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Thursday, May 02 2019
How to File for Bankruptcy | Olean NY 14760 | Warren, PA | Bankruptcy Lawyer

Filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy | Olean, NY | Warren Pennsylvania

Dealing with a mountain of debt can be scary.  Filing for bankruptcy doesn't have to be if you hire our firm.  It is our #1 goal to help you overcome debt and to believe in your ability to succeed again.  We are excited and passionate about doing this for our cllients.  You wil lfind this same level of commitment from our bankruptcy lawyer, to our bankruptcy paralegal and our staff.  We all understand that life throws unexpected circumstances at us - unexepcted bills, loss of job, medical bills, divorce.  The list goes on and on.  We will never judge you because we know how difficult and embarrsing this is; we are here to help you.  Call now for help - the consultation is free!  No strings attached.

In this article we outline the basics of the process.  When you call us, we will go over this and more in much more detail.

When you are trying to figure out whether to file for bankruptcy, the process is complicated but we will get you through it with ease.  The process is the same regardless of whether you are in Bradford, McKean County, PA, Olean, New York, or Warren, PA.  All petitions for bankruptcy will be filed in the Western District - either in Pennsylvania or New York dpending upon where you live.  After your petition is prepared and filed, there will be what they call the Meeting of Creditors, which will occur either in Olean for our New York clients or in Warren for our PA clients.

So how do we decide whether to file for bankruptcy?  When you and I meet, which can be in person if you want, or it can be over the telephone so you do not have to travel, I will ask you some general questions about your income, your secured and unsecured debt, your house value and mortgage, your other assets, and questions about recent transactions like tax refunds, payments to creditors and family. 

Based upon your responses, we can usually determine whether bankruptcy is the right choice and whether to file a Chapter 13 or a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  The next step is for you to gather together documents related to the questions that I asked you so we can verify income and debts and assets for the Court.  Using those documents, I will prepare your paperwork (the petition) that asks the Court for help by way of an order discharging your unsecured debt.

The entire process is often only 4 months long.  So if you would like to be debt freee in 4 months, call today!  (814) 274-8612

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If you are having trouble you can't handle, give us a call.  We practice in the areas of family law, divorce, custody, adoption, personal injury, and bankruptcy in Bradford, PA, Coudersport, PA, Emporium and other areas.   We happily provide  debt relief  to the Willaimsport, Wellsboro and Olean and Cattaraugus County, NY areas. Bankruptcy consultations are free. If you are overwhelmed by debt, please call our office at (814) 274-8612. For more information about our NY bankruptcy practice, please visit our bankruptcy website. You can also find more information about our other practice areas on our full litigation firm website.  We offer convenient consultations by phone.  No need to travel anywhere to speak with us.  If you are in Williamsport, click here.



Committed to helping you...
Main Office
One East Third Street
Coudersport, PA 16915
Phone: (570) 309-6690
Phone: (814) 274-8612
Email: TheRossLawFirm@gmail.com

Williamsport Meetings at
125 East 3rd Street, Williamsport PA
(At the office of Ellion and Wayne)

For NY bankruptcy clients, convenient telephone appointments available.

* Free initial consultation applies to bankruptcy and personal injury cases.

** Federal law requires the following disclosure: We are a debt relief agency helping people file for relief through bankruptcy under the bankruptcy code.

***Legal Disclaimer: The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.  No lawyer-client relationship exists until one of our attorneys meets with you and agrees to accept you as a client.


Privacy policy: We understand that privacy is important. We do not collect any information unless you choose to contact us.  If you choose to contact us, we collect your contact information, which is not disclosed to any third party.  It is used solely to allow us to contact you if you have requested us to contact you.

*** Our attorneys are licensed in PA and also admitted to practice bankruptcy and federal litigation in the Western District of NY.  For our NY friends, we only accept bankruptcy or federal cases brought or that can be brought in the Western District of NY as that is where our attorney is admitted.  For our PA friends, we accept most types of cases.

NY cities served for bankruptcy:  

Allegany, Cattaraugus, Conewango Valley, Dayton, Delevan, East Otto, East Randolph, Ellicottville, Farmersville Station, Franklinville, Freedom, Gowanda, Great Valley, Hinsdale, Kill Buck, Leon, Limestone, Little Valley, Machias, Olean, Otto, Perrysburg, Portville, Randolph, Saint Bonaventure, Salamanca, Sandusky, South Dayton, Steamburg, Versailles, West Valley, Westons Mills, Yorkshire.


NY zip codes served for bankruptcy:

14719, 14727, 14129, 14729, 14730, 14133, 14731, 14737, 14041, 14741, 14042, 14743, 14748, 14168, 14751, 14171, 14753, 14173, 14755,, 14060, 14760, 14766, 14065, 14770, 14772, 14778, 14779, 14783, 14706, 14788, 14101

If you are in Bradford, PA, give us a call.  We are often in McKean County helping people just like you.

