Sarah A. Eastburn, Esq. to Speak at Seminar for Financial Advisors and Planners

Doylestown, PA – Sarah A. Eastburn, Esq. will serve as a featured speaker at a breakfast seminar hosted by the Financial Planning Association of the Philadelphia Tri State Area and National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) Delaware Valley in Doylestown on April 25, 2019. The seminar is entitled, “Tips for Working with an Estate Attorney and Estate Planning Techniques under 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” The seminar will cover tips for preparing a client for a meeting with his estate planning attorney and current estate planning trends, including succession planning for vacation properties and tax planning under the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Ms. Eastburn’s professional practice at Eastburn and Gray, P.C. includes Wills, Trusts and Estates, Litigation and Taxation. She frequently advises clients at all stages of estate planning including wealth transfer, asset protection and succession strategies. She earned her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law, and her LL.M in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law.

The Financial Planning Association – Philadelphia Tri-State Area (FPA-PTSA) is a not for profit corporation offering a wide variety of personal finance advice from Certified Financial Planners (CFP®). As one of the three largest chapters in the United States, the FPA-PTSA consists of over 720 active members from Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey. To register for this event or to learn more about FPA, please visit https://www.fpaphilly.org.

The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is the country’s leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors—highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve. To learn more about NAPFA, please visit their website: www.napfa.org.

The tradition of excellence at the law firm of Eastburn and Gray, P.C. began more than 140 years ago and continues today. With law offices in Doylestown, Bucks County and Blue Bell, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, our experienced attorneys provide high quality legal services throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  As a full service firm, Eastburn and Gray attorneys practice in diverse areas of the law, effectively meeting the needs of the firm’s clients.

To learn more about our firm, our practice areas and our attorneys, please visit our website: www.eastburngray.com.

Grace M. Deon, Esq. Helps Local Students get Courtroom Experience with Mock Trial

Doylestown, PA – Grace M. Deon, Esq. served as the judge for a mock murder trial involving local home school students from Newtown and Souderton.

The eighth grade students filled the roles of the attorneys for the prosecution and defense, as well as the defendant, witnesses and even the bailiff.  In addition to Ms. Deon acting as the judge, there were volunteers (attorneys and non-attorneys) who served as jurors. The proceeding took place at the Bucks County Justice Center so the students had the opportunity to conduct the trial in an actual courtroom.

Ms. Deon commented, “The students began working on the case file in January. In addition to comprehending and analyzing a lot of information in a relatively short period of time, it was particularly impressive given the fact that the students are only eighth graders.”  The competition included two rounds, requiring the students to argue both sides of the case.  At the conclusion of the second round, there was an opportunity for students to receive feedback from Ms. Deon and the jurors.  Ms. Deon remarked, “The poise and well-reasoned arguments by the students leads me to believe that there may in fact be a least one future trial lawyer amongst them.”

Ms. Deon is a shareholder and member of Eastburn and Gray’s management committee. Her practice focuses on Employment, Commercial and Special Education litigation. She previously served as the President of the Bucks County Bar Association.

 

The tradition of excellence at the law firm of Eastburn and Gray, P.C. began more than 140 years ago and continues today. With law offices in Doylestown, Bucks County and Blue Bell, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, our experienced attorneys provide high quality legal services throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  As a full service firm, Eastburn and Gray attorneys practice in diverse areas of the law, effectively meeting the needs of the firm’s clients.

To learn more about our firm, our practice areas and our attorneys, please visit our website: www.eastburngray.com.

Susan Maslow Receives CB Chamber of Commerce Business & Arts Award

Antheil Maslow and MacMinn Co-founding Partner Susan Maslow received the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Business & Arts Award at the Chamber’s 73rd Annual Celebration Luncheon on Friday, April 12th.  This is the 23rd Business and Arts Award, which is bestowed on a business person or organization that has extended itself in support of the arts in the community.  Ms. Maslow is being recognized for her extraordinary commitment and creative dedication to the arts in Bucks County through her efforts on the many Bucks Fever Award Premier Events and other cultural Chamber endeavors.

 

Susan Maslow is an experienced general business and transactional attorney, with a long history of service on a variety of local nonprofit boards, including Big Brothers Big Sisters Bucks County, Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition, and Pearl S. Buck International.  She has been active on the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 2008, and is the current Vice President of Cinema for the Bucks Fever Arts Program.

Hill Wallack LLP Expands into New York City

Princeton, NJ April, 10, 2019 — Hill Wallack LLP is excited to announce that it has opened an office in New York City, located at 575 Lexington Avenue, Midtown East, in the heart of Manhattan’s prestigious “Fortune 500” corridor. Just steps away are some of New York’s most prominent office buildings and hotels.

The addition of the New York office is keeping with the firm’s commitment of delivering high-level service to its clients in a cost-efficient, responsive manner and will provide clients with even greater access to the firm’s full array of services.

