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Finding A Skilled Lawyer Whatever your legal needs are you will recognize that there are numerous lawyers in your town that advertise which they specialize in your type of case. This will make the entire process of finding one with significant amounts of experience a bit of a challenge. However, when you follow the tips below it is possible to define your quest off to the right one out of very little time. The first step is to make a listing of the lawyers which are listed in the area specializing in your position. When you are making this list you ought to only include those you have an effective vibe about based on their advertisement. Then you can narrow this list down if you take a little while evaluating their internet site. There you will be able to find just how many years they have been practicing and some general specifics of their success rates. At this time your list needs to have shrunken further to those which you felt had professional websites as well as an appropriate volume of experience. You should then make time to check out independent reviews for each attorney. Make sure you look at the reviews instead of just counting on their overall rating. The information from the reviews gives you an idea of the way they interact with the clientele and how much time they invest into each case they are focusing on. Finally, you should meet up with no less than the very last three lawyers which may have the credentials you are interested in. This provides you with enough time to genuinely evaluate how interested they can be in representing your case. It is actually vital that you follow many of these steps to actually find someone which has the correct amount of experience to help you the perfect outcome.

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Am I Entitled To Legal Aid Im Getting A Divorce And Cant Afford A Solicitor ?

Legal aid is available to anyone who qualifies financially. Meaning they'll gather some income information to see how much assistance you qualify for.
If you are able to get legal aid, all they do is assist you in preparing divorce papers and answering any questions you have. They do not represent you in court if you need a divorce lawyer.

Anyone Know About Grandparents' Rights In Pennsylvania?
My Son Died Two Years Ago. Before He Passed Away, His Girlfriend Was Known To Be Pregnant And Bore My Sons Child. Dna Also Agrees. Now, The Mother Is Not Returning My Calls To Get The Baby. She Allows Lots Of People To Babysit In Her Family, Including Her Mother, Her New Boyfriends'S Father, Everyone But Me. Waah, What Can I Do? Please Help -Hope There Are Lawyers Out There.

PA Grandparents' Rights

Pennsylvania recognizes the rights of PA grandparents to seek visitation, partial physical custody, or primary physical custody of their minor grandchild or grandchildren. The grandparents must prove that the requested custody would be in the best interests of the minor grandchild or grandkids and would not interfere with the relationship between the parent and the minor child.

Pennsylvania Grandparent's Partial Custody and Visitation

After the United States Supreme Court case of Troxel v. Granville was decided, some parents and their attorneys have argued that it is unconstitutional for a state court to award even partial custody or visitation to grandparents if the parent disagrees with the grandparents' request for partial custody or visitation. Florida and some other states that have directly confronted the issue have determined that it is unconstitutional to force a fit parent to be compelled to allow contact with their minor children's grandparents. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the case of Hiller v. Fausey has recently ruled that the Pennsylvania Grandparent Visitation Statutes are constitutional and are a means to protect the emotional well-being of children who have been estranged from their grandparents.

Pennsylvania Grandparent Primary Custody Law

A case involving grandparents' primary custody rights evolved through the Armstrong County Court of Common Pleas. In the case of K.B., II, K.B. and B.B. v. C.B.F., the Armstrong County trial court awarded primary physical custody of a minor child to his paternal grandparents even though the court found the child's mother to be an adequate parent. Attorney Lisa Vari was retained to represent the mother in her appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In the case argued before the Pennsylvania Superior Court, Attorney Lisa Marie Vari argued that only if a parent is declared to be unfit should grandparents have the right to seek primary physical custody of their minor grandchildren. While Attorney Vari was successful in having the mother's primary custody rights restored, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania held that grandparents have the right to sue parents for primary physical custody of their grandchildren even if the parents are deemed to be fit parents. On January 2, 2004, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to review the Superior Court's ruling on the K.B., II, K.B. and B.B. v. C.B.F. case. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments from both Attorney Lisa Vari and counsel for the grandparents in September of 2004. In November 2005, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed the appeal filed by Attorney Vari as "improvidently granted". It was later learned that the appeal had been improperly granted because Attorney Vari's client, the mother, had won the return of her child from the grandparents at the Superior Court level. It is a true shame that the Court did not have the opportunity to review its prior opinion in the Baxter case and make some necessary changes.

