What is a will?
In Pennsylvania, a will is an instrument by which an individual determines the distribution of his or her property upon death. A will typically addresses all of the individual’s property, including that which is not not located in Pennsylvania.
What is a trust?
Simply defined, a trust is an arrangement wherein one individual (commonly referred to as a “trustee”) holds some asset(s) on behalf of another person (i.e. the “beneficiary”).
Can I plead to a lesser offense if charged with a DUI?
No. Pleading to a lesser offense (i.e. “wet reckless driving”) is prohibited by Pennsylvania state law.
What kind of penalty am I looking at if convicted of a first-offense DUI?
The first time you are convicted for driving under the influence in the State of Pennsylvania you will receive 6 months probation and a $300 fine, assuming your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) registered between 0.08-0.99.
What does “equitable distribution” mean with regards to property division?
Simply put, “equitable distribution” means that Pennsylvania courts will divide property fairly between spouses, but not necessarily 50/50. In other words, equitable distribution does not always result in an even split.
What are the grounds for divorce in the state of Pennsylvania?
Because Pennsylvania is both a “fault” and “no-fault” state, an individual seeking a divorce may file on the grounds of irreconcilable differences (no-fault) or various types of misconduct (fault), such as adultery, abandonment, cruelty, bigamy and/or a felony conviction.
How can I obtain a unilateral no-fault divorce?
If you’d like to obtain a unilateral no-fault divorce, the purpose of which is to get divorced without receiving your spouse’s consent, you must wait two years from the date of separation.
What is bankruptcy?
In the state of Pennsylvania, bankruptcy is a legal procedure that eliminates or restructures the debt of people who cannot pay their debts due to a variety of circumstances. While there are several types of bankruptcy, the most common are Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.
What are the advantages of filing for Chapter 7?
Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows you to eliminate most of your debts while maintaining most, if not all, of your assets, including cars, household goods, furnishings, retirement accounts and various personal items.
What are the advantages of filing for Chapter 13?
If you are behind on a mortgage or automobile loan, Chapter 13 bankruptcy can often save your home or car. While Chapter 13 is intended for individuals, it may also help small business owners survive tough economic times by stretching out payments to creditors. Chapter 13 is usually a good solution for people who do not qualify for Chapter 7 due to being a high-income earner.