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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law – Keeps Affordable Coverage in PA for Divorces

The United States Supreme Court ruled today against a challenge to the Affordable Care Act. With this ruling, Pennsylvania will continue to have Federal Subsidies which makes obtaining coverage for a dependant spouse following a divorce easier and more affordable than prior to the law. Another important aspect of this ruling is that it continues the practice of providing coverage for persons with pre-existing conditions which can often be an issue in a divorce action.

Scott L. Levine Has Been Nominated and Accepted as 2015 AIOFLA’S 10 Best in Pennsylvania For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Pennsylvania’s Family Law Attorney Scott L. Levine as 2015 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction.

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOFLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOFLA’s independent evaluation. AIOFLA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOFLA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Family Law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.

We congratulate Scott L. Levine on this achievement and we are honored to have him as a 2015 AIOFLA Member.

You can contact Scott L. Levine directly at: 412-303-9566 or www.pghdivorce.com.

The American Society of Legal Advocates Names Scott L. Levine as a Top 40 Under 40 for 2015

The Law Offices of Scott L. Levine, LLC is proud to announce that Attorney Levine has been selected to the 2015 American Society of Legal Advocates Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in the State of Pennsylvania. This marks the second year for which Mr. Levine received this honor.

About the ASLA Selection Process

Overview
ASLA’s exclusive membership comprises less than 1.5% of all licensed lawyers nationwide. ASLA is both highly selective in extending invitations and in determining which specialties to include for a given state. Because many specialties typically include listings for Top 100 Lawyers and Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, in order to remain selective we ensure that each specialty in a state has a sufficient number of practicing lawyers to merit inclusion. Those states with relatively low populations of practicing lawyers often will support only one or two specialties. ASLA monitors practice trends from year to year prior to extending invitations in each state.

Process

ASLA’s entire selection process is conducted manually by lawyers. Prospective members initially are evaluated based on publicly-available information, although member nominations also are accepted from current members, other lawyers, and past clients. Self-nominations and nominations from public relations firms or advertising agencies are not accepted.

The selection process consists of a rigorous, manual, multi-stage review:
ASLA’s lawyers comprehensively review available information for each candidate, including a review of firm websites, client assessments, and publicly-available filings, which may include: verdicts, settlement information, and information regarding transactions. Each candidate is assessed based on such criteria as educational accomplishments, involvement and leadership in bar associations and professional organizations, activities within their community, and demonstrated legal achievement. In the case of younger lawyers, ASLA also evaluates indications of developing success, both in a candidate’s day-to-day practice and in serving the profession.

Each area of assessment is considered, and each candidate is assessed on his or her own merits. Just as the student body of an elite university is comprised of individuals with many different backgrounds and strengths, ASLA likewise strives to invite a range of members who have stellar legal credentials as a baseline, but also a range of interests and activities.
After the initial list of nominees is prepared, at least one separate lawyer reviews all compiled data and confirms nominations. To ensure the integrity of the process, no lawyer who participated in the first phase of selection is permitted to conduct the second phase.

In the final stage, the list of finalists is again reviewed and candidates either are confirmed for invitation or placed on a holding list for reconsideration the following year.

Allegheny County Custody Update – Generations Education

Allegheny County custody cases require the parties attendance at a “Generations” Education at the outset of a new case. For many years, the Education Seminars were conducted at the Wightman School Building located in Squirrel Hill. Recently however, new custody filings have been assigned Education dates at a new location.

Now new custody filings in Pittsburgh are being scheduled for Education classes on the Second Floor of the Family Court facility located at 440 Ross Street. This change centralizes the location for all local custody matters, provides better access via public transportation and interstates, and provides a secure facility staffed by the local sheriff department.

Allegheny County Family Law Filing Fee Increase – August 2014

The Allegheny County – Department of Court Records has just announced New Filing Fee Increases for Civil Division and Family Division filings.

The changes which will take effect on August 8, 2014 are in response to Acts 113 and 126 of 2014 passed by the PA Legislature and signed by the Governor.

The notable fee increases for Family filings include the following:
Divorce Complaint: $186 (up from $174);
Each additional “count” within a divorce complaint: $40.50 (up from $28.50);
Count for Custody included in a Divorce Complaint: $161.00.
Custody Complaint (if no other fees have been paid): $337.00 (up from $325.00);
Custody Complaint filed after a Divorce filing: $232.50 (up from $220.50).

National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Names Scott L. Levine “Top 10 Attorney Under the Age of 40”

Attorney Scott L. Levine has been selected by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys as a “Top 10 Attorney Under the Age of 40.”

The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys is an organization devoted to recognizing the top family law attorneys in the nation. Through a stringent selection process, the NAFLA awards the best family law attorneys in each state with its most prestigious honor of being named “TOP 10.