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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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Are sellers expected to pay for formerly working Furnace after purchase?

Bought a house recently. When we had the inspection the furnace worked and when we did the walk through they had replaced the thermostat and the heat was off. Now, after signing, the furnace is ...
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Realtor broke contract without notifying

I have been in the process of buying a house for the last months and my realtor had been acting strange as she kept arguing for the Seller. Now First off I live in PA so Dual Agency is allowed, ...
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In Pennsylvania, if both men are drunk and oral sex is performed, not once but twice, is a verdict of indeviate sexual assault proper?

There is a situation in which fratboy A and fratboy B met in a fraternity house. They became close and text message picture of penises we're exchanged. Later, at a party, fratboy A and fratboy B ended ...
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Are you eligible for FMLA leave if the event occurred while you were not eligible?

Consider the scenario where you work for an FMLA eligible employer, and are not a key employee. During the time period you are not eligible for FMLA, your partner gives birth to a child. You become ...
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References to unknown ordinance (Ord. 271, 6/8/1992)

I am still dealing with the enforcement of an in-town ordinance that is more than vague. (Pennsylvania, U.S.) E. The accumulation of heavy undergrowth and/or vegetation which would impair the ...
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Threat of fines in excess of allowable law, PA State Constitution, and US Constitution

Background: I own a historic building in a small town in Pennsylvania. My property as well as the house behind it and others were cited as significant historical properties as examples that allowed ...
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What is the anatomy of a small claims case?

My specific situation applies to Pennsylvania. I live in Washington County and the defendant lives in Allegheny county. But a generic answer applicable nationwide would be welcome (if possible). My ...
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Is it legal for an individual to raffle a car in Pennsylvania?

I am currently trying to sell my car. However, it is very rare and relatively expensive, and finding a buyer is a slow process. However, everywhere I go I get compliments and people say they would ...
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Pennsylvania Leash and Dangerous Dog Unclear

The Pennsylvania dog laws are not entirely clear to me. Scenario: Just down the block, a home owner with 2 dogs had two 8 foot sections of their fence blown down late last fall. In place of the ...
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PA Right to Know Law : could a person ask the local police department what records or information they have on a former resident of the town?

This specifically concerns Right to Know Law in the State of Pennsylvania Under PA Right to Know law, could a person ask the local police department what records or information they have on a former ...
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Is it legal to restrict rental advertisement to local principles only?

Being a landlord, I discovered years ago that there are a lot of marketers trying to sell lead lists posing as someone who is relocating. The problem is this, my rentals are in a tiny town that no-one,...
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Are records for Right To Know requests maintained, and are they publicly accessible?

This is specifically concerning the Right to Know law in Pennsylvania. If a person claims they have filed a Right to Know request with an agency (e.g. a police department), can evidence of that ...
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Can landlord charge a fee to return security deposit by wire or mail?

I am an international student living in Pennsylvania, USA for the semester. I had to pay a security deposit when I rented this property and now my landlord is saying that I must pay a "shipping" ...
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Rental heater improperly installed. Now I'm expected to repair. What are my options?

I've moved a rental in the spring. In the rental contract I am responsible for regular maintenance as the oil heater needs yearly servicing. As the weather is cooling off I scheduled servicing. The ...
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Who is liable when a turning car "interferes" with bicycle going straight? (Pennsylvania)

Pennsylvania Vehicle Code section 3331e states that Interference with pedalcycles.--No turn by a driver of a motor vehicle shall interfere with a pedalcycle proceeding straight while operating in ...
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Conflicting written versus parenthetical days in a commercial contract

In a commercial contract, if the written and parenthetical days in a clause are in disagreement, which takes precedence?
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Penalty for recording conversation in PA

I was in jeopardy of losing my job so when I was called into a meeting with my boss I recorded without their knowledge for my own use because I was so scared I knew I wouldn't remember the ...
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What motion follows a failure to show cause?

I am representing myself. I filed a motion to terminate probation on April 8th, the motion was received by a judge on the 11th and he issued an order of rule to show cause to the district attorney's ...
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Seizure of automobile as a result of a judgement

I am a landlord in Pennsylvania and am in the process of an eviction of a very bad tenant. There will be a judgement for back rent and damages, however, the personal property of the tenant is pure ...
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Is it legal for a landlord to refuse a lease because an Occupant on the application is an undocumented immigrant?

(For clarity: Applicant - the adult financially responsible for the lease. Occupant - anyone over the age of 18 that will be residing with the Applicant but is not financially responsible for the ...
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Is fraudulent activity related to renting a residence - Theft by Deception?

I discovered Wednesday that a recent tenant of 1.5 months misrepresented themselves, and lied and omitted information on the rental application to hide the truth and gain entry into my apartment. The ...
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How can I enforce a judgement against an LLC owned by minors in PA?

How can I sue an LLC owned by minors in PA, after a court order to pay has been ignored? I sued an LLC I was renting a house from because I did not receive my security deposit back when I moved. I ...
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Is it legal to own lockpicks in Pennsylvania?

I am interested in learning about lockpicking as a hobby. I have heard from others that intent to use the picks for something otherwise illegal is what can actually get you into trouble, but I have ...
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Does flashing high beams give police probable cause to stop a vehicle?

Is it illegal to flash high beams to signal other cars? If police see you doing so is it a valid pretext for a traffic stop?
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Consequence for injury of child trespasser [closed]

My friend and I brought a rental house last year in Philadelphia, PA., and it was under construction for few months. While the house was under work, the kids from the neighborhood trespassed to my ...
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Is it legal to *prohibit* recording a conversation in Pennsylvania?

I went to a walk-in patient care facility earlier this evening, and asked the provider upon his entrance if I could record the interview. (I realize this feels adversarial, but I had a valid reason.) ...
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Can a jury change a price?

Suppose the following facts: Alice contracts to buy a car from Bob for $10,000, in a negotiated and relatively simple written contract between competent parties. Alice takes the car. Edit after ...
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Where does the title "tipstaff" come from?

This blog post discusses the duties of a "tipstaff" as a role that still exists in Pennsylvania (US) courts, which includes clerical duties such as ordering motions and announcements etc. There are ...
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Interim Relocation Coverage Under Homeowners Policy

We had a flood in a rental property in Philadelphia, PA. The floors are now "dry" but there is significant water damage and the walls and ceilings are soaked. To prevent mold from forming, as soon as ...
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Could an employee be fired as they are about to quit in order to pay them severance?

In series finale of The Office, Jim and Pam are about to quit their jobs in Scranton to move to Philadelphia. As they are about to quit, their manager, Dwight, fires them, and tells them that they ...
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Can a F1-visa student have income from renting his or her apartment?

I know the international students (F1-visa) are limited when it comes to work (max 20 hours/week on campus job). However, are they allowed to have other sources of income in US? Is renting his/her ...
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Does Pennsylvania have a mature minor doctrine?

I'm not trying to get medical care, I'm just curious. I was wondering if the state of Pennsylvania had what is known as a "Mature Minor Doctrine" which, if I understand correctly, would allow minors, ...
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Paid double state taxes as a remote worker, how do I resolve?

During the 2014 tax year, I moved from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. I kept the same job working for my employer in Pennsylvania as a remote worker. Despite several requests on my part for my ...
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In Pennsylvania is there more legal protection in forming a LLC as opposed to operating as sole proprietor?

In theory an LLC (Limited Liability Company) offers a level of protection for the owner if being sued. I want to buy houses and rent them out, I have some fear of being sued by tenants in the ...

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