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Proden & O'Brien, has experience in handling your Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. Whether your have already been denied Social Security or you are considering filing for Social Security Benefits, consult the attorneys at Proden & O'Brien.
We will provide you a free consultation to discuss the following
- Eligibility Requirements
- Your Medical Treatments
- Filing Procedures
- Disability Appeal Process
Senior citizens and their adult children face a complex set of legal issues ranging from protecting savings from Medicaid costs to petitioning a court to have a guardian appointed over an elderly and incapacitated adult. Proden & O'Brien provides a full spectrum of services for the elderly, for disabled adults, and for families. Our firm understands that families have unique concerns and require personalized solutions.
Crises can devastate an elderly person's assets and estate. Solving the problems as they arise is essential to preserving the estate. Planning to try to prevent problems and avert crises is a safer route to preserving assets than fighting fires as they come.
The firm's attorneys can help clients with a wide range of elder law issues
Even more important than asset protection is prevention of elder abuse. Whatever the source of abuse—a family member or the staff of a care facility—the attorneys at Proden & O'Brien fight to protect the rights and physical and mental wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable members of society.
At Proden & O'Brien we work with individuals, families, neighborhoods and developers to assist with their property interests. Our attorneys assist our clients with local zoning and land use controls in order to obtain the necessary building permits and local approvals to complete their development plans, however large or small these may be.
Assisting Clients With the Following
- Zoning Boards
- Planning Boards
- Conservation Commissions
- Boards of Health
- Building/Plumbing and Gas/Electrical Inspectors
- Historical Commissions
If a defective product causes injury or death, you may be able to file a lawsuit to receive compensation. At Proden & O'Brien our attorneys have been helping injured people for many years. Our law firm has the resources and the experience to give injured people the support they need after an injury. If you have suffered an injury from a defective product or are grieving over the death of a loved one, contact our office to learn if you have a case.
In an ideal world, all wills would be clearly written, interpreted, and honored; all trusts would be seamlessly implemented as written; and, both beneficiaries’ rights and decedents’ wishes would be understood. Unfortunately, controversies do arise regarding wills and trusts. The attorneys at Proden & O'Brien are prepared to resolve these issues.
Review of trusts and wills. What if the law changes after a will was signed or a trust established? You can prevent potential misunderstandings by having your trusts and wills reviewed periodically by our attorneys, who have a current understanding of probate law.
Evaluation of trustee impartiality. If you wish to question the impartiality of a trustee and/or one or more of the trustee’s decisions relating to investments or distributions, talk to our attorneys. The attorneys at Proden & O'Brien are prepared to pursue a resolution to such conflicts efficiently and decisively.
Estate planning can be complicated and emotional. It is an area which demands intense creativity and innovation. Proden & O'Brien offers practical solutions to these complex challenges of wealth preservation. We develop sophisticated plans to transfer assets from generation to generation, always bringing into focus the elimination or reduction of gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes. Working closely with clients and their families, our approach is highly personal, educational and structured. Our skill is in designing, explaining and implementing the appropriate estate planning vehicles to meet the client's objectives.
The attorneys at Proden & O'Brien also provide a full range of trust and estate administration and settlement services to its clients including probate administration, probate and fiduciary accountings, estate tax returns, and gift and generation skipping tax returns.
Our attorneys are often called upon to counsel clients in the preservation of assets as a result of a family member’s aging or disability. As such we have significant experience in specialized planning situations for the elderly and disabled in areas such as guardianships, conservatorships, Medicaid planning, durable powers of attorney, and living wills.
Proden & O'Brien has extensive experience in the representation of various members of the construction industry. The attorneys of Proden & O'Brien combine their unique problem-solving expertise and litigation/arbitration experience with their substantial skills at counseling clients regarding the management of transactional risks inherent in the industry.
Having represented clients in every category of construction, Proden & O'Brien has successfully resolved disputes at all levels of complexity arising from a wide range of construction projects, from moderately sized projects to mega-projects in both the public and private sectors. The firm has particular expertise in projects such as oil & gas matters, schools, government buildings, highways and other public and private projects and residential communities.
