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  • 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 Proceed In Forma Pauperis

    Costs to record, or “file” documents such as the complaint, vary from the type of document, or pleading, to the county in which you begin your case. Some court filing costs may be in the hundreds of dollars. If you cannot afford to pay these fees to the court, you will need to complete this form, In Forma Pauperis, a Latin term, referring to someone who cannot pay. Read More

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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
  • Criminal Record and Abuse History in Custody Actions with Instructions

    Beginning in September 2013 any person filing a complaint for custody, or any petition for modification for custody must also file a verification regarding any criminal or abuse history of the petitioner and anyone living in the petitioner’s household. This form, completed and filed following the included instructions, may be used to satisfy this requirement. [PDF] Content Detail

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • A Guide for Seniors and Their Families: Issues on Aging

    Consumer Legal Information Pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • How to File a Petition to Proceed In Forma Pauperis

    This video from Laurel Legal Services provides an explanation of what In Forma Pauperis is - a request to file legal papers without having to pay the filing fee because you cannot afford to pay the fees - and line-by-line instructions on completing a petition to request permission to proceed without paying filing fees. Read More

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    Laurel Legal Services, Inc.
  • Pennsylvania KinConnector

    Pennsylvania KinConnector is a resource designed to help kinship care families connect to services and supports that can help children and their caregivers. Kinship caregivers can visit the KinConnector website to find resources in their communities, learn about trainings and services available for kinship families, and find support groups and networks of other kinship care families and family care professionals. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Human Services