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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on
Q: chapter 7 with discharge. One loan in the chapter 7 sent me a 1099-A is that incorrect should it have been 1099c
Stuart Nachbar
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Stuart Nachbar
answered on Feb 4, 2023

Doesn't really matter. What you need to do is give to your accountant and make sure he knows you filed for bankruptcy and he files the appropriate form so it is not seen as income.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: What steps should I take to file for divorce and custody in Ford City Pennsylvania.

I've been the only income for pretty much the whole 6 yr relationship. We have a 4yr old daughter. He's stayed home with her. And still refuses to get a job now that she's in headstart. And it's been nothing but emotional abuse and gaslighting. I have 3 son's from a... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush
answered on Feb 4, 2023

I suggest that your first action should be to schedule a private consultation with a local attorney experienced in family to learn about your options and the divorce and custody processes. Even if you then decide to try to go it in your own without an attorney, which is generally not recommended,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Pennsylvania on
Q: If you are left a specified amount in a will , can the lawyer tell you your going to receive less than was specified .

The specified amount was the same for my 2 siblings and 2 charities . I live in nj but the will is coming from pa

Michael Cherewka
Michael Cherewka
answered on Feb 3, 2023

There is not enough information in your question to give you a definite answer, but if the total estate is not large enough to pay 100% of the specific bequests to you and your siblings and the charities, then yes you can receive less than 100% of the specific bequest. However, typically all of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Husband wants to adopt my son 13y. Father is in Mexico, he never met him/doesn't appear in birth cert what should I do?

I have never seen the father after my son was born (he didn't try to contact us, although I tried a couple of times to connect them, when my son was a baby and when my son was 2-3 years). He really doesn't care about my son and I don't think he will ever do it. I have never ask him... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush
answered on Feb 2, 2023

By law, the biological father must be notified that his rights will be terminated in order for your husband to adopt your son. However, if you truly don't know where he is, there are steps that can be taken to demonstrate this to the court without the need to hire an investigator. You should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: can i get help with a couple questions about my moms property

there are three names on the deed to the house. My name and my two brothers. my one brother doesn't care about the house and the other one is trying to force me to buy him out, force a sale on it, or my daughter that lives there to pay rent that wasn't agreed upon

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Feb 1, 2023

Hire an attorney to search the title, determine ownership and liens, and if prudent, file an action for Partition.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I reopen my divorce to ask for more retirement income. Divorce was in 2005.

I received part of the pension which was put in an account until he retired about 3 years ago. I get $400 but I don't think it is for the rest of my life as they took out a lump sum out of the pension.

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush
answered on Jan 31, 2023

It's probably not likely but the way to find out is to take your settlement agreement/order from your divorce and a copy of the QDRO to an attorney who practices family law in your county for a private consultation.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My parents have been married 40 years. They want to transfer property from only my dad's name to both. What do they do?

He has real estate as well as our house in his name only, and my mom wants her name put on the property as well. How can they go about switching ownership legally from just him to both of them, so that her name can also be on the deed?

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
answered on Jan 30, 2023

Easy to transfer title ownership.

Your father can sign a deed from himself to both his wife and him, and probably as joint tenants, with right of survivorship so that when one dies, the other owns the entire property automatically. He then records the deed. There will be a fee for that by...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Final Judgements from a State Supreme Court.

Good Afternoon,

If a case is brought for review to a State Supreme Court, if the losing party chooses to, would the losing party be able or perhaps allowed to reargue to the respective circuit appellate court?

I understand that the State Supreme Court is the highest court in that... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 28, 2023

The US Supreme Court is the next stop if the legal question involves a federal law or the U.S. Constitution

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My Father died in July of 2021 and his Mother my grand mother died in Dec of that year as well she had a final will

Which my father is listed on would his kin still have any rights to the property left behind

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 25, 2023

It depends on the language of your grandmother’s will. If she left a bequest to him “per stirpes”, his share would pass to his children since he died before your grandmother.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have a friend who changed their bank account and listed me as next of kin now upon rigorous paperwork he has now takin

Taken me off that list now I did not sign any paperwork I did not know about this till until today and this was done last week do I have any legal right because he did this without my knowledge or my signature or anything I just want advice on this thank you very much. Just wanted to add in... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Jan 24, 2023

