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Pennsylvania is Implementing New Support Guidelines- What You Need To Know

Posted by on 01.04.2019 in Posts | Comments Off on Pennsylvania is Implementing New Support Guidelines- What You Need To Know

Effective January 1, 2019 Pennsylvania is implementing new Support Guidelines. Important issues which are addressed by the new Guidelines include the tax treatment of alimony pendent lite and alimony, new formulas for spousal support, alimony pendent lite, and alimony and new formulas for high income child support cases. For a complete discussion of the new Guidelines in Pennsylvania please see:

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Contact the Family Law Department at Weber Gallagher to see if your support case will be affected by the new Guidelines.

New Year, New You!

Posted by on 01.03.2019 in Posts | Comments Off on New Year, New You!

New Year, New You!

By Skip Persick, Partner of Weber Gallagher’s Family Law Group

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I have some theories on why, but the busiest time of the year for family law attorneys is the first week of the new year.  The next busiest is the rest of January and right around Labor Day when school starts.  Talk to any family law attorney and they will tell you the same thing, there is something to the so-called January Rush.

I have never seen any psychological research on any of this, but my theory as to why January is so busy for me is the concept of a new year bringing a new you.  Most people do not go to see a divorce attorney on a whim, it’s a difficult decision based on months, if not years, of thinking.  In a lot of situations, the flipping of the calendar is just the impetus a person needs to get to a place where he or she can initiate a significant change in his or her life.

The same thing happens at the end of every summer.  There are two times per year where everything resets and starts anew, the beginning of the calendar year and the beginning of the school year.

Two qualities I believe I bring to the practice of family law are patience and understanding.  I understand that those first few steps are difficult and the person sitting with me has been thinking about coming to see a lawyer for some time.  If you would like to speak to me, I am available by phone at 610-278-1503, email at spersick@wglaw.com, or in person in either Norristown or West Chester, Pa.

 

A Hello From Our Newest Partner, Skip Persick

Posted by on 12.27.2018 in Posts | Comments Off on A Hello From Our Newest Partner, Skip Persick

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My name is Skip Persick and I’m new to the Weber Gallagher Family Law Practice.  I spent 29 years at Lamb McErlane, PC, in West Chester, Pa., practicing all aspects of family law including divorces, child custody, and support cases.  I also handle adoptions, guardianships, juvenile dependency, and school discipline cases.

I’m excited about joining Weber Gallagher in that it’s a win-win situation for me and for my new firm.  Weber Gallagher gives me the support I need to handle larger more document intensive cases and I give Weber Gallagher considerably more visibility in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  I have always taken pride in my ability to get clients through one of the most stressful times in their lives as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible and assure that they have the best possible financial foundation to move forward with their lives.

Should you want to discuss a family law issue, please call me at 610-278-1503, or email me at spersick@wglaw.com.  I would also be happy to schedule a face to face meeting in either Norristown or West Chester.

College Applications – A Family Effort

Posted by on 12.20.2018 in Posts | Comments Off on College Applications – A Family Effort

College Applications – A Family Effort

by Carolyn Mirabile, Partner and Family Law Attorney at Weber Gallagher

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Going to college can be stressful in an intact family but what if the parents are separated and decisions need to be made surrounding college. College choices are decisions which both parents and the child should participate in. Parents need to agree on where the child will attend, including whether it should be in-state or out-of-state, travel costs, applications for financial aid and scholarships as well as, who will pay for the costs of tuition, room and board. Although Pennsylvania does not require either parent to pay the costs of college, parents should attempt to contribute to a 529 Plan or other college savings and have a discussion whereby the parties will discuss exactly what each parent and the child will contribute towards college expenses.  Having discussions when the child is a Junior in high school can include, tutoring costs for standardized testing, college application costs and travel costs for the college tours. Both parents should be actively involved in the selection process so that costs can be mitigated and divided on need and ability o pay. Advanced planning will help families get through the often complicated and stressful college process.

Donna Marcus Accepted into the 2019 Montgomery Bar Association Leadership Academy

Posted by on 12.19.2018 in Posts | Comments Off on Donna Marcus Accepted into the 2019 Montgomery Bar Association Leadership Academy

PHILADELPHIA, PA, December 3rd, 2018– Donna M. Marcus was accepted into the 2019 Montgomery Bar Association Leadership Academy.  The MBA’s Leadership Academy is an exciting opportunity to enhance a broad range of leadership skills, develop a level of self-awareness essential to effective leadership, connect with Bar and community leadership, and foster invaluable professional relationships. In addition, members will have the distinction of being recognized as an emerging leader in the Association and in the community.

