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  • March 2021 - Did your spouse or ex-spouse take your COVID Economic Impact Payment in 2020? If so, you may be able to claim your economic impact payment (EIP) as a credit or refund on your 2020 federal tax return. IRS procedures outline a path for relief for survivors who believe their COVID relief payments were issued based on a tax return that was fraudulent, forged, or signed by the survivor under duress.

  • The effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on child custody and visitation in central Pennsylvania. Can you file for custody? How does the Stay-At-Home Order effect your visitation rights? This video contains general information and not specific legal advice. Although this information is believed to be accurate at the time of preparation, individual situations may require individual analysis, such that it may be advisable to consult with a lawyer.

  • MidPenn Managing Attorney Rebecca Dempsey and Staff Attorney Summer Swanson conduct a presentation on Domestic Violence during COVID-19. Topics include: Domestic Violence Tactics, Safety Planning, Employment Search Resources and to Get Help.

    This video contains general information and not specific legal advice. Although this information is believed to be accurate at the time of preparation, individual situations may require individual analysis, such that it may be advisable to consult with a lawyer.

  • MidPenn Rural Tax Advocate Evangeline Wright answers questions about the economic stimulus payments. Who is eligible? What you have to do to get the money? How the payments will be delivered. How long you have to collect you payment. What to do if the IRS makes a mistake with your payment. This video contains general information and not specific legal advice. Although this information is believed to be accurate at the time of preparation, individual situations may require individual analysis, such that it may be advisable to consult with a lawyer.

  • MidPenn Attorney Matthew Rich talks about what the moratorium and CARES Act means to renters in Pennsylvania. This video contains general information and not specific legal advice. Although this information is believed to be accurate at the time of preparation, individual situations may require individual analysis, such that it may be advisable to consult with a lawyer.

  • The Current Pennsylvania and Federal Moratorium Impact on Mortgages, presented by MidPenn attorney Jamie Bonser. The purpose of this presentation is to inform the viewer of the current status of foreclosure actions in Pennsylvania as of May 8, 2020. This video contains general information and not specific legal advice. Although this information is believed to be accurate at the time of preparation, individual situations may require individual analysis, such that it may be advisable to consult with a lawyer.

  • MidPenn Legal Services Managing Attorney Paul Edger provides information about the Protection from Abuse Act and obtaining a protective order during COVID-19.

    This video contains general information and not specific legal advice. Although this information is believed to be accurate at the time of preparation, individual situations may require individual analysis, such that it may be advisable to consult with a lawyer.

PALawHelp.org

PALawHelp.org is an online guide to legal information and legal services in Pennsylvania. The website provides information on civil legal issues and answers to many civil legal questions.

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  • MidPenn Legal Services is a nonprofit, public interest law firm providing free civil legal assistance to low-income residents and survivors of domestic violence in 18 counties in Central Pennsylvania: Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, Schuylkill and York.

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  • Get help with your criminal record, volunteer with the Clean Slate Screening Project, and learn about Clean Slate advocacy. Clean Slate uses technology to seal certain criminal records from public view. Arrest records will be sealed after charges are dropped and some minor conviction records will be sealed after 10 years.

  • MidPenn Attorney Maria Casey explains the ins and outs of expungement and the Clean Slate Law.This video contains general information and not specific legal advice. Although this information is believed to be accurate at the time of preparation, individual situations may require individual analysis, such that it may be advisable to consult with a lawyer. October 2020

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Medical-Legal Partnership

  • The MLP Monologue blog is written by Attorney Molly Sanders as part of the Be Well Berks Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) program, a collaboration between Reading Hospital and MidPenn Legal Services. The MLP is funded by the Be Well Berks Grant Program and provides free civil-legal advice and representation to low-income patients facing health-harming legal needs

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Tax Issues

  • Think you make too little money to file a federal income tax return? Life circumstances changed in the last year? Every year taxpayers fail to claim all of their federal tax credits. Come learn about the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit and other ways to be a smart taxpayer.”

    Speaker: Evangeline Wright is an attorney with MidPenn Legal Services’ Rural Tax Advocacy Project. She provides education and representation in federal tax matters to eligible individuals in central Pennsylvania.

    This video contains general information and not specific legal advice. Although this information is believed to be accurate at the time of preparation, individual situations may require individual analysis, such that it may be advisable to consult with a lawyer.

  • MidPenn's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic serves low-income taxpayers who have problems or disputes with the IRS, including those for whom English is a second language.

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