Post-Judgment Collections and Interrogatories in Aid of Execution: What Happens When a Judgment is Taken Against You?

Under Pennsylvania law, a “judgment” means any court order in favor of a plaintiff, and against you. When that judgment involves damages, the Plaintiff has a right to collect against you individually in certain situations. Typically, a Plaintiff will issue “Interrogatories in Aid of Execution” among other documents to discover your assets. Under Pennsylvania law,  … Read More

Laws that Protect Consumers Part I: The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Unfair Practices

Under both state and federal laws, there are a number of statutes that apply to, and protect, individual consumers. One such important law is the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). The FDCPA acts to regulate the relationship between creditors and debtors, and specifies what kind of conduct is improper for a creditor to take.  … Read More

Five Tips for Handling Traffic and Non-Traffic Summary Offenses and Appeals

If you are charged with a traffic offense, or a summary offense, you run the risk of a license suspension, fine, the creation of a criminal record, and possible incarceration. If you are in this situation, here are five tips on how to deal with the process: 1) Do not plead guilty to an offense  … Read More

Commercial Driver’s Licenses in Pennsylvania: Basic Rules of Thumb

If your occupation involves driving on a regular basis, there is a chance you might need a Commercial Driver’s License (or “CDL”) under Pennsylvania law. Under Pennsylvania law, the term “Commercial motor vehicle” is defined to include the following: • The vehicle has a gross weight vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds or  … Read More

Cancellation of Driver’s Licenses in Pennsylvania

Driver’s licenses problems fall into several categories in Pennsylvania. First, there is the situation where a license is suspended or revoked because of an unpaid citation, DUI, or other issue. In addition, under Pennsylvania law, driver’s licenses can actually be “canceled.” The statute states the following regarding cancellation: “The department may cancel any driver’s license  … Read More

Fleeing from a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, Racing on Highways, and Driving on a Suspended License: Consequences for your License

If you are charged with certain traffic offenses in Pennsylvania, you need to be aware of the consequences for your driver’s license. Certain offenses carry a mandatory license suspension when the defendant pleads guilty or is convicted. This leads to a situation where a defendant pleads guilty to an offense, only to be surprised that  … Read More

The Unemployment Compensation Process: Referees, Boards, and Benefits

When you lose employment through no fault of your own, Pennsylvania law provides a pathway for you to receive compensation through its unemployment compensation process. One question many employees have is how to go about collecting unemployment benefits under the system. As a preliminary matter, employees who have lost their employment can fill out applications  … Read More