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Cities served by County and zip code are the following:

Warren County, PA

Bear Lake, Chandlers Valley, Clarendon, Columbus, Garland, Grand Valley, Irvine, Pittsfield, Russell, Sheffield, Spring Creek, Sugar Grove, Tidioute, Tiona, Warren, Youngsville

McKean County, PA

Bradford, Crosby, Custer City, Cyclone, Derrick City, Duke Center, East Smethport, Eldred, Gifford, Hazel Hurst, Kane, Lewis Run, Ludlow, Mount Jewett, Port Allegany, Rew, Rixford, Smethport,Turtlepoint

Potter County, PA

16948, 16746, 16915, 16922, 16923, 16927, 16720, 16937, 16941

Tioga County, PA

Ansonia  Antrim  Asaph  Austinburg  Azelta  Balsam  Beeman  Blackwell  Blakes  Brookfield  Brooklyn  Broughton Hollow  Brownlee  C V Junction  Charleston  Cherry Flats  Christian Hill  Clymer  College  Coolidge Hollow  Covington  Cowanesque  Crooked Creek  Daggett  Davis Station  Dexter  Doane  Dogtown  Draper  Duncan  East Lawrence  East Point  Elbridge  Fall Brook  Farmington Hill  Gaines  Gaines Junction  Gleason  Gurnee  Hammond  Hartsfield  Heise Run  Henslertown  House Landing Strip  Hoytville  Jackson Center  Jackson Summit  Jobs Corners  Keeneyville  Kellytown  Kennedy  Lambs Creek  Landrus  Lawrence Corners  Leetonia  Little Marsh  Lorenton  Mainesburg  Manhattan  Maple Hill  Mardin  Marsh Creek  Marshlands  Middlebury Center  Mill Creek  Mitchell Creek  Mixtown  Morris  Morris Run  Mount Pleasant  Nauvoo  Nelson  Newelltown  Niles Valley  Northeast  Northwest  Odle Corners  Ogdensburg  Olmsville  Osceola  Owassee  Painter Run  Paisley  Penbryn  Phillips  Pine  Pitts  Plank  Potter Brook  Rexford  Rising  River West  Roundtop  Sabinsville  Sebring  Shinglebury  Shortsville  Somers Lane  South Union  Spencertown  Stokesdale  Stony Fork  Sylvester  Three Springs Run  Thumptown  Tiadaghton  Tioga Junction  Tompkins  Trowbridge  Union Center  Veilstown  Waltrous  Wellsboro Junction  West Covington  Whitneyville  Williard     Arnot   Blossburg   Elkland   Knoxville   Lawrenceville   Liberty   Mansfield   Millerton   Roseville   Tioga   Wellsboro   Westfield  

16950    16901    16911    16912    16917    16920    16921    16928    16929    16932    16933    16935    16939    16940    16942    16943    16946        

We also serve Western NY, Cattaraugus County and the Olean area.  This practice is limited to bankruptcy in the Western District of NY.  For NY bankruptcy clients, convenient telephone appointments available.  See our full Olean, Ny site here.

NY cities served for bankruptcy:  
Allegany, Cattaraugus, Conewango Valley, Dayton, Delevan, East Otto, East Randolph, Ellicottville, Farmersville Station, Franklinville, Freedom, Gowanda, Great Valley, Hinsdale, Kill Buck, Leon, Limestone, Little Valley, Machias, Olean, Otto, Perrysburg, Portville, Randolph, Saint Bonaventure, Salamanca, Sandusky, South Dayton, Steamburg, Versailles, West Valley, Westons Mills, Yorkshire.

NY zip codes served for bankruptcy:
14719, 14727, 14129, 14729, 14730, 14133, 14731, 14737, 14041, 14741, 14042, 14743, 14748, 14168, 14751, 14171, 14753, 14173, 14755,, 14060, 14760, 14766, 14065, 14770, 14772, 14778, 14779, 14783, 14706, 14788, 14101

* Federal law requires the following disclosure: We are a debt relief agency helping people file for relief through bankruptcy under the bankruptcy code.

** There are other types of bankruptcies.  Chapter 11 is for businesses and Chapter 12 applies to farms.
***Legal Disclaimer: The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.  No lawyer-client relationship exists until one of our attorneys meets with you and agrees to accept you as a client.

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Monday, April 29 2019
5 Ways to Cope with Adversity from Divorce to Bankruptcy | Bankruptcy and Divorce Attorney Bradford and Coudersport PA

5 Ways to Cope with Adversity from Divorce to Bankruptcy

By David B. Ross, Esq | Bankruptcy, Divorce and Custody Attorney| Bradford, McKean County, Pa, Coudersport, Potter County, PA

1. Focus on Your Goals

When some problem is demanding your constant attention and sapping your mental energy, it is easy to lose sight of your goals. But figuring out where you are going and how you are going to get there may be exactly what you need to go over, under, or through your present circumstance.  If you find yourself discouraged about where you are, sit down and focus on what you really want.  This is how you make sure you get there!.  So close your eyes and picture your goals.  Don’t let them slip away!

2. Forget About Your Problem

Let’s face it, when life is in your face, sometimes you just need a break.  It’s ok to say to yourself, “ I need some time.”  Step away from the negativity that is trying to take over your life. When we continue to focus on the problem, we usually just make it worse either in reality or in what we allow our obsession over it to do to us.

Give yourself permission to do something else.  No more repeating “I cannot believe this happened to me.”  

Stepping away can just be a few minutes to yourself with a pint of ice cream.  It could be a walk or a visit to the gym.  It could even be a little get away vacation.  Or if you really want to get out of your own head, try focusing on someone else’s needs and help someone else. 

Don’t forget about friends and family.   Sometimes we isolate ourselves and we lose the power of others when we do that!  Don’t let fear or embarrassment or hurt rob you of relationships. 

