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4hr Firearms Law Seminar – April 15, 2017 with Rockwell Tactical!

On April 15, 2017, Chief Counsel Joshua Prince, Attorney Eric Winter and Attorney Adam Kraut of Firearms Industry Consulting Group® (FICG®) in conjunction with Rockwell Tactical, will offer a four (4) hour seminar on state and federal firearms law at the DoubleTree Resort at 2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602.

The cost is $20 and you should register early, as the classes sell out fast! To register or to find out further information, check out Rockwell Tactical’s registration page.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact Rockwell Tactical at info@rockwelltactical.com or 717-405-2999.

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Firearms Law Seminar – August 6, 2016 at King Shooter Supply!

On August 6, 2016, Chief Counsel Joshua Prince and Attorney Eric Winter of Firearms Industry Consulting Group (FICG), a division of Prince Law Offices, P.C., in conjunction with King Shooters Supply, will offer a four (4) hour seminar on state and federal firearms law at their store located at  346 E Church Rd, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406.

The cost is $10 and you must register early, as last time it sold out fast. You can find out further information on King Shooters Supply’s website.  To register, sign up on the website here. If there are no more spots available, the class will show out of stock. If you have questions, please feel free to contact King Shooters Supply at 610-491-9901 .

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FREE Pennsylvania Firearms Law Seminars – Saturday, April 16th and May 14th Sponsored by Trop Gun Shop

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, and May 14, 2016, Chief Counsel Joshua Prince, Attorney Eric Winter, and Attorney Adam Kraut of Firearms Industry Consulting Group (FICG), a division of Prince Law Offices, P.C., in conjunction with Trop Gun Shop, will offer a four (4) hour seminar on state and federal firearms law at their store located at  910 North Hanover St, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

Trop Gun Shop is sponsoring the seminars and as such, there is no fee to attend!  You can find out further information on Trop Gun Shop’s Facebook post. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Trop Gun Shop at 717-366-4107 .

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If NYC biker attack occurred here, SUV driver protected by PA’s ‘Castle Doctrine

Fantastic article from philly.com written by Brian X. McCrone related to your rights to protect yourself outside your home.

Many people don’t understand how to protect themselves when they are outside the protection of their home.  They fear that self defense might not be enough, and in a lot of cases they are right.  Pennsylvania, with all it’s faults (but what state’s legal system doesn’t have some) is wise enough to offer more protection than it’s neighbors when it comes to protecting it’s citizens from assault, threat of immediate harm, etc.

If NYC biker attack occurred here, SUV driver protected by PA’s ‘Castle Doctrine’ Read

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Child Custody – What parents should know in a nutshell

Many times I have clients asking how best to protect their child, or how to stop their ex from taking the child out of the county, state, or even the country.  The clients want their ex’s to have a relationship with the child, but not at the expense of their own relationship.  This brief article I recently came across gives you a beginning point to understand custody, who can get it, what it means, and how it can affect the parties involved.

When parents do not live together, their most difficult and serious disagreements often involve their children. It is usually best, for both the parents and the children, if the parents can agree on their own about custody and visitation, without involving lawyers and the courts.
It is important for parents to remember that their problems are not the fault of their children. When trying to solve a disagreement about custody, the most important thing for parents to keep in mind is the best interests of the children.

Custody agreements

It is usually best if the parents can agree on custody. An agreement can provide for several different arrangements about where the children will live. Here are two examples.

  • The children live with one parent, who has primary custody. The other parent may have partial physical custody (the right to take the children away from the custodial parent’s home for a limited period of time).
  • The children live with each parent for part of the time, for instance, on alternate weeks. This is called shared physical custody.

Most custody agreements also say who will make major decisions about the children for things such as medical care, religious training and education. This is called legal custody, which may be shared by the parents or exercised by just one of them.

It is very, very unusual for a parent to be denied all contact with his or her children. A parent who does not have primary physical custody will generally have the right to partial physical custody.

What if parents can’t agree?

They should try again to work out a solution that is fair to both of them, but most of all best for the children. Some communities have mediation programs or counseling services that can help parents reach an agreement. If they still can’t agree, either parent may go to an attorney for help in reaching an agreement. If that doesn’t work, custody may have to be decided by a court.

Should a parent see a lawyer even if she or he agrees with the other parent on custody?

This is usually a good idea for two reasons. First, a parent may want to make sure what his/her rights are before reaching an agreement. A fair, lasting agreement can be reached when both parents understand their rights. Second, if both parties agree, a lawyer can have the agreement entered as a legally binding court order, which can be enforced through court action if either party doesn’t obey.

What if there is no court order?

An agreement about custody is fine as long as both parents are willing to follow it. The advantage of turning a custody agreement into a court order is that the court can force the parties to follow it.

If there is no custody order, both parents have an equal right to custody, and either can lawfully take physical possession of the child at any time. However, taking the child away without the other parent’s consent can be held against you in court if that action was not reasonable. If the other parent takes the child and you cannot work out an agreement for the return of the child, you can file a custody case and ask the judge to order the child returned.

What happens in the court?

Either parent can begin a custody action in court. Either before or after a hearing is held, the judge may require the parents and the child to attend counseling sessions to try to work out an agreement, and the judge may consider the counselor’s report in reaching a decision.

If the parents still cannot agree, a hearing will be scheduled. At the hearing, each parent will be able to present his or her side of the story. Each parent can submit evidence and have witnesses testify.

How will the judge make a decision?

The judge will make a decision based on the best interests of the children and will consider everything which affects these interests. The judge will consider factors affecting the child’s safety. A judge will also consider which party is more likely to encourage and permit frequent and continuing contact between the child and the other party.

You should know that as long as you have enough income to provide for the children’s basic needs, a low income alone will not prevent you from getting custody.

The law requires that mothers and fathers be treated equally. Neither parent has an automatic advantage because of their sex.

Can a custody order be changed?

Yes. A judge, at the request of either side, may change a custody order at any time if it appears that a change would be best for the children.

Can grandparents get custody?

Grandparents (great-grandparents also in some circumstances) can ask for supervised physical custody or partial physical custody

  • If the child has lived with them for a period of 12 months or more; (if action is filed within 6 months of removal)
  • If the parent to whom they are related has died; or
  • If the parents are separated at least 6 months

In some cases a grandparent can ask the court for physical/legal custody of a child:

If the relationship began with the consent of a parent under a court order and the grandparent assumes or is willing to assume responsibility for the child and one of the following conditions is met:

  • The child is dependent
  • If the child is at risk because of abuse, neglect, drug or alcohol abuse, or mental illness on the part of the parents; OR
  • If the child resided with the grandparent for at least 12 months and is removed from home by parents( if grandparent files for custody within 6 months of removal)

As always, the court will make its decision based upon the best interest of the child.

Can other relatives get custody?

Yes, but only in special cases. Non-parents, such as aunts, uncles, or friends, can sue a parent for custody if they raised the child. If the child is dependent (neglected, abandoned, or without proper care or control), a court may give custody of the child to an agency such as Children and Youth Services, or in some cases to a non-parent.

What if a custody order is violated?

A person who disobeys any custody order may be held in contempt of court or charged with a crime and may be fined and/or jailed. The judge may also take away custody rights from someone who has disobeyed the court order. In some cases, particularly in emergencies when the child’s safety is in danger, the police may be able to help.

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