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1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure for Pennsylvania on
Q: my house is go to be forclosed on and i have two hips that need replaced and can hardly walk .

my son makes enough money to get us a place was wondering if he could do that with my not so good credit history .

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
W. J. Winterstein Jr. answered on Sep 21, 2020

From the reports I've seen recently, although interest rates are near record lows, the banks and other mortgage funding sources have been tightening credit, raising the minimum credit scores needed to qualify for a mortgage loan.

Probably, from what you say, your credit score is below...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: I got a speeding ticket in Pennsylvania the court said I had the pay the fine on the ticket just to get a trial or

Have a meeting with the judge to say way I couldn’t put up the collateral.. I never heard of this before can they make you pay the fine before you have a trial

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Sep 20, 2020

They make you pay the fine first which acts as collateral for the hearing. In NJ you get a court date right on the citation. In PA you have to either plead guilty or not guilty first. Almost every moving violation in PA transfers to NJ so I would advise you to plead not guilty and then go to court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My so called friend told me I could borrow his quad and then I got caught driving it and it’s impounded .Says I stole It

The police have told me I would be charged with theft and other citations waiting in mail due to running from police but there is no title for the quad at least in his name and he’s saying I stole it . Could I be charged with theft?

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Sep 19, 2020

Sure. They can charge you with theft if they have probable cause to believe that you took the vehicle without permission. Your flight could also be used against you as "consciousness of guilt." I am confused by yiur question about title... are you saying they stild the vehicle??... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: Are you allowed to give your lawyer the questions you want asked at custody modification hearing?
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Sep 19, 2020

Sure, but they dont have to ask them. There are plenty of reasons you want to ask those questions but there may be good reasons not to ask them. If you hired an attorney you trusted them to get you a result. Presumably they have litigated more of these hearings than you have. If you dont trust... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: My son got a citation for reckless driving supposedly racing and he also got a citation for not having the car

registration in the vehicle, he just paid the fines for both and pleaded guilty, what are the consequences for this?

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Sep 19, 2020

Plead not guilty because there is a 6 month suspension if he gets convicted of reckless driving. Get an experienced lawyer to go to court with him for the best chance it working out. I always recommend to my client to take a defensive driving class to make it look better. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can you be charged with theft of a vehicle By a perso who doesn’t have a titile?
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Sep 18, 2020

Depends on what you mean by "doesnt have a title." Importantly, unless they are a police offixer they cant charge you with a crime, they can accuse you and the police can charge you. This is an important distinction because they are just witnesses in the case. Most people who are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Pennsylvania on
Q: I'm going through probate dad died and with no will he has a house with liens statue of limit ran out do you still pay

He has another one that was revived twice it expires again in 2021 do I have to pay them it ran out last time and they still let them revive it

Michael Cherewka
Michael Cherewka answered on Sep 18, 2020

you have a number of issues going on that make it too complicated to give you a short answer in an email like this. you need to meet with an attorney with experience in probate and real estate to determine what your obligations and options are, especially if you are the estate administrator.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How do I go about pressing charges against someone for abuse of a corpse

Pictures taken and placed on facebook of my mom in casket

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Sep 18, 2020

Call the police. Outside of that you can petition the DA to charge the matter. You, as a non lae enforcement entity cannot "press" charges on someone. Call the police or oerhaps talk to a civil attorney about suing them.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Q: What type of lawyer would i need to pursue a suit against a finance company?

My car loan company wrote my loan off as a skip and placed it in collections then a year later (This april) reopened the account without my knowledge and consent and added thousands onto the balance as missed payments. When contacted about it they say they have no knowledge of this but my credit... Read more »

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Sep 17, 2020

You should contact a Litigation Attorney who is experienced in consumer loans and practices in the county where any lawsuit would be brought. Your county bar association should be able to refer you to an appropriate attorney, if you don’t know of one.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Going from Judge Advocate General (JAG) to Federal Judge

If I join the military as a JAG, I am required to serve there for four years. In the long term, I want to be a federal judge. However, will spending four years as a JAG hurt my chances of becoming a federal judge given that I will be four years behind in regards to clerking for judges compared to... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 15, 2020

Maybe the best person to pose your question to could be a former JAG. But your question remains open for four weeks. Given the high regard for the program because of its selection process, many would see it as a strong accomplishment. Some might see the fact that you would probably be working with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a hotel in Pennsylvania refuse service to a local customer who went to check in who made a reservation in advance
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 14, 2020

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. It should not happen under ordinary circumstances, but COVID has introduced some new issues to the hotel and hospitality industry. If it is for other reasons, an attorney could advise more meaningfully with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property, Patents (Intellectual Property) and Probate for Pennsylvania on
Q: Disposition of valuable patents following death of inventor no probate filed-how to proceed-discover commercial uses?

