Whenever someone is dealing with emotional and stressful issues in their life, it is important to gather information and obtain advice from a trusted third party. Many of us turn to the Internet and/or friends and family for such information and advice. However, if the stress is caused by a legal issue, it is certainly prudent and advisable to obtain information and advice from an attorney.
Children and Youth Services ("CYS"), the Pennsylvania organization that responds to concerns about child welfare, has gotten involved with your family and is threatening or has already taken your child away. This is called a "dependency proceeding," or a proceeding to determine if a child is dependent on the State for care. This is almost always a scary, confusing, and emotionally painful experience. Because the process can be disorienting, our Lehigh Valley Children and Youth Attorneys have put together a step-by-step outline of this process for you:
During the last 13 years, at least 30 states have changed laws designed to protect injured workers - to the detriment of employees. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently concluded that this trend to the bottom creates a tremendous risk for injured workers to tailspin into poverty. And the federal government is considering stepping in.
Executing a Power of Attorney is a cheap and efficient way to protect yourself and your assets in the event you suffer a temporary or permanent disability or incapacity. In such a case, it is important to have appointed an "attorney-in-fact" or "agent," who has the authority to act on your behalf to handle your mortgage, utilities and other financial or real property obligations. If you appoint a healthcare agent, that person has the authority to make important medical decisions on your behalf in the event you do not have the proper mental capacity to do so. Executing a Power of Attorney is especially important when you become older, as the risk of incapacity increases.