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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Q: We sold a vehicle privately and now payments have stopped. Been to the magistrate already. What’s the next step?

We filed a suit when payments stopped, defendant showed up to magistrate office and we were told to talk things out since he openly said he still owed the balance (around $3500). Promised to pick up on payments but we haven’t heard from him again. Tried contacting buyer on several occasions. We... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Sep 16, 2019

Go to the magistrate again. Get a judgment and ask for the vehicle back.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is there a statute of limitations for someone showing my child porn?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 11, 2019

If it is pornographic images you created, generally no--and if the showing is online you have federal issues as well. If you mean images of you, taken when you were a child you have a number of legal avenues starting with reporting them to the Police and the FBI. You can also sue the individual.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I walk my dog with a leash on public school property if I am not near any of the kids or school is out?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 11, 2019

Depends on the property owner--in this case the school board. The public is allowed on school grounds subject to the rules of the school. For instance, you can't just wander into a school. So it is with the grounds.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Construction Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can i sue the Civil engineer/Architect for fees paid if they fail to deliver the approved plans?

The plans by Civil Engineer and Architect have not been approved by the city as they do not meet codes. I have paid them in full and they are not making any attempts to rectify the issue. I would like to get back the fees I have paid and compensation for my wasted time. What practice area lawyer... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Sep 10, 2019

A trial attorney or litigator.

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Are non-shareholders allow to attend shareholders meeting where budgets and other pertinent information are discussed.
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 29, 2019

Why would they be, if it's not open to the public? Much of that information may be gleaned from annual reports, and other public documents.

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Send the copies of my passport and certificate of incorporation to potential investor ?

I am building my startup and I found an investor for my business (incorporated as LLC in PA, USA). Investor said that the deal will be done on the basis of equity financing. And now he is asking me to send the copies of my passport, certificate of incorporation, memorandum and articles of... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 23, 2019

The articles of incorporation, memorandum and articles he should be able to get himself from the Pa Corp Bureau.

Passport?? I would question this.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and White Collar Crime for Pennsylvania on
Q: A Pittsburgh Police Officer told me that a Priest serving in a Confessional is serving in a public capacity. Rec.allowed

Is recording one's Confession allowed in PA without the Priests consent even with the following considered?

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Pennsylvania is one of twelve states that upholds two-party consent for communications recording. To secretly record a conversation with consent from only one party in... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Jul 20, 2019

No

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: In PA, can you sue a parent company when a local branch of the same company, an independent contractor, harms you?
Nancy L Lanard
Nancy L Lanard answered on Jul 19, 2019

There isn't enough information provided to actually answer this properly. If the local branch is a franchisee typically you cannot go after the franchisor. However, more facts are needed to truly respond properly.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and White Collar Crime for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I have a right Pennsylvania to audio record what is said in the Confessional without telling the Catholic Priest?

I have been expecting corruption involving Law

Enforcement and Catholic leadership since

April 2nd, 2012 and am experiencing obstruction of Justice on many levels.

A team of us are addressing this, while operating under the Authority of Catholic Bishop Joe Coffey in the... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jul 17, 2019

Pennsylvania is one of twelve states that upholds two-party consent for communications recording. To secretly record a conversation with consent from only one party in Pennsylvania is therefore illegal.

Sorry.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: if I have a judgement against me can I arrange a payment plan, do i file with the court or the plaintiffs attorney?

$10,000 judgement against me for leaving a lease early. It was due to me being hit by a car, out of work, couldn't afford my rent. Then I was stuck in a snowstorm couldn't make it to court they entered a judgement against me even though I requested a continuance.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 9, 2019

Contact the plaintiffs attorney and make arrangements to resolve this.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it legal for a borough to have no appeals process for property maintenance code violations?
Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jul 3, 2019

There should be an appeal process. Check the Borough code.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Two lawyers from same law firm Why cant one represent the defendent and one represent the plaintiff in ligation
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 30, 2019

Because it would create what is known as a conflict. When a lawyer represents someone, that means advocating their interests vigorously. If the same lawyer represents two parties (plaintiff and defendant, as you state) whose interests are opposed, the lawyer can't serve one of them without... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Two lawyers from same law firm one lawyer represent the defendent the other lawyer represent the plaintiff in lig

Ligtigation

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 20, 2019

This is not a good idea. The clients should have objected.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on
Q: I bought a dog for 100 bucks which included dog and accessories. And was not giving all accessories

I paid girl 50 last week nd she was supposed to get other 50 today but failed to provide the dog cage which was part of add she sold it or whatever so i.told her I wont give her other 50 until i get cage. She has now said she is going to take me to court . I wanna know if I'm in the right

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 14, 2019

You were prepared to go ahead with your end of the deal and she wasn't. You are correct. However often there is something else left out. Does she now say the cage wasn't part of it? If so there is no agreement--you think it's A she thinks it's not A but B ---and if no agreement she should give you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: My dog died at the kennel. Kennel is filed a civil case for us to Pay the vet bill. My signature isn't on contract

No cell service while on vaca. So we didn't get the call from the that my dog was not well. My dog got sick and the kennel took him to vet he was diagnosed with bloat and they put him the sleep because his stomach had already died. They want us to pay the expenses back. I've never seen the actual... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 12, 2019

Do you have an expert to testify? If not you are correct that you didn't sign the contract, but then your girlfriend is on the hook--bottom line, you don't need a contract if you ask them to care for the dog and they do, and it's commercial and you know there's a charge. Your problem if you were... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it too late to sue tobacco companies in Florida

my father and grandfater die from emphysema smoking..my father was born 1909 die 1981 grandfather was in his 90's

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 23, 2019

Sounds like it. Call one of the attorneys handling the class of people.

Q: Person B pressed charges on Person A. Person B formerly worked for DA office, is this conflict of interest?

Person A feels like they are being treated unfairly and is being retaliated against because person B is affiliated with the officials who are prosecuting Person A. Is this case supposed to be handled different than normally?

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on May 19, 2019

I can see your issue, but not sure how else the situation should be handled. How many victims of crimes are related to, say, cops? What should happen in those cases? The world isn't perfect.

Sometimes in very high profile criminal cases in which there's a conflict of interest -- or even...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: How long does it take for judge to sign off on a civil action case
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 17, 2019

It could depend on the court's backlog and the administrative staff the judge has. For a simple straightforward decision that doesn't involve complex legal issues, conflicting testimony, legal research, it could be a couple of days after the hearing. For a complex and contentious case, it could... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: We broke up. He isnt the owner but said he got him licensed? I pay everything and all paperwork is in my name. What

Do about this? Hes never paid for any care for my dog...all vet paperwork, etc shows im the owner. How could he get a dog license if the dog was never his? My address is on everything as well. What can i do about this, if anything? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on May 15, 2019

You can bring a civil lawsuit against at your local magistrate. In your complaint state the facts of ownership and request that the court find in your favor.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is their a statue of limitations for sueing officers that enter your home without a warrant?

Officers I guess knocking on my door. My husband and 2 daughter's ages 8 and 9 were asleep. We heard lots of noise as I went to see what the problem was. I had two officers entering my home through my picture window guns drawn. It was so fast my disabled husband thrown to the floor cuffed. Yes I... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 30, 2019

Two years. You don't want to wait that long. Contact the Pa. Civil Liberties Union, ask for their "cooperating attorneys" for "police misconduct" cases in your area. They give free consults.

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