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Mark Scoblionko

Mark Scoblionko

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

Q. My mother and girlfriend own a house together. I slipped on ice and broke me ankle requiring surgery. Can I sue
A: Yes, you can sue. However, you need to meet with a lawyer to evaluate the case to determine if the case would have merit.
Q. My General Durable POA and my Living Will Declaration show my spouse as my attorney-in-fact/surrogate; secondary is my
A: You will require new documents.
Q. I am a sole heir administering an estate with no will. Do I need to transfer a home into my name before selling it?
A: You need not transfer real estate to your name, personally, before selling, as Administrator/Administrtrix, to a third party.
Q. How do I have a deed put into the estate's name, in order to sell it and have it transferred to the buyer?
A: Property does not get put into the estate’s name in order to be sold. It is simply conveyed by a deed from the Executor/Administrator to the purchasing party. However, a deed like that is a special deed and must be prepared by the lawyer representing the estate.
Q. How does an estate administrator, not represented by an attorney, have a deed transferred to their name?
A: “Oneself” would be best advised to get a lawyer. It requires a special type of deed to convey property from an Administrator/Executor to a third party.
Q. My brother and I purchased our family's cabin and acreage years ago. Can his wife take over ownership if he were to die?
A: You would need a lawyer to review your deed and advise you. As a general principle, if your deed says that you own the property as joint tenants with right of survivorship, if one dies, the property passes automatically to the other deed holder. On the other hand, if the deed says nothing about right of survivorship, the property is owned as tenants in common, and the 50% interest of each would pass by that person’s Will or, if none, through that person’s estate under the laws that apply if a person has no Will.
Q. My home is paid in full. My husband and I married 33 years ago, but after purchase. How do I add him to deed?
A: You have a lawyer prepare a deed from you and “John Doe, her husband,” to the two of you, husband and wife, as tenants by the entireties. Because you are married, there is no transfer tax. The conveyance will be under and subject to any mortgages or other liens of record.
Q. How do you transfer a real estate deed to a court appointed administrator when the deceased did not have a will in PA?
A: You don’t transfer property to the administratrix. Rather, if the property is to be sold, the administratrix becomes the seller and executes a deed to the new buyer. What you have described about insurance is a typical problem. Usually, the homeowner’s insurance company will allow you to purchase a new fire and extended casualty policy, even if the property is vacant, for up to a year. It will be more expensive. In this instance, if the stepchild is in the house, that should actually help you get insurance because the home is occupied and not vacant.
Q. Two organizers on a real estate LLC and one dies, does #2 own it all? Bradford PA
A: You need to review this with a lawyer. However, if you write a Will and leave your interest in the LLC to her and, at the same time, insert a provision in your Operating Agreement to express that that is your intent, you should be able to accomplish this. Remember that there will be an inheritance tax on the value of the LLC that passes to her, and you must provide for that. You can also review with a lawyer if it makes sense to have the LLC jointly owned between you and her. That is the easiest way to accomplish this and will result in less inheritance tax. However, there may be reasons that joint ownership is not good for you, which is why this transaction must be reviewed with a lawyer.
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