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  • Grandparent Rights

    Information from the Erie County Bar Association on grandparent rights concerning custody and visitation from the Erie County Bar Association. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Overview of Grandparents' Rights in Family Court

    Jennifer Pierce, Managing Attorney for Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, provides a brief overview of grandparent’s rights in family court. Read More

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    Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.
  • Medical Consent: A New Tool for Grandparents and Others Caring for Children

    Information from the SeniorLAW Center on the Medical Consent Act, which allows a parent or legal custodian to authorize another person to consent to medical, dental or mental health care for children by completing and signing a simple document. Content Detail

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    SeniorLAW Center (Philadelphia)
  • Pennsylvania Fact Sheet for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children

    Pennsylvania Fact Sheet developed by a unique national partnership comprised of AARP, the Children’s Defense Fund, Casey Family Programs’ National Center for Resource Family Support, The Brookdale Foundation, the Child Welfare League of America, and Generations United. The fact sheet provides grandparent and other relative caregivers information about the range of support services, benefits and policies they need to fulfill their caregiving role. [PDF] Content Detail

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    AARP
  • Child Custody

    Information from Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. on child custody proceedings and the child custody process. Content Detail

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    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • Resource for Caregivers of Children

    Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging about resources for grandparents and older relative caregivers of children and assistance that may be available to help. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Aging
  • Child Custody

    Consumer Information Pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association on Child Custody offering information on the law relating to child custody and the procedure in child custody proceedings. Rev. 1/13 [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
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    Spanish / Español
  • Collaborative Law

    Consumer legal information brochure from the Pennsylvania Bar Association on Collaborative Law, a dispute resolution process that is an alternative to litigation. Rev. 1/13 [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Legal Briefs: Grandparents' Rights

    Information on Grandparents Rights that was discussed by Attorney Whitney Hughes of the Allegheny County Bar Association on the February 19, 2008 edition of "Legal Briefs" on KDKA-TV's Pittsburgh Today Live program. Content Detail

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    Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Family Caregiver Support Program

    Describes the financial assistance and other benefits and services available through the Family Caregiver Support Program under the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Aging
  • Signs and Symptoms of Elder Abuse and Neglect

    Information from Pennsylvania Office of Victim Services on the signs and symptoms of elder abuse and neglect. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Office of Victim Services
  • A Caregiver's Guide to Selecting an Adults Day Services Center

    An 12-page guide from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging to help persons in need of adult day services. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Aging
  • Local Forms and Self-Help Information

    For local forms and information for your county, click the title to see the SELF-HELP FORMS AND INFORMATION sub-topic. Counties are listed alphabetically after some generally applicable forms or you can set your location on the page to see only forms applicable for that location. Content Detail

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    PALawHELP.org
  • PA Courts Public Access Policy - Filing Requirements in the Courts (Video)

    Effective on January 6, 2018, a new Public Access Policy is in effect in Pennsylvania Courts. This policy imposes requirements on anyone filing court documents in the trial and appellate courts to safeguard information in the documents they file. The Pennsylvania Courts have released this series of videos that explain the judiciary’s new policy for protecting confidential information and the required steps you must take to protect that information when filing documents in the courts. Content Detail

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    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • Petition to Waive Court Costs

    Click the document title to be linked to LawHelp Interactive where you can prepare a Petition to Waive Court Fees which can be used to ask the Pennsylvania Court for permission to file legal papers for free. This form can be used in most types of court cases in Pennsylvania. Approval to waive fees is not automatic. You will need to ask the Court to approve your Petition. Instructions will be included. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form; you will need to answer questions while connected to the Internet. IMPORTANT: To use this form, you must use Internet Explorer as your browser and Microsoft Word to print your documents. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services