Below are just a few of our practice areas. At Cornerstone Law, we solve problems for individuals, businesses and families. Contact us to see how we can help you solve your legal problem.
Eminent domain is the process by which the State or Federal government may seize private land for public use. Examples of eminent domain are when the government builds or expands a highway, when the government takes land to build a school or other public facility or even where a local government wishes to encourage economic development and takes a neighborhood to tear down and build a shopping center instead. The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees every citizen the right to just compensation at fair market value for their land if it is taken through the process of eminent domain by either the state or federal government. You have a right to be compensated for the value of your land including the costs of moving, and in some cases, potentially in loss of good will to a business that is being relocated. If you have been contacted by local, state or federal authorities regarding the seizure of your land, you may not be able to dissuade them from seizing your land but you are certainly entitled to compensation. The attorneys at the Cornerstone Law Firm are experienced in negotiation compensation for clients affected by eminent domain.
When your rights are violated by a police officer or other government employee, it can be an extremely disorienting, frustrating and even humiliating experience. Often, because of the significant protections built into the law, police officers and government agencies are not forthcoming about admitting their faults or apologizing for their mistakes, nor do they often volunteer to make things right. Civil rights litigation allows you to sue a police officer, a local government entity or a department of the government for an injunction to stop ongoing abuses of your civil rights and in some cases to obtain financial remuneration for the wrongs that have been committed. There are significant difficulties in this type of case, so having attorneys experienced in civil rights litigation is important when considering your options.
When you have been injured in a car crash, a bus wreck or a motorcycle collision, your life can be significantly altered. It is not just the pain of the injury that causes problems; it can often be the lost work, the on-going fight with an insurance company and difficulty in getting your life back together. Cornerstone Law’s attorneys can assist you by contacting the party in the wrong in your situation and dealing with the insurance company, insisting that they give you proper payment for your medical bills, as well as for pain and suffering and lost wages that you have incurred. Our attorneys have handled million-dollar plus, wrongful death cases, as well as minor fender benders and everything in between. We will not charge you until you recover in your case so that your case with us is risk free to you.
There is perhaps nothing more sacred to the American democratic process than the act of voting. A web of state and federal laws govern how funds are raised for campaigns, as well as the way in which votes are counted and even how ballots must list questions presented and candidates. Our attorneys have the unique and unusual expertise to advice candidates, campaign fundraising committees and political parties about campaign finance, pre-election and post-election challenges to ballots, and to the ultimate ballot counts. We also advise political action committees, non-profits and advocacy groups on their rights and obligation under state and federal law.
Contracts are the oil that allows business to thrive. Drafting contracts well frequently eliminates disputes that might otherwise arise from misunderstandings or ambiguities in an agreement. In addition, once contracts are drafted, it is important to abide by them, to modify them from time to time to conform to the parties’ changing of the understanding of their agreements. Unfortunately, in some cases, interpretation of a contract is important when parties have conflict with one another. Our attorneys can assist you with drafting contracts which reflect the agreements you need to make with your employees, with third parties, and with business partners. We can help you figure out how to stay within the confines of your agreement and also enforce the obligations of other parties to you.
When you have been accused of a crime, it is vitally important that you have a criminal defense attorney on your side who understands the criminal system and can challenge the evidence gathered against you by the police. A criminal defense attorney knows your rights under the Bill of Rights and also can assist you determine how to vindicate your innocence or fight to limit government overreach in your case. In addition, a criminal defense attorney knows the system in the county where you have been charged and can help you navigate the process by negotiating with prosecutors and looking into alternatives to jail time or other sentences. If you have been charged with a DUI or other crime, it is important that you cease discussing your case with anyone and contact a criminal defense attorney immediately.
There are few things in life more exciting than starting or expanding a business. One of the necessary tasks in expanding a business is ensuring that your corporate formalities are set up to support the business that you are undertaking. Whether you are starting out fresh or building something bigger, it is important to consult a business attorney who can help you to assess the needs of your organization, file the appropriate documents with the Department of State, draft Ownership Agreements that reflect you or your other owner’s respective interests in the company, and reduce the risk of conflicts down the road. Failure to properly organize a business can lead to a number of civil penalties, but more importantly, they leave you and your personal assets exposed. They also reduce the likelihood that you will have favorable tax treatment. Consulting with a business attorney is the first step in ensuring that your business is primed for success.
Every website is required to have Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies pursuant to Federal Trade Commission regulations. In addition, some states and other countries also require very specific disclosures in Privacy Policies that are available to all users of a website. Depending on what your website does, you may or may not have to comply with the rules of other states and even other countries. Our attorneys have the experience to help you to determine the needs of your website and ensure that you are compliant with state, federal and international laws regarding your presence on the internet.
No one likes to think about death, but planning for what will happen after you die is one of the most important things that you can do. Whether you just need a simple will to cover what will happen at your death or a more complex trust, including revocable or irrevocable trusts, our attorneys can assist you with planning for your future and ensure that you can rest easy knowing that you have the proper estate plan in place. Estate planning also includes Power of Attorney documents and Health Care Power of Attorney documents or Living Wills that name an Agent to handle your affairs in the case that you are incapacitated. Contact Cornerstone Law Firm to learn more.
Tax Assessment Appeals
Property in Pennsylvania is subject to taxation but there is no need to pay more than your fair share. When your property is assessed, it should be assessed at a proportional value with other properties in the same district and township. Whether you’re looking for a commercial or residential tax reassessment, our attorneys have the experience to guide you through the process. We evaluate the probabilities for success of a tax assessment appeal and help you to figure out the best way to lower the taxes you have to pay each year.