3. Focus on the Solution

If you focus only on the problem, it gets bigger.  If you think about solutions, the problem becomes smaller.  If the problem is too big, try solving just a small part of it.  You will be surprised by how freeing that can be!  If you can’t handle it by yourself, try friends, family, or a professional.  Many times people come to our law firm with what to them are huge problems with family matters, debt, or bankruptcy.  Together, we often find the solution!  Sometimes it is immediate.  Sometimes it is step by step, but there is power in finding a solution.

4. Be careful who you hang around

Your thoughts are influenced by who you listen to.  Find people who are positive.  Don’t listen to the naysayers .  Find someone who believes in you.  We all need those people.

5. Count Your Blessings

Sometimes it is good to remind ourselves of the positive things that have happened.  It helps to put our lives in perspective.  Today’s problem is really just a speed bump in the road most times.  When compared to a lifetime of blessing, we realize it’s not so big or so bad.

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If you are having trouble you can't handle, give us a call.  We practice in the areas of family law, divorce, custody, adoption, personal injury, and bankruptcy in Bradford, PA, Coudersport, PA, Emporium and other areas.   We happily provide  debt relief  to the Willaimsport, Wellsboro and Olean and Cattaraugus County, NY areas. Bankruptcy consultations are free. If you are overwhelmed by debt, please call our office at (814) 274-8612. For more information about our NY bankruptcy practice, please visit our bankruptcy website. You can also find more information about our other practice areas on our full litigation firm website.  We offer convenient consultations by phone.  No need to travel anywhere to speak with us.  If you are in Williamsport, click here.



Committed to helping you...
Main Office
One East Third Street
Coudersport, PA 16915
Phone: (570) 309-6690
Phone: (814) 274-8612
Email: TheRossLawFirm@gmail.com

Williamsport Meetings at
125 East 3rd Street, Williamsport PA
(At the office of Ellion and Wayne)

For NY bankruptcy clients, convenient telephone appointments available.

* Free initial consultation applies to bankruptcy and personal injury cases.

** Federal law requires the following disclosure: We are a debt relief agency helping people file for relief through bankruptcy under the bankruptcy code.

***Legal Disclaimer: The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.  No lawyer-client relationship exists until one of our attorneys meets with you and agrees to accept you as a client.


Privacy policy: We understand that privacy is important. We do not collect any information unless you choose to contact us.  If you choose to contact us, we collect your contact information, which is not disclosed to any third party.  It is used solely to allow us to contact you if you have requested us to contact you.

*** Our attorneys are licensed in PA and also admitted to practice bankruptcy and federal litigation in the Western District of NY.  For our NY friends, we only accept bankruptcy or federal cases brought or that can be brought in the Western District of NY as that is where our attorney is admitted.  For our PA friends, we accept most types of cases.

NY cities served for bankruptcy:  

Allegany, Cattaraugus, Conewango Valley, Dayton, Delevan, East Otto, East Randolph, Ellicottville, Farmersville Station, Franklinville, Freedom, Gowanda, Great Valley, Hinsdale, Kill Buck, Leon, Limestone, Little Valley, Machias, Olean, Otto, Perrysburg, Portville, Randolph, Saint Bonaventure, Salamanca, Sandusky, South Dayton, Steamburg, Versailles, West Valley, Westons Mills, Yorkshire.


NY zip codes served for bankruptcy:

14719, 14727, 14129, 14729, 14730, 14133, 14731, 14737, 14041, 14741, 14042, 14743, 14748, 14168, 14751, 14171, 14753, 14173, 14755,, 14060, 14760, 14766, 14065, 14770, 14772, 14778, 14779, 14783, 14706, 14788, 14101

If you are in Bradford, PA, give us a call.  We are often in McKean County helping people just like you.

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Tuesday, April 16 2019
Bankruptcies now available in Olean, NY

Firm News

We have expanded to offer bankruptcy services in the Western District of New York, which includes Olean, Limestone, Cattaraugus County and surrounding areas.  Our new site is www.oleanbankruptcyattorney.com Here is a link to a recent blog post on why bankruptcy may be just what the doctor ordered: Article  

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Tuesday, March 05 2019
Perils of False Statements in Firearm Purchase | Criminal Lawyer | Tioga County PA, Potter County, McKean County | David Ross

False Statements when Purchasing a Firearm

18 Pa.C.S. 6111(g)(4) 

Making a false statement while trying to purchase a firearm is a serious crime, and you should seek representation immediately if you are facing this charge.  (Our criminal defense attorney practices in Tioga County, McKean County, and Potter County, PA.)  The statute involved and the form that you have to fill out when purchasing a firearm are needlessly complicated and result in a number of people who are trying to do the right thing being charged in Pennsylvania each year. 

Pennsylvania is one of the States that investigates each and every allegation that a purchaser has made a false statement on his fire arm purchasing forms.  The combination of aggressive investigation and unfortunately complicated forms results in a large number of serious criminal charges being levied each year.  Our law firm has had great success in either having the charges withdrawn or reduced.  We know the defenses to this charge.  If you were charges in Tioga, Potter or McKean County, PA, you should call us so that we can evaluate the evidence against you.  

Gun Charges For False Statements

Pennsylvania law makes it illegal to knowingly make a false statement in the purchase of a firearm. Every person who purchases a gun in a retail establishment will undergo a state and federal background check in Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania, such a false statement is a felony of the Third Degree.

