PA Right of Redemption

There are two main types of sheriff sales in Philadelphia, PA: mortgage foreclosure sheriff sales and tax lien sheriff sales. While mortgage foreclosure sales are often final, tax lien sales can create problems for purchasers. At a tax lien sale the Office of the Sheriff of Philadelphia sells the property to collect on unpaid taxes, […]

Winning Tenant Lawsuits

It is not uncommon for landlords in Philadelphia, PA to be sued by their tenants. If the landlord has insurance they may refer this claim to their provider. If the landlord does not have insurance, they may have to opt to retain an attorney to defend the claim. There are multiple strong defenses to a […]

Sealing a Criminal Record

PA “Clean Slate Bill” Provides LIMITED Relief to Individuals Convicted of Certain Misdemeanors More Than Ten Years Ago The Pennsylvania Clean Slate Bill, passed in 2017, provides for sealing of most summary and criminal offenses after ten (10) years, where the defendant has not incurred new felony or misdemeanor convictions. The Pennsylvania Senate ordered creation […]

SORNA is Not Retroactive

The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently decided the case of Commonwealth v. Fernandez.  In Fernandez, the Pennsylvania Court held that the government cannot impose heightened, retroactive sexual registration requirements on Defendants who violate their probation.  The case effectively bars the government or judiciary from retroactively imposing the increasingly stringent registration requirements of SORNA. In Fernandez, the […]

Defendant Found Not Guilty of Aggravated Assault

The Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos obtained a verdict to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving week.  Defendant A.R. was charged with Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Aggravated Assault.  At the preliminary hearing Copoulos was able to get the Recklessly Endangering Another charges dismissed for lack of evidence.  The case proceeded to […]

$37,500 Verdict in Fraud Claim

The Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos obtained two $37,500.00 verdicts this week on behalf of siblings defrauded by their brother.  Plaintiff’s E.W. and D.W. were supposed to receive a payout following the death of their father.  Their father A.W. died intestate and had a valuable property in South Philadelphia.  E.W. and D.W. signed Letters […]

Defendant Found Not Guilty of DUI

Defendant NR was found not guilty of DUI following a trial Friday.  NR was stopped by Philadelphia Police and charged with DUI.  Police found an open container in his vehicle and a can of beer in the center console.  When Defendant was arrested he was on probation for firearms charges. Copoulos was retained by Defendant’s […]

Licensing Requirements for Airbnb Rentals

Airbnb is treated differently than standard property rentals in Philadelphia, PA.  Individuals renting property for less than ninety (90) days per year are subject to less stringent licensing requirements.  The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recently addressed this issue.  Section 14-604 of the Code is effectively an “Airbnb Ordinance.”  Per the Ordinance, short term rental properties are are exempt from Philadelphia licensing […]