Managing Partner, Michael Kahme says, “We’re looking forward to enhancing our current client relationships by having an office in close proximity, as well as expanding our footprint, in the region. Opening an office in New York also allows us to better recruit candidates in the state as well as the Northeast Corridor.”

Founded in 1978, Hill Wallack is based in Princeton, NJ and has opened offices strategically, first in Yardley, PA, then in Cedar Knolls and Red Bank, NJ and now in New York City. With over 65 lawyers, the firm has what it calls “comprehensive commercial capabilities,” offering a full range of superior legal services to a diverse sector of clients from Fortune 500 companies to individuals.

Jordan Yeager First Candidate for Bucks County Court of Common Pleas to Sign PA Bar Association’s Judicial Candidate’s Pledge

Doylestown, PA—April 9, 2019. Jordan Yeager, candidate for Bucks County Court of Common Pleas Judge, took the lead today in signing the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s “Judicial
Candidate’s Pledge,” vowing to conduct his campaign according to “standards consistent with the integrity, impartiality, and independence of the judicial office to which I aspire.” This pledge is
typically signed only by candidates for statewide appellate court. Yeager is the first of the candidates for judge on the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas to sign the pledge. Yeager also committed to honor the PBA’s Judicial Campaign Advertising Guidelines, which states, “Recognizing that the primary concern of the electorate in the selection of … judicial officers should be with the overall ability of a candidate to perform the judicial function in a competent, effective, independent, impartial, and honorable manner, candidates and their staffs should refrain from engaging in campaign advertising not directed to those concerns.”

On signing the pledge, Yeager commented, “I am taking this action because we should expect the highest ethical conduct of all of our judges and judicial candidates. I wholeheartedly agree to
conduct my judicial election campaign consistent with the most stringent standards of ethics, integrity, impartiality, and independence that should be expected of all candidates for every level of
our Commonwealth’s courts.”

More information on Yeager’s campaign can be found here: https://yeagerforjudge.com/

Elizabeth Fineman Named Co-editor of Pennsylvania Family Lawyer

Elizabeth J. Fineman, a Partner with the law firm of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP in Doylestown, Bucks County has been named co-editor-in-chief of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Pennsylvania Family Lawyer magazine.  Ms. Fineman shares editor duties with Judy McIntire Springer of Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP in Philadelphia.

 

Fineman practices exclusively in family law and handles a variety of issues, including divorce, child support, alimony/spousal support, marital taxation, equitable distribution and child custody matters. She has handled many high-income support cases involving an intricate knowledge of both family law and complex financial issues.

Susan Smith Appointed to Bucks Historical Society Board

Doylestown, PA – Partner Susan J. Smith of Williams Family Law, P.C. has joined the board of trustees of the Bucks County Historical Society, the private non-profit organization charged with collecting, preserving and interpreting the rich history and culture of Bucks County and the Delaware Valley region.

 

The historical society operates the Mercer Museum, Spruance Library and Fonthill Museum, and is the primary inheritor of the material and intellectual legacy of Henry Chapman Mercer. This includes a nationally significant collection of tools and artifacts that illuminate the history of pre-industrial America. The historical society is governed by a volunteer board of individuals from the surrounding community.

 

“As a native of Doylestown, I am honored to have been asked to serve in this capacity, joining a distinguished group of representatives who value the vital role this organization plays in enhancing public life in Bucks County,” said Smith. “I look forward to being an ambassador for this fine organization.”

 

Smith has been practicing family law for over a quarter of a century and has long since established herself as one of the top divorce attorneys in Southeastern Pennsylvania. She is a past recipient of the Bucks County Bar Association’s “Woman of the Year” award and was named to the 2018 and 2019 editions of “The Best Lawyers in America.”

 

Williams Family Law is a premier family law firm that provides individuals with matrimonial and family law legal counsel and representation in alimony, child support, child custody, divorce, cohabitation, grandparents’ custody rights, equitable distribution, marital settlement agreements, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, separation agreements, spousal support, matrimonial taxation issues and related legal matters. The family law attorneys also provide guidance and representation in alternative dispute resolution forums, handling mediation, arbitration and custody dispute resolution. The practice at Williams Family Law centers on four core principles: experienced guidance, compassionate advice, powerful advocacy and knowledge of the local courts and counsel. The firm prides itself on leadership within the profession and a strong record of success. To learn more, visit www.bucksfamilylawyers.com.

Antheil Maslow & MacMinn Hosts Meet the Candidate Event: Denise Bowman for Judge

The law firm of Antheil Maslow & MacMinn will host a meet the candidate event supporting Partner Denise M. Bowman’s campaign for Common Pleas Judge.  The event will be held on Tuesday, April 23rd from 5-7 p.m. at the firm’s Doylestown office at 131 West State Street.