Most people understand that a felony conviction prohibits them from owning a firearm.  But did you know that any offense for which you could receive 12 months or more will also prohibit you from purchasing a firearm?  We see this a lot.  People who, for example, had a DUI and who received less than a year sentence do not realize that under certain circumstances a DIUI could result in a year or more in jail.  Most of the time, it is several years later when the individual attempts to purchase a firearm.  They simply do not remember how much time a DUI could have carried.  They only remember how much they actually received for the DUI.  

Other examples of disqualifying events include an active PFA or an involuntary commitment to a mental health facility.  We have also seen more than one circumstance where a voluntary commitment was improperly reported as an involuntary commitment, which resulted in felony charges being improperly brought against our client.

If you have any type of criminal record or anything else which you believe could prohibit you from owning a firearm, you should review applicable statute and consult with an attorney before you try to purchase a firearm. 

Give us a call today:  (814) 274-8612 or (570) 309-6690.  Our attorneys will help you to reach your goals.  We have friendly and helpful staff members when you just need to talk to someone.

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The purpose of this article is not to provide an exhaustive list of those events that could result in a charge for making a false statement.  Instead, this article is for general information so that you can be aware of this hidden landmine in the law and take steps to make sure that you know how and whether you can legally purchase a firearm in Pennsylvania.

From offices in Coudersport, Potter County, Pennsylvania, the attorneys at Ross and Ross, LLC serve the personal injury, bankruptcy, social security disability, divorce and family law needs of Western, Northwestern, Central and North Central Pennsylvania including the communities of Coudersport, Galeton, Shinglehouse, West Branch, Smethport, Port Allegany, Bradford, Roulette, and Wellsboro, as well as Potter County, McKean County, Tioga County, Cameron County, Bradford County and other areas of Western PA and Central PA.

 

Pennsylvania Cities served by County:
McKean County, PA
Aiken, Betula, Big Shanty, Bradford, Bullis Mills, Burning Well, Ceres, Clermont, Colegrove, Corwins Corners, Coryville, Crosby, Custer City, Cyclone, Dallas City, Degolia, Derrick City, Duke Center, East Kane, East Smethport, Eldred, Farmers Valley, Foster Brook, Freeman, Gardeau, Gifford, Gilmore, Griffiths, Hazel Hurst, Hazelton Mills, Hutchins, Kane, Kanesholm, Kasson, Kushequa, Lafayette, Lantz Corners, Larabee, Lewis Run, Liberty, Ludlow, Marshburg, Marvindale, Mount Alton, Mount Jewett, Myrtle, Ormsby, Port Allegany, Prentisvale, Rew, Rixford, Sergeant, Smethport, Tally Ho, Turtlepoint, Westline, Westmore, Wrights, Wrights Corners

Potter County, PA
Andrews Settlement,  Austin, Brookland, Burtville, Carter Camp , Cherry Springs, Clara, Colesburg, Coneville, Conrad, Costello, Coudersport, Cross Fork, Eleven Mile, Ellisburg, Elmer, Galeton, Genesee, Germania, Germania Station, Gold, Harrison Valley, Hebron, Hebron Center, Honeoye, Inez, Keating Summit, Loucks Mills, Millport, Mills, Mina, Newfield, North Bingham, North Fork, Odin, Oleona, Oswayo, Potato City, Raymond, Roulette, Sharon Center, Shinglehouse, Sunderlinville, Sweden Valley, Ulysses, West Bingham, Wharton

Tioga County, PA
Academy Corners, Ansonia, Antrim, Arnot, Austinburg, Blackwell, Blossburg, Brookfield, Canoe Camp, Cherry Flats, Covington, Cowanesque, Daggett, Davis, Draper, Eastpoint, Elbridge, Elkland, Fallbrook, Farmington, Gaines, Gleason, Hartfield, Holliday, Jackson Summit, Jobs Corner, Keeneyville, Knapp, Knoxville, Lawrenceville, Leetonia, Leolyn, Liberty, Little Marsh, Mainesburg, Mansfield, Marshland, Middlebury Center, Millerton, Morris, Morris Run, Nauvoo, Nelson, Niles Valley, Ogdensburg, Osceola, Potter Brook, Rexford, Roaring Branch, Roseville, Round Top, Sabinsville, Sebring, Stonyfork, Tiadaghton, Tioga, Trowbridge, Watrous, Wellsboro, Westfield


Our attorneys are licensed in PA and GA.  We cannot provide legal advice involving any other state.

Zip codes served: 15870 16701 16720 16726 16727 16729 16731 16732 16735 16738 16740 16743 16744 16745 16748 16749 16750 16901 16912 16914 16917 16920 16921 16928 16929 16930 16932 16933 16935 16936 16938 16942 16943 16946 16947 16950 17724 17765 15834 16720 16743 16746 16748 16915 16921 16922 16923 16927 16937 16941 16943 16948 17729 15832 15834 15861 16720 15821 15822 15823 15824 15827 15828 15832 15834 15845 15846 15853 15857 15860 15868 15870 16728 16735

Attorney David B. Ross is responsible for the content of this site.  PO Box 310, Coudersport, PA 16915

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Monday, March 04 2019
Harassment by Text - by David Ross, Potter County | McKean County Criminal Attorney

What is Harassment by Text? - Potter and Mckean County, PA Attorney

By David B. Ross, Esq.

Many people are shocked to find themselves charged with Harassment because of something that they texted or posted on line.  Such a charges can be an absolute shock when we are taught that we have freedom of speech. 

