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Can you legally park or store trucks or heavy equipment in a residential area?

Residential neighborhoods often are protected by zoning ordinances and restrictive covenants. Zoning ordinances are created by municipal governments by cities, townships and boroughs. They regulate use of land, declaring certain areas to be…
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Can you be guilty of "driving under the influence" without actually driving?

It is safe to assume that most Pennsylvania drivers realize that it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol. But some of the details and workings of the Pennsylvania statute may surprise you. For example, while the crime is called…
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Can you be guilty of "driving under the influence" without actually driving?

It is safe to assume that most Pennsylvania drivers realize that it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol. But some of the details and workings of the Pennsylvania statute may surprise you. For example, while the crime is called…
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Can you be denied unemployment benefits for “willful misconduct”?

Pennsylvania's unemployment statute provides that employees fired for “willful misconduct” are not eligible for unemployment benefits. Recently, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court found that breaking one company rule was enough to constitute…
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Can the failure to wear a seat belt be admissible as evidence in automobile accident lawsuits?

Pennsylvania's current child passenger restraint laws require that any person operating a passenger car, truck, or motor home is obliged to fasten all children under four years of age in an approved child passenger restraint system. Whether…
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Can the creation of guardianship by a parent be challenged?

It is wise for parents to name legal and physical guardians of their minor children to serve in the event of their deaths. But the creation of a guardianship by a parent is not always controlling. Pennsylvania law provides that all custody…
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Can the Amish practice dentistry without a license?

The Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry recently ordered an Amish man to stop practicing dentistry, and fined him the maximum allowable fine of $1,000 for his former conduct. The Amish man, a farmer with 10 children, regularly performed tooth…
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Can separated or divorced parents be required to contribute to the costs of their children's college or private school?

In the early 1990s, several Pennsylvania courts and the Pennsylvania legislature attempted to require separated or divorced parents to contribute toward their children's college costs. In 1995, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that since…
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Can separated or divorced parents be required to contribute to the costs of their children's college or private school?

In the early 1990s, several Pennsylvania courts and the Pennsylvania legislature attempted to require separated or divorced parents to contribute toward their children's college costs. In 1995, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that since…
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Can receiving a personal injury settlement increase your child support payments?

A Pennsylvania father who worked as a laborer for a paper company was recently required to increase his child support payments when he settled a personal injury claim. The father was initially ordered to pay $200 per month toward the support…