Elizabeth Fineman to Speak at Family Law Seminar at Bucks County Bar Association Family Law

On May 28th, Elizabeth Fineman, Partner and Family Law attorney at Antheil Maslow & MacMinn in Doylestown, will speak on “Drug & Alcohol Issues As They Apply to Custody & Support” at the Bucks County Bar Association’s Family Law Section continuing legal education seminar. Ms. Fineman will be presenting along with Hon. James J. McMaster (Bucks County Court of Common Pleas), Reb Brooks, Ed.M. (Affiliates in Psychology), and Kevin L. Hand, Esq. (Kardos, Rickles & Hand, PC).

Elizabeth Fineman practices exclusively in Family Law with extensive experience in complex high net worth individuals with complex assets and tax valuation issues.

The Bucks County Bar Association is one of the oldest and most active bar associations in the United States. Located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the Bucks County Bar Association is dedicated to providing support and fellowship for the advancement of the legal profession.

Hill Wallack Attorneys Selected To The 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List

Yardley, PA May 13, 2019 Francis J. Sullivan, David J. Truelove and Timothy J. Duffy, from the Yardley, PA office of Hill Wallack LLP, have been selected to the 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.


Francis J. Sullivan is the Founding Partner of Hill Wallack LLP’s Yardley, Pa., office. He is partner-in-charge of the Business & Commercial and Trusts & Estates practice groups. Mr. Sullivan represents corporate entities and partnerships in a wide variety of business transactions and related litigation. Mr. Sullivan’s clients include family owned businesses and partnerships, as well as businesses in a number of industry sectors, such as financial services organizations and mortgage companies, automobile dealerships, construction and related trades, home heating fuel oil entities, professional firms (medical, legal and accounting), and publishing. He also represents individuals in commercial matters.





David J. Truelove is a partner and member of the firm’s Employment & Labor Law, Municipal Law, School Law and Internal Investigations practice groups. Mr. Truelove’s areas of concentration include municipal labor law, employment matters and complex litigation. He is a recognized labor lawyer, who has successfully represented municipalities, school districts and other public entities throughout Bucks County, Montgomery County and the surrounding region in a wide variety of high-profile collective bargaining matters.




Timothy J. Duffy is a partner and a member of the firm’s Business & Commercial, Real Estate, Banking & Financial Services, Land Use Solutions, and Commercial Leasing & Property Management practice groups. He serves the regional and business community by handling and resolving the wide range of challenges business owners face every day. As comfortable in the boardroom as he is in the courtroom, Mr. Duffy’s years of commercial litigation experience is a valuable asset in strategically counseling clients through contract negotiations and business disputes. Likewise, his years of transactional experience provides a valuable depth of familiarity with the contracts and business relationships with regard to which he is regularly called upon to litigate for his clients, including in the context of preliminary injunctions in business disputes. Mr. Duffy’s clients include national and regional commercial real estate investors and property managers, the buyers and sellers of real estate and businesses, commercial lenders, and local and regional business owners. Mr. Duffy also has extensive experience representing landowners and developers seeking land development and/or zoning relief before municipal boards and commissions throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

Melanie Wender Speaks at Family Law Institute

Doylestown, PA – Attorney Melanie J. Wender of Williams Family Law was a featured speaker at the 2019 Family Law Institute, hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the educational arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. The event took place at The CLE Conference Center in the Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia April 23rd and 24th. Wender joined a panel of colleagues in presenting “Case Law, Rules & Legislative Updates.”

Wender is experienced in all issues surrounding the complexities of a divorce, such as equitable distribution, custody, spousal support, child support, and settlement agreements. She has successfully resolved complex custody cases ranging from unmarried same-sex couples to custody agreements between long-distance parents. She is also experienced in adoption issues and has assisted many clients in making the process and paperwork as seamless and smooth as possible.

Outside of her professional work, Wender welcomes opportunities to support nonprofit and charitable work that is important to the community at large. She has volunteered her time and expertise for such causes as Protection from Abuse actions in Bucks County, the Mazzoni Legal Center, which provides health care and legal services to members of the LGBT community, and the Montgomery Child Advocacy Program, where she represents abused or neglected children.

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.