The relevant statute in PA is 18 Pa. CSA 2709.  

§  2709.  Harassment.

(a)  Offense defined.--A person commits the crime of harassment when, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another, the person:

(1)  strikes, shoves, kicks or otherwise subjects the other person to physical contact, or attempts or threatens to do the same;

(2)  follows the other person in or about a public place or places;

(3)  engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits acts which serve no legitimate purpose;

(4)  communicates to or about such other person any lewd, lascivious, threatening or obscene words, language, drawings or caricatures;

(5)  communicates repeatedly in an anonymous manner;

(6)  communicates repeatedly at extremely inconvenient hours; or

(7)  communicates repeatedly in a manner other than specified in paragraphs (4), (5) and (6).

 (c)  Grading.--

(1)  Except as provided under paragraph (3), an offense under subsection (a)(1), (2) or (3) shall constitute a summary offense.

(2)  An offense under subsection (a)(4), (5), (6) or (7) or (a.1) shall constitute a misdemeanor of the third degree.

 The Courts have interpreted this to include sending a text after being told to stop or sending a series of texts with no legitimate purpose.  The statute is intended to stop people from being able to harass other individuals by repeatedly sending unwanted communications.  Unfortunately, the statute has also been weaponized by people who provoke conversations and then claim that the communication was unwanted.  We see this a lot in the context of divorce or break ups. 

If you have been accused of harassment, call our law firm to inquire about a consultation.  You may very well have a defense if the communication was for a legitimate purpose or was invited by the other party.  Evidence of exactly what happened is important.  Do not delete the messages.  Your attorney will need to review them.  If you delete them, you may well delete the only defense that you have.

Give us a call today:  (814) 274-8612 or (570) 309-6690.  Our attorneys will help you to reach your goals.  We have friendly and helpful staff members when you just need to talk to someone.

* Federal law requires the following disclosure: We are a debt relief agency helping people file for relief through bankruptcy under the bankruptcy code.

** There are other types of bankruptcies.  Chapter 11 is for businesses and Chapter 12 applies to farms.
***Legal Disclaimer: The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.  No lawyer-client relationship exists until one of our attorneys meets with you and agrees to accept you as a client.

Pennsylvania Cities served by County:
McKean County, PA
Aiken, Betula, Big Shanty, Bradford, Bullis Mills, Burning Well, Ceres, Clermont, Colegrove, Corwins Corners, Coryville, Crosby, Custer City, Cyclone, Dallas City, Degolia, Derrick City, Duke Center, East Kane, East Smethport, Eldred, Farmers Valley, Foster Brook, Freeman, Gardeau, Gifford, Gilmore, Griffiths, Hazel Hurst, Hazelton Mills, Hutchins, Kane, Kanesholm, Kasson, Kushequa, Lafayette, Lantz Corners, Larabee, Lewis Run, Liberty, Ludlow, Marshburg, Marvindale, Mount Alton, Mount Jewett, Myrtle, Ormsby, Port Allegany, Prentisvale, Rew, Rixford, Sergeant, Smethport, Tally Ho, Turtlepoint, Westline, Westmore, Wrights, Wrights Corners

Potter County, PA
Andrews Settlement,  Austin, Brookland, Burtville, Carter Camp , Cherry Springs, Clara, Colesburg, Coneville, Conrad, Costello, Coudersport, Cross Fork, Eleven Mile, Ellisburg, Elmer, Galeton, Genesee, Germania, Germania Station, Gold, Harrison Valley, Hebron, Hebron Center, Honeoye, Inez, Keating Summit, Loucks Mills, Millport, Mills, Mina, Newfield, North Bingham, North Fork, Odin, Oleona, Oswayo, Potato City, Raymond, Roulette, Sharon Center, Shinglehouse, Sunderlinville, Sweden Valley, Ulysses, West Bingham, Wharton

Tioga County, PA
Academy Corners, Ansonia, Antrim, Arnot, Austinburg, Blackwell, Blossburg, Brookfield, Canoe Camp, Cherry Flats, Covington, Cowanesque, Daggett, Davis, Draper, Eastpoint, Elbridge, Elkland, Fallbrook, Farmington, Gaines, Gleason, Hartfield, Holliday, Jackson Summit, Jobs Corner, Keeneyville, Knapp, Knoxville, Lawrenceville, Leetonia, Leolyn, Liberty, Little Marsh, Mainesburg, Mansfield, Marshland, Middlebury Center, Millerton, Morris, Morris Run, Nauvoo, Nelson, Niles Valley, Ogdensburg, Osceola, Potter Brook, Rexford, Roaring Branch, Roseville, Round Top, Sabinsville, Sebring, Stonyfork, Tiadaghton, Tioga, Trowbridge, Watrous, Wellsboro, Westfield


Our attorneys are licensed in PA and GA.  We cannot provide legal advice involving any other state.

Zip codes served: 15870 16701 16720 16726 16727 16729 16731 16732 16735 16738 16740 16743 16744 16745 16748 16749 16750 16901 16912 16914 16917 16920 16921 16928 16929 16930 16932 16933 16935 16936 16938 16942 16943 16946 16947 16950 17724 17765 15834 16720 16743 16746 16748 16915 16921 16922 16923 16927 16937 16941 16943 16948 17729 15832 15834 15861 16720 15821 15822 15823 15824 15827 15828 15832 15834 15845 15846 15853 15857 15860 15868 15870 16728 16735 17701 17702 17703

Attorney David B. Ross is responsible for the content of this site.  PO Box 310, Coudersport, PA 16915

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Friday, March 01 2019
Coudersport Borough May Not Sell Arboretum | David Ross Esq.

