Pennsylvania Questions & Answers

Q: Brother and sister own real estate joint with ROS. One wants to change to tenants in common. Special wording?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 21, 2017

You would need a deed from the two of you, as joint tenants, to the two of you, as tenants in common, and not as joint tenants with right of survivorship. You would be best advised to have a lawyer do this.
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Q: What might happen when the employer's doctor says fully recovered and Social Security approves a disability claim?

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 21, 2017

The standards for "Total Disability" are different for Social Security and Pennsylvania Workers Compensation.

Just because a IME physician opines that you are fully recovered from your work-related injury, does not mean that this Opinion would be accepted by a Workers Compensation Judge, nor does it mean that Social Security Administration will adopt said Opinion with respect to your Claim for Social Security Disability.

As a result of recent regulations, Claimant's...
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Q: Can you put a 2 weeks notice on while on workmens comp? How does that work with the pay?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 21, 2017

If you are receiving workers' compensation wage loss benefits and you quite your job, you will allow the defendant/employer to argue that they should no longer be required to pay wage loss benefits since your loss of earnings is now as a result of your voluntary quite rather than your work injury. This could be very damaging not only to your current entitlement to benefits, but also to your future entitlement. I would strongly suggest that you review your claim with a local workers'...
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Q: Husband is deceased; no will. Husband’s name on deed. House bought while married. How does wife get deed in her name?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 20, 2017

You need to open an estate and be appointed Administratrix.

If there are children, whether yours or from a prior marriage, they are entitled to a percentage of the assets, including the house. This is called an "intestate share." If you want to keep the house, you would have to buy them out or see if they will give up their rights (renounce). The fact that the house was purchased while you were married is irrelevant.

If, on the other hand, there are no children, you, as...
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Q: My husband recently passed away, he had a will but left everything to me, such as insurance policies, 401k's, the house.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Estate Planning and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 20, 2017

The Will will need to be filed (probated) and an estate opened. You would be best advised to at least consult an attorney to help you with the estate.
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Q: Would my daughters father automatically get visitation rights if i file for child support after no contact with her 11yr

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 19, 2017

No, it's not automatic. He'd have to file for custody through the court. That having been said, provided the court determines that he's not a danger to your child, he may be awarded custodial rights. Depending on how long it's been since she's seen him, the court may order what is called reunification therapy first. If he does file, it would be a good idea for you to at least consult with an experienced family law attorney in your area.
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Q: I live in PA. The previous tenants did not pay their water bill, How do we get it turned back on?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 18, 2017

You need availability of water for your use as part of rental agreement. If for any reasons disconnected is a liability of owner/manager to fix it without further delay. Notify him, in writing, and deliver it appropriately for immediate water availability or else you will pay the delinquent bill and amount will be adjusted out of rent.
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Q: What will happen if charged with felony counts of robbery, burglary and criminal trespass and misdemeanor assualt count

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 17, 2017

There is no meaningful way to answer this question. There are a lot of what could happen scenarios but no one can say for certain. When anyone is charged with criminal charges such as these they need the help of competent local counsel. That is because there are a lot of negotiations that can occur that can lead to significantly less charges. Additionally, if no negotiations are fruitful a trial may be needed. The average person, while constitutionally allowed to represent themselves, does not...
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Q: Can an estate lawyer ask for the mortgage application from someone buying the house from their client

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 16, 2017

You can always ask, but I can't imagine that you could get a confidential document like that. I confess that I have never heard of this happening.
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Q: WC benefits resumedin Pennsylvania I am owed 30 weeks of benifits. When will I receive my back pay? Thank you.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 16, 2017

It is difficult to answer your question without more information. If you have received a decision reinstating your wage loss benefits that is not appealed, your wage loss benefits should be paid within 30 days of the decision.

If you have been out of work for 30 weeks without receiving benefits, it would appear that benefits are being contested, and you will need to file a petition. If this is the case, you are more likely to be successful if you hire a lawyer to assist you....
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Q: My mother passed away without a will and I want to buy her home from my three brothers.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

Title search--yes, for your own good.

You need to have an estate opened so you can buy it from the estate. With agreement of all you can then close the estate.

Consult him as to what the estate wants.

You should have an idea of the house but you may want an appraisal or inspection --but that's up toyou.

Good luck!
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Q: What is the process of dropping out of highschool and getting my GED in pa?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

You should talk to your guidance counselor. You will have to take GED classes and then take the exam.
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Q: Suing prospective buyers for damage done during home inspection, can we repair before going to court?

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

Get estimates and present to they buyers and their agent.

You have a claim but it's not the strongest as you assume as with any guest you let in they may spill something. That happens when people come in.

I suggest you'll be better off for selling if you get the carpet cleaned or replaced. Your agent can guide you as to what replacement is best, given that the person buying may not care for your carpet and won't keep it.

If you are pulling up the rug, besides...
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Q: I live in Hawaii and I'm having trouble with a young lady I used to date .

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Wrongful Death for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

Search court records in Pennsylvania. However they may not show you what you need, and she may have changed her name due to marriage or otherwise.
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Q: My mom is taking me for custody of my kids and won't let me have them. Can she do that?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

I always have to ask this up front, what does the order say? If you don't have a custody order than its legal. Its not smart because it makes her look bad in the eyes of the court, but you both have equal custody of the children and until a court order otherwise its the wild west. Her not letting you see the children is bad for her case, however, as it touches many of the sixteen factors the court will be considering. If she has an attorney they are probably advising her not to do this as...
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Q: what kind of attorney should I speak to?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Estate Planning, Family Law and Appeals / Appellate Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

You say a benefit you had. So you should tell the benefit people not to pay to that account.

I would talk first to a family coiunselor, as you don't want to get legally heavy as a first option or it's going to make family gatherings more strained then they are, especially with everyone being stressed due to the cancer.

If dad has a concern someone will use the money for their own purposes, he can give you the right to see the account without giving you the withdrawal....
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Q: Can I go to hospital after injury or do I have travel to employees dr

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

You go to hospital if its' an emergency. If not you see the employers doctor, assuming your employer has a list, then comp want pay. (you can go anywhere you want, but for the first 90 days--3 months-- comp will only cover emergency visits or visits to doctors on the employers' list if they have one)

If the employer doesn't have a list of 6 doctors (you get to choose) you can go to a doctor of your choice....
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Q: How to get my sisters name off our deed?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Landlord - Tenant and Probate for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

As a co-owner, your sister is responsible for half the taxes and other municipal charges. She is also responsible for half the improvements. However, since you live there, she has the right to receive rent. Possibly, if you were to contact a lawyer and sue her, she would surrender and give you a deed as a settlement of claims. There is, however, also a possibility that she would counterclaim against you for the rent she is entitled to.

You need to sort all this out with a lawyer....
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Q: My baby dad has anger issues and for the first time he pushed me hard there was two witness & I’m pregnant what can I do

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

You should really consult with a family law attorney. That kind of conduct is never appropriate and it may very well be that you need a PFA. Importantly, you need distance from this person. Not knowing all of your circumstances, living arrangements and such, its hard to say from here. But if you are truly afraid of the person and can find a place to live without him a PFA is a good way to draw the line in the sand. A family law attorney can walk you through all the outcomes and in...
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Q: What most likely will happen?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Juvenile Law and Patents for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 14, 2017

So sorry, your question was posted to PATENTS (INVENTIONS) by mistake, you may want to change the topics associated with this question. I hope you find the answers you need.
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