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Allegheny County Bar Association Releases Legal Tips on Holiday Shopping

“It is so easy now to take care of your shopping from your home computer, but we caution people to be careful to ensure a seller is reputable and to guard your personal and financial information.”

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – November 29, 2011.  The officers of the Allegheny County Bar Association today released legal tips on holiday shopping, including rebates, shopping online and holiday scams. These tips are the fifth in a series of monthly briefs from the association on a timely legal issue. The legal tips are part of the association’s ramped-up marketing efforts to better inform the general public about the free legal information, assistance, and services available through the bar.

According to Howard J. Schulberg, President of the Allegheny County Bar Association, “While the holiday season is a time to be with family and to exchange gifts and best wishes, we want to ensure that the season isn’t ruined for our residents due to misunderstood shopping policies or holiday scams.”

Schulberg said this month’s legal tips should be shared with family members and friends because so many people are now doing a lot of their buying over the Internet which could lead to disappointment and identity theft.  “It is so easy now to take care of your shopping from your home computer, but we caution people to be careful to ensure a seller is reputable, that there is a method for you to track purchases, and to guard your personal and financial information.”

Future monthly tips will focus on such areas of the law as bankruptcy, wills and estates, collaborative law, divorce and custody issues, and teens and the law. The September 2011 monthly legal tips dealt with how to find an attorney. For more information on the Allegheny County Bar Association’s monthly legal tips, visit the association’s For the Public website at www.acba.org.

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, The Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,500 member attorneys, judges, legal administrators, and paralegals.



Howard J. Schulberg
Allegheny County Bar Association


Whitney Hughes, Esquire
Director, ACBA Lawyer Referral Service

Tom Loftus
Director of Marketing/Media Relations
Allegheny County Bar Association



Allegheny County Bar Association Monthly Legal Tips
“Holiday Shopping”

November 29, 2011

We're in the thick of the holiday shopping season and are running into stores for gifts and buying online. Below are some situations you’re likely to encounter this time of year and some helpful tips.







Be extremely cautious when facing any of the following – more often than not they are pitfalls for the unwary consumer:

If you need a referral for an attorney, contact the Allegheny County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service at 412-261-5555.


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