Drunk Driving – What You Need to Know

In Pennsylvania, Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious infraction of the law. If you are convicted of drunk driving or plead guilty to the charge, you may receive up to two years in jail. To be guilty of DUI, you must have a minimum blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above and that is what this article is about.

There are three classifications or levels of impairment that the law takes into consideration when punishing you for drunk driving. The first classification is a general impairment where your BAC is .08 to .099 percent. There is no license suspension for a first-time offense. The next level of impairment is .10 to .159 percent BAC, and this is called a high rate of alcohol. Your punishment for a DUI conviction would be more severe than the general impairment. The third tier or level of impairment is .16 percent and higher BAC, which is the highest rate of alcohol. In this tier, you receive the most severe punishment.

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OWM Newsletter – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

FEATURE ARTICLE – Rebecca A. Hobbs, Esquire, CELA and Melissa A. Iacobucci, Esquire discuss the issue of grandparents raising grandchildren and the importance of formalizing the relationship with a guardianship or custody action.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT – Meet Andrea Pirelli and Faye Stoudt of OWM’s Title Insurance Department.

OWM FIRM NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS – David A. Megay, Esquire and Kathleen M. Martin, Esquire, CELA have upcoming speaking engagements.

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OWM Blog – Holiday Safety Tips for Caregivers of People with Alzheimer’s Disease

The holiday season can be overwhelming and stressful for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. With extra cords from holiday lights, and deviations from normal routines, having a safety checklist can be a helpful reminder of certain safe guards that can be taken to provide a safe environment for those with Alzheimer’s disease. The National Institute on Aging has posted a list of holiday safety tips for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Take a few moments from the hustle and bustle that the holidays often bring, and review the below checklist which can also be found at (https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/home-safety-checklist-alzheimers-disease):

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OWM Blog – Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

The U.S. 2010 Census revealed that in Pennsylvania, 239,819 children under the age of 18 live in homes with grandparents or other relatives (this is 8.6% of the children in Pennsylvania.) However, in the majority of these households, grandparents do not have a formal legal relationship with their grandchildren. This article explores legal options for grandparents raising grandchildren and explores the legal challenges a grandparent may face. …

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Staff Spotlight: Andrea M. Pirelli & Faye M. Stoudt – December 2017

Staff Spotlight: Andrea M. Pirelli and Faye M. Stoudt - December 2017This month we are pleased to continue our new Staff Spotlight Series with our second edition, focusing on the OWM Title Department. We would like to introduce Andrea Pirelli and Faye Stoudt, who are our Real Estate Settlement Coordinators. In their roles, they communicate with realtors, lenders, buyers and sellers to facilitate the settlement process and provide the title insurance and transfer of title in the purchase and sale of residential and commercial real estate. …

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Do I Need a Trust?

Let’s talk about trusts.

I have my morning routine down. The alarm goes off, I jump in the shower, and immediately throw on my robe and put my hair in a towel.

This is followed by a race to the kitchen to grab a cup of coffee. I carefully walk upstairs, making sure not to spill a drop of my much-needed caffeine. Then the task of finding something to wear begins. I usually stand in the middle of my closet, sipping my coffee and trying to narrow down my options.

I relish this moment. The moment I get to myself. With my coffee, standing in my closet, before my kids wake up. A moment that is just about me. These moments are very rare. It is in those moments that I plan my day.

Once my day is planned, I can carefully select the outfit that matches my day. If I don’t take this moment, I usually end up emptying the contents of my closet onto my bed scrambling for anything that is clean and fits. I need my moment with my coffee, standing in my closet, planning, or I’m a mess.

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