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Attorneys Learn How to Survive Law Practice Management Emergencies at the 2015 Toby L. Dickman Seminar

King of Prussia, Philadelphia – Each year, the Montgomery Bar Association’s Family Law Section organizes the Toby L. Dickman Seminar to pay tribute to the late Toby Lynn Dickman, a former family law practitioner and family court judge who passed away in 2007. Throughout her lifetime, the Honorable Toby Lynn Dickman dedicated much of her time to helping families, children, and victims of abuse. This year, Vetrano|Vetrano & Feinman LLC’s Lindsay C. Hanifan served as the Chair of the event, which involved choosing the topic, preparing the materials, and coordinating the speakers. The Dickman Seminar took place on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the Montgomery County Courthouse.  For the beginning of the program, the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Coordinator, Ellen Freedman educated family lawyers on the best practices for surviving emergencies that arise in law offices. Lawyers who attended the Dickman Seminar received continuing education credits. To get in touch[...]

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Family Lawyer from Vetrano|Vetrano & Feinman LLC Helps Bring Community Mural to Life

Lindsay C. Hanifan from Vetrano|Vetrano & Feinman LLC, recently participated in the creation of a public mural in Norristown, Pennsylvania. King of Prussia, Pennsylvania – November, 2015 – On Saturday, October 3rd, 2015, Lindsay C. Hanifan from Vetrano|Vetrano & Feinman LLC, organized volunteers from the Montgomery Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Section to assist local elementary school children in painting a mural that will be forever displayed outside of the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library. The eight foot by sixteen foot mural was made possible by a grant from the Norris-town-based Arcadia Foundation and sponsorship by the Montgomery Bar Association, and features a multicultural take on many classic storybook characters. Local artists Michael Adams and Susannah Hart Thomer sketched the piece, and got the help of more than twenty children, library staff and  a group of young lawyers to assist in painting the mural. Lindsay C. Hanifan, who served as the Young Section Lawyers point[...]

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Family Lawyer Describes the Bifurcated Divorce Process

By Lindsay C. Hanifan, Esquire – Family Lawyer In most divorce cases in Pennsylvania, the court will not enter a divorce decree until all of the economic issues have been decided. This means that most spouses will need to either enter into an agreement regarding the division of marital property and alimony, or go to a trial and have the court enter an order regarding those issues, before they can be officially divorced. That process can take as little as ninety days, but often takes much longer, sometimes even years. Therefore, the Pennsylvania Divorce Code provides for a bifurcated divorce in limited circumstances. A bifurcated divorce is when a divorce decree is entered before the resolution of the economic issues (division of property, support, alimony, counsel fees, etc.). The court will enter a bifurcated divorce decree with the consent of both spouses. But if the spouses do not agree to a bifurcated[...]

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Vetrano Law Attorneys Attend Family Law Section Meeting in West Virginia

Sarinia M. Feinman and Lindsay C. Hanifan recently attended the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section Summer Meeting. As an annual event, the PBA Family Law Section Summer Meeting is a great opportunity for family law attorneys to catch up on recent developments in the law while increasing camaraderie among the bar. This year’s meeting was held at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and had over 300 attendees, including lawyers, judges, masters and their families. Each day, presentations were offered on a wide range of family law topics, including an update on same sex marriage in Pennsylvania, how to divide “indivisible” assets in divorce, and effectively using evidence at trial. Following the presentations each day, the attorneys and their family members kept busy with numerous activities, such as a golf tournament, tours of the secret Cold War-era bunker, and the beautiful mountain-side pool. About Sarinia M. Feinman: Sarinia[...]

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Divorce Lawyer Discusses PA Laws for Alimony & Cohabitation

Pennsylvania Laws Regarding Alimony and Cohabitation by Divorce Lawyer, King of Prussia’s Lindsay C. Hanifan, Esquire of Vetrano|Vetrano & Feinman LLC As part of the resolution of a divorce, the spouse who earns less money may be awarded alimony, which is support that is paid after the divorce decree has been entered. How much alimony will be awarded and how long the award will last depends on a long list of factors, including each spouse’s income or earning capacity, each spouse’s separate assets, the duration of the marriage, and the marital misconduct of either spouse. But the main determination of an alimony award is the receiving spouse’s unmet needs; in other words, how much his or her reasonable living expenses exceed his or her income. No matter what duration the alimony is awarded for, by law it will terminate upon the first to occur of the death of either spouse or the[...]

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