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What is a guardianship?

While it is important to create a will, there are many other aspects of an estate plan in Pennsylvania that also need to be completed. One of those is establishing a guardianship. There are several alternatives to this legal process, but guardianships, or conservatorships, have unique benefits that may fit your needs.

Washington stabbing prompted by sexual assault of child

Many in Greensburg may claim that the criminal actions that they are accused of were only done in their own defense or that of another. It may be easy for many to dismiss such an assertion as an attempt deflect responsibility for one’s actions, yet at the same time, nearly everyone may be able to contemplate a scenario where physical force may be warranted. It should also be remembered, however, that not all threatening or violent scenarios empower citizens to take the law into their own hands. The interpretation of such situations is left up to the state’s statutes.

Securing an Occupational Limited License

Several of the clients that we here at Schimizzi Law LLC have worked with in Greensburg following an arrest for driving while intoxicated are surprised to learn that such an offense results in the automatic suspension of one’s driving privileges. Yet a DUI conviction does not stop you from needing to get to work or other important places. Are limited to relying on public transportation (or the kindness of others)? Or are there options that will still let you drive in limited circumstances?

What happens in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

If you are having financial trouble, you may consider filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Pennsylvania. While you will file in the state and use a state bankruptcy court, the general laws regarding bankruptcy are made at the federal level. The United States Courts notes that Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a plan to wipe out your debt. The basic idea is that the court seizes your assets and liquidates them, turns them into cash, to pay back your creditors.

Body camera bill allows recording in homes

A bill recently passed by the Pennsylvania Senate would change the laws regarding body cameras worn by law enforcement. According to Gizmodo, the bill was introduced by Senator Stewart Greenleaf and will change the state's Wiretap Act so that officers are allowed to record in the home of residents and do so without informing the people who are being filmed. Under the current law, it is illegal in most situations for officers to record conversations that occur in a private residence, and typically both parties need to be aware that they are being recorded. This bill would exempt body camera recordings from the law.

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