Your friend has every right to change his identification of "next of kin" with the bank any time he wants and your signature is not required.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can cys threaten to make all urine test positive? If you test or not.
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on Jan 17, 2023

Phrased another way, is the question can CPS default or impute a positive refused drug test? Yes they can and so can the judge in the case.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: Reason being he didnt find out he had a daughter out there until OCY contacted him and she was already in the system.
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on Jan 17, 2023

The key to adjusting and modifying any child dependency matter is to convince the child protective apparatus to go along with an idea to keep the child under the government's supervision while the biological father raises the child the best he can. Without further information, we cannot opine:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Gov & Administrative Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Who do I contact for opp. counsel changing the language of my Lanc. custody order enter to berks exhibit A. Pet/mod.
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on Jan 17, 2023

The question as is makes no sense, and the asker is best advised to retain legal counsel for his court action.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If I have a warrant in let’s say Pennsylvania but I’m am serving time in Ohio does the fast and speedy trial rule still
Mark Aaron Hinrichs
Mark Aaron Hinrichs
answered on Jan 17, 2023

There may be a potential argument that the Commonwealth isnt acting with due diligence to bring you to trial if they know where you are and don't make any effort to writ you in; however, the law on rule 600a motions is very pro commonwealth and defendant's motions to dismiss are not often granted.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My boyfriend and I are on the Deed to our home as Tenants In Common. Is it legal for each of us to have family member(s

) live in the home also?

Mark Scoblionko
Mark Scoblionko
answered on Jan 16, 2023

Sure, so long as you both agree and you annd your boyfriend are the sole owners of the property.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Pennsylvania on
Q: I ran a red light, accident happened, i got a ticket for running the red light. can this used against me in trial?

this happened in PA. what can i do for this not to be used against me in case it goes to trial?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 16, 2023

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You could reach out to traffic ticket attorneys to discuss if you have not already done so. This is posted under the Car Accident category, which deals more with monetary damages in the ensuing civil... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My brothers and I are owners of our family home with my oldest brother having 5/8 and the others 1/8.

My oldest brother is having serious health problems that could possibly be fatal. He has incurred some medical debt due to having no health insurance. If he signs over his 5/8 share of the property to the rest of us, can we avoid paying his medical bills with the estate if he should pass away?

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
answered on Jan 11, 2023

PA has a "fraudulent transfer" statute, to defeat the give-away of assets by a debtor or soon-to-be debtor intending to make himself "judgment proof". The reach-back period to recapture transfers of property for insufficient consideration is four years.

You don't...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello,I have a question about medical conditions and my rights as an employee.

Hello,

I am 30 years old and have been employed by my current employer for approximately 2 1/2 years. I am full time and work 40 hours per week.

Recently I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS). My doctor wrote a letter for me to amend my duties based on my condition.... Read more »

Cynthia Pietrucha
Cynthia Pietrucha
answered on Jan 11, 2023

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. It appears you asked for reasonable accommodations for your disability. The employer had an obligation to engage in a good faith interactive process to determine if you could complete your job with or without accommodations. If you want to take action,... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello I am currently on unemployment and I am failing to make ends meet at my debt is piling up, is chapter 7 an option?

My car payment is behind and they are talking about repossession i also have defaulted on my credit cards and other debt, I am seeking legal advice on what to do.

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
answered on Jan 9, 2023

To be eligible for a Ch. 7 (liquidation, although you keep exempt property), you must have earned something less than the "median income" for your region (you can google it, as it fluctuates). If you have been below the "median" for the last six months, you are eligible for Ch.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Immigration Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: International student charged with retail theft. How do I keep my immigration status safe?

Hi everyone, on 20th Nov 2022 me and my girlfriend were charged with a retail theft summary offence (CC3929) of amount $149 and criminal conspiracy (CC0903) in Philadelphia, PA. We were arrested, fingerprinted, photographed, and given a citation copy with a court date at the station. We hired a... Read more »

Cesar Mejia Duenas
Cesar Mejia Duenas
answered on Jan 6, 2023

Hi, you did not mention what the final disposition of the charges was. Dismissed? Adjourned in contemplation of dismissal? Pleaded guilty to a lesser charge? Without that information, we can only guess whether the arrest (and conviction if any) would affect your immigration status.

Your...
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