Many State and Federal Laws Protect Consumer Rights

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney As long as there have been businesses, there have been dishonest businesses. Unfortunately, there is a long history of companies acting in ways that are unfair, unscrupulous, or even illegal. Pennsylvania consumers have a number of state and federal laws that offer recourse for a wide variety of business infractions. It is often difficult for the average consumer to…

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Grandparents Have Custody and Visitation Rights. We Explain How the Law Works in PA.

By Robert M. Going, Jr., Attorney Grandparents often assume an essential role in a child’s life. Whether they live close by or across the country, many grandparents treasure their time with these special family members. But what happens when grandparents are unfairly denied visitation rights? Can a grandparent step in to assume custody in an emergency? What happens when one or both parents become…

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Five Ways to Ensure a Workers’ Comp Claim is Approved (and What to do if It is Denied)

By Dennis L. Plank, Attorney When an employee is injured on the job, they are usually entitled to workers’ compensation under The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. In addition, Pennsylvania laws require most employers to carry insurance that provides medical and wage benefits to employees who are injured or become ill while at work or doing work on behalf of an employer. While most workers’ compensation claims…

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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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