Do you have a landfill lurching over your backyard? Is your next-door neighbor a nightclub?
If not, you can thank your local zoning laws.
You’ve just gotten married. Your new spouse has kids from a previous marriage, but at this point, you think of them as your kids too.
Unfortunately, the law has other ideas, at least when it comes to child custody.
Unless you adopt your new stepson or stepdaughter, you have no
legal rights where they’re concerned. Under the law, it’s only biological parents who have these rights, including the freedom to make medical or legal decisions on the child’s behalf.
And if you and your new spouse divorce, issues like custody and visitation become trickier. You two might work out a visitation schedule and have a custody agreement, but they can alter it at any time without your say-so. But this isn’t an issue in situations where a stepparent legally adopts their stepchildren.
You’re 16 years old. You’ve just gotten your driver’s license. Signaling. Three-point turns. Parallel parking. You’ve proven yourself a master of Pennsylvania teen driving regulations.
Then it comes time to borrow the keys to the family car, and you realize your mom and dad feel a lot less confident than you do.
Jump forward 20-30 years. Now you have teenagers of your own. They’ve just gotten their license. They’re ready to borrow the car. Suddenly, you see why your parents seemed so nervous. No matter how careful they are, you’re going to worry about your kids when they get behind the wheel.
And those fears aren’t unfounded. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Pennsylvania teen drivers are at the greatest risk of being in a motor vehicle accident during their first year of driving, when inexperience causes them to make judgement errors.
In our last blog post, we wrote about the dangers of texting while driving. But what about motor vehicle accidents that are the result of texting while walking?
It turns out that can be equally as deadly, according to a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
The study found that nearly 6,000 pedestrians were accidentally struck and killed in 2017, USA Today reported in February, with experts placing some of the blame on smartphone use on the part of both drivers and walkers.
“It’s downright disturbing,” Richard Retting, one of the authors of the report, told USA Today. “People outside cars are dying at levels we haven’t seen in years.”
It’s a frightening scenario, and one that a pedestrian accident lawyer can help you manage when it happens. But it doesn’t have to happen.
Andrea Lenk and Alicia Nicholson probably thought Feb. 6, 2016 would unfold like any other day.
But driving through Cumberland County, Pennsylvania that day, they crossed paths in the most horrific way possible: Lenk ran a stop sign and broadsided Nicholson’s car.
Nicholson, 23, died at the scene. Lenk, who was 32 at the time, was charged with homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter, convicted, and sentenced to 11 months to seven years in prison.
According to police, she had been texting while driving.
By now you might have read the story of Tasha Lynn Schleicher, whom police have described as “one of the worst DUI offenders in the United States.”
Earlier this month, Schleicher, of Minnesota, was arrested for drunk driving in the town of Riverside, Illinois, ABC News reported.
When police looked into her background, they discovered she had been arrested for DUI six previous times in six different states.
And while six different DUI arrests are pretty extreme, courts don’t look kindly on anyone who commits a DUI offense more than once.
That’s why when it comes to a second-offense DUI, Pennsylvania – and many other states – often impose much harsher penalties than what a first-time offender could expect.
Whenever we talk about divorce on this blog, we try to acknowledge that it’s rarely an easy thing.
But while going through a divorce isn’t pleasant, the process should at least be fair. Fair for you. Fair for your former spouse, and – perhaps most crucial – fair for your children.
Obtaining a fair settlement will take some work, as any Doylestown divorce lawyer can tell you. But it’s not an impossible task. Here are some tips for negotiating a divorce that meets your needs.
Penglase & Benson, Inc. is pleased to announce that Leslie A. Dalton, Esq. has joined the firm. Leslie is a graduate of Penn State University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science with a minor in Business. Following college she attended the Penn State Dickinson School of Law where she graduated in 2016. While at Penn State Law, she served as the Managing Editor of the Penn State Law Review and was a research assistant in the Legal Research and Writing Department.
Leslie concentrates her practice in the areas of family law and civil litigation, both at the trial court and appellate levels. She represents individuals in the areas of divorce, child custody, child support and civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Leslie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jeffrey L. Finley, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County. She is admitted to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey.
Leslie was born and lived in Bucks County for several years before moving to Connecticut for ten years. Following her graduation from law school, she returned to Bucks County to begin her legal career. Leslie is enjoying getting reacquainted to Bucks County and all that the community has to offer. Leslie is an active Penn State alumna, serving as a young alumni representative on the Penn State Annual Giving Advisory Council
Created more than 3,000 years ago, The Code of Hammurabi was one of humanity’s earliest sets of written laws.
Among the things in the code was a provision that said that if a man wanted to leave his wife, he needed to give her a dowry, along with rights to “field, garden or property.”
And with that, the concept of alimony – financial support paid by one spouse to another after a divorce – was born.
But what does alimony look like today in 21st century Pennsylvania? Read on to find out, with the help of a Doylestown alimony attorney.
Spend time traveling between Pennsylvania and New Jersey, you’ll start to notice little differences, on everything from gas pumps to state government.
Another key difference: DUI laws.
Although both states take drunk driving seriously, any Bucks County DUI lawyer can tell you there are some key differences in the way Pennsylvania and New Jersey handle these offenses.
In this blog post, we’ll look at these differences, discuss what you should do when stopped for a DUI in either state and how a Bucks County DUI lawyer can help.