Pennsylvania Public Benefits Questions & Answers

Q: How do I get a copy of my grandmother's will apparently I was left something in the will but no one ever told me

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Probate for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Mar 28, 2018
Michael Drew Raisman's answer
If the will was probated, then you can get a copy at the local Register of Wills. You can also reach out to the executor who has an obligation to notify all heirs that an estate has been opened.

Q: What kind of attorney do I need to review and represent me with my domestic relation case?? Thank you

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Public Benefits, Child Custody and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Feb 7, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
You need an experienced family law attorney. Child support issues are among those that we regularly handle.

Q: Hello, do I need a permit to advertise about an event that my non-profit is hosting? We have flyers and other papers

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Public Benefits for Pennsylvania on
Answered on May 30, 2017
Kathleen M Hyneman's answer
The answer to this question depends upon the county where you will be distributing the flyers. Even though you are not selling anything, the township may deem that handing out the flyers is a form of soliciting contributions, and there are townships that require permits for such an activity.

Q: Do the DA have a case if the evidence the state trooper sworn to and signed was a lie

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Dec 2, 2016
Mr. Ryan L Hyde's answer
I will preface this by saying a mistake is different from a lie. Only because I am not sure what happened with your case. The Commonwealth has the legal right to amend the charges up to the time where the jury is sworn in a matter. Your remedy would be a continuance. The fact that this was changed does not mean that you do not have a defense based on the officers mistake. The complaint is a useless document what matters to you is what is in discovery. In your position, represented by...

Q: Do I need a lawyer for a school board hearing to expel my 16 year old son?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Public Benefits for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Nov 28, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
Contact the education law center in philadelphia.They have "cooperating attorneys" who know Pennsylvania Education law. Worth having legal counsel if they are looking for expulsion. In the meantime very important your son doesn't say anything on text, social media, in the hallway, not to the guy he supposedly sold anything too. You likewise. Talk to a lawyer.

Q: In the state of PA can i get denied Hud because of to much income?Living in Housing already.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Public Benefits for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 2, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
I think this is a duplicate post. If you are already in Public Housing it is a bit odd that you would be denied, however it's possible it's a different Housing grant with a different set of requirements (for instance Section 8 is different than section 235, etc). Look at my response to the other post, and call North Penn Legal Services 610-969-3463

Q: I live in Housing in Allentown Pa i applylied for HUD they denied me bacause of my income is to much. If that possible?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Public Benefits for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 2, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
HUD is income based so it is possible.Make sure your letter states what they based that decision on. Suggest you contact North Penn Legal Services, 610-969-3463

Q: If I'm on social security disability and would inherit $50,000 will it affect my disability payments?

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 4, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
If it's SSI yes. If it's not SSI (SSDI/Title II) then no. One is asset based; the other isnt.Should he wish Donald Trump could collect Old Age beneifits under Title II.

Q: Hi My parents have been green card holders for 11 years but do not get medicare benefits. How can they be eligible?

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 4, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
if they have had green cards for 11 years they may want to look at converting. Generally, reason is they are not citizens.

They should look for an attorney who is a member of AILA and a certified immigration attorney. AILA can check if someone says they are. Check before they pay.

Q: can I receive welfare with my ex living next door to me

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 4, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
As long as it is a separate address, and separate rent, and no one uses the others address for any mail, should be OK.

You may be able to collect unemployment if you would be able to do another job if it had been available--i.e. if you weren't disabled from work, just couldn't do that job.

Q: Can I collect unemployment after a voluntary quit from a non compliant daycare?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Public Benefits for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 4, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
You can file as you left because of a necessitous and compelling reason, namely that you were being asked to operate a business that would not be in compliance with the law. If they want to fight it then they are not thinking.

Q: Am I able to sell on Ebay with a pending Social Security Disability claim

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Social Security for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 4, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
Unless your e bay activities become "substantial gainful activity" it would have no significant effect.

Q: My daughter is mentally ill, if my wife quits her job to take care of her will she be able to collect unemployment

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 4, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
Possibly. It depends if UC determines this is a "necessitous & compelling reason." Documentation is key.

Q: Do I have a valid reason for an unemployment compensation appeal? My benefits were denied.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Public Benefits for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 4, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
Not if the test came back positive, unless you can explain how that was. The supervisor may, under your company rules, ask you to take an ETOH test. It's not a police "probable cause" requirement. Law basically says if you don't like work rules, barring a union contract you can stay and live under the rules or leave.

Q: Im 17, I have a 1 year old son, my dad kicked me out of the house. Am I eligible for cash assistance / food stamps?

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 4, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
You should be as he has "emancipated" you. Check with the welfare department for your county, but also check with Catholic Family Services if there is one in your area. If you need a place to stay check one of the womens shelters. Good luck!

Q: how do i know overnight locator is a real company and not face the call from multiple number 914-750-4101,305-330-6291

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Lemon Law and Public Benefits for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Jun 24, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
Not a lawyer question. If you are on the do not call list tell them. Probably scam artists. Unfortunately local cops ususally say call the FBI, FBI says call local cops. I suggest you start with the do not call list.

Q: I have worked at the same place for 11 years buying short term disability insurance through said employer. On 1/1/2016

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Insurance Bad Faith, Public Benefits and Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Feb 20, 2016
Timothy Belt's answer
Unless the knee is a work injury, this is not a workers' compensation question. If the knee is as a result of a work injury, it should not be submitted to short term disability. A workers' compensation claim should be filed.

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