Credit Counseling Center – PRESS RELEASE

The Credit Counseling Center, a Bucks County non-profit organization, celebrated its 25th year of operations at the expansion of its office located within the First National Bank of Newtown, 832 Second Street Pike, Richboro, PA 18954 on May 7, 2019 with a ribbon cutting and reception hosted by Joan Reading, Executive Director, and its Board of Directors: Chair, Robert Szwajkos, Esq. (Curtin & Heefner LLP), Larry Grant (Aurum Consultants), Anne Berlin, Margaret Young (First National Bank & Trust Co. of Newtown), Thomas Maclin (Monument Bank), Ryan Fuller (GMG Insurance), Aret Kalayjian (Univest Bank), Lisa Folks (PNC Bank), Michael Sullivan (Fulton Bank), David Breidinger (Comcast), and James Barry. Attending the event were John Parry (Chairman) and Daniel J. Schaffer (President) – First National Bank & Trust Co. of Newtown; Mary Smithson, Clerk of Court of Common Pleas Bucks County; Christina M. Finello, Esq, Deputy Director of Housing & Human Services of Bucks County; and representatives of Penn Community Bank; U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (PA); U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick; Gene DiGirolamo, Meghan Schroeder, and Tommy Tomlinson of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Matt Weintraub, Bucks County District Attorney; Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce; Habitat for Humanity; Bucks County Family Services; Bucks County Opportunity Council; Big Brothers Big Sisters; John Adelstein Esq.; Josh Goldblum, Esq.; and Patricia M. Mayer, Esq. Additional sponsors included QNB Bank, Covenant Bank, Fidelity Savings, Steamline Payroll, and William B. Parry & Son.

Sweet Stevens Attorneys Present Paul Stevens Memorial Legal Seminar at PAPSA Conference

New Britain, PA Attorneys from Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams recently presented the concluding session of the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Pupil Service Administrators (PAPSA), a tradition that has become a high point of the gathering. The conference took place in April at the Inn at Leola Village in Leola, Pa.


In this full-day session, the “Paul Stevens Memorial Legal Seminar,” named for one of the founding partners of the law firm, attorneys Mark Cheramie Walz, Sharon W. Montanye, Thomas C.Warner, and Jane M. Williams shared information on recent court decisions that affect special education and pupil services legal issues.


Mark Cheramie Walz has extensive courtroom experience and specialized in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and computer crimes cases. He helps districts to reduce liability while harnessing the benefits of new technology. Sharon Montanye is an advocate in special education litigation, with experience working in the field of education as an administrator, certified teacher, grant writer and peer reviewer. Tom Warner represents Pennsylvania school districts in matters of special education and provides in-service training in defensible special education programming and confidentiality/disclosure issues. One of the most experienced attorneys in special education, Jane Williams provides both proactive and defense representation to school entities. She has served as a hearing officer and advisor to school boards in student expulsion matters.


PAPSA is the only organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania specifically devoted to issues concerning pupil services programs in schools. Members of the organization have supervisory or administrative responsibility in fields such as counseling, health, psychology, home and school visitation, social work, special education, gifted education and student assistance. For more information, visit papsa-web.org.



Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams, LLP was formed in 1995 by nine experienced education lawyers who created the first private law practice in Pennsylvania dedicated entirely to Education Law. Since then, the firm has grown to 16 attorneys who represent over 290 school and municipal entities as Solicitors or as Special Counsel in more than 50 counties throughout Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania sees a positive increase in kinship care placement over the last five years

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania court data shows that over the last five years, the placement of children in kinship care has nearly doubled. The Office of Children and Families in the Courts (OCFC) tries their best to place children in the care of someone they know and have a relationship with (kinship care) before resorting to other placements – this could be a relative, coach, family friend, etc.  


The infographic below highlights key dependency court data including the average number of children entering the dependency system per year, demographics of the children and placement trends.

Notice to the Bar – Bucks County Rule on Parent Coordinators

The Bucks County Court has adopted Local Rule 1915.11-1.1. Parenting Coordination.  The Rule has been published in the PA Bulletin on May 11, 2019 and will therefore become effective on June 10, 2019.  Family Law attorneys are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new rule.  Persons interested in being accepted onto Bucks County’s Roster of Parent Coordinators should submit their application in accordance with the local rule to Judge McMaster, the Administrative Judge of the Family Court Division.  Please note that applications cannot be submitted prior to June 10, 2019 and any submitted prior to that date will need to be resubmitted.

BCRCP 1915.11-1 PA Bulletin

Upcoming PHFA-Sponsored Mediation Training for those practicing in Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks Counties!

Please join the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), the American Society of Housing Executives (ASCHE), the National Real Estate Institute (NREI) in a mission to build the capacity of Pennsylvania Residential Mortgage Diversion Courts.

If you are a housing counselor or an attorney who is currently practicing (or intend to practice) before the  Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks County Residential Mortgage Diversion Court(s), you will want to attend this 2-day training!

There is no cost to you as PHFA is sponsoring the class. In addition, you can earn up to 15 CE’s for counselors; 15 CLE’s for attorneys (if you participate in all three classes). Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.


