Real Estate Land Development | Siana Bellwoar Attorneys at Law

Commonwealth Court Offers Reminder that Land Development Waivers Must Meet Undue Hardship Threshold

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court recently emphasized to developers and municipalities the need to properly justify waivers from provisions of a subdivision and land development ordinance (SALDO) during the land development process. In Lake MacLeod Homeowners’ Association, Inc. v. Pine Township Board of Supervisors and Cavalier Partners, LP, the Court sided with the objectors by holding…

John P Henry | Siana Bellwoar Attorneys at Law

Careful with Your Commas by John P. Henry, Esquire

In a time when texting and email largely dominates the every-day communication stratosphere, it is not surprising that the average person’s prose has become somewhat more relaxed in terms of sentence structure, punctuation, and the like. However, it’s unlikely that you have been reprimanded by a friend for forgetting to capitalize a word in a…

Sheryl L. Brown | Siana Bellwoar Attorneys at Law

Sheryl L. Brown, Esquire Presents Training Session on Wiretap Act, Police Body Cameras and Right to Know Law at PSATS Conference

On April 24, 2018, Sherry Brown, Esquire presented a training session at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Officials (“PSATS”) Spring 2018 Educational Conference titled: The Wiretap Act, Police Body Cams, and the Right-to-Know Law.  The session focused on Act 22 of 2017, which amended the Pennsylvania Wiretap Law to open the door for law enforcement…

Sheryl L. Brown | Siana Bellwoar Attorneys at Law

Sheryl L. Brown, Esquire Presents Drone Program to Montgomery County Bar Association Real Estate Committee

In April, 2018, Sherry Brown, Esquire was pleased to present a program to the Montgomery County Bar Association, Real Estate Committee titled: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane.. no Wait, it’s a Drone? During the course of the presentation, issues such as federal regulations for recreational, commercial and government use were addressed along with potential…

Christopher P. Gerber | Siana Bellwoar Attorneys at Law

Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire Presents Police Liability Training Session

Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire presented a training session entitled, Police Liability: Operational and Personnel Issues, at the Spring 2018 Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (“PSATS”). The purpose of the program was to raise awareness among elected officials, managers, chiefs of police and solicitors regarding personnel and operational issues that result in costly litigation and…

Fact Finding Meetings – The Nondeliberative Exception to the Sunshine Act by Robert M. Tucker, Esquire

Since anyone can remember, Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act (“The Act”) has been the battleground for advocates of transparency in local government. The Act, with its allowances for executive sessions, seeks to balance transparency against the demands for confidentiality. But what about when deliberations take place behind closed doors? Otherwise known as a Smith fact-finding session –…