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Bitcoin: Currency or Property?

Posted by Mary R. LaSota, Esquire in BitCoin | 0 comments


Bitcoin is it an online payment system? A digital currency? Is it a commodity or is it property? Is it all of these things or none of these? Most governments, including the United States, do not consider Bitcoin “real” currency.  

Holographic Wills, A Good Idea or Not?

Posted by Mary R. LaSota, Esquire in Uncategorized, Will | 0 comments


A holographic Will is a handwritten Will made by a person that gives away their property upon their death. Pennsylvania may recognize this do-it yourself document as long as document disposes of property and is signed at the end, but you should not necessarily handwrite your own Will.  Pennsylvania courts frown upon such handwritten Wills and for  

Got Engaged? Don’t Forget the Prenup

Posted by Mary R. LaSota, Esquire in Uncategorized | 1 comments


Happy V-Day!  For those of you who got in engaged today: Congratulations!!  You are not alone,  in 2013, 14 million couples were expecting an engagement on Valentine's Day, up from four million in 2012.  In fact, about 10% of all proposals occur on Valentine’s Day annually (    

An Abuse of Power: Power of Attorney

Posted by Mary R. LaSota, Esquire in Durable Power of Attorney | 2 comments


While perusing Pennsylvania case law recently (yes, I sometimes do research just for the fun of it), I came across a Superior Court case dealing with an Agent acting inappropriately under a Durable Power of Attorney. Since the facts of the case match the scenarios I often worn my clients about I thought it would be useful to blog about the facts.  

All I Need Is A Simple Will

Posted by Mary R. LaSota, Esquire in Estate Plan, Uncategorized, Will | 2 comments


Potential clients often tell me, “All I need is a simple Will.” I always respond, “No Will is simple.”  

Your Estate Plan is a Three-Movement Sonata

Posted by Mary R. LaSota, Esquire in Durable Power of Attorney, Estate Plan, Health Care Directive, Will | 6 comments


You should consider your basic estate plan a three-movement sonata. Like a piece of music written for one or two instruments, your estate plan is written for you and your spouse (or partner). Sometimes your plan will have three documents, sometimes four or even more documents. Like the movements in a sonata, each document can be very different from each other in rhythm and in mood.  

I am an Agent under a Durable Power of Attorney, Now What?

Posted by Mary R. LaSota, Esquire in Durable Power of Attorney, Uncategorized | 4 comments


At sometime during your life you may be appointed as an “Agent” under a Power of Attorney. A power of attorney is a written document in which a person (the “principal”) grants authority to another person (an “agent”) to act on their behalf. The principal can grant very wide powers or very narrow powers.  If you are appointed as Agent under a Pennsylvania