Need advice re Highly valuable international energy saving patents authored by recently deceased inventor and assigned to small Pa. company in which I hold shares and from which I am owed $.

No will or probate action I can find. Death in early 2020. Processes now being used by Morton... Read more »

Michael Cherewka
Michael Cherewka answered on Sep 14, 2020

There are a lot of unknown facts in your question/scenario which require review of existing documents ( the Company documents -Bylaws or Operating Agreement / Buy-sell / your loans to Company) (the Assignment of patent rights) and possibly some research regarding registration of the patents and the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: The officer dropped the speed to 70 and said no points would be on my liscense. So should I still pay online?

The officer said I could pay online and I see that being easier, also should I put in the a note stating I paid online with the guilty portion with my signature of pleading guilty?

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Sep 13, 2020

Have a lawyer review the ticket before you do anything

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: I got pulled over for speeding, am I able to pay the fine online on a Sunday or does it have to be during the week?
Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Sep 13, 2020

Do not pay the fine online as you will be pleading guilty and points may be assigned to your license. If you were guilty of any speed over 6 miles over the limit and you are looking at anywhere from 2 to 5 points. Additionally if it is a high-speed case you could lose your license. Before you pay... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello, I have filed a writ of mandamus and the status with the Court is "awaiting answers". Answers from whom?
Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels answered on Sep 12, 2020

Answers, I suppose, from whoever is on the other side. There must be some one or some entity who is required to respond.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: my nephew got arrested for throwing rocks at a abandoned buding..and someone called the cops.now the owner of that build

wants to press charges, what rights does my 16 year old have at this point t

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Sep 10, 2020

The right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, if he cant afford one one will be provided. As he is a juvenile they are often routed to the public defender's office. He has the right to a trial where he can assert potential defenses (abandoned property and possibly others) and all of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Daughter is paying rent during covid-19, landlord won't renew lease, she has autoimmune disorder,

Only reason won't renewal lease cause she asked for repairs, which was hazardous, & apartments not in demand due to covid. She has autoimmune disorder, he didn't even give In writing, through text. Has nowhere to go. What can she do, as there was extension for eviction & non... Read more »

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Sep 9, 2020

The Governor’s Executive Order prohibiting eviction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic expired on August 31, 2020. The Governor has said he does not have the legal authority to extend the prohibition, but the Pennsylvania Legislature is currently considering extending it. Assuming this... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: My 20 year old son got a speeding ticket while driving my car. He handed over his license as well as the registration.

The citation has my name and icense info on it even though my son was driving - can that be right? Shouldnt his info be on that? Will that affect me?

Ellis B. Klein
Ellis B. Klein answered on Sep 8, 2020

Sounds like the officer made a mistake by putting your name as the driver of the vehicle. If that is the case then there’s a good chance you can get it dismissed. To answer your question yes, you would be the one responsible if the ticket is written in your name so I would suggest pleading not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hey I live in PA, I was wondering if I were able to get blinking brake lights

I see major benefits with this, mainly visibility of the vehicle

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 5, 2020

This is something a Pennsylvania attorney could advise best on, but your post remains open for three weeks. There wasn't a question in your post. If you want to install such lights on your vehicle, you should find out whether they would still enable your vehicle to pass annual safety... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: Once a Motion To Reconsider is filed and marked by the court, does the Judge have a time limit to respond...if at all?

A MTR was filed within the allotted time. It was marked by the court. It has now been 20 days and I have yet to hear anything. A contempt complaint that was filed at the same time, was scheduled within 15 days.

Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels answered on Sep 3, 2020

Unless there's a Rule limiting the court's time to respond, there's no time limit. However, if the motion is denied, that ruling will start the clock running on noting the appeal--if you want to do that.

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