Weigh the risks in contractor disputes

Construction projects can get tense, and when a dispute arises mid-project it takes some finesse to maintain working relationships or at least get the project done.

It’s always best to bring up any concerns right away and see if by talking it out you and the contractor can find resolution. Often contractors will be willing to redo work, or make changes to completed work, for a discounted price.
That can be the most cost effective way to resolve an issue, and can also help keep your project close to the original timeline, as the contractor will want to maintain the working relationship.

Attorney Christopher B. Slusser of the Slusser Law Firm in Hazleton said that, in certain situations, you may later be able to file a legal claim to recover the money you had to pay to get the job done right.

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Atty. Chris Slusser accepts CAN DO Curb Appeal Award on behalf of Fox Run Plaza

Atty. Chris Slusser accepted a Curb Appeal Award from CAN DO, Inc., on behalf of Fox Run Plaza during CAN DO's 10th annual Curb Appeal Awards ceremony at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Humboldt Station.

CAN DO holds its annual Curb Appeal Awards to honor its industrial park and corporate center tenants who have beautified and maintained the visual appeal of their properties. The awards were presented to companies in the Humboldt, Valmont and McAdoo industrial parks, Humboldt Station and the CAN DO Corporate Center to companies in several categories.

Fox Run Plaza, which is located in the CAN DO Corporate Center in Drums, received the award in the Commerical Service category during the ceremony.

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Beware the pitfalls of naming a minor as your beneficiary

A minor generally doesn’t have the right to manage his or her assets, including any inheritance.

But sometimes a minor child becomes the beneficiary of a sizable family inheritance. That can occur because a parent dies without a will or trust, leading to an unavoidable direct inheritance by the child.
If a minor is chosen as a beneficiary of a retirement account or life insurance policy, many challenging issues can arise. Attorney Christopher B. Slusser of the Slusser Law Firm in Hazleton said it's best to consult a lawyer when planning your will so you can avoid many of these challenges.

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Estate planning options for blended families

The dynamics of a blended family, defined as one where at least one spouse has at least one child from a prior marriage or relationship, can complicate financial and estate planning because no off-the-shelf plans apply.

It’s important to contact your estate-planning lawyer to ensure complete review of all personal and economic aspects of your family and a resulting plan that works for everyone involved.

From designating account beneficiaries to updating wills and trusts, it takes attention to detail to ensure specific wishes are carried out properly. Effective, collaborative planning can address the family’s needs and goals while building trust and helping everyone move forward together.

A good place to start is with reviewing and updating beneficiary designations for life-insurance policies and retirement accounts. That’s a simple way to ensure that the proper beneficiaries are noted on all accounts and the proceeds from those accounts end up going to the correct individuals. Attorney Christopher B. Slusser and his staff at the Slusser Law Firm in Hazleton can help you do this.

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Real estate owners need a will to document their property wishes

Anyone who owns real estate needs to have a will that indicates what should happen to the property if he or she suddenly passes away. You might assume you know who would inherit your house, but without a written will the inheritance would be decided by state-law rules that might not be exactly what you’d expect.

Attorney Christopher B. Slusser and his staff at the Slusser Law Firm in Hazleton will help you prepare your will to ensure that your wishes for your property are made legal.

Addressing your real estate assets in a will is important for more than just determining who will get the property. Even if the house ultimately goes to the person you want, the lack of a will might mean that ownership remains in legal limbo for an extended period of time. This can create unnecessary complications when it comes to paying property taxes and arranging for continued utilities and insurance coverage. If you have a mortgage, it can create even bigger headaches.

Having a will also prevents family disputes. For instance, if you live in your house with one of your children, the child might assume that he or she will get the house. But other siblings might legally inherit a share, and demand that it be sold.

If you live in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Carbon, Columbia or Schuylkill County, contact the lawyers at Slusser Law Firm for assistance in documenting your will.

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