Urban Affairs Coalition

12ll Chestnut Street

2nd Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107

June 10, 2019 and June 11, 2019 (8:00 am to 5:15 pm)

15 CE’s/CLE’s (all classes)

NREI 110 Legal Referrals and Limited Representation

This course is designed to instruct the participant on the limits and extent of the role of the counselor, attorney(s), conciliators, and others involved in the Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks County Residential Mortgage Diversion Programs; how to identify and refer legal matters as they arise; and to explain the concept and effect of limited representation when used in foreclosure-related matters.

Date: June 10, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Cost: Free

CE: 4.0 hours (NIS national)

CLE: 4.0 hours PA (CLE credits)

NREI 111A Negotiation Strategies with the Consumer 

This is a 4-hour training session on “Negotiation Strategies with the Consumer” (providing comprehensive instruction on negotiating with the consumer in understanding current realities, compromise, and willingness to sacrifice in preparation for Servicer negotiation of loss mitigation options (in the context of court-imposed time lines). This instruction will be provided to counselors practicing in the PHFA network and to attorneys practicing before the  Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks County Residential Mortgage Diversion courts in Pennsylvania. This course includes a summarized version of NREI 203 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.

Date: June 10, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM – 5:15 PM

Cost: Free

CE: 4.0 hours (NIS national)

CLE: 4.0 hours PA (CLE credits)

NREI 111B Master Negotiation and Practicum 

This is an 8-hour training session on “Master Negotiation and Practicum” (providing comprehensive instruction and hands-on practical application of proven negotiation and workout package development strategies aimed at foreclosure avoidance; and particularly in the context of court-imposed deadlines). This instruction and training in back office support strategies and will walk students through actual current cases, both instructor-provided and student-provided cases to counselors practicing in the PHFA network; and to attorneys practicing in Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Bucks County Pennsylvania Residential Mortgage Diversion Courts. This course is designed to provide comprehensive instruction and hands-on practical application of proven negotiation and workout package development strategies aimed at foreclosure avoidance; and particularly in the context of court-imposed limits.

Date: June 11, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM – 5:15 PM

Cost: Free

CE: 8.0 hours (NIS national)

CLE: 8.0 hours PA (CLE credits)

Course Requirements:

For Attorneys:

While a prerequisite course is not required, this course presumes the participant has a basic level of understanding of mortgage loss mitigation tools and options; and particularly their use in the context of court-imposed timelines.

For Housing Counselors:

Housing Counselors participating in this course are required to be employed at an agency that is a part of the PHFA Network and possess a nationally-recognized certification in Mortgage Delinquency or Foreclosure Intervention; or have taken NREI 107 Mortgage Diversion Practices and Procedures Course.

Instructor: Michelle W. Lewis

A forensic real estate expert, fraud examiner, Michelle has been qualified as an expert in federal court. She is and practicing real estate broker/appraiser with over 39 years in the field. She currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Counseling Service. Michelle has served as a technical advisor on real estate, compliance, and fraud matters to the Office of Housing and Community Development, city of Philadelphia. Michelle is also a principal in a private real estate firm specializing in commercial and investor markets; and that delivers services to governments, attorneys, and other firms by providing expert opinions and testimony, fraud examination, and investigation of questionable practices. She served for 7 years as a technical advisor on real estate matters to the Philadelphia Office of Housing & Community Development, city of Philadelphia. Qualified as an expert in federal court, Michelle brings a wide breadth of experience and knowledge to the profession and has been a provider of expert advice and testimony to some of the largest organizations in the country, including the office of the US Attorney, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and many private firms. Appointed by the Pennsylvania Governor, Michelle serves on the Pennsylvania Housing Advisory Committee. In 2000, she founded and served as chair of the Philadelphia Predatory Lending Task Force under which she authored a journal article, “Perspectives on Predatory Lending: The Philadelphia Experience”, in the Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, Summer 2003, Volume 12, Number 4, for the American Bar Association. Michelle serves as School Director of the National Real Estate Institute (NREI), and currently teaches HUD required courses nationally as faculty of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC); has taught attorneys, officials of the PA Department of Banking, the PA Human Relations Commission, and housing counselors nationwide.

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Friedman Schuman Superlawyers

Friedman Schuman, PC, a full-service law firm headquartered in Jenkintown, PA, is proud to announce that Robert A. Bacine, Derek R. Layser, Robert H. Nemeroff and David E. Stern have all been included on the 2019 Super Lawyers list and Melissa Paris Miller and Jennifer L. Damelio have been named as 2019 Super Lawyer Rising Stars.  Congratulations to all for receiving this prestigious honor.