HB 1903 – Guidance to Bar Associations

Registers and Clerks:

As you know, we are in support of HB1903 which will allow personal representatives to advertise the existence of an estate on the official Register of Wills website, rather than a newspaper of general circulation.  The bill is schedule for a hearing on March 13, 2018.

There is some confusion regarding whether this bill would affect county bar association law journals.

It is not the intent of this bill, nor of the Registers of Wills and Clerks of the Orphans’ Court Association to eliminate any requirement to advertise an estate in the county law journals.  The bill does not affect county law journals.

We would ask that you share the attached memo with your local bar association.  If this bill is to pass, we need for these important partners to understand that it is not a threat to their essential operations.

Please contact me with any questions at dpetrille@buckscounty.org

Donald Petrille, Jr., Esquire
Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court
County of Bucks
2017-18 Delegate – 2018 Vice President, Pennsylvania State Association of Elected County Officials
2017-18 President &  Legislative Liaison,  Registers of Wills and Clerks of the Orphans Court Association of Pennsylvania

County of Bucks
55 E. Court Street | Doylestown, PA 18901


Attachment: HB 1903 – Guidance to Bar Associations

Elizabeth Fineman Speaks at Montco Bar Association

Elizabeth Fineman, Esquire, was a speaker at the Montgomery County Bar Association Family Law Section Meeting on February 7th.  The program discussed the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and the law’s effect on family law practice, including practical tips for tax season.

Fineman is part of the Firm’s Family Law Practice group.  She handles all phases of the negotiation and litigation of domestic relations cases, including divorce, child custody and support, alimony/spousal support, equitable distribution, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.    Serving the Philadelphia surrounding communities, Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP is a full-service law firm that offers sophisticated, proactive, timely and cost-effective legal advice.  The Firm’s attorneys are both counselors and advocates.  As counselors, Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP lawyers educate clients, including high net worth individuals, small to mid-sized, privately-held companies, nonprofits and health care organizations, on the law and possible legal implications of their actions.  As advocates, they aggressively represent their clients’ causes.  With its broad range of practice areas in Business & Finance, Family Law, Tax & Estates, Real Estate & Land Use, Litigation, Labor & Employment, and Personal Injury, Antheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP has the depth of resources and knowledge to satisfy its clients’ evolving needs for legal advice and representation and help them reach their ultimate goals.

Elizabeth Fineman, Esquire

BCBA mourns the loss of Marijo Murphy, Esq.

It is with great sadness that we advise you that Marijo Murphy died suddenly in Palm Springs, California, on Saturday, February 3, 2018.  She had traveled to California for a golf vacation when she suffered an insurmountable medical emergency.

On Friday, February 16, 2018 there will be a viewing from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Swartz-Givnish Funeral Home, located at: 323 Washington Avenue, Newtown, PA 18940.

On Saturday, February 17, 2018 a second viewing will be held from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM at St. Andrew’s Catholic Churchlocated at:  81 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940; a Funeral Mass will follow immediately at 11:00 AM.

The obituary notice won’t be available until this weekend on www.Legacy.com.  You can find the obituary under Marijo Murphy’s name in Newtown, PA or on the Swartz-Givnish website.  It will also be listed in the Bucks County Courier Times.

Marijo Murphy attending the Bucks County Bar Association Annual Dinner in 1968.

Marijo dancing at the BCBA Bench Bar Conference

Marijo Murphy, Esq.

Marijo on the Tambourine at the BCBA Bench Bar Conference
Lawyers Among Us Winners
Marijo Murphy was one of the lawyers selected for Great Mentor of the 2017 Lawyers Among Us program sponsored by the Bucks County Herald and BCBA.

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Local Attorney Selected to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award


NORTH WALES, PA, February 1, 2018 – Steven F. Fairlie, Esquire has been nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award among America’s Top 100 Attorneys for Pennsylvania which is awarded to less than .5% of all attorneys. Mr. Fairlie has also been selected among America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys and America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for Pennsylvania in 2017. He is one of just a handful of attorneys to receive all three awards.

Steven F. Fairlie, Esquire has been designated a Pennsylvania “SuperLawyer” in both Personal Injury and Criminal Defense by Philadelphia Magazine and placed on their lists of the Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania and the Top 100 Lawyers in Philadelphia; The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers; Top Rated Attorneys in Philadelphia as published in The Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Legal Intelligencer; The National Advocacy for DUI Defense Top 100 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Attorneys; and is a holder of Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious “AV” rating and Client Distinction Award, designating preeminent lawyers based upon legal ability, ethics, and client satisfaction. He has been rated a perfect 10.0/10.0 on AVVO.COM and is one of a just 35 attorneys in Pennsylvania to be named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer in 2006. He currently is the Managing Partner of Fairlie & Lippy, P.C. in North Wales, PA.

