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Congratulations Tom, Rich, Luke and Lindsay! Voted Top Lawyers of Delaware County 2023

March 29, 2023

Musi, Merkins, Daubenberger & Clark, LLP, is eager to announce that four of our hard-working attorneys have been voted 2023 “Top Lawyers” of Delaware County. Congratulations to Thomas A. Musi, Jr., Richard C. Daubenberger, Lucas A. Clark, IV, and Lindsay J. Killian. “Top Lawyers” allows attorneys in the area of Delaware County to be recognized by their peers for their outstanding performance and accomplishments in the legal community. It is one of the most respected peer review publications that invites previously acclaimed lawyers to vote for those attorneys who they believe have gone above and beyond to serve their clients within the same specialty and locale as them. The ballots are distinctively created each year based on a series of internal data points to gauge the previously recognized attorneys’ opinions on who they feel deserves recognition in the upcoming edition of “Top Lawyers.” Because of his vast courtroom experience and long-standing history of practicing the law, Thomas A. Musi, Jr., has been recognized as 2023 “Top Lawyer” in Commercial Litigation, Real Estate and Zoning & Land Use. Mr. Musi has long been involved in both minor and complex litigation all while maintaining long-term, strong connections with his clientele. Mr. Musi…

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Associate Dina Daubenberger Featured on Fox29 for her work helping young women start their own businesses

March 16, 2023

As an attorney with Musi, Merkins, Daubenberger & Clark, LLP, and an entrepreneur as well, Dina is helping women start their own businesses through a non-profit organization she created called AdvizHer. You can find Fox29’s segment on Dina’s work below. AdvizHer was created to provide funding, education and support for these up-and-coming female entrepreneurs as they begin an exciting journey as a business owner. Dina, and all of our attorneys at MMDC, take pride in helping dreams become reality, with all necessary protections in place. An important part of starting a new business is deciding which type of company is most appropriate under the circumstances. For example, a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or a Limited Partnership (LP). These decisions depend on various factors, including, but not limited to, the nature of the business, ownership interests, and future goals. Our attorneys at Musi, Merkins, Daubenberger and Clark are dedicated to providing guidance and assistance through the business development process from beginning to end. If you are starting a business, or thinking about starting a business, we can assist you with all aspects of the journey. From incorporation to partnership agreements, we are here to help. Contact us today. 

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Partner Lucas Clark Successful in String of Recent Chester County Custody Cases

February 17, 2023

Cases involving family issues can often become extremely complex and emotional for the parties involved.  At Musi, Merkins, Daubenberger & Clark, LLP, you can be sure that our attorneys will work on your behalf to deliver results that are in the best interests of you and your family.  The head of MMDC’s family law department, Lucas A. Clark, IV, Esquire, has been extremely successful in a recent string of custody cases in the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. In a recent ongoing case, Mr. Clark successfully won intervention for the children’s maternal grandmother in the matter, which now gives her full standing to file for any form of custody of the children.  The mother and the father of the children had been operating under a Custody Order from 2018 that awarded the parties shared legal custody, with Mother having primary physical custody and Father having partial physical custody.  Mother, who is also Mr. Clark’s client’s daughter, was arrested for drug-related issues which caused Father to file for emergency custody of the children.  Due to the filing of this petition, Father was granted emergency custody of the children and subsequently moved the children to reside in Lancaster County with him.…

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What Every Pennsylvania Landlord Should Know

December 20, 2022

If you are a commercial Landlord in the state of Pennsylvania, there is a provision you should be negotiating into all of your leases.  Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states where Confession of Judgment is permitted.  It is not permitted in residential leases or consumer transactions.  Confession of Judgment is a pleading filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Pennsylvania that allows Landlord to obtain an immediate judgment against Tenant without prior notice or an opportunity to be heard in court by Tenant.  Confession of Judgment can be used to obtain a money judgment for unpaid rent and additional rent or it can be used to retake possession of the leased premises.  There are essentially two separate Confession clauses, one for money damages and one for possession.  MMDC’s strategy is to negotiate for both money and possession from the start.  It is worth noting that Tenants not based in Pennsylvania are usually unfamiliar with this powerful remedy and they need to be talked through the process and it is best handled by experienced attorneys. Commercial landlords favor Confession of Judgment clauses due to the fact that they can immediately obtain the judgment against Tenant without having to…

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Staying Updated in Criminal Law

November 8, 2022

Criminal Law is not a fixed concept. The law is always changing based on decisions reached by the courts. At Musi, Merkins, Daubenberger & Clark, LLP, you can be sure that we are up to date on the all of the latest changes in law. Below is a list of case updates that have significantly impacted criminal law in the last several years. Nanny Cameras – Commonwealth v. Mason A Defendant who is recorded committing an alleged criminal act on a nanny camera does not violate the Wiretap Act, and the video can be used in court. The courts have found the Defendant has no expectation of privacy in someone else’s home, unless the Defendant can show they did have an expectation of privacy. For example, if the Defendant can show proof that they lived in the home, they would have an expectation of privacy. Odor of Marijuana – Commonwealth v. Barr The odor of marijuana alone can no longer be used to used as probable cause to search a vehicle without a search warrant. As the law has changed and accessibility to medical marijuana has grown, the law has changed to keep up. Marijuana odor alone is not enough…

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