Denise Bowman, an experienced and respected attorney and community leader is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation department.   She has represented and advocated for numerous businesses, individuals, non-profits and governmental entities throughout Bucks County in a wide variety of civil and commercial disputes.  An attorney for 20 years, she has represented clients at both the trial and appellate levels.  Ms. Bowman is a highly effective negotiator, and she is a formally trained mediator and experienced arbitrator.

Curtin & Heefner Partner Robert Szwajkos Elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bucks County Credit Counseling Center

Robert Szwajkos, a Partner at Curtin & Heefner LLP in its Commercial Services Department, and a former Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court (EDPA), has been elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bucks County Credit Counseling Center. The Bucks County Credit Counseling Center, an award winning non-profit service sponsored by regional banking and professional organizations, at its offices in Levittown, Doylestown, and Richboro, has provided confidential credit counseling services since 1994. During 2018, the Center assisted 4,230 clients with budget and debt management, credit report review, financial fitness and student loan counseling, first time homebuyer education, foreclosure prevention, financing options, and bankruptcy counseling. Curtin & Heefner has provided over 80 years of value-added service. The firm’s storied history ranges from the U.S. Congress to local governments, from the area’s emerging businesses to some
of the nation’s largest corporations, banks and insurers. The firm is prominently ranked among the top 100 in size in Pennsylvania, and its attorneys are widely recognized as among the best in the nation, providing creative problem solving, thoughtful counseling, aggressive advocacy, and the highest ethical standards. That rich history and versatility form the foundation from which Curtin & Heefner adds value today … and to which it is committed into the future.

Three Eastburn and Gray Attorneys Succeed in Exclusionary Zoning Challenge on Behalf of Real Estate Developer Client

Blue Bell and Doylestown, PAJohn A. VanLuvanee, Julie L. Von Spreckelsen and Zachary A. Sivertsen successfully represented The Verrichia Company (“Verrichia”) on an exclusionary zoning challenge related to a commercial real estate development project in Plumstead Township, Bucks County. The Court’s decision to sustain the challenge is significant because it recognizes “retail stores with fuel dispensing facilities” as a distinct and legitimate land use; invalidating Plumstead Township’s zoning ordinance as exclusionary.

 

Senior Judge Robert J. Shenkin of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, issued an order sustaining a substantive validity challenge, filed on behalf of Verrichia, to the Plumstead Township Zoning Ordinance.  Judge Shenkin ruled that a retail store selling motor vehicle fuels was a legitimate business that could not be completely excluded from the Township. The Township Zoning Ordinance permitted a gasoline service station use with up to 2,000 square feet of retail sales space.  However, Judge Shenkin found that the proposed convenience store with motor vehicle fuel sales was an entirely different, legitimate business from the use permitted by the Ordinance. Judge Shenkin noted that the Township restrictions on gasoline sales were not limited to convenience stores but effectively prohibited any retail store of any size, including supermarkets and wholesale club stores, from selling motor vehicle fuels.

 

In his order, Judge Shenkin ruled that Verrichia was “entitled to site-specific relief” permitting it to develop its proposed convenience store at the intersection of Swamp Road and Ferry Road in Fountainville, just west of Doylestown with fueling stations in accordance with the plans that were submitted to the Township’s Zoning Hearing Board.

 

Commenting on Judge Shenkin’s ruling, Ms. Von Spreckelsen noted that “the decision marks one of the first instances of Pennsylvania courts recognizing that motor vehicle fuels are a product now widely sold by retail stores of all sizes and that the sale of fuel in conjunction with a retail store is a legitimate and distinct use that cannot be completely excluded from a municipality.”

 

Mr. VanLuvanee handles zoning, subdivision and land development matters, as well as real estate transactional matters, for both developers and property owners. His clients include national builders and developers, as well as many regional and local builders and developers.

 

Ms. Von Spreckelsen has been representing commercial and residential real estate developers, businesses, individuals, and distinguished institutional clients in real estate law, including zoning, subdivision, land development and municipal-related matters for more than 15 years. She frequently represents clients in front of municipal bodies and state courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

 

Mr. Sivertsen practices land use and zoning, real estate, litigation, construction, and municipal law at Eastburn and Gray. He has appeared on behalf of clients before zoning hearing boards, municipal governing bodies, courts of common pleas, and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in land development matters, applications for zoning variances, and zoning appeals.

 

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The tradition of excellence at the law firm of Eastburn and Gray, P.C. began more than 140 years ago and continues today. With law offices in Doylestown, Bucks County and Blue Bell, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, our experienced attorneys provide high quality legal services throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  As a full service firm, Eastburn and Gray attorneys practice in diverse areas of the law, effectively meeting the needs of the firm’s clients.

 

To learn more about our firm, our practice areas and our attorneys, please visit our website: www.eastburngray.com.