Estate and Gift Taxes: Annual Exclusion Gifting Strategies and the Lifetime Exemption.

Posted in Legal Podcast Network by podcastpgh on January 31st, 2013

Episode 7: Initial discussion about the Fiscal Cliff Deal as it pertains to Estate and Gift Taxes. This episode covers the basics of Annual Exclusion gifting and the Lifetime Exemption. Listener email segment answers the question “When do I need to update my will?”

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Oil and Gas Rights in Shale Leasing Environments

Posted in Legal Podcast Network by podcastpgh on January 21st, 2013

Episode 6 discusses oil and gas (“O&G”) rights where Shale Leasing occurs.  O&G companies lease the right to produce these lands. The O&G owner is the typically the same person who owns the surface property, but not always. In some cases, these rights have been severed. There are ways to determine if you are the owner if these rights. There are also some reasons that you might consider severing the oil and gas rights from your surface property.

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New Years Resolution to Write a Will.

Posted in Legal Podcast Network by podcastpgh on January 6th, 2013

Our first episode of 2013 covers some of the reasons for writing a will and some of the other preliminary documents that should be included in everyone's estate planning no matter the size of their estate may be.

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Industry Insights on Marcellus and Utica Shale

Posted in Uncategorized by podcastpgh on November 6th, 2012

Today’s episode covers the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations. Our guest is Joe Baran from Bertison George.  I’ve worked with Joe for the past few years.  He has provided the oil and gas valuations for most of my shale estate planning and probate clients. He provides a lot of interesting information and insights into the industry, including market pricing, infrastructure development, and some of the secondary economic benefits of the industry coming to our area. We focus most of our attention on Pennsylvania and Ohio which is fitting since we recorded a few days before the election.  The oil and gas industry has also focused their attention here with slightly less interest in WVA, and New York State for a few reasons which we touch on briefly.

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Marcellus Shale Lease Provisions

Posted in Uncategorized by podcastpgh on March 9th, 2011

This episode highlights the opposing interests of the landowner/lessor and the operator/lessee, the leasing provisions that are most significant in negotiation, and the benefits of landowner groups in negotiating for those key provisions.

THIS EPISODE HAS BEEN ARCHIVED. If you would like to have a copy, please email a request to robbhartlaw@gmail.com.




Marcellus Shale 101

Posted in Uncategorized by podcastpgh on March 7th, 2011

This episode outlines the horizontal drilling process in general, the leasing process, and the benefits of landowner groups to gain leverage in negotiations.

THIS EPISODE HAS BEEN ARCHIVED. If you would like to have a copy, please email a request to robbhartlaw@gmail.com.




Wills and Estate Planning

Posted in Uncategorized by podcastpgh on January 18th, 2011

Attorneys Robb Hartlage and Ken Eisner discuss the basic components of estate planning and some things to consider when drafting a will, living will, powers of attorney, and health care directives.