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Finding a Debt Collections Attorney for your Business

By Jason Martin, Esq. on Oct 7, 2015 7:54:50 PM

Debt Collections for a business can be complex, so finding the right debt collections attorney is important. Many people associate debt collections with consumer transactions, such as an individual’s failure to pay a credit card bill, a mortgage or a car payment. In most consumer transactions, the debt is easy to calculate and the debtor often has no defense to his or her non-payment. Debt collections for businesses that relate to goods or services provided to an individual or another business is different. For these situations, there are often a number of variables that must be considered. These variables include whether there is a written contract between the parties, the terms of the contract, statutes such as the Uniform Commercial Code, and the quality of the goods or services provided and whether it met the expectations of the debtor.

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How to Contest a Will in Pennsylvania

By Jason Martin, Esq. on Sep 30, 2015 1:42:29 PM

After a person dies, the Will is offered for probate by the Personal Representative/Executor named in the Will. Offering the Will for probate simply means that the Will is presented to the Register of Wills in the county where the decedent last resided for the Register of Wills to determine the sufficiency of the Will. Specifically, the Will is reviewed to determine whether it was signed by the decedent, whether witnesses have attested to the signing, and whether the person named as the Personal Representative is the person who is asking for letters testamentary, which is the legal recognition of the Personal Representative to formally and legally administer the estate.

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Montgomery County, PA Divorce Procedure

By Jason Martin, Esq. on Sep 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Divorce proceedings often include a process for dividing marital property, establishing legal and physical custody of children, and support (child or spousal). States have different laws with regards to the substantive aspects of divorce and related proceedings as well as the procedures within the court system. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview the procedure related to a Montgomery County, PA divorce.

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How to Create a Special Needs Trust in Pennsylvania

By Jason Martin, Esq. on Sep 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM

The Special Needs Trust is a useful and sometimes necessary estate planning option for individuals who have a child that has a mental, social or emotional disorder.  These children will often never be financially independent and the concern for most parents is the inevitable situation when the parents die before their child.  Parents often have to think about where will the child live; who will take care of the child; and where will the money come from?

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When You Should Reevaluate Your Estate Plan

By Jason Martin, Esq. on Sep 14, 2015 8:00:00 AM


It is common practice for estate planning attorneys to recommend to their clients that their estate planning documents, i.e. Last Will and Testament, Revocable Living Trust, Power of Attorney, etc., should not be hidden away and forgotten about. These documents should be reviewed with your estate planning attorney at least every 3-5 years. Developments and changes often cause individuals to revise their documents to reflect current situations. Instead of waiting for 3-5 years, individuals should consider a reevaluation of their estate plan and revisions to their documents when any of the following events occur:


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Negative Peer Reviews and the PA Act 6 Law

By Jason Martin, Esq. on Sep 1, 2015 12:22:22 PM

Healthcare providers who provide services and treatment to individuals who are injured in an automobile accident rely on first party medical benefits for reimbursement from the insurance policy covering the individual. Under Pennsylvania’s Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (MVFRL), automobile liability policies are required to provide a medical benefit in the amount of $5,000.00 or more. When the patient seeks medical treatment, the healthcare provider treats the patient and then the provider submits the claims for payment to the insurance. The insurance payer will then reimburse the provider for the services, but the amount cannot exceed the total benefit available. If the benefit has reached its maximum, then the provider must either seek payment from the patient’s health insurance or directly from the patient. Under the MVFRL, the automobile insurance carrier can challenge whether the services provided are reasonable and necessary. If the insurer is successful in its challenge, then the healthcare provider cannot collect payment for the medically unnecessary services or treatment.

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The Medicare Audit: Tips from a Healthcare Attorney

By Jason Martin, Esq. on Aug 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Medicare audits are serious matters.  

If a healthcare provider receives a notice from a Medicare contractor along with a request for medical records, it is a signal that the provider may not be complying with billing, coding, or documentation guidelines.  An audit determination could cause recoupments of overpayments, ; actions for fraud, including criminal prosecution, ; and/or revocation of Medicare billing privileges.  Healthcare providers are encouraged to act swiftly in the event of a Medicare audit.  Below is a basic list of suggestions that healthcare providers to should consider:

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How a Debt Collection Lawyer Can Help Businesses Collect Debts

By Jason Martin, Esq. on Aug 10, 2015 9:00:00 AM
Non-paying customers can ruin a business. Large account receivables create cash flow problems, and in the worst cases, business insolvency. If a business cannot collect from its own customers, it will be unable to pay its employees, lenders and/or suppliers. Businesses often fail to put into place proper mechanisms or procedures for identifying late paying customers and how to compel them to pay. Some businesses make the mistake of hiring a collection agency to collect debts. Unfortunately, such agencies are limited in their methods for collection. Usually, they resort to phone calls to the non-paying customer which can be easily ignored. Here are several reasons why businesses are better off hiring a debt collection lawyer to help collect from non-paying customers:
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Debt Collection Tips for PA Businesses

By Jason Martin, Esq. on Aug 3, 2015 9:00:00 AM

A business that is owed money from a customer often faces a dilemma: Should the business file a lawsuit against the customer to compel payment or should the business “write off” the debt. Many businesses decide to write off the debt because the balance owed may not justify the fees and costs to proceed with a lawsuit, or the business may believe that the debt is uncollectible due to insolvency of the customer or perhaps the customer has moved and the whereabouts are unknown. Businesses cannot and should not write off debts. Instead, a business should implement the following tips in order to increase its chances of recovering payment from an otherwise non-paying customer.

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