Next Monday or Tuesday there will likely be a vote on Senate Bill 76 which will potentially affect the cost to obtain legal services within the state. The proposed legislation would implement a 7% tax on legal services within the state. This tax would be detrimental to those who have a difficult time affording legal services and would effectively bar groups of individuals from being able to obtain access to the judicial system by increasing the cost to do so.
What can you do to help stop this? Contact your State Senator, Representative and the Governor and demand that no tax on legal services be passed and signed into law. Unsure of your State Senator’s and Representative’s contact information? You can find that information here.
Some essential services that lawyers provide to those who are often of limited means include: obtaining worker’s compensation or Social Security benefits that have been wrongly denied, avoiding home foreclosures, gaining court-ordered protection from an abusive spouse or parent, obtaining fair and equal access to fundamental rights, dealing with a hostile landlord or tenant, fighting a property assessment action from a local government and having a simple will written or probating the will of a loved one.
Other points to make to your State Senator and Representative are that if this tax were instituted PA would be the only state in the nation that has a tax on legal services. Further, in 1987 Florida enacted a similar tax on legal services. It proved so unpopular that it was repealed after 9 months.
Prince Law Offices, P.C. is proud to bring you zealous representation at an affordable price. We hope you’ll join us in saying no to Senate Bill 76.
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