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Thank You, Fire Fighters for Your Timely Assistance.

No. 1,345 We take for granted first responders, including firemen, most of whom are volunteers.  When called upon, they are required to do important tasks that are frequently dangerous and physically demanding. Last night, large tree branches in our front yard fell onto the electrical wires.  The fire department came quickly and assisted the electric […]

Here’s a Ninth Birthday Poem

No. 1,343 In honor of this blog’s ninth birthday, I republish a poem I picked up in Wikisource.  Its written by Algernon Charles Swinburne, Victorian poet. A NINTH BIRTHDAY. February 4, 1883. I. Three times thrice hath winter’s rough white wing Crossed and curdled wells and streams with ice Since his birth whose praises love […]

Pittsburgh Legal Back Talk Turns 9.

No. 1,342 That’s right, 9. That’s pretty old for a legal blog. Without insulting anyone, I have observed that most lawyer bloggers (Blawgers, so they say) drop off after about a year.  They apparently run out of ideas.  I have had dry spells from time to time, too. Everybody does.  But I never completely stopped […]

Common Level Ratio Down (slightly) in Allegheny County

No. 1,341 Every year the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue announces a new common level ratio, effective July 1.  It is a factor multiplied by the assessment which gives a calculation of the fair market value for purposes of paying realty transfer tax when a deed is recorded for no or nominal consideration. It is created […]

Landlord & Tenant: When the Occupant is not the Tenant.

No. 1,336 The Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Blog raises some important questions for landlords to consider.  When the apartment is not be occupied by the party who is paying the tab conflicts can arise.  For example, when an employer rents an apartment for one or more employees, you the landlord may be placed in a double […]

Positive Thinking.

No. 1,335

Kicking the Canned Speech Down the Road.

No. 1,332 Here’s an item from Time that is worth sharing.  A graduate gave his own commencement speech rather than read the one he was directed to give by the school administration.  In retaliation, the school withheld his diploma, at least temporarily. I was surprised that a school would do such a thing.  After all, […]

Happy Father’s Day, Phil Mickelson!

No. 1,330 Fortunately for Phil Mickelson, he had the power to make the choice.  Passing up the US Open to attend the high school graduation ceremony where his daughter would speak as valedictorian was, in his words “a no brainer.” Nice of him to say it that way, but the truth is that it involved […]

Liverpool on the Mon

No. 1,324 We sometimes stop for breakfast on Sunday at a neighborhood sports bar/restaurant.  At 10 AM on Sunday morning about the only thing going on is soccer broadcast live from Europe and yesterday it was Midland v Liverpool in the Premier League.  The place was quite full, but it often is, sometimes even on […]

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CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 40 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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