Coudersport Borough may not sell Arboretum

In a not unsurprising opinion, Senior Judge, Michael Williamson has ruled that the Borough may not sell the land near Sheetz that has been used for a public park. In what was characterized as a "weak argument by the Judge," the Borough argued it could no longer maintain the park.

 Our attorneys have been following the case for some time, and the Judge's ruling is exactly what we anticipated as the Borough has no basis to claim that it cannot maintain the Park.

Regardless of what you think of the outcome, it was great to see the law fairly applied.

It is unclear what will happen to the caboose, which has been a central character in the saga. At one time, John Wright was said to have facilitated the purchase for a land developer from the Chamber of Commerce. More recently, the Borough has claimed ownership of the caboose. The Historical Society at one point expressed interest in the little Bobber. We can only hope that this historical gem is preserved for all to enjoy.

Here is a copy of the entire opinion if you would like to read it.

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Monday, February 04 2019
DUI - New Penalties in Pennsylvania - DUI Lawyer | Potter County PA | McKean County Bradford and Smethport PA | Tioga County

New penalties are now in effect in Pennsylvania for habitually violating the state law on driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

You can expect that State Troopers will periodically being aggressively enforcing the new DUI laws in Potter County Pennsylvania, Bradford and McKean County PA, and Wellsboro and Tioga County PA.   Our PA DUI lawyers note that State Troopers often use violations consisting for speeding, reckless driving, seat belt violations, and child seat belt infractions, stop lights, and turn signal infractions as a pretext to stop drivers suspected of DUI.

Pennsylvania’s stricter penalties for repeat offenders were signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf on Oct. 24, as Act 153 of 2018.

Under the new law, any individual convicted of their third DUI with a blood-alcohol content of 0.16 or higher could be found guilty of a felony offense.

The same penalty would apply to all individuals convicted of four or more DUI offenses.

The law also increases penalties for motorists who cause the death of another person as a result of a DUI, including a potential first-degree felony charge for repeat offenders. It allows for an additional five years' imprisonment for a person who commits homicide by vehicle while driving without a license or driving under suspension. It provides for up to an additional two years imprisonment for a person who commits aggravated assault when driving without a license.

In addition, the law increases the penalty for driving under suspension for a prior DUI, from a summary offense with a minimum $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail to a summary offense with a mandatory minimum of 90 days in jail and $1,000 for a second offense, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. A third and subsequent offense will be a misdemeanor of the third degree with a mandatory $2,500 fine and six months in jail.  Those under 21 who drive may face penalties with any amount of alcohol in their system.

As always, our DUI lawyers urge travelers to “Think before You Drink” and be mindful of continuing efforts to enforce the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08 for adult drivers.  While our attorneys can help you with your DUI, the best option is always to plan ahead, drink responsibly, and have a ride home with a sober friend or use an UBER. 

Give us a call today:  (814) 274-8612 or (570) 309-6690.  Our attorneys will help you to reach your goals.  We have friendly and helpful staff members when you just need to talk to someone.

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** There are other types of bankruptcies.  Chapter 11 is for businesses and Chapter 12 applies to farms.
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Pennsylvania Cities served by County:
McKean County, PA
Aiken, Betula, Big Shanty, Bradford, Bullis Mills, Burning Well, Ceres, Clermont, Colegrove, Corwins Corners, Coryville, Crosby, Custer City, Cyclone, Dallas City, Degolia, Derrick City, Duke Center, East Kane, East Smethport, Eldred, Farmers Valley, Foster Brook, Freeman, Gardeau, Gifford, Gilmore, Griffiths, Hazel Hurst, Hazelton Mills, Hutchins, Kane, Kanesholm, Kasson, Kushequa, Lafayette, Lantz Corners, Larabee, Lewis Run, Liberty, Ludlow, Marshburg, Marvindale, Mount Alton, Mount Jewett, Myrtle, Ormsby, Port Allegany, Prentisvale, Rew, Rixford, Sergeant, Smethport, Tally Ho, Turtlepoint, Westline, Westmore, Wrights, Wrights Corners

Potter County, PA
Andrews Settlement,  Austin, Brookland, Burtville, Carter Camp , Cherry Springs, Clara, Colesburg, Coneville, Conrad, Costello, Coudersport, Cross Fork, Eleven Mile, Ellisburg, Elmer, Galeton, Genesee, Germania, Germania Station, Gold, Harrison Valley, Hebron, Hebron Center, Honeoye, Inez, Keating Summit, Loucks Mills, Millport, Mills, Mina, Newfield, North Bingham, North Fork, Odin, Oleona, Oswayo, Potato City, Raymond, Roulette, Sharon Center, Shinglehouse, Sunderlinville, Sweden Valley, Ulysses, West Bingham, Wharton

