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Is it legal to distribute video live-streamed, but where the saved copy was actually accessed from company databases?

A friend of mine recently asked for advice regarding an incident at the place they work. They work at a dog daycare in Pennsylvania which offers a live feed on the cameras. On one of their off days, ...
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How do you value damages on missing features in a lease? [closed]

We leased a car that was supposed to have an auto starter. I have written correspondence of this and I believe it is in the paperwork for the lease as well. The car does not. The dealer is ...
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Can my landlord charge me a fee not stated in the lease? But told in text/verbally?

This is in Pennsylvania. My landlord told me, before I signed the lease, that there is a 45 dollar laundry fee every month. Ok, fine. I go to sighn the lease, and no where in the lease does it state ...
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Can a shock collar be a substitute for a leash in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, there are state laws for handling of dogs. My dog wears a shock collar, and I know that my dog will not run and will listen to me. Do I still have to have them on a leash?
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To sell a house in Pennsylvania, does everybody on the title have to agree?

In the state of Pennsylvania (USA), does every person listed as the owner on the title of a house have to agree in order for one of the owners to be able to sell the house? I've read that the law ...
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What was the basis/reasoning for Pennsylvania's Supreme Court decision to declare the state old-age assistance program unconstitutional in the 1920s?

I read that From 1918 to 1927 [Abe] Epstein served as research director of the Pennyslvania Commission on Old Age Pensions. In that capacity, he was instrumental in having the State adopt an old-age ...
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Call from detective [closed]

say hypothetically someone committed a the crime of stealing a public sign and being publicly intoxicated under the age of 21.. The next day a detective calls asking to talk in person and says they &...
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If involved in an accident, while uninsured, for which the other driver is insured, can the other insurance company turn them in?

A friend of a friend recently had this situation come up. They were driving uninsured as a result of one of their housemates having tossed the bills as they came in. They learned they were uninsured ...
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What does "sign it voluntarily as my own free act" mean?

At the very end of a company's severance agreement (for laid-off employees), just before the signature box, the agreement reads (emphasis mine): I HAVE CAREFULLY READ THE FOREGOING RELEASE, FULLY ...
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Home repair contractor invoicing separately for costs not listed as separate in their proposal

I am located in Pennsylvania, USA and have hired a home improvement contractor to make some repairs, which they are currently in the middle of. In their proposal, which I signed and accepted, there ...
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How are damages calculated if replacement requires purchase of unnecessary parts?

I own a sports car and was recently rear-ended by someone who has accepted full liability. My insurance is trying to price out the repair cost of my car and assures me I will not be out of pocket ...
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Does the death of a party involved in the execution of a will mean that they do not inherit?

A friend of mine is engaged in a lengthy probate process over her inheritance from her parents with her brother as the executor. Without getting into details of why it's been so protracted, it's been ...
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Am I eligible for unemployment benefits while waiting for a final job offer?

I was laid off for 'lack of work' earlier this week. About a day or so later I ended up accepting an employment offer from a large corporation. However, the issue is, I cannot start this job for six ...
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How many people must be on the board of directors of a U.S. nonprofit organization?

Non-legally-savvy individual in Pennsylvania (PA) in the U.S. here. I've been learning a little about nonprofit corporations recently, and have had trouble finding a definitive answer to the question: ...
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How to unhire a lawyer (US)

As suggested by previous commenters here and on money.se, I hired a lawyer to help with issues with my late brother's estate, so that I could sell property we co-owned (joint with right of ...
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Taxes question and fake address

Suppose that a non US woman W is married to a US Citizen husband H. W has a green card. W and H live together in Pennsylvania. Suppose that W's parents in law (L) moved to a nearby state. Suppose ...
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How to find court records for Pennsylvania child support orders

I have been getting emails sent by the state of Pennsylvania about missed mandatory court ordered child support payments that my estranged father is apparently supposed to be making. I am trying to ...
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If a person punches my wife and I am right there, do I have a right to punch that person, or use a singular subduing technique in response?

Background The other day my wife and I were ordering takeout from a restaurant. As we were leaving there was a really narrow doorway of people coming in and out. My wife, probably out of a mix of ...
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Can a company I've never been a customer of send me to collections?

I bought a house in PA that has a propane tank on the premises that is rented from a propane company. I got quotes from this propane company and decided not to go with them. I received a contract with ...
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Can a landlord ask tenants if s/he can stop paying for an unused, not in lease, security system?

Not sure if this is more of an etiquette or a legal question but... Suppose that a landlord advertised a rental property in 2020 and mentioned in the ads that it was secured by an ADT security system. ...
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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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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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