Are You Getting Cheated on Home Repairs? Six Tips to Avoid Fraud.

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney Hiring a professional to handle remodeling projects and general maintenance repairs can cost thousands of dollars. While most contractors and tradespeople are honest and law-abiding, this industry also attracts a regular stream of scammers. Home improvement fraud is so prevalent that laws have been put in place with specific language protecting the homeowner against unscrupulous workers. The Home Improvement Consumer Protection…

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Sometimes 50/50 Custody Isn’t Practical. Here’s a List of Common Alternatives.

By Robert M. Going, Jr., Attorney When it comes time to think about child custody, things can get complicated quickly. While many parents believe that 50/50 custody agreements are ideal, that’s not necessarily the case. An evenly split agreement may be possible if parents live near one another or in the same school district. These kinds of arrangements give a child equal time with each…

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Why Are so Many SSD Claims Denied in PA?

By Dennis L. Plank, Attorney Social Security Disability benefits were created to help individuals who cannot work due to an injury or prolonged illness. The program pays benefits to qualified individuals and certain family members if the claimant has worked long enough and recently enough and has paid Social Security taxes on their earnings. This program currently serves millions of Americans. But securing those benefits is…

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FMLA Offers Leave for New Parents and Employees who Need to Care for Loved Ones. Do You Know Your FMLA Rights?

The Family and Medical Leave Act, also called FMLA, was enacted to help families in times of need. Established in 1993, this federal labor law provides unpaid, job-protected leave to qualified employees for various medical and family reasons, including caring for a new child and caring for sick relatives. While some states have passed their own FMLA laws, Pennsylvania employees are limited to the rights guaranteed under the federal law. While the FMLA legislated protection against certain types of discrimination, some employers, intentionally or unintentionally, violate this law. Lancaster County employees should take time to get to know their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act and, when necessary, seek the help of an FMLA attorney to protect those rights.

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We Reveal Five Common Custody Mistakes and How Parents in Lancaster County can Avoid Them

Parents who are contemplating divorce or getting ready to determine child custody may have to deal with challenging emotions. It's hard to decide which custody agreement is fair, what is best for the child, and what is reasonable for the parents' schedules, relationships, and abilities. However, in most cases, each parent wants more time with their child or as much as they can get. But not every parent understands that what they do before, during, and after the divorce can impact custody decisions and even cause a judge to reduce their share of custody.

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