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What is a Post Nuptial Agreement in Divorce?

A Post Nuptial Agreement ("PNA") is an agreement between two spouses that spells out how their property and debts are to be divided in a divorce action. Additionally, this agreement may also include terms for spousal support, alimony and even child custody and is typical in situations where spouses separate and either contemplate or file for divorce - it is not to be confused with a Pre-Nuptial Agreement (an agreement signed PRIOR to the parties getting married).

How to prepare for a divorce

Whether you intend to file for divorce or whether your spouse files first, the thought of a divorce is often times overwhelming. This article is intended to give you some initial advice on what steps you should take first in the events a divorce.

Four things to do before you start a business

Taking the plunge by starting your own business for the first time is bound to feel exciting, scary and so right. It’s a risk, but there are ways to reduce the risk and maximize the chance that you’ll be the best boss you ever had.

Here are some of the things you should do before you hire anyone or borrow, buy or sign anything.

Can I name my LLC whatever I want?

You’ve decided to finally take the leap and start your own limited liability company (LLC). Congratulations. This is an exciting decision to make. One of the first things you figure out after the purpose of your business is what you’re going to call it.

Although this is one of the most fun parts of creating your LLC, there are some legal restrictions for what you can name it. Don’t worry. You can have a creative name for your LLC while still complying with Pennsylvania law. Here are a few things to keep in mind when naming your business:

How do I select my agent for my health care power of attorney?

The agent you name in your health care power of attorney document will be responsible for making medical decisions on your behalf in the event you are too sick to make them for yourself. Because this person is called to action only after you have been incapacitated, there are several important factors to consider when selecting an agent.

Typically, it is best to name one agent and at least one back-up person, just in case your first choice is unable to perform the required duties at the time they are needed. Sometimes people mistakenly think they can select a doctor or other healthcare professional to be an agent, but this is not the case. Instead, a trusted adult family member or friend should be chosen. However, it is important to keep in mind that the person closest to you may not be the person best suited to be your agent.

How does custody work in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania?

A custody action is initiated by someone filing a custody complaint.  The complaint is prepared by an attorney and signed by one of the parties seeking custody.  A parent, grandparent or even a third party may file for custody.  The complaint is filed in the Prothonotary's Office and served on all the parties named in the complaint.  

What is a Preliminary Hearing? Do I need a lawyer?

When you are charged with a criminal offense a preliminary hearing is the initial court hearing normally held the magistrate's office where the offense occurred.  In Lancaster County certain preliminary hearings are held downtown at the courthouse (DUI's and domestic violence cases).  The arresting officer will file the the criminal charges. The District Attorney's Office will prosecute those charges by offering evidence against you.  Evidence can take the form of testimony from witnesses, scientific testing, and statements made to the police.  A preliminary hearing does not determine guilt or innocence.  Instead, the purpose of a preliminary hearing is to determine whether there is enough evidence for the case to move forward.  If so, the case will move downtown to "big court".   If they can not, your attorney can make a motion to dismiss.   At that point the case may be over for good.  But not always.  

Should you hire an attorney after your first DUI

You may think that you do not need an attorney after your first DUI arrest. Many times, people believe they do not have options and take whatever sentence is handed to them. However, besides assistance in defending your case, an attorney can assist in several situations you will be faced with after your DUI conviction. Here are a few other items to consider when making the decision to hire an attorney after your DUI.

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