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Tax Assessment Appeals

REAL ESTATE TAX ASSESSMENT APPEALS Your property tax assessment is used to determine the market value of your property.  The market value is used by local and county government as the basis for your annual tax bill.  Taxes that pay … Continue reading

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Expungement and Limited Access to Criminal Records

Expungement and Limited Access to Criminal Records: What you need to know! As of November 14, 2016, a new Pennsylvania law will limit public access to criminal records for certain individuals previously convicted with crimes. Those individuals, who have successfully … Continue reading

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48 Rules to Prevent Legal Problems in Your Life

48 RULES TO PREVENT LEGAL          PROBLEMS  IN YOUR LIFE   Signing Things Don’t sign anything until you read it. Don’t sign anything until you understand it. Don’t sign anything unless you agree with it. Don’t sign … Continue reading

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10 Steps to Starting a Business

10 STEPS TO STARTING A BUSINESS Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. Here are 10 steps that may assist you to plan, prepare and manage your business. Step 1: Write … Continue reading

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Are Your Independent Contractors Really Employees?

Are Your Independent Contractors Really Employees? In order to avoid the substantial expenses incurred by employers when hiring employees, such as matching tax contributions and benefits, most employers in this era of full employment are attempting to create independent contractor … Continue reading

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A Guide to Patents

A GUIDE TO PATENTS This guide is intended to explain the “basics” of obtaining a federal patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Although Miller, Turetsky, Rule & McLennan practices intellectual property law, we limit our practice to … Continue reading

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Copyright Protection

COPYRIGHTS This guide is intended to explain the “basics” of copyright registration and protection. Ordinarily it takes three to six months to obtain a registration from the Copyright Office.  However, the Copyright Office does offer an expedited procedure for the … Continue reading

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State Trademark and Service Mark Protection

STATE TRADEMARK AND SERVICE MARK PROTECTION This article is intended to explain the “basics” of state trade and/or service mark registration and protection. TRADEMARK OR SERVICE MARK LIFE A state registration is effective for a term of five years from … Continue reading

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Limited Liability Company Attributes

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Federal Trade and Service Marks

FEDERAL TRADEMARK OR SERVICE MARK BASICS A trade or service mark is an arbitrary sign or symbol which maintains goodwill when it accompanies products or services as the case may be.  A trademark or service mark must be applied directly … Continue reading

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