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Can An Estate Executor Be Removed?

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Apr 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

Every now and then I am consulted about a situation involving dissatisfaction with how an Estate is being administered. Sometimes its the Executor who is being challenged and sometimes its a beneficiary who does not agree with something that the Executor is doing.  Let me start out by saying tha...

Challenging a Will

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Apr 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

You may have heard that in Pennsylvania, words written on a napkin can be considered a Will. Crazy, right? Well actually that can be true. In Pennsylvania, the requirements for a document to be a valid Will are pretty limited. First, the testator (the person who is making the Will), must have tes...

3 Things to Consider When Creating a Will

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Apr 08, 2022 | 0 Comments

When preparing your Will, there are 3 main things that you want to consider: 1) What it is you are looking to accomplish?; 2)  How do you want your Estate to be distributed?; and 3) Who is going to handle the administration of your Estate? This article with some valuable information to help you answer these three questions.

Will My Estate Plan Work?

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Jan 04, 2022 | 0 Comments

Preparing your Will and other Estate Planning documents is a great first step. However, before you put the documents away, there are some additional steps you should take to ensure that your plans will be carried out the way you envisioned when you pass away.

How To Retake Your Prior Name If You Are Divorcing

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Aug 12, 2021 | 1 Comment

If you changed your name to your spouse's last name when you were married, Pennsylvania law allows you to retake your prior surname if you are getting divorce. This case be done any time after the divorce action is filed. 54 Pa. C.S. §704. The process is pretty simple. You complete a form called ...

Estate Planning

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Apr 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Looking for something productive to do while you are quarantined?  You might consider creating or updating your will.  Wills make things easier for the people you care about since Wills make your desires known. Do you have a Will? If not, contact me for an easy questionnaire form to get start...

Drafting a Will – Per Stirpes v. Per Capita

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Aug 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

When preparing your Will, one of the most important parts will be you plan for distributing your estate – the assets that you own at the time or your death. It's a good idea to have several different options for your estate plan. In other words, you should have a plan for what will happen to your...

Legal Custody v. Physical Custody

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Aug 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

One question that often comes up when I am talking with clients about their custody situation is the difference between legal and physical custody. It is important to understand these terms because they play an important role in the custody process. Legal Custody Legal custody establishes who...

Parenting Apps as an Aid to Communication in Custody Cases

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Jul 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

One of the issues that separated parents with children often face is how best to communicate with each other regarding the children.  Best case is that parents are able to talk with each other and also trust each other regarding exchanging information. However, that is not always the case. But ...

Defending Your Church in a Hostile Environment – Part 1

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Oct 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

On September 17, 2016 I had the privilege of being part of a symposium held at the National Constitution Center and sponsored by First Amendment Voice as part of the celebration of Constitution Day. This happened to be the 229th Anniversary of the final signing of the Constitution. I was part of ...

Defending Your Church in a Hostile Environment – Part 2

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Oct 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

In Part-1 of the Blog Post – Defending Your Church in a Hostile Environment – I talked about the threat that faces churches today. In Part 2 of the Post I wanted to go over some steps that churches can take to defend themselves in a hostile environment. So now that we have determined that church...

Unreimbursed Medical Expenses – Deadline Fast Approaching!

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Mar 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you receive child support you probably know that your child support Order covers how medical expenses for your children are to be paid.  However, there is sometimes confusion about how unreimbursed medical expenses get paid and how much each parent is responsible for. Health Insurance/Premium...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Nov 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Wishing you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving! About 226 years ago, President George Washington issued the following Proclamation setting November 26, 1789 as a National Day for giving thanks: Thanksgiving Proclamation [New York, 3 October 1789] By the President of the United St...

New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Dec 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

The beginning of a new year is often a time when people make resolutions about things they are going to do in the new year.  Whether it is losing weight, getting in shape or something else, we all want to start off on a good foot.  When making your resolutions, why don't you resolve this year t...

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Dec 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Christmas Story (Luke 2: 1 – 20 NLT) At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire.2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census...

Church Facility Use and Same Sex Marriage

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Aug 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

One issue that will face churches with the spread of same sex marriages is whether they can be forced to allow their facilities to be used for same sex wedding ceremonies.  According to the Alliance Defending Freedom, the answer is No.  A recent article on Speak Up, ADF's Blog about Church law,...

No Fault Divorce in PA

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Jun 06, 2012 | 0 Comments

Pennsylvania is a no-fault divorce state which means that spouses can get a divorce without alleging fault on the part of the other spouse. (There are still fault provisions such as adultery and indignities.) Under the Divorce Code, there are 2 ways to get a no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania. If b...

Changes to Custody Law – Relocation

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Jun 06, 2012 | 0 Comments

In January, 2011 a New Custody Law went into effect which made significant changes to the existing custody law. Many of the change simply put into law what has been the practice throughout the years. However, some of the new provisions will change the way that we handle custody cases in Pennsylva...

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