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YOU SAY GOODBYE AND I SAY HELLO. WILL LOCAL ZONING GIVE WAY TO A FEDERAL REPLACEMENT?

10/15/2021 | Articles & Alerts, News & Resources, Zoning & Development

                The economist, Milton Friedman, was a proponent of local government authority. He posited that if he was unsatisfied with his community, he could simply move to another community he found desirable. However, moving from a state or country is far more difficult. Local government power includes the adoption of zoning regulations. Pennsylvania has 2,561 municipalities, and most have their own zoning codes. Zoning can, at times, unfairly shape where people live and how they live.  The federal government […]

Congratulations! Kaplin Stewart Attorneys Make 2022 List of Best Lawyers in America©

8/20/2021 | General, Media, News & Resources

The law firm of Kaplin Stewart is pleased to announce that ten of the firm’s attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2022 Best Lawyers in America® lists. Marc B. Kaplin has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers in America©.  Gregg I. Adelman (2019) Land Use and Zoning Law William D. Auxer (2021) Construction Law George W. Broseman (2012) Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation – Land Use […]

A Current Worldwide View of Commercial Real Estate

7/20/2021 | Articles & Alerts, Real Estate Transactional, Zoning & Development

A few weeks ago, as a part of an international meeting of lawyers and accountants, I participated on an international panel discussing the future of commercial real estate law. The worldwide perspective was interesting and highly varied. Overwhelmingly, attorneys, accountants, and their clients continued to work from home. In parts of Europe, those trickling back to the office were informed that a new wave of shutdowns was likely and that they should return home. Aside from the obvious stresses of […]


Related Practices: Land Use, Zoning, and Development

HOW TO LOSE A COMMERCIAL PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT CASE

7/20/2021 | Articles & Alerts, Land Use, Zoning & Development

I have represented hundreds of taxpayers over my thirty year career and have had to clean up some messes caused by prior counsel. I thought it might be useful to unveil my shortlist of ten recondite dangers in the assessment appeals process. Assessment appeals require specialized counsel and experts. An inexperienced professional, unschooled in the nuances of the process, can kill a good case. Many assessment appeals are litigated in trial courts where the rules, written and unwritten, differ from […]


Related Practices: Land Use, Zoning, and Development

CAREERS AT KAPLIN STEWART: We are seeking Floating Legal Administrative Assistant with Litigation Experience

7/1/2021 | Media, News & Resources

Floating Legal Administrative Assistant with Litigation Experience to provide coverage for leaves, vacations, overflow in all firm practice areas. Candidate must have litigation experience, including electronic filing in various courts. Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Essential Functions:  Typing: pleadings, transactional documents, correspondence, email. Document Creation […]