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Act 93 Expands Effects of Unpaid Real Estate Taxes in PA

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esquire

In late November of 2013, a simple, four paragraph amendment to Pennsylvania’s Municipal Claim and Tax Lien Law was passed by the legislature, and signed by Governor Corbett.  This law, known as Act 93 of 2013, quietly became effective in late January 2014. The purpose of Act 93 was to help municipalities, school districts and counties in Pennsylvania collect overdue and unpaid real estate taxes more easily, without having to go through the tax sale processes available in PA. Click here to read more »

Is Partner a Four Letter Word for Real Estate Investors?

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esquire

Just  this week, as I have many times before, I had an initial consultation with an experienced real estate investor who had found a partner to help him to expand his real estate investing business a year or two ago, and is now in a costly and time consuming dispute over separation of his and his partner’s interests. In my practice as a real estate lawyer working with investors, I have seen many partnerships last a long time and be mutually beneficial for the partners, and others come apart with explosive force leaving both financial and emotional damage. Click here to read more »

The Tortoise and the Hare in Real Estate Investing

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esquire

In over twenty years of working with real estate investors, and being personally involved in real estate investing for even longer, I have had the opportunity to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of different types of real estate investing.     That review has led me to the almost perfect analogy to the old fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. Click here to read more »

Recent Developments Regarding Allegheny County Property Tax Appeals

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esquire

By the time you are reading this, the new window for 2013 property tax appeals will have closed on April first. However, the resolution by Allegheny County Council opening 2013 appeals again in March was not the only significant development in the ongoing property tax saga. Click here to read more »

Where Are You Going as a Real Estate Investor This Year?

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esquire

Now that we can close the door on 2012, as we start preparing information regarding our real estate investing activities for our 2012 tax returns, it’s a perfect time to look a little harder at that information and see how we are doing and where we should be going as investors. Click here to read more »