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From Women's Law Project (see original press release)

After years of intensive litigation, we are proud to share the news that student-athletes were successful in obtaining more opportunities for female students in team sports at Lock Haven University.

The student-athletes, represented by the Women’s Law Project and Kathleen Yurchak of Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, brought the lawsuit under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded educational programs. Title IX requires equity in athletic participation opportunities, scholarships, and treatment.

By Tammy Zilske, Long-Term Care Planner, Certified Medicaid Planner™

Many years ago, my husband and I took our four-year-old son to a park, where another child was having a birthday party. Our son was a bit upset that he wasn't invited to join in the festivities. We had a rare creative moment: we bought a reduced priced cake, wrapped up toys from the back of his closet, and threw our son a fake birthday party.

Just as our son may not have fully understood and valued a “gift”, understanding how The Department of Human Services classifies a gift can also be confusing.

Here are common questions we get at the law firm about gifting:

By H. Amos Goodall, Jr., CELA

Procrastination is always a problem. Thinking about dying often makes us anxious. Still, there are six things to consider so that your estate is properly handled.

Nonprobate property:
Your will controls only property in your estate. Certain property transfers automatically: most jointly owned property (called joint tenants with right of survivorship or tenants by the entirety), “payable on death” accounts, insurance proceeds, annuities and IRAs all usually go directly to the named beneficiary rather than passing through probate. These forms of ownership are generally less flexible than a will, and most are still taxable. More important, they are often outdated and inconsistent with your estate plan, and often less property gets held back to carry out your plan.

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