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Alexander Duie Pyle Latta

West Chester Business Attorney.

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  1. How difficult is it to get your unreturned security deposit (or double) back from landlord.

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Alexander Duie Pyle Latta
    1 lawyer answer

    The Pennsylvania law that in some circumstances entitles tenants to two times their security deposit is called the "Landlord Tenant Act". You might want to look at Section 512. If you decide you want to take legal action to recover your security deposit, this will likely require you to file a complaint against your landlord in district court, which is sometimes called "small claims court". It may or may not be worth your time, depending on how much is at stake, whether they defend...

  2. What is the standard cost to incorporate a 501 c3 in Pennsylvania.

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Alexander Duie Pyle Latta
    2. Ryan R Gile
    3. David C. Garner
    3 lawyer answers

    The filings fees and costs alone are likely over $1,000. The filing fee to incorporate is $125, the costs to advertise the formation of the corporation vary, but will likely be $100-$200. The filing fee to apply to the IRS for tax exemption will $750, except for small organizations for which it is $300. As for legal fees, they vary depending on the type of organization that you want to form, the complexity of its governing documents, and how evident it is that the organization warrants...

  3. Does firing someone invalidate non-compete agreement in PA

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Alexander Duie Pyle Latta
    1 lawyer answer

    It depends on what the non-compete agreement says, but it will not necessarily invalidate it. That said, it might make a court less likely to enforce the non-compete. Pennsylvania courts disfavor noncompete agreements and will only enforce them to protect the legitimate interests of an employer. There is some Pennsylvania case law where courts have not enforced noncompetes against employees who were fired for performance reasons since the courts determined that the employer did not need the...

  4. My contractor took the deposit and never started the work

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Alexander Duie Pyle Latta
    1 lawyer answer

    You may have several options. If you are a consumer, you may have the protection of consumer protection laws such as the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law and the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act ("HICPA"). Assuming the contract was for work at your residence and considered a "home improvement", you may be able to avail yourself of the protections of HICPA. HICPA applies to "Home Improvement Contracts". It requires contractors to register with the...