Tioga County, PA
Academy Corners, Ansonia, Antrim, Arnot, Austinburg, Blackwell, Blossburg, Brookfield, Canoe Camp, Cherry Flats, Covington, Cowanesque, Daggett, Davis, Draper, Eastpoint, Elbridge, Elkland, Fallbrook, Farmington, Gaines, Gleason, Hartfield, Holliday, Jackson Summit, Jobs Corner, Keeneyville, Knapp, Knoxville, Lawrenceville, Leetonia, Leolyn, Liberty, Little Marsh, Mainesburg, Mansfield, Marshland, Middlebury Center, Millerton, Morris, Morris Run, Nauvoo, Nelson, Niles Valley, Ogdensburg, Osceola, Potter Brook, Rexford, Roaring Branch, Roseville, Round Top, Sabinsville, Sebring, Stonyfork, Tiadaghton, Tioga, Trowbridge, Watrous, Wellsboro, Westfield


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Zip codes served: 15870 16701 16720 16726 16727 16729 16731 16732 16735 16738 16740 16743 16744 16745 16748 16749 16750 16901 16912 16914 16917 16920 16921 16928 16929 16930 16932 16933 16935 16936 16938 16942 16943 16946 16947 16950 17724 17765 15834 16720 16743 16746 16748 16915 16921 16922 16923 16927 16937 16941 16943 16948 17729 15832 15834 15861 16720 15821 15822 15823 15824 15827 15828 15832 15834 15845 15846 15853 15857 15860 15868 15870 16728 16735 17701 17702 17703

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Friday, February 01 2019
Pennsylvania's New Ignition Interlock Law | McKean County Bradford Lawyer | Potter County DUI Lawyer

Changes to Pennsylvania’s DUI laws are here.

David B. Ross, Esq is a former prosecuting attorney who handles DUI cases in Potter County, Tioga County and McKean County Pennsylvania.

The new law focuses primarily on ignition interlock devices.  It went into effect in August of 2018, with some of the changes not going into effect until October of 2018.

The purpose of the law was to provide for greater restrictions on certain DUI offenders while at the same time allowing even first-time offenders to receive a limited license once an ignition interlock device is installed on your vehicle. The goal of the law is to prevent DUI offenders from driving drunk while at the same time allowing them to keep their licenses so that they do not lose employment.

Previously, DUI laws prevented you from obtaining an ignition interlock device for a first offense.

Ignition interlock devices will be expensive. The cost to the driver will likely range from $650 to $1100 for the ignition interlock. However, PennDOT does offer a program for defendants who are unable to afford the device. Additionally, if the defendant drives an employer-owned vehicle for work, the defendant may submit the appropriate documentation to PennDOT in order to apply for a waiver of the ignition interlock requirement for the employer-owned vehicle

If you are facing a DUI in Coudersport, Potter County, PA or Bradford or Smethport, McKean County Pennsylvania, call our DUI lawyer to discuss your options.  We will review your case to determine what defenses you have and what your options are, including an ARD, plea, withdrawal of charges, or trial.

More information about the changes can be found at the DMV website here.

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Monday, November 12 2018
Medical Marijuana - Don't Get Smoked by the Law When Driving

Don’t Get Smoked – What you Need to Know About Medical Marijuana and Driving in Pennsylvania

Whether you love it or hate it, medical marijuana use is here to stay in PA.  That means that a number of our citizens are going to be using marijuana in one form or another and then engaging in the activities of daily life, which include operating motor vehicles.  Our lawyers are former prosecutors who know the laws on marijuana and DUI and help people to navigate them in Mckean, Potter, and Tioga County, PA.

The medical marijuana laws are new, and that means that there is a lot of confusion on the part of the public and law enforcement over the new law in terms of what is permissible and what will get you into trouble fast.  The information provided in this article is taken directly from our own cases and discussions with District Attorneys about their views on medical marijuana and driving.  Below are a few scenarios that illustrate likely outcomes. 

Scenario 1

You have your medical marijuana license.  You go to the dispensary and you purchase some dry leaf and some oils and devices o use the same to deal with your Multiple Sclerosis.  On your way home you are pulled over for a broken tail light.  The officer notices marijuana in your car.  What happens?   

In this scenario, the officer is likely to ask you about the marijuana.  He may also seize it to investigate the marijuana and the related devices to determine whether you have used them to smoke marijuana.  If everything is in order, you will be allowed to get the marijuana back, but you will likely have to go to the station to get it.

Take away:  Have everything in order.  Better not to have the marijuana or devices out in plain sight.  Better to put them in the truck or at least away in bags. 

Scenario 2

You have your medical marijuana license.  You have oils and leafy material at home.  You are pulled over for high beaming the officer.  You have some marijuana in the vehicle as well as devices to ingest it including a pipe.  The officer asks you if you smoked any marijuana recently.  You reply, yes last night. 

In this scenario, the officer may seize the marijuana and devices.  He is also likely to read you implied consent law and attempt to get you to agree to a blood draw. 

Likely outcome – charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.  In PA it is illegal to have any amount of THC (the active ingredients in marijuana) in your blood.  This means that you are likely to get charged with DUI if your blood draw shows any THC.

Take away:  Vaping marijuana with a medical license is lawful.  Smoking marijuana is not legal.  Do not smoke it.  If you do, do not have a smoking device in your car.  There are pipes that will allow you to vape leafy material.  Get the right equipment so you don’t have to worry about a drug paraphernalia or DUI charge.

Scenario 3    

You have your medical marijuana license.  You have oils and leafy material at home.  You are pulled over for high beaming the officer.  You have some marijuana in the vehicle as well as devices to ingest it including a pipe.  The officer asks you if you smoked any marijuana recently.  You reply, no.  I only vape it. 