About Donna M. Marcus

Donna Marcus concentrates her practice on family law including divorce, child support and custody matters.  Donna comes to Weber Gallagher from the District Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia where she was an assistant district attorney in the Child Support Enforcement Unit.  Her work included representing the Department of Public Assistance and plaintiffs in actions including interstate, paternity and contempt hearings.

About Weber Gallagher

Weber Gallagher has more than 110 lawyers and 17 civil practice areas.  The firm provides legal counseling and representation in the Mid-Atlantic United States to local, national and international businesses, financial institutions and insurance companies.  To learn more, visit www.wglaw.com.

Custody Burnout 101

Posted by on 12.12.2018 in Posts | Comments Off on Custody Burnout 101

Custody Burnout 101

by Carolyn Mirabile, Partner and Family Law Attorney at Weber Gallagher

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Your child is 16 and just doesn’t want to follow the custody schedule they have been Ordered to do for the past 6 years. Your 16-year-old is in high school, wants to go to football games, dances and have sleepovers. The noncustodial parent believes their 16-year-old isn’t coming over on Fridays because the custodial parent has convinced the child not to go there. This may be a case of Custody Burnout. Parents often assume if a child has been ordered to follow a custody schedule, the schedule must be followed until they are 18 and have graduated from high school. This isn’t always the case. Most often as the child gets older, learns to drive, and is involved in more activities they want some independence. Sometimes a noncustodial parent may have to give their child a little freedom as they navigate their semi-adult world. But don’t confuse custody burnout for a parent who may be interfering with custody or a situation where the child is in distress. These are different issues which should be addressed by a Court.

Holidays and Custody- The Twelve Days of Stress

Posted by on 12.03.2018 in Posts | Comments Off on Holidays and Custody- The Twelve Days of Stress

Holidays and Custody- The Twelve Days of Stress

by Carolyn Mirabile, Partner and Family Law Attorney at Weber Gallagher

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It’s December and the holidays are in full swing. Parents celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years and children who are on Winter Break need to make plans. First, if you have a custody Agreement or Order you should have read your document and review your plans for the holidays and winter break. Now is a good time to confirm all events in writing so there are no disappointments. If travel is involved make sure tickets have been purchased and the other parent has been notified of the plans. If you do not have a written Agreement in place, think of what the children are most used to doing during the holidays and confirm the plans in writing. Most often the Court is going to reinforce any family traditions which were in place when the parties were together. If it is the first year the children will be going through a separation during the holidays, try to make things as “normal” as possible and remember what might be best for the children may be different then what you want to do for the holidays.

10 Ways to Prepare Yourself If You Are Contemplating Divorce

Posted by on 10.26.2018 in Posts | Comments Off on 10 Ways to Prepare Yourself If You Are Contemplating Divorce

10 Ways to Prepare Yourself If You Are Contemplating Divorce
By: John A. Zurzola, Family Law Attorney at Weber Gallagher

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Before filing for a divorce, here are my top 10 tips in order to prepare yourself now for the next steps.

1. Open a separate bank account and keep any documentation in a separate location or on a secure phone;
2. Open a credit card in your name and keep it handy;
3. Be familiar with any bills or accounts in your sole name, ex. car payments, credit accounts, utilities, etc.;
4. Be familiar with any bills or joint accounts and be prepared to obtain your own or remove your name from joint accounts if need be, ex. cell phone, utilities, car insurance, credit cards, etc.;
5. Locate all official documentation and be able to safeguard it if need be, ex. birth certificates, passports, marriage license, etc.;
6. Compile and safeguard all passwords for any online and bill payer accounts and change them if need be;
7. Have a place to go if you anticipate or your situation has become abusive in any manner;
8. If you have consulted with an attorney, have the attorney office contact information readily available to you;
9. Plan a basic budget in the event that you may need to move from your present location; or, if another wage earner in your house moves out and no longer contributes to your expenses; and
10. If you have children, plan on how you will explain the need for separation or divorce to them and be prepared for any reaction, depending on their age.

The foregoing list is only a general guide as to what steps most people contemplating divorce might do and is not specific legal advice. This checklist does not substitute a consultation with an attorney who specializes in Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody and Support, Alimony and/or Domestic Violence. For more on this topic as well as additionally important Family Law information, visit our website at: https://www.wglaw.com/Practices/Family-Law/Family-Law

The Legacy of Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin and her Impact at Weber Gallagher

Posted by on 10.16.2018 in Posts | Comments Off on The Legacy of Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin and her Impact at Weber Gallagher

The Legacy of Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin and her Impact at Weber Gallagher

By: John A. Zurzola, Family Law Attorney at Weber Gallagher

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For those of you who do not know me or much about Lynne’s legacy, I am a Family Law Attorney at Weber Gallagher and I am Lynne’s partner, even though she is no longer with us.  I will always consider that I am her partner because the lessons and practical skills that she taught me as an attorney will be with me for my entire career.  You see, before Lynne asked me to be her law partner at Weber Gallagher, she and I had battled it out in court on multiple occasions.  It was after one particular complex and contentious hearing involving millions of dollars, when she said to me “Why don’t you come work for me?”  For whatever reason, still unknown to me, I said “No.”

