September 2017 Archives

Equitable division and martial property in a Pennsylvania divorce

During the course of your marriage, you have more than likely acquired a significant amount of property. Perhaps you have a home in Lancaster filled with furniture, a couple of cars in the driveway, and even individual retirement accounts. According to Pennsylvania law, everything that you and your husband have purchased, or received as a couple, is subject to division when you divorce. But who gets what? How does the court decide which property you get when you divorce?

4 mistakes to avoid during your divorce

Divorce can be messy, both emotionally and financially. While some couples have difficult and ugly divorces, others seem to breeze right through the process. Many couples find themselves somewhere in between. If you want your divorce to proceed as smoothly as possible, there are certainly things you can do to work toward that.

Woman accused of drugged driving in fatal accident

Pennsylvania residents who are charged with criminal offenses should be able to trust that their rights will be protected just as much as the rights of those alleged to have been harmed. This is a basic tenet of our nation's criminal justice system yet sometimes is hard for defendants to believe is possible. Media reports alone can make people feel that they are convicted before they are even fully tried.

Anthony Michael Hall of 'The Breakfast Club' convicted of assault

In his teens, Anthony Michael Hall became known and loved as the skinny, geeky kid in the 80s hits "The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles" and "Weird Science," among others. Now 48, the former teen star has had a successful ongoing career in movies and television.

Pennsylvania's IID requirements

If you have been stopped and arrested for suspected drunk driving in Pennsylvania , your ability to maintain the right to drive may be among your top concerns. This is a valid issue to be worried about as not being able to drive can make it very hard for you to get to work or otherwise maintain your life. While you may lose your license for some time depending upon your situation, you may also have the ability to regain driving privileges by installing an ignition interlock device.

Postnup protection for at-home parents

You and your spouse in Pennsylvania may be happily married and this may lead you to think that you have no need for any type of marital contract. While certainly it is positive that you feel your marriage is healthy today, it is also important that you know how to ensure that you are properly protected down the road. If you are considering quitting your job to stay home and raise your children, creating a postnuptial agreement may well be exactly what you need.

What can a prenup include?

If you are in a romantic relationship that you believe may have the staying power to be a lifelong union, you may want to open up dicussions with your partner about creating a prenuptial agreement before you walk down the aisle and say "I do." While some people may think that such a discussion is the opposite of romantic, some people in Pennsylvania might find that it allows them to preserve their relationships and even enhance them by forcing couples to talk openly about difficult topics. This type of communication is important for a successful marriage. 

Failure rates of field sobriety tests

If you have experienced the full process of being arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Pennsylvania, you may well not only feel scared but even potentially helpless. You might have taken field sobriety tests as well as breath or blood tests. The results of these tests would all be used in the case against you. However, before you give up hope and assume that there is no way you can fight the charges against you, think again.

IIDs to be required for first-time DUI

The war on drunk driving is heating up in Pennsylvania it seems. While certainly the need to keep people safe is important and something nobody would disagree with, there is also the need to be fair to all parties. Now the state has stepped up its penalties for drivers convicted of some driving under the influence charges and the move is said to be in line with virtually every other state in the nation.

New bill to end financial bail

Many in Pennsylvania have gone through the financial pressure brought on by a loved one's need for a cash bond after being arrested and charged with a crime. Without the money, they were unable to leave jail, but coming up with the amount is sometimes difficult or impossible, and that can have serious repercussions on a person's life. Two senators have introduced a bill to try to change this system so that the ability to pay is not what keeps people in jail.

New law makes harsher penalties for DUI

Drivers across Pennsylvania should take notice of a new law that has gone into effect increasing punishments for first-time DUI offenders. According to WITF, Pennsylvania will join the ranks of 48 other states that mandate ignition interlock devices be installed on the vehicles of those convicted of drunk driving.

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