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Questions concerning the laws, criminal justice system, civil court procedures and related topics specific to the state of Pennsylvania.

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Must bystanders do anything if they witness an ongoing rape in the Pennsylvania, United States?

I read on https://www.cbsnews.com/news/philadephia-septa-train-rain-bystanders-shouldve-intervented-police-say/: A woman was allegedly raped on a suburban Philadelphia train last week while police ...
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Finding transcripts and associated documents for late 19th century Pennsylvania Orphans Court and Supreme Court decisions

Elisabetha Dietsche was my great-great-great-great-grandmother. She lived in Elzach, Baden (now part of Germany) from 1798 to 1844. Under the law in Baden at the time, she and her partner needed ...
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Can I deduct a repair/replacement cost from my rent if the landlord endlessly stalls on fixing it?

I have been living in a townhome in Philadelphia, PA for a little over 2 months. There have been endless repairs needed on the home (all due to previous tenants/times) which the landlord has gotten to ...
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Can a delayed-formation of a condo association enable required back-pay of fees?

John owns a condo unit in Philadelphia, PA. This unit is part of a single building, which houses 3 total units. John owns A, Janet owns B, and Chris owns C. John and Janet both bought their units from ...
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Can a couple place mortgages in separate names while sharing funds?

A couple is going to get married next year. They are currently engaged and share funds between each other. The soon-to-be-husband has a mortgage in his name. Can they qualify for special programs for ...
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Landlord penalty for law enforcement calls

The town where we own a rental property had a meeting for landlords (by which I mean owners of rental property) recently. Those who attended reported learning that there are some new laws regarding ...
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Can I sell a rhino horn carving?

Suppose that a son inherits a rhino horn carving from his father. Assuming that the father acquired the horn without violating any laws that were in force at the time it was acquired. Can the son ...
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Is Bill Cosby entitled to compensation under Pennsylvania law over his imprisonment?

Bill Cosby has just been released from prison after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction. As Mr Cosby spent two years in prison on the basis of an incorrect conviction, is he ...
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Can I inspect my rental property in between lease terms?

I have tenants in a rental property (in Philadlephia, PA) who are going to be renewing their yearly lease. Am I allowed to request/dictate a visual inspection of the property as a conditional ...
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When I move to Pennsylvania, will the State Jury selection system keep track of when I was called to serve in my previous state?

Background I recently moved to Pennsylvania from Massachusetts. Three years ago in MA I was called for state jury duty. I remember the officer there explained to me that being called for state jury ...
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Is Barb entitled to the full calendar month of her rental apartment despite an out-of-sync 60 day notice?

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Barb has been living in an apartment complex in which her lease is month-to-month. The rent is not prorated based on the number of days in the month; each month, ...
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Findings on a home inspection: No wording in agreement that I have to pay for findings. Do I need to?

We had a home inspection done, but a week before closing our buyers want an inspection and “all findings coming off of the sale price”. We have a paragraph in our Agreement of Sale that gives our ...
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Property held as joint tenancy with right of survivorship still needs probate?

I bought a house with my brother. The deed says joint tenancy with right of survivorship. My brother died, and I want to sell the house. The underwriter for the title company says my brother's estate ...
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What is the threshold for probable cause to run a drug-sniffing dog around a car in Pennsylvania?

What is the threshold for probable cause to run a drug-sniffing dog around a car in Pennsylvania? My husband was pulled over in Pennsylvania. There was nothing in arms reach out in plain sight to ...
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Could New Jersey Really Ban Pennsylvania Drivers?

The official NJ governor account posted a tweet saying that PA drivers were banned from NJ. The tweet was an April Fools joke, but that made me wonder, could NJ really pass a law banning PA drivers? I ...
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Quiet Title Action. Is this normal?

I am in the process of purchasing a home for the first time. The title has a cloud because the house was sold at a tax sale in 2018 (the owner was deceased). The guy who bought it sold it to another ...
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What is the emancipation process?

I am looking into emancipation and was wondering what the process looks like. I live in PA. Any information will help.
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Can an estate be a beneficiary?

My uncle was one of 4 beneficiaries of a large insurance annuity held by my recently deceased grandfather. My uncle passed away unexpectedly and tragically before Christmas leaving behind his wife ...
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Can I become a resident without changing my car registration? Co-lessee and lease are in Texas; the car and I moved to Pennsylvania

Recently I moved to PA after graduating from WV. I, my car, and my car's lease (from a credit union) are from Texas. When I leased, my dad got on it with me so I could go through his credit union. He'...
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What does this sentence about Trump's lawsuits in Pennsylvania mean?

Source A turning point for the Trump campaign’s legal efforts came on Nov. 13, when its core team of professional lawyers saw the writing on the wall. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in ...
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Can I get in trouble for not paying HOA fees if the HOA has not yet been 'set up'?

I own a condo which is part of a 3-condo building. I purchased this condo September, 2019. The HOA (or rather, the Condo Owner's Association, I guess) is compromised of the owners of the 3 condos (...
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Is it illegal to possess jiggler keys?

A friend of mine gave me his keys to his vehicle so I could clear off the front seat. My friend was not with me at the vehicle at this time, but I was taking a book bag from the front seat, moving it ...
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Car left in storage unit

Assume that Bob owns a car that is not up to code. Because he can't fix it, he stores it in a Pennsylvanian storage location without insurance. Because Bob didn't pay that, it defaulted and the ...
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Does an HOA have a legal duty to treat all members equally?