For more information, contact Gina Rochford at Fairlie & Lippy, P.C., 1501 Lower State Road, Suite 304, North Wales, PA 19454, admin@fairlielaw.net, http://www.fairlielaw.net/

Steven F. Fairlie, Esquire

Nominations for Plain English Committee Clarity Awards

The Plain English Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association has been charged with promoting the use of plain English in the law to bridge the gap between the legal profession and the general public.

One of the avenues the committee has chosen to accomplish this task is to award the use of plain language in legal writing by recognizing examples of clear legal writing in documents.  The committee will present the Clarity Awards during the Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Bar Association held in Hershey, May 10, 2018.  It is hoped that the publication of these examples of plain English in legal writing will encourage other lawyers to write in plain language thereby improving public opinion regarding lawyers.

The committee is soliciting nominees who best exhibit and promote the use of plain English in their legal writing and would greatly appreciate your cooperation in relaying this information to your members either through an upcoming legal journal, meeting, or mailing.  For your convenience we have enclosed a copy of the Clarity Award nomination form.  Feel free to publish this form or to make copies as necessary.  Please note that the deadline for submission of nominations is March 29, 2018.

If you have any questions, you may reach me at 1-800-932-0311, ext. 2276.

Louann Bell
Committee Relations Coordinator

Jeffrey Brahin named 2017 Super Lawyer for Business and Civil Litigation

JEFFREY BRAHIN is pleased to announce that he has been named a Super Lawyer for 2017 in the specialized areas of Business Litigation and Civil Litigation.

Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters Business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers for more than 70 practice areas. To be rated as a Super Lawyer, attorneys must be nominiated by his or her peers and/or based on skill and professional achievement.  The nominees are then selected by a research team at Thompson Reuters. Each year, no more than five per cent of the lawyers in Pennsylvania are selected to receive this honor. The Super Lawyers list is published in Philadelphia Magazine and nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines.

Jeffrey Brahin, Esq.

Joel D. Rosen Appointed to the Hepatitis B Foundation Board of Directors

Joel D. Rosen Appointed to the Hepatitis B Foundation Board of Directors

Norristown, PA, January 30, 2018– High Swartz partner, Joel D. Rosen has been re-appointed Board of the Directors for the Hepatitis B Foundation for a 3 year term. Joel is also Chairman of the Board.

The Hepatitis B Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure and improving the quality of life for those affected by hepatitis B worldwide. Their commitment includes funding focused research, promoting disease awareness, supporting immunization and treatment initiatives, and serving as the primary source of information for patients and their families, the medical and scientific community, and the general public. To learn more about the Hepatitis B Foundation, visit their website at http://www.hepb.org/.

Joel D. Rosen is Managing Partner of High Swartz LLP. With more than 30 years of legal experience, his areas of practice include franchise law, business and commercial law, employment law, trademark/copyright law and commercial leasing. Mr. Rosen has counseled numerous businesses with regard to general corporate and commercial transactions, including, formation, mergers & acquisitions, licensing, sales, and financing projects. Mr. Rosen’s corporate client base spans a broad spectrum of industries, including: biotechnology, franchise, weight loss, food and restaurant, consumer products, media and entertainment, software and technology and nonprofit organizations.

About the Hepatitis B Foundation: The Hepatitis B Foundation is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure for hepatitis B and improving the quality of life for those affected worldwide through research, education and patient advocacy. To learn more, go to www.hepb.org, read our blog at http://hepb.org/blog, follow us on Twitter @HepBFoundation, find us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/hepbfoundation or call 215-489-4900.

About High Swartz LLP: High Swartz LLP is a full-service law firm serving clients in the Delaware Valley and throughout Pennsylvania from offices in Norristown and Doylestown. Established in 1914, High Swartz serves the needs of businesses, municipalities, government entities, nonprofits and individuals. With offices in Bucks County and Montgomery County, the full-service law firm provides comprehensive counsel and legal support to individuals and business entities of all sizes across a broad spectrum of industries throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information, go to www.highswartz.com.

Volpe and Koenig, P.C., Welcomes New Associate

Volpe and Koenig, P.C., Welcomes New Associate

PHILADELPHIA, PA (January 31, 2018) – Volpe and Koenig, P.C., an intellectual property law firm headquartered in Philadelphia with an office in New Jersey, announced today that Dae Gunn Jei has joined the firm. Dae Gunn is based out of the firm’s headquarters in Philadelphia.

Dae Gunn focuses his practice on patent prosecution, procurement and litigation in the electrical and mechanical arts. Before joining Volpe and Koenig, P.C., he was an associate at Morgan Lewis and Bockius, LLP. He began his patent career at Samsung Electronics in Korea.

Dae Gunn earned his law degree from University of Houston Law Center and his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Hanyang University, Korea.

Dae Gunn Jei, Esq.

About Volpe and Koenig, P.C. – Volpe and Koenig, P.C., provides worldwide client counseling on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, technology transfers, due diligence, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights. The firm’s attorneys, agents and technical advisors have expertise in a wide range of industries and serve a diverse roster of U.S. and multinational clients. For additional information, please visit www.vklaw.com.