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Important Pennsylvania Practice Books

Pennsylvania Key Rules-Eastern Region. 2008 ed. Thomson Reuters/West.

This volume covers Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia Counties. Under each county is a list of Pleadings; Motions, Oppositions and Replies; Requests, Notices and Applications. Under each topic there is a detailed listing of both state and local court rules for procedure in carrying out a particular action. For instance, under Complaints, there are sections for Applicable Rules, Timing, General Requirements, Documents, Format, Filing and Service Requirements, Hearings, Forms, and Checklists.

This book is an important guide for the practitioner who needs to practice in the counties. It is expected that West will probably expand coverage to other counties as well in future volumes.

Terry R. Bossert and Joel R. Burcat, eds. Pennsylvania Environmental Law and Practice. 5th ed. PBI Pr., 2008. 2v. PBI no. 5203.

In this latest edition (last one published in 2002), the editors offer 26 chapters on environmental law. They note in the preface a new chapter on the Right-to-Know Law (ch. 24), and extensive rewriting of Pennsylvania Environmental Amendment to the Constitution (ch. 2), Mining (ch. 15), Litigation with DEP (ch. 19), and Citizen Suits (ch. 21). Ch. 26 covers environmental law on the internet.

Julieanne E. Steinbacher and Adrianne J. Stahl. Pennsylvania Trust Guide: A Handbook for Trustees and their Advisors. Philadelphia, Pa.: George T. Bisel, c2008.

This title includes Pennsylvania's Uniform Trust Act, Pennsylvania's prudent investor rule, Pennsylvania Uniform Principal and Income Act, Types of trusts, A closer look at special needs trusts, Practical considerations for establishing a trust, Practical considerations for funding a trust, Considerations for transferring real estate to or from a trust, Practical considerations for serving as trustee, Reforming, terminating, and amending trusts, and Taxation of trusts.

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Created by Dittakavi Rao, Associate Director of DCLI, this site combines the various Pennsylvania legal web sites that are available on the Internet under different subject headings. Mr. Rao's web site is the most comprehensive collection of online PA legal resources in one easy to access location. Users will find links on the left of the home page are comprised of research guides regarding case law reporters, digests, administrative law, and other important research materials. Links at the top and far right of the home page are "quick links", providing access to such resources as the General Assembly, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and numerous other PA related legal sites. A particular highlight of the quick links includes the Governor's Executive Orders page. The extensive list of links in the middle, or body of the home page allows the user to navigate PA legal resources by topic. The site also offers access to numerous PA related Blawgs.