Peacock Tales • Fall 2018

Case Notes


The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court held that a driver's license could be suspended for three months for his failure to have insurance in place until seventeen minutes after a traffic stop.

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The Chester Court of Common Pleas ruled that a Trust for a decedent's pet was subject to the 15% inheritance tax rate applicable to non-immediate family/unrelated persons.

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A Lackawanna Court of Common Pleas judge held that the parents of an adult shooter, who was allegedly feeble minded, had a duty to exercise reasonable care with respect to their son's access to their firearms.

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A disbarred Bucks County attorney who was convicted of plotting murder, is challenging the $3,500 tab from the County for his transportation to and from prison.

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Before committing suicide, a Michigan resident wrote in his journal, "My final note, my final farewell is on my phone." Included in the final note was a paragraph that purported to leave his property to his half-sister and other relatives and explicitly stated that he wanted none of his property to pass to his mother. Even though the journal and electronic note did not meet the formal requirements for a valid will in that there were no witnesses, nor did they meet the requirements for a holographic (handwritten) will, the Probate Court nonetheless admitted them to probate and the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed.


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