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Updated Dog Law in Pennsylvania

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On October 23, 2023, Gov. Josh Shapiro signed into law Senate Bill 746, which increases penalties for dog owners with dogs that have attacked people or other animals. The stated purpose of this bill is to: improve public safety, improve…
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What is Dram Shop Liability?

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When you’ve been injured by a driver who drank and drove, it’s not just the driver who is liable. In some cases, the bar that served a driver too much alcohol before turning them loose on the roads is also liable for your injuries. This…
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Common Legal Terms

Almost every field comes with its own set of jargon that really only makes sense to the people in that field. The law is certainly no exception. We’d like to demystify some of that jargon. Below is a list of 50 common legal terms you might…
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Franchising v. Licensing: An Entrepreneur’s Dilemma

For those wishing to start a business and work for themselves, there are a number of perplexing decisions that have to be made right up front. One of the most important decisions that you will have to face is whether to license a product, service…
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Foreclosure and Rent-to-Own Agreements

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Rent-to-Own Agreements have become more popular in Pennsylvania in the last several years as an alternative method of financing for buyers who are unable to get traditional mortgages. Sellers sometimes offer these agreements as a way to obtain…
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Appealing a Custody Order

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What do you do when a judge gets the custody decision wrong? How can you appeal a bad decision that is going to hurt your children or your family? Under Pennsylvania law there are typically two types of appeals that you take from custody orders. Two…
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Making Your Band into a Brand: Does Your Band Need an LLC?

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While it’s not strictly necessary, an LLC can help your band. Whether you’re rocking out with your audience in a packed concert or recording a new song in a quiet studio, there are certain risks and responsibilities your band may encounter.…
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Do I have to list all my creditors when I file for bankruptcy?

When filing for bankruptcy, a consumer is required to list all their creditors in their bankruptcy petition and schedules. This includes creditors for secured debts, such as a mortgage or car loan, and unsecured debts, such as credit card debt…
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Can filing for bankruptcy disrupt my social security benefits?

Because of bankruptcy’s reputation, it’s normal to have questions about filing. When it comes to your social security benefits, you don’t have to worry. Individuals who file for bankruptcy are typically able to keep their social security…
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Six Dos and Don'ts when Getting Sued

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Knock, knock! The Sheriff shows up at your door and hands you papers. “You’re being sued,” he quietly explains, and perhaps asks you to sign something noting you were served. As you close the door behind you, a number of thoughts may drift…