E-Law

Erie E-Law is a FREE service of the Erie County Bar Association designed to make basic legal information available to you with ease. You can gain access to E-Law either by reading the information found below or by contacting us to request a copy of the transcripts.

Living Trusts

Wills & Estates

A Living Trust is a written document that sets up a new entity (the Trust) and can direct how assets you deliver to that Trust will be handled during your life and, like a Will, a Living Trust can also direct how assets in the Trust will pass upon your death.

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Small Estates

Wills & Estates

Property of a Pennsylvania decedent is usually subject to administration by the Orphans' Court of the county in which the decedent lived. However, there are numerous exceptions.

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Rights in Suspension and Expulsion

Education Law/Emancipation

Under the current state of law, students who attend private schools have very little opportunity to contest their suspensions or expulsions. This article deals with the legal rights of students who attend public schools.

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Supplemental Security Income

Social Security

Supplemental Security Income, better known as SSI, is a Federally run program that provides money to people who have little or no income, few resources and who are aged, blind or disabled.

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Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security

Social Security Disability benefits provide disability protection in the form of monthly cash benefits to disabled workers and their families for the duration of the disability, depending upon their eligibility to receive such benefits. Disabled widows, widowers, or disabled surviving divorced spouses aged 50 through 59 who meet the other requirements for entitlement to widow's or widower's insurance benefit may qualify for monthly cash benefits.

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Have You Been Denied Social Security Benefits?

Social Security

Several months after applying for Social Security benefits, you will receive either a “Notice of Award,” indicating that your claim for benefits was granted or a “Notice of Disapproved Claim,” indicating that your initial application for benefits has been denied. If you believe your claim for Social Security benefits was wrongfully denied, you have a right to appeal this denial.

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Auto Insurance Decision: Limited Tort v. Full Tort options

Insurance

In Pennsylvania, when you buy a car insurance policy you will be asked to choose either the Limited Tort Option or the Full Tort Option. Your choice is very important for you and for your household in the event that you or your family is hurt in a car accident.

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Passports and Visas

Immigration

A passport is a document that is issued to you by the United States government. A visa is a document that is issued to you by the government of a foreign country where you are planning to visit or stay.

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How Do I Become a United States Citizen?

Immigration

A person who is not a citizen of the United States may apply to become one through a process called naturalization. The first step that you should take to apply for United States Citizenship is to obtain an application to file a Petition for Naturalization (N-400).

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Malpractice

Miscellaneous

Malpractice is the general term which is applied to negligent conduct on the part of a doctor, dentist, lawyer, hospital, or other members of a given profession. Negligence means that someone either performed an act in a less than competent manner or failed to perform an act that a reasonable professional would have performed.

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