Tom Petrelli

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The adoption lawyers at Petrelli Law, P.C. approach each adoption case with the care and sensitivity that it deserves. The firm's attorneys have a firm grasp of the applicable laws in an adoption case and the legal ramifications involved and can answer specific questions you may have about your family law issue and ensure that you have full knowledge of your rights.

What Prevents Women From Divorcing An Abusive Spouse?

In May 2016, a new Pennsylvania divorce law eased the legal separation process for women in abuse relationships.  The new law removed required counselling sessions and granted the court the right  to presume consent to divorce from an abuse party...

/ September 23, 2016
life insurance law

When Your Life Insurance Claim is Denied

Losing the love of your life can be devastating. You need to figure out how to go on without them emotionally and financially. You expect the life insurance policy to  cover funeral expenses and provide some immediate financial relief while...

/ September 1, 2016

Postnuptial Agreements: It’s never too late for a Prenup

It’s never too late to sign a prenuptial agreement- even after you’ve said “I do.”  Married couples who would like to plan for the possibility of divorce can sign a postnuptial agreement, which is essentially a prenup for already-wed couples....

/ July 9, 2016

Prenuptial Agreements rise among Millennial Women

Popular culture often portrayed prenuptial agreements (prenups) as a means for men to protect their money and assets from “gold-diggers. Fans of the comedy Seinfeld may recall the episode when Kramer recommended George ask his fiancée Susan for a prenup...

/ July 1, 2016
estate planning attorney

Estate Planning: Another lesson we can learn from Prince

The death of legendary musician Prince was shocking and unexpected.  At just 57 years-old, it was anticipated that he would have many more years ahead of him. The world was not prepared for death of the Grammy-award winner. Unfortunately, neither...

/ June 2, 2016
life insurance law

Child Custody: What Your Child Custody Arrangement Means for Your Tax Return

Now that the holidays are over, you may be ready to start your taxes. You’ve collected your W-2, 1099’s and other documents. You have last year’s tax form for guidance. But, if you’ve gotten divorced in the last year, this...

/ January 8, 2016

Marijuana’s role in child-custody cases

In October, 2014, with an unprecedented 13-3 vote, the City of Philadelphia passed a bill to decriminalize the possession of marijuana, dismantling the current mandatory custodial arrests for marijuana possession in favor of simple fines for low scale use and...

/ July 20, 2015

Handling Adoptions

Any area of the law can provide satisfaction to the practitioner for a job well done, especially if the client is contented with the result. In most of these cases, however, there is usually one side who does not share...

/ November 20, 2013

Divorce Mediation and Emotion

Going through a divorce is one of the most emotionally charged periods of your life.  You are at once confused, overwhelmed, fearful, furious, lonely, and filled with righteous indignation and hate.  The trust you once had in your spouse has...

/ September 28, 2013