Pennsylvania Grandparent Visitation or Custody Issues?

If you are a grandparent seeking primary custody, partial custody or visitation with your minor grandkids who have resided in PA for at least six months or if you are a mother or father who has been sued by your minor children's grandparents for primary physical custody, partial custody, or visitation, email our PA custody lawyers for an appointment or contact us by telephone at (412) 281-9906 for our Pittsburgh office, (724) 776-9906 for our Cranberry office, or toll-free at 1(866) PA-DIVORCE or 1(866) PA-CUSTODY .

Our PA grandparent custody lawyers routinely accept grandparent custody cases including PA grandparent visitation rights, PA grandparent partial custody rights, and PA grandparent primary custody rights in Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County. Our PA grandparent custody attorneys accept family law cases from Armstrong County, Fayette County, Greene County, Indiana County, Lawrence County, Mercer County, Somerset County and Venango County on a case-by-case basis. If your county is not listed, our office may nevertheless accept your Pennsylvania Grandparent Visitation case if travel expenses are paid by the client. We welcome clients who reside in the Greater Pittsburgh and Butler areas and can meet with us in person as well as clients from other cities, states and countries. Our Pittsburgh family law firm has offices in Allegheny County located in downtown Pittsburgh and in the South Hills section of Pittsburgh located in Whitehall Borough as well as in Cranberry Township in Butler County.

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Appellate Cases regarding Custody including Grandparents' & Other Third Party Rights

Hiller v. Fausey - PA Supreme Court held that the PA Grandparent Visitation Statutes which allow grandparents to seek partial custody or visitation with their minor grandchildren are constitutional and rejected the argument that such statutes are a violation of the Due Process rights under the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution. The Supreme Court held the statute constitutional even after consideration of a fit parent's rights regarding the care, custody, and control of their minor children.

Little-Stepp v. Cancilla and Little-Stepp - Father's adoptive mother may seek partial custody or visitation of minor grandchild under PA Grandparent Visitation statutes.

Is It Legal For Insurance To Take My Check From Insurance After Wreck?
I Had A Wreck A Couple Weeks Ago And Told Me I Could Come Pick Up My Check Today From Insurance. When I Got There To Fill Out The Paperwork And Pick Up The Check They Told Me It Wasn'T Ready And That They Will Have To Send It To The Car Dealer (Express Credit Auto) So They Can Take Out What I Owe And They Give Me Whats Left Which I Do Not Have A Car Now And The Check Was To Get Me Another Car, Which I Told Them And All They Said Was To Use What Is Left To Get Another Car By Them. Which I Just Want My Check So I Can Get My Car, I Told Them I Will Still Be Paying My Bill For The Car But They Then Said It Is Illegal For The Insurance To Give Me The Check When They Hold The Lien To The Car. I Don'T Know What The Legal Side Is, Can Anyone Help Me??

Yes, if your car is totaled, and the title reflects a "first secured party of interest," that means the car is collateral on a car loan. And the insurance company is required to protect their interests.

Sometimes they will send one settlement check with two payees listed, and sometimes they will issue two checks, one to you and the other to the loan company. To do that, they would need to contact the loan company to get the pay-off balance on the loan.

You need to find out what the pay-off balance is today on your car loan, and compare that to the amount of the settlement proceeds. You will get any money that is in excess of the pay-off balance on the car loan. If the pay-off balance is MORE than the settlement, then you get nothing. In that case, we would say you are "underwater" on your car loan.

If you are "underwater," then check and see if you have any GAP insurance to help you.

