Mark Scoblionko

Mark Scoblionko

Scoblionko, Scoblionko, Muir & Melman
  • Business Law, Insurance Claims, Medical Malpractice...
  • Pennsylvania
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Summary

Native of the Lehigh Valley. Has been the President of Scoblionko, Scoblionko, Muir & Melman since 1975. Married to Deena since 1964; two children, three grandchildren. 2012 recipient of the Lifetime Service Award from Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley. Certified as "Civil Trial Advocate" by National Board of Trial Advocacy. Focuses on civil personal injury and commercial litigation, business and corporate law, real estate.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Insurance Claims
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Health Care Law
  • Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
  • Construction Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Automobile Accidents
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    VISA, MasterCard
  • Contingent Fees
    (For personal injury matters)
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Pennsylvania
3rd Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Scoblionko, Scoblionko, Muir & Melman
- Current
Education
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
J.D. / Law
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Honors: Graduated with Honors
Activities: Assistant Editor, University of Michigan Law Review; Research Assistant, Constitutional Law
Cornell University
B.A. / English
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Awards
Lifetime Service Award
Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley
Awarded upon retirement from the Board of the Jewish Federation
Professional Associations
Pennsylvania State Bar
Member
Current
Lehigh County Bar Association
Member
Current
American Bar Association
Member
Current
Pennsylvania Association for Justice
Member
Current
American Association for Justice
Member
Current
Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley
Counsel
- Current
Activities: Provide pro bono services, including financing, contracts, general litigation.
Jewish Community Center of Allentown
Counsel
- Current
Activities: Provide pro bono legal services in a variety of areas, including financing and real estate.
Jewish Day School of Lehigh Valley Supporting foundation/Endowment
President
- Current
Activities: Provide endowment support for Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley
Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley
Board Member/Vice President
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Activities: Served as Vice President, Campaign Chair, and Co-Chair of Strategic Planning; Performed merger of Federations in Lehigh and Northampton Counties
Publications
Articles & Publications
Notes
Michigan Law Review
Certifications
Civil Trial Advocate
National Board of Trial Advocacy
Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Legal Answers
142 Questions Answered

Q. The deed on my parents' house reads "John Doe and Jane Doe, Husband & Wife." How to get new deed after death of one?
A: I assume that your father died. If so, based on what you said, a new deed is not necessary. Since the deed referenced their ownership as "husband and wife," it means that they owned it as "tenants by the entireties," as a matter of law. That confers automatic rights of survivorship to your mother. Thus, she already owns the property by survivorship and a new deed is not necessary.
Q. Change property deed from my name and ex-spouse to my name only. We were divorced 12 years ago. I have not seen her
A: You will need to track her down and get her to sign a deed, which a lawyer will have to prepare. There are ways to do this on-line with her social security number.
Q. How should we proceed so my wife and her brother are treated fairly in an inheritance involving a step mother.
A: Your concern is understandable. Frequently, with this type of situation, the Will provides for a trust so that the wife does not have the ability to distribute the remaining assets on her demise to her children. It sounds like your father did not do that, and, if he is no longer competent, he may not be in a position to do that. If that is the case, you are likely stuck with the Will and would have to depend upon the good graces of the step-mother's children and/or you can approach the step-mother and discuss her preparing a Will which would treat all children/step-children equally, or on whatever other basis you would wish. You would be best advised to promptly consult a lawyer to discuss and explore this.
Q. I remortgaged after a breakup and got married. I want to put my wife on the title. What is the procedure? Thank you
A: You would need to consult with a lawyer to prepare a deed from you to you and your present wife. Your existing mortgage should also be reviewed to assure that it does not contain a prohibition of this. If such transfers are prohibited, the lawyer would need to contact the bank to get its consent or you would be risking the declaration of a default if you would choose to proceed without consent.
Q. Is a deceased tenant's estate responsible for 90 days rent because for failure to give a 90 days notice due to death?
A: If the estate is insolvent, your question is likely academic because there are no assets to fight over. You, as Executor, have no personal liability for estate debts in the absence of mismanagement. With respect to the underlying question itself, the landlord may be correct that your sister's death does not automatically end the lease contract. However, if the ultimate answer is important to you, you should review the lease with a lawyer.
Q. Joint inheritance of a house between 2 brothers. One has moved out and wants the property sold to get his half of the
A: Any joint tenant always has the right to file an action for partition in order to force the remaining joint tenant or tenants to buy the person out for fair value or to list the property for sale. The fact that one of the brothers is living there is of no consequence, although that brother is obligated to pay rent.
Q. Will my 2nd Car insurance company pay Liability if 1st car Auto insurance liability exceeds (Different insurance co.)
A: The second insurance policy must be reviewed to answer this question. The second policy could well apply. You need to promptly put the first and second insurers on notice of this policy and ask if you are covered, on an excess basis, under the second policy. If they say that you are not, you would be best advised to engage a lawyer to review the policy and give you advice. The first insurance company needs to know about the policy also because it cannot settle the case unless and until the position of the second carrier is known.
Q. How do you get Letters of Administration for litigation settlement disbursement. Small $ amount in PA (Approx $3k)
A: What you were told is correct. You need to file (probate) the Will to open an estate and be appointed as Executrix. As Executrix, you will be substituted as the plaintiff in your husband's case. You must then file a Petition to secure Court approval of the settlement. Once there is Court approval the Executrix can execute a Release and finalize the settlement. The estate must then be managed as a regular small estate, and inheritance tax will be owing on net proceeds distributed by the estate.
Q. Does the person designated as an executress still have to file the will with the courts to sell the deceased real estate
A: You are correct in your concerns and your husband's mother is not correct. The Will must be "probated," which means filing it with the Register of Wills. That will open the estate and your mother-in-law, if so designated in the Will, will be appointed Executrix. As Executrix, she can then execute a deed for the sale/transfer of the real estate. Only the Executor/Executrix has the right to execute a deed in Pennsylvania. It is important to do this before the Will gets lost or destroyed. If the house is sold, the proceeds would then be distributed in accordance with the Will. There are other forms that would have to be completed and inheritance tax will have to be paid by whoever receives the cash from any sale, or by the Estate on behalf of that person, if the Will so provides.. Your mother-in-law will need a lawyer to help her with all this. If your mother-in-law simply does not want to have to be involved in the estate administration, she can renounce, and give the responsibility to an alternate named in the Will, or, if none, to her child or children.
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