She then had her Associate contact me, with whom I remain personal friends.  She suggested that I should come and work with Lynne because, “She wants you here with us.” For the second time, I declined her invitation.

When the time was right and circumstances dictated it, I jumped at the chance to work with Lynne.  I couldn’t figure out for the life of me why I prevented myself from having 10 extra years of her counsel and guidance.  In the end I am grateful for the time I was able to spend with Lynne and I made the most of it.

We have all heard the expression about one who “Has forgotten more than you’ll ever know.”  While that’s an understatement for Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin, I intend to carry on her legacy with all of the knowledge and experience she taught me.

Lynne didn’t teach – she “showed.”  She showed us how to be tough for our clients.  She showed us how to achieve desired results and how to apply these lessons to your future cases.  She showed us the benefit of attention to detail and being better prepared than any other attorney.  She showed us how to develop relationships with our clients, with the court and with other attorneys.  She showed us when you are active in your community, that you grow professionally and personally.  She showed us that when you work with someone who is going through divorce, child custody or domestic violence, you need to be their champion, friend, and a shoulder for them to cry on.

Lynne was constantly teaching us her ways to better our professional and personal lives.  Lynne remains my partner and she will forever be remembered by her family at Weber Gallagher.

 

 

Legendary Family Law Attorney Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin, 80.

Posted by on 10.10.2018 in Posts | Comments Off on Legendary Family Law Attorney Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin, 80.

Legendary Family Law Attorney Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin, 80.

Chair of the Weber Gallagher Family Law Group

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“It is with great sadness and sorrow that I announce the passing of Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin.  Lynne was a shining example to every attorney in our firm about what it means to have a true passion for the law and to put your clients first every time.  Lynne was an internationally known family law attorney who specialized in every aspect of family law, but particularly excelled in custody and divorce matters.  In more than 40 years of practice, Lynne gave her all serving both high profile clients and families throughout the State.  Lynne was a force of energy throughout the entirety of her practice, as she was also a true mentor and active teacher.  She was a pioneer who always lifted up other female attorneys along the way,” according to Andrew L. Indeck, Chairman of Weber Gallagher.

 

Lynne was Chair of the Family Law Group for Weber Gallagher and was located in the firm’s Norristown (PA) office.  During her extensive career in Family Law, Lynne published The Divorce Practice Handbook on Divorce Law in 1994 and won numerous awards, such as The 50 Best Business Women in Pennsylvania, The KYW Women of Achievement Award and the Pennsylvania Honor Roll of Women Award. Lynne received the Eric Turner Memorial Award from the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in honor of her exceptional work and teaching others in the field.

 

“It was an honor to call Lynne one of my partners, and a privilege to have recruited her to join our practice, nearly 10 years ago. At that time, it took just a few moments with her to ascertain her quality as a lawyer, her appetite for courtroom combat, and her ferocious dedication to both clients and craft.  Even with a rigorous work schedule, Lynne was devoted to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lynne was also a committed teacher, she was a loyal supporter to legions of friends and she was a loving wife to Bruce Martin.  And no one told a better – or more frank – war story than Lynne,” according to Paul M. Fires, Chairman Emeritus of Weber Gallagher.

 

“Lynne’s passion was teaching others.  In 1989 she began teaching at the The National Family Law Trial Institute in Houston and has taught every year since.  She worked with young attorneys to develop and improve their trial skills.  All of us who have worked with Lynne have learned how to be a better attorney and to be a zealous advocate for our clients,” according to Carolyn R. Mirabile, Managing Partner, Weber Gallagher, Norristown  office.

 

Lynne was ranked as a preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and was recognized by the publisher of the Pennsylvania edition of Super Lawyers magazine for Family Law. She was highly involved in the International and American Academies of Matrimonial Lawyers, The National Association of Woman Lawyers, was on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation and the Philadelphia Education Fund.

 

Lynne frequently appeared on national and local news networks and in top publications discussing family law and domestic issues.

 

Lynne received her law degree from Villanova University in 1976, as well as an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Albright College where she received her Bachelors of Art in 1973.

 

Lynne’s service will be held at Rodeph Shalom, 615 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 11 am.