, valuable personal property, bank accounts,…

What are Some Important Winter Driving Safety Tips?

January 12, 2021

It is important to understand that road safety is paramount year round, but it is especially crucial during the winter months. Winter conditions can be severe and dangerous if a driver is not prepared. In fact, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), 500,000 car accidents and 2,000 fatalities occur in wintertime each year…

Deaths from Nursing Home Neglect Surge During the Pandemic

January 8, 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have soared across nursing homes in the United States. Yet, residents of long-term health care facilities, nursing homes, and related places are at risk of an outbreak and other dangers. Recent reports suggest that many nursing home deaths were caused by neglect, not COVID-19. Many families believe that their elderly relatives…

What Else Ends with 2020?

December 30, 2020

Michael J. Davey, Esquire Employment Law Department Eckell Sparks Law Firm mdavey@eckellsparks.com 610-565-3700 No, not the world (at least I don’t think that’s this year… I’ll have to consult my Aztec calendar). But with the closing of the wonderful, smile-ridden, joyous year that was 2020, comes another ending—COVID-related leave under the Families First Coronavirus…

COVID Vaccines and Child Custody

December 28, 2020

With the FDA’s recent emergency-use approvals of two vaccines for the COVID-19 virus, a great deal of discussion has arisen concerning the priority of vaccinating differing demographic groups in the United States.  Experts all seem to agree that vaccinating children from COVID-19 is a low priority as the impact of the virus on children…

When are Parental Rights Terminated?

December 28, 2020

Parents have certain legal rights and responsibilities, which include having physical custody or visitation, decision-making for the children’s health and welfare, and the obligation to keep the children supported financially. When parental rights are terminated, the legal parent-child relationship ends. Afterwards, the children can be legally placed for adoption. Parental rights termination can be…

Property Settlement Agreements and Bankruptcy

December 28, 2020

According to a new Superior Court decision, Hanrahan v. Ketch, financial obligations arising from a property settlement agreement are automatically exempt from dischargeability in a bankruptcy and the State Court has concurrent jurisdiction to determine the dischargeability.[1] For many years, the controlling case related to property settlement agreements and bankruptcy was Hogg v. Hogg.[2]…

A Message to Our Customers About Coronavirus COVID-19:

A Message to Our Clients About Coronavirus COVID-19:

We want to assure everyone that during this unprecedented and difficult time, we are still operating and will continue to meet all the legal needs of the residents of the Delaware Valley. While the Governor’s recent orders have restricted the operations of some businesses, Eckell Sparks has deployed a variety of applications and hardware that allows both our attorneys and our support staff to confer with clients remotely, provide consultations to those seeking legal advice, and continue to provide the high level of legal services to our clients as we have always done. For more than 50 years, our Firm has been a force in the Delaware Valley legal community. And by now also leveraging technology, we will continue to do so both during, and after, the current public health emergency.

So, if you need us, we are here. Are you an employer and don’t know what to do under all the new Corona-virus laws being passed in Washington? Were you injured in a car accident either before, or during, the current crisis? Call or email us. We can help. www.eckellsparks.com 610-565-3700.

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