In closely held corporations, such as a family run business or other small organizations, disputes among the business owners is not uncommon. Our firm has handled multi-million-dollar disputes between shareholders, and we seek to bring about peaceful resolutions, where possible. We are also experienced in litigation to enforce the rights of shareholders in derivative suits against a corporation where corporate assets have been mismanaged or mishandled.
Landlords and tenants have rights and obligations under Pennsylvania law. Landlords must provide a safe, clean and healthy environment for their tenants, and tenants must pay rent and comply with the other terms of the lease. When a tenant stops paying rent or begins disrespecting the property rights of the owner, our firm is able to help landlords to enforce their rights against the tenants or evict the tenant when necessary. Conversely, we also help the tenants in conflicts with landlords who refuse to make necessary repairs to keep a rental space safe or clean.
Pennsylvania provides strong remedies to employees who have not been paid wages which they were promised contractually. Our firm helps employees to vindicate their rights by pursuing overdue paychecks from past or present employers. The robust protections of the Wage Employment and Compensation law in Pennsylvania include the right to payment of overdue wages, percentage penalties, and attorneys’ fees.
All too often in the world of construction and contracting, subcontractors, contractors, and even property owners fail to live up to their obligations under their contract. Sometimes an owner refuses to pay a contractor, and in other cases a contractor takes money and leaves without completing the job. In all such cases, we are able to help our clients navigate the complex world of HICPA compliance, mechanic’s liens, and so much more. By ensuring that all parties stand by their word, we are able to help homeowners, contractors, subcontractors, and others finish the job and move on with life.
Sometimes employers badly abuse their employees. They treat them illegally, they refuse to pay them their wages, or they try to force the employee to do something they are uncomfortable with. Sometimes employers discriminate based on disability, age, gender or religion. Our attorneys can ensure that your rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Wage Payment Collection Law are vindicated. We help employees everyday who have been wronged by employers, and advise employees involved in sensitive negotiations with employers. Call us today to discuss your needs.
Invasion of Privacy
Few things in life feel more disorienting than having one’s privacy invaded by another. In an age of advanced technology and surveillance, invasions of privacy by both private individuals and government entities is becoming increasingly common. Whether your privacy has been invaded by someone visually spying via use of a camera or whether you had important information stolen which someone had no right to, our firm helps recover damages for these situations.
Effective representation of a non-profit means understanding the unique difficulties that non-profits face. Our attorneys all have experience dealing with non-profits, both as directors and employees, as well as representing them in court. As a branch off of corporate law, non-profit representation includes understanding the similarities and unique differences from for-profit corporations that non-profits experience in their day to day operations. Our attorneys have helped non-profits form, obtain 501(c)3 status, draft by-laws and daily resolutions, as well as represent them in court from attacks from both the outside and within. Our attorneys have also chased down donations that were misdirected away from their intended recipients.
Technology is ever changing, and media is increasingly a part of our daily lives. Running a media organization today means dealing with copyright, trademark and other intellectual property rights, as well as traditional corporate law. Our attorneys have the unique experience in media and intellectual property law to help your organization meet its goals and legal challenges.
Cornerstone Law handles quiet title actions, boundary disputes, driveway conflicts, real estate closings, condemnation work, eminent domain, utility easements, property line disputes, tax assessment appeals and more. Our attorneys have the experience you need to determine your rights to property, and how best to vindicate those rights. Contact us to learn more.
Pursuant to Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution, federal law governs the rights of those who create artistic works. Federal copyright statutes, the most important of which was passed in the 1970s, still govern the creation, ownership, distribution and payment for creative works throughout the United States. Whether you are concerned about not infringing others’ copyrights, accused of an infringement of another’s work, wish to prevent the infringement of your own copyrighted work, or just have general questions about how copyrights work in your industry, reach out to our attorneys who can assist you in navigating the best path forward.
Social Security Disability Claims
Social Security Disability benefits are part of the social insurance created by the Social Security Act. If you’ve worked a sufficient number of years and have become too disabled to work, you may be entitled to benefits. If you’ve been denied for these benefits, come and see us so we can help determine whether you are entitled to them.
Sometimes you can get far behind on bills and you need a fresh start. Bankruptcy isn’t the right choice for everyone, and it’s not available in every situation, but if you’re struggling with your finances, contact Cornerstone Law to discuss whether a bankruptcy is right for you.
Our traffic attorneys help people with traffic tickets by negotiating with police officers to reduce points, avoid license suspensions and minimize fines. In addition, our attorneys attend hearings to defend individuals who have been tagged with speeding tickets or other violations.
Appellate Advocacy requires a thorough knowledge of the unique rules of the appeals structure. When you’re defending a judgment on appeal, or advocating for reversal, you need an attorney with the experience to guide you through the briefing schedule and strategic decisions necessary to a successful appeal. Our attorneys have handled cases at virtually all levels of the appellate system–both state and federal. We help attorneys taking their own appeals, too, by offering consultation and brief-writing, and support on how to preserve errors in trial. In addition, we offer amicus curiae briefs to non-profits and advocacy groups. Contact us today to discuss your appellate needs.
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At Cornerstone Law Firm, we solve problems for individuals, businesses and families. That means that we stand ready to assist our clients in virtually every area of their lives. If you have a legal problem or concern, we welcome your call. If it’s something we can’t handle for you, we’ll happily find you a good attorney to take your case. Contact us today, and let us know how we can help.