Suppose several members of a community put up landscaping lighting along their driveway. Some time later a member files a request to place similar lighting along their own driveway, but is denied ...
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Does an executor who is a child of the deceased have a legal right to begin processing of a property before the will is probated?

My understanding from a brief exploration of the question on the web is that the named executor of a will can't start processing the property until the will is in probate. To fill out the petition ...
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Forced arbitration with opt-out only by physical mail, can they do this?

I have an account with TruMark Credit Union. Today I received a letter telling me that unless I send them a physical letter opting-out that my right to a jury trial would be lost... can they do this? ...
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Would Multiple Coupons Stack or Apply Sequentially?

There is an episode of The Office where Michael gives a business five "10% off" coupons and forgets to write "Coupons cannot be combined." In the episode, the business claims they can use the coupons ...
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Tow truck company claim they towed my tractor trailer but I have a video of them getting into truck and driving it, what are my options?

Background story, After making my last delivery on friday night I parked my truck with trailer on a plaza lot where my friend has a decent size restaurant, I was parked right behind his unit. On ...
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Do I have a case against my employer? [closed]

In March 2018, the financial advisor I worked with, trapped me in my cubicle and asked me if a lump in his groin area made his pants fit tighter. While pressing his pants down to show me the lump, he ...
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Landlord required to divulge tenant identity

A new law requires landlords to provide the following information about their tenants: Name Who is "head of household" Phone number Age (approximate) Then the tenant is required to go to the town ...
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PA Learners Permit - Nightime Driving with Parents

I am a teen driver (still sixteen) with a Pennsylvania learners permits, and my parents and I are unsure of something. I am required so many nighttime driving hours, however, if I understand correctly,...
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Questions about PA Dangerous Dog Laws

I am the owner of a fear reactive/aggressive dog. I live in PA. Background I take responsibility for all that my dog does, and I'm embarrassed and mortified beyond belief when he bites other dogs. I'...
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What can a city do for parking tickets

I have read the question and answer here: Are parking tickets enforcable But I would like to know that if a person got a parking ticket in Pennsylvania for a street sweeper violation and didn't know ...
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Periodic Statements in Pennsylvania

I live in PA, car was leased in PA, leasing company is in NJ. I've never received a statement. Ever. Not monthly, not quarterly. In fact when I called today, I was told "we don't send statements." ...
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What to do about Fake Positive Reviews

There is a company that I have run into that had a sudden review surge. In each of these 20+ reviews, they, as in individual accounts, review a combination of the same places having reviewed by an ...
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How can one try to leave a home rental lease

Person A cosigns a lease for Person B. The lease is for a house. The lease period is for one year. The landlord agrees to allow the lease to be amended for another person, person C to be on the lease....
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Is this proper use of a FOIA request?

Assume someone wants to rent a townhouse but doesn't have good enough credit. So this person asks a co-signer to co-sign for the townhouse. The co-signer lives across the country so travel to the ...
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Filing for arbitration in the court of common pleas

So I have a contract that ended up having patently false information that is also provable. This seems like the simplest thing to me, have expert witness, have the contract, have pictures, have audio ...
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Is it legal (fair use) to use lyrics as part of a personal project?

Hypothetical question: Imagine I am working on a memorial bench for a family member who recently passed away. As part of this project I would like to use two stanzas from a commercially released song ...
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Apartment roof keeps leaking in the same spot even after it's been "fixed"

My roof keeps leaking in the exact same spot every time it rains even when it has been "fixed", meaning the roofer was called to patch the leak and patched the resulting holes in the drywall and ...
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Must a natural spring be disclosed when buying a house?

I purchased a home last fall just to discover, come spring, that it was on a natural spring. It turned out that the spring is water table dependent and as such was not present during the time of the ...
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Does the law provide for any defense or help for defense in civil family cases?

A man and woman who are not married have a baby. During the pregnancy the two split up. The woman sues the man for shared custody of the child and he is ordered to pay child support. He regularly ...
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Long haul truck driver was not paid for his job

A friend of mine had been working for transportation company (contingently company A) as a long haul truck driver in PA state before leaving it for another one (due to the poor working conditions in ...
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Can the mother of a child keep the father's name off of the child's birth certificate?

A man and woman have a baby but they are not married. They split up before the baby is born. After the baby is born, the mother sues the father for child support, wins and the father is ordered to ...
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What legal processes need to be followed, if any, to get squatters out of a house in Philadelphia?

When their father died, my wife and her two siblings inherited a townhouse in northern Philadelphia. All of them lived outside of Pennsylvania so they were thinking about renting out the property. ...
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What is the legal interpretation of "does not bear all of the following"?

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, the definition of an abandoned vehicle includes: Motor Vehicle...That is left unattended on or along a highway or other public property for more than forty-...
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At what point can I pay someone else to do maintenance and deduct the cost from rent?

I figured I should ask this as it's kind of a specific case. Basically my mom and dad moved into a place probably 15 years ago, and for years my dad did all the repairs/snow removal/landscaping/...
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Can I sue the gas company for not notifying me that gas was shut off at a rental due to tenant not paying?

I have a continuation service agreement with the gas company and they neglected to notify me that they had discontinued the tenants gas service in April of 2017 for nonpayment. They also neglected to ...
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Can LLCs be completely anonymous

I was under the impression that in every state, the creator of an LLC or INC must have at least one chief executive, and in some states, a treasurer and secretary. However, in some filings I've come ...
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How is child custody/visitation determined when there is no marriage?

A man and woman have a child in Pennsylvania. They are not married. Before the child is born, they end their relationship. Each parent finds another partner and they live separately. What are the ...