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Landlord penalty for law enforcement calls

This law sounds likely to be unconstitutional and/or invalid because it is pre-empted by state or federal laws. Among other things it probably violates the First Amendment right to petition the ...
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Could New Jersey Really Ban Pennsylvania Drivers?

Constitution of the USA, Article IV, Section 1: Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by ...
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Can a shock collar be a substitute for a leash in Pennsylvania?

I guess your local law in question does not actually define "leash". Which is fine, people know what a leash is. The dictionary defines it as "a line for leading or controlling an ...
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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?

massachusetts This is a matter of state law, so let's look at a particular state: Massachusetts. My answer below is largely based on the Massachusetts model jury instructions for self-defense cases. ...
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Can a shock collar be a substitute for a leash in Pennsylvania?

First of all, there is not just one singular "PA leash law". There are various rules in state law about dogs, and in addition to that, local government can have additional rules - so the ...
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Landlord penalty for law enforcement calls

This problem seems not to be unique, see this article. Ohio is reported to have about 50 of them. Here is a legal paper on crime-free housing ordinances, and this includes nuisance ordinances which ...
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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?

england-and-wales In English law, you would have an absolute right to defend your partner (or in fact any innocent bystander) using what is referred to as 'reasonable force'. In this instance, you ...
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Am I eligible for unemployment benefits while waiting for a final job offer?

Yes As far as unemployment is concerned, your "offer" is only a potential job, as it is not yet binding, and in any case for their purposes it does not count until you actually start paid ...
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Does the death of a party involved in the execution of a will mean that they do not inherit?

The common law rule was that to inherit you have to outlive the decedent from whom you are inheriting, and that the inheritance would pass to your estate if you died before distribution was made. ...
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To sell a house in Pennsylvania, does everybody on the title have to agree?

In General To sell the entire house in a voluntary transaction with a particular buyer, everyone who is in title (or someone with authority to act on their behalf, such as a power of attorney agent or ...
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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?

Threatening to report the uninsured driver to avoid payment would be blackmail and illegal / criminal. As a result, they are not going to do this. Reporting the uninsured driver on the other hand is ...
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Can a shock collar be a substitute for a leash in Pennsylvania?

Yes, as another answer points out, under Pennsylvania's Title 3, § 459-305, you must use a leash or similar when out and about with your dog. Also note that if you choose to ignore the law, your dog ...
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Can an estate be a beneficiary?

No Pennsylvania law § 2104 requires: (10) Requirement that heir survive decedent for five days.--Any person who fails to survive the decedent by five days shall be deemed to have predeceased the ...
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Is it legal for a landlord to refuse a lease because an Occupant on the application is an undocumented immigrant?

The default rule is that a landlord can refuse to rent to anyone for any reason, in which case the landlord can refuse to rent in this case. There are civil rights laws that limit this discretion in ...
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What does "sign it voluntarily as my own free act" mean?

The "Severance Agreement" is a contract between the company and you. It spells out what the company will do and probably what they expect you to do going forward. Simple enough. The ...
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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?

There are two options in Washington state for using force against the assailant. The first is in defense of a family member, see RCW 9A.16.110(1): No person in the state shall be placed in legal ...
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Am I eligible for unemployment benefits while waiting for a final job offer?

You are not currently employed You have been laid off. Your new job will start in about 6 months if you complete that check. That is not unique but comparable to someone needing to undergo mandatory ...
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Is fraudulent activity related to renting a residence - Theft by Deception?

As you note, it does appear that this tenant has committed one or more crimes. In Pennsylvania crimes are prosecuted by the state, and you can begin the process by filing a private criminal complaint ...
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Quiet Title Action. Is this normal?

It is unusual, but not unheard of, to do a quiet title action in connection with an arms length, non-related party sale of real estate. The far more customary practice is for the seller to do the ...
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Could New Jersey Really Ban Pennsylvania Drivers?

There is a law that addresses this question: §1502 of chapter 15 exempts from the requirement to obtain a licenses (in PA) in the case of (3) Any nonresident who is at least 16 years of age and who ...
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Can a shock collar be a substitute for a leash in Pennsylvania?

Laws requiring dogs to be on a leash are usually local government ordinances and not state laws. So the language of the ordinance in your particular locality would matter. But, generally speaking ...
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Does flashing high beams give police probable cause to stop a vehicle?

Generally yes, but it depends on both context and jurisdiction. For example, if you arrived from a different street segment at 4-way stop at the same time as another car, and give a flash to ...
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Can the mother of a child keep the father's name off of the child's birth certificate?

Under 28 Pa. Code 1.6, The child of an unmarried woman may be registered with any surname requested by the mother. If no other surname is so requested, the child shall be registered with the ...
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Is it legal to own lockpicks in Pennsylvania?

There is a relevant law, Title 18 section 907 which states that "A person commits a misdemeanor of the first degree if he possesses any instrument of crime with intent to employ it criminally". So ...
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Can an estate be a beneficiary?

The default provision is that the uncle has to survive the grandfather for his estate to inherit. A will or trust can have contrary language (sometimes requiring survival by 120 hours to 6 months) but ...
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Can an estate be a beneficiary?

Possibly, but probably not in this case It is possible to make an estate the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or an annuity. For example, it is common to have the decadent's own estate to be a ...
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Could New Jersey Really Ban Pennsylvania Drivers?

Probably not OK See the Wikipedia article "Freedom of movement under United States law where it is mentioned that freedom to move from one state to another is a right protected under the ...
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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?

The personal representative is empowered by law (esp. §3311) to undertake actions on behalf of the deceased, and enjoys certain legal immunities against personal liability for their actions. The ...
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