In this scenario, the officer may seize the marijuana and devices to investigate further and return them later.  In PA it is illegal to have any amount of THC (the active ingredients in marijuana) in your blood, but because you have not smoked it, you are not likely to be charged with DUI unless your blood shows levels way above a therapeutic dose and you show signs of impairment. 

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If you are facing something you cannot handle by yourself or you are ready to quit.  Call our attorneys.  We  serve Wellsboro, Mansfield and all of Tioga County PA, Coudersport 16915 and Potter County, and Bradford and McKean County.  Our bankruptcy attorneys care passionately about helping people.  Let our attorneys work for you!  We will counsel you on whether to seek ARD, a plea or trial.  The right advice makes all the difference, and each case is different.

If you need help in other areas of the law, our firm handles injury cases, bankruptcy, general litigation, and family law.

When you need help, you can count on us.  Call our criinal defense attorneys if you live in Williamsport, PA 17701, Wellsboro, Tioga County, PA 16901, Potter County 16915 or Bradford, Smethport, Port Allegany or elsewhere in McKean County.  We offer appointments in person and by telephone.   

We do not charge for car accident consultation or for a bankruptcy evaluation. We take most injury cases on a contingency basis, which mean that you will not owe us anything unless we get money for you.  Leave our office armed with powerful information about your rights.  For Lycoming, Clinton, and Tioga Counties reach us at (570) 309-6690.  For help in McKean and Potter County 16915, call us at  (814) 274-8612. 

 
* Federal law requires the following disclosure: We are a debt relief agency helping people file for relief through bankruptcy under the bankruptcy code.
***Legal Disclaimer: The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.  No lawyer-client relationship exists until one of our attorneys meets with you and agrees to accept you as a client.

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Friday, November 02 2018
Debt Free | Ross Law Firm| Bradford | Coudersport Bankrutpcy Lawyer

A debt free life by David Ross | Bradford| Coudersport Bankruptcy Attorney

NerdWallet (you’ve got to love the name) conducted a recent study that found that debt for Americans in 2017 (the most recent year for which complete data is available) has reached an estimated $927 billion (that's billion with a capital B) — a more than 5% increase from the previous year. 

The same study found that the average household has credit card debt with a balance of $15,482. On average, Americans owe $134,058 (including mortgages).

Interestingly, several major spending categories have outpaced income growth over the past decade and Americans are incurring medical expenses at an alarming rate, with much of that ending up on credit cards or in collections.  These trends mirror what our bankruptcy attorneys see locally in Williamsport 17701 and Wellsboro, PA 16901    

What our debt relief and  bankruptcy attorneys do in Bradford, Coudersport, Williamsport and Wellsboro:

Our goal is to help you live a debt free or at least a balanced debt lifestyle.  How do we do that?  First, you should sit down with one of the lawyers at our law firm.  We will analyze your debt and have frank discussions about income, debt, and assets.  There are different kinds of debts and assets.  Not all of them are bad, and they are certainly not equal.  We will help you sort through secured versus unsecured debts and debts that have value, such as a mortgage, which allows you to enjoy your home while building principle and which has tax benefits.

One of the great things about sitting down with our law firm is that we have many more tools available to deal with debt than debt settlement companies.  As attorneys, we have the ability to litigate debt, negotiate debt, contest amounts owed, contest items on your credit report, threaten bankruptcy, file bankruptcy and help you to refinance.  Understanding your debt, how to manage it and reshape it and the tools available to deal with it, is a powerful first step toward debt freedom. 

When you achieve debt freedom, you will no longer have to deal with calls from creditors, embarrassing or harassing calls from collectors, bills in the mail, collections notices from the hospital or any of the other million things that happen when you fall behind.  You can also stop living in fear that the sheriff is going to show up knocking on your door with legal papers or come in and auction off your items or that a creditor will garnish your bank account.  In short, you will know freedom.

If freedom from the bondage of debt sounds good to you, call our bankruptcy attorneys today.  We have offices in Coudersport and Williamsport and serve Wellsboro and Tioga county as well.

Call us today!   (814) 274-8612

 

If you are facing something you cannot handle by yourself or you are ready to quit.  If you are facing a mountain of debt you cannot pay, don't give up.  Call our attorneys.  We  serve Wellsboro, Mansfield and all of Tioga County PA.  We will help you figure out how to get out from the medical bills, loans, credit cards, business debts or whatever the debt is.  Our bankruptcy attorneys care passionately about helping people to be debt free.  Let our bankruptcy attorneys work for you!

If you need help in other areas of the law, our firm handles injury cases, bankruptcy, general litigation, and family law.

When you need help, you can count on us.  Call our debt relief and bankruptcy attorneys if you live in Williamsport, PA 17701, Wellsboro, Tioga County, PA 16901, Potter County 16915 or Bradford, Smethport, Port Allegany or elsewhere in McKean County.  We offer appointments in person and by telephone.   

We do not charge for car accident consultation or for a bankruptcy evaluation. We take most injury cases on a contingency basis, which mean that you will not owe us anything unless we get money for you.  Leave our office armed with powerful information about your rights.  For Lycoming, Clinton, and Tioga Counties reach us at (570) 309-6690.  For help in McKean and Potter County 16915, call us at  (814) 274-8612. 

 
* Federal law requires the following disclosure: We are a debt relief agency helping people file for relief through bankruptcy under the bankruptcy code.
***Legal Disclaimer: The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.  No lawyer-client relationship exists until one of our attorneys meets with you and agrees to accept you as a client.

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