Kenneth L. Baritz & Associates, P.C.
A Full Service Philadelphia Law Firm
Free Initial Consultation
View Our Practice Areas

Philadelphia Criminal Defense Law Blog

As a Pennsylvania developer, how do you subdivide a property?

Housing is one of the areas of the economy that never seems to slow down or stagnate. After all, no matter what else happens with the economy, people will always need a place to live. Older homes, as well as new construction, will typically have people interested in purchasing them, particularly if they have upscale amenities or a great location.

When there isn't enough existing real estate on the market to meet demand, new development and building can increase housing supply. Areas that have become dilapidated or that have previously never seen improvement or investment could soon become popular residential areas. Real estate developers and architects may see large areas of vacant land as a potential opportunity.

When can you as a landlord retain a tenant's security deposit?

Landlords across Pennsylvania work hard and invest their own time and capital to help themselves develop a sustainable stream of mostly passive income. Once you have tenants in a property, they will continue to pay rent every month, which can cover your costs for the mortgage, insurance, taxes and maintenance of the building. Most tenants will pay their rent and maintain a clean and safe home in your rental unit.

Unfortunately, there are those individuals who simply don't engage in the proper care of the place that they live. These individuals could cause damage to your rental unit and leave you wondering if you can retain their security deposit. Understanding how Pennsylvania law expects you to handle the security deposit can help you ensure compliance and avoid financial complications.

The ways a Pennsylvania DUI could impact your professional career

Hard-working professionals need a chance to unwind, but sometimes, kicking back can put your career in danger. Whether you went out for drinks with potential clients or with your co-workers to celebrate signing a big sale, if you choose to get behind the wheel after a few drinks and get pulled over by police, you may find yourself in a precarious position.

You likely already know that the state of Pennsylvania has significant penalties for those accused of impaired driving, particularly repeat offenders. However, it is not just the criminal consequences that you need to consider, but also the potential civil consequences.

Here are 6 interesting facts about alcohol that you may not know

Alcohol is a great way to unwind and enjoy your night, but it can also lead to problems for those who choose to enjoy a little too much. From DUIs and life-changing charges to crashes that cause injuries, drinking and driving is one of the worst things people can choose to do.

Sometimes, the issue is that there have been myths about alcohol use that cloud people's vision. For example, a common myth is that coffee will help you sober up if you've been drinking. The reality is that coffee won't help at all.

Get help defending yourself against an unfair DUI

When you decided to go out for a night on the town, the last thing you were planning to do was drink. However, while you were out, you ran into an old friend, and throughout the night you both had a little too much to drink.

When it was time to leave, it was already 4 a.m., and the roads seemed deserted. You decided to try to make it home, since it was only a few blocks away. Needless to say, that didn't work out in your favor, and you went off the road as a result of the combination of being slightly impaired and exhausted from a night out with no sleep.

Addressing a neighbor who creates a nuisance in Pennsylvania

There's a famous old saying that Robert Frost once used as the basis for a narrative poem that good fences make good neighbors. In Frost's poem, he implies that fences don't necessarily impact a neighborly relationship, but it doesn't take a social scientist to understand why boundaries and barriers benefit people who live in close proximity to one another.

Whether you live in a condo that shares a wall with someone else or you have a stand-alone home, the people who live close to you can directly impact both the property value of your home and the quality of your life. When your neighbor becomes a nuisance, it may be time to sit down with a Pennsylvania real estate attorney to talk about your rights as a homeowner.

Your estate plan should address health issues, not just death

Estate planning is an important decision-making process that many people delay. Even those who have taken the time to create a last will may not have spent adequate time attending to other potential future needs. Creating a comprehensive estate plan beyond just a last will offers you the most protection and peace of mind.

For example, creating a trust can help you structure an inheritance for an heir whom you know doesn't make good financial decisions. You can also create a special needs trust for a child with a severe physical or mental disability. However, we shouldn't just think of other people when you plan for the future.

Reduce the impact of a DUI on your business

You run a successful business in your area, but you made the mistake of driving while intoxicated and got caught. Now, you're not only worried about the fines and penalties that come with a DUI, but also the potential for customers to avoid your business.

Socially, a DUI is extremely damaging, because it makes you look like you don't care about the safety of those around you. It shows recklessness and may even draw questions about your relationship with alcohol.

A breath test can be wrong: Here's how

You left a party in Philadelphia and decided to drive home. You didn't have much to drink, so you decided it was safe to go back yourself without hiring a taxi or asking someone else to take you home.

On your way, you had to swerve to avoid something on the road. Moments later, you saw the red and blue lights of the police. You pulled over, and, as expected, they believed you had too much to drink.

Could an incentive trust give your more peace of mind?

The people we love can go through very difficult times. Sometimes, the kinds of support they think they need aren't actually what will benefit them the most. It can be difficult as a parent or grandparent to watch the children you love struggling with issues like a destructive marriage or a damaging addiction.

You want to offer support, but you don't want to enable dangerous and unhealthy behaviors. You will likely take steps every day to protect your loved ones from themselves. If you intend to include a struggling loved one in your estate plan, you may worry about what an inheritance could do to them. A lump sum could be dangerous in the hands of someone with an addiction or gambling problem.

Email Our Attorneys

Contact Our Team Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Kenneth L. Baritz & Associates, P.C.
100 S Broad Street Suite 1205
Philadelphia, PA 19110

Toll Free: 866-415-6588
Phone: 215-557-8608
Fax: 215-557-3539
Philadelphia Law Office Map