SMGG Blog

“Cleanup on Aisle Five!”: The Basics of a Slip and Fall Case

October 18, 2017
By Lydia Gorba
Posted in Personal Injury

In Pennsylvania, the authoritative case on slip and falls is Martino v. Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company.[1] The plaintiff in Martino slipped on a grape, fell, and sustained a broken leg... Read more

For the Love of the Game? – Traumatic Brain Injury and Sports

October 16, 2017
By Lydia Gorba
Posted in Personal Injury

When the weather cools down in Western Pennsylvania, it means one thing for sure: football season is about to begin. For many, Friday nights will consist primarily of sitting on those ice cold steel bleachers at the local high school football... Read more

Voluntary Post-Adoption Contact Agreements and Their Enforceability

October 13, 2017
By John Scialabba
Posted in Adoption

Voluntary post-adoption contact agreements are legally binding “contact” agreements that are made between birth and adoptive families. Such agreements govern the contact between the child and his or her biological relatives after the adoption... Read more

Taking a Job Overseas When Your Spouse Remains Behind – Tax Planning

October 5, 2017
By S. John Kelly
Posted in Business Services

It is common when taking a foreign assignment for the employee to keep a US state issued driver’s license and voter registration.  However, those documents can complicate the employee’s US tax situation when the employee’s spouse has to stay... Read more

Municipal Drone Law Regulation and Enforcement

August 25, 2017

The introduction of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), known more colloquially as “drones,” into mainstream society has resulted in a significant uptick in consumer purchasing. Flying drones appeals to people. They enjoy piloting their... Read more

Will You or Won’t You?: Why Writing a Will is the Right Choice

August 22, 2017
By Jillian Zacks
Posted in Estates and Trusts

By: Jillian F. Zacks[1] For many, estate planning may seem like an emotional and daunting endeavor. What’s more, writing a will may seem like something only done by those more mature in life with a trove of... Read more

So…It Doesn’t Matter That My Spouse Is a Liar and a Cheater?!?! (Pennsylvania – The “No Fault” State)

August 22, 2017

In order to end one’s marriage in the past, a spouse was forced to prove to the court that there existed acceptable grounds for divorce (i.e. fault like willful and malicious desertion by a spouse, adultery, cruel and barbarous treatment, bigamy,... Read more

Department of Health Selects ‘Seed-to-Sale’ Vendor For Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Growers/Processors

April 28, 2017

By: Erica L. Laughlin[1] NOTHING IN THIS DOCUMENT IS INTENDED OR SHALL BE CONSTRUED AS ADVICE TO PARTICIPATE IN, OR COUNSEL WITH RESPECT TO, CRIMINAL OR FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES. POSSESSION, DISTRIBUTION AND SALE... Read more

Pennsylvania Limited Liability Company Operating Agreements Must Be Signed (or at least agreed to) by All Members -or- Why LLC Minority Interest Holders Might Rather be in Pennsylvania

April 19, 2017

It seems obvious, doesn’t it? A limited liability company operating agreement governs the relationships among a limited liability company (“LLC”), its owners (called “Members”), and the people running the LLC (who may be Members or... Read more

The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act’s Impact on Municipal Zoning

April 6, 2017
By Matthew Korenoski
Posted in Business Services, Public and Non-Profit

With the passage of the Medical Marijuana Act (the “Act”) on April 17, 2016, municipalities throughout the Commonwealth have had their fair share of concerns about how this law will affect them. Given the stigma attached to marijuana in general,... Read more