How To Waive Property Damage And Personal Injury Liability For Minors.?
If I'M A Minor, And I'M Doing Small Jobs (Lets Say, Hanging Christmastime Lights For A Neighbor) And I Want To Protect Myself From Them Suing My Parents Or Me For Any Damages That May Occur, Or Protect Them From Having To Pay For Any Self Injury That May Occur To Me Wail I Am Working, Is There A Waiver Or Contract Of Some Sort That Can Protect Me And My Client From Both Of Those Things Without Having To Pay For Insurance? Much Appreciated :)

Yes. You can have them sign a waiver saying as much. Also, fun fact, parents are not liable for the torts (personal injury or property damage) of their children. Generally these are drafted by lawyers, but for something small like this, you can simply write a note that says the above and have the client sign it. Unfortunately, as a minor, you cannot legally waive harm that may come to you because minors cannot bind themselves to a contract.

What Is Usually Done With The First Visit With A Divorce Attorney?

Do mean what happens at the first visit?

You and the Attorney have a general discussion about divorce in your State, including your grounds for the divorce. The Attorney advises you about State laws concerning custody/visitation/spousal support/child support, division of assets and debts.

He/she will give you an estimate of how many hours he/she "predicts" he/she will need to work on your divorce, including preparation time, time in Court, time on the telephone, any and all time spent. He/she will quote you an hourly rate (in my area about $275 an hour), explain the billing procedure - usually monthly. If the Attorney has paraprofessionals (who cannot, by law, give legal advice) their hourly for all they do is much lower than the Attorney's rate.

The Attorney will ask you for a retainer and will bill hours against the retainer until the retainer is gone. In some cases the Attorney then begins to bill you monthly. Sometimes the Attorney requests another retainer. The minimum retainer in my area is $3,000.

Then you either sign a retainer agreement and pay the retainer (money) or you decide to seek another Attorney or - in some cases - not file for divorce.

In general, the "moneyed party" (the party with the better income) is asked to pay for the legal fees of the other party. Unless there is a huge difference in income/assets this is usually denied by the Judge.

Anything else?

Pregnet With My Boyfriends Baby, And Not Legaly Separated Or Divorced Form My Husband.?
About 10 Months Ago I Finally Got The Courage To Leave My Husband Of 5 Years. The Marrage Has Been Over For The Last 2 Years. We Have 2 Beautiful Girls Together. Well For The Last 10 Months I Have Been With My Boyfriend, He Has Been My Rock And My Night And Shinning Armor Thew This Whole Emoshional Roller Coaster With My Husband. Well Just 2 Weeks Ago I Found Out That My Boyfriend And I Are Going To Have A Baby. My Boyfriend Is So Excieted And I'M Really Nerves. Well My Boyfriend Wants Me To Move In With Him Not Work Just Stay Home With The Kids. This Is What I Have Always Wanted To Be A Stay At Home Mom To Raise My Kids. Well My Husband Has Told Me That He Wants To Take The Kids And Run. Well My Questions Is Do You Think My Husband Can Take My Kids From Me Due To We Are Not Leagly Seperated Or Divorced And Pregnet With My Boyfriend Baby?

“do you think my husband can take my kids from me due to we are not leagly seperated or divorced and pregnet with my boyfriend baby?”

Can he get custody merely because you’re pregnant with another man’s child? No.

Is it going to end up being a battle because you’ve moved his children in with this man? It very well could. It depends on how much he wants to push it, if he can dig up any dirt on the man, etc.

I do think you need to reconsider quitting your job, because when you go to court your income will be ZERO. You can’t support your children with zero income. Yes, boyfriend will be providing for you, but still YOUR income will be zero. Boyfriend is not obligated to support your kids and at any time he could ‘remove’ his support (I know, you’re sure he won’t do that, but he can).

I’d highly suggest that you talk to a local attorney before you do anything.

By the way, if your husband is threatening to take the kids and run, then you need to get a temporary custody order, because if you don’t have that he can waltz right into the school/babysitter/etc and pick them up (without a temporary custody order, he has just as much right as you do to pick up those children).