Proden & O'Brien represents major contractors, owners, design professionals, subcontractors, material suppliers, vendors, sureties and other construction industry participants with matters throughout Pennsylvania. Representations include prosecuting and defending construction claims for delay, disruption and acceleration of work, bid disputes, extra work and change order disputes, surety law matters, including payment and performance bond claims, mechanics' lien claims, OSHA claims and project safety matters, claims for defective work and related construction law matters.
Proden & O'Brien is committed to seeing businesses organize, grow and succeed. Our clients range in size and scope from closely held family businesses to multi-million dollar corporations. Our attorneys are experienced in handling the day-to-day obstacles faced by individual entrepreneurs and multi-faceted business entities.
Contact Proden & O’Brien to discuss the following:
- Limited Liability Companies
- Corporate - entity formation
- Corporate governance counseling
- Compensation issues
- Buy-Sell Agreements
- Counsel on legal issues arising in the operations of a client's business
- Litigation of matters involving business disputes and interpretation of the PA General Corporation Law
- Advice on business financing, reorganization, restructuring and receivership
- Agreements involving partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability companies
- Agreements involving commercial interests, including licensing and intellectual property
- Employment agreements
- Contract review and negotiation
The attorneys at Proden & O'Brien handle all forms of real estate transactions and real estate litigation. We assist clients in buying and selling real estate, from their own homes to major commercial and industrial buildings. Our clients range from the first-time home buyer, to the most sophisticated of investors. For those of our clients who are simply buying or selling a home, we offer knowledge of the modern intricacies of residential sales, including state and local laws concerning Seller Disclosure, sewage facilities, home inspections, certificates of occupancy, and the limits established by local zoning.
Our attorneys also have a depth of experience in all aspects of real estate disputes. We have represented our clients in matters involving failure to disclose, breach of contract or other Agreement of Sale disputes, fraudulent misrepresentation, serious termite damage, operation of on-site septic system, violation or enforcement of Deed restrictions or restrictive covenants, easements, boundaries, and rights-of- ways.
A landlord is one who owns property and lets another person occupy his property in return for payment of rent. Rental property may be land, a single residence, a duplex, a trailer, a condo or an apartment.
While both the landlord and tenant have rights, each also has obligations. The landlord may be responsible for premises maintenance and in many cases, for meeting local housing codes, and the tenant must abide by the terms of the lease. When terms of a rental agreement or lease are violated, the landlord may issue an eviction notice, or pursue other remedies.
The landlord-tenant relationship is often subject to disputes. Problems can arise for a wide variety of reasons. Often tenants fail to carefully read the lease they sign. Issues about security deposits are common. Or, one might lease a house, only to have the owner default on the mortgage.
Since our firm’s inception, landlord/tenant law has been an integral part of the legal services our attorneys provide. Proden & O'Brien has provided legal services for real estate owners and managers, from small landlords with two and three family homes to large corporate landlords. We also represent a wide variety of tenants, from individuals to business owners.
Some of the legal problems we help our clients resolve include
- Lease preparation
- Failure to Maintain Premises Issues
- Security Deposits Disputes
- Rent Increases
- Breach of Rental Agreement
- Tenant Rights
- Landlord Rights
Child support is often one of the most contentious issues associated with divorce or custody. It is also one of the terms most likely presented to a judge for modification. Proden & O'Brien, helps people deal with child support issues and post-divorce modification of child support provisions.
It can be difficult to determine how much child support should be paid and what issues are involved in determining child support. Often, negotiated child support agreements are very detailed, covering issues such as private school and college tuition, daily child expenses, and life insurance policies and who is named as beneficiaries on those policies.
While the non-custodial parent is almost always required to pay some amount of child support, that amount can be adjusted up or down depending on the circumstances of either parent. The loss of a job, a significant increase in pay, a parental move, and access to the child can have an impact on the amount of child support that is paid and the modification of child support orders.
At Proden & O'Brien, we work closely with our clients throughout their divorce and custody matters to ensure that their children receive proper support payments. We remain available to handle any post-
divorce/custody modification dealing with increased or decreased child support and the non-payment of child support orders.
Many families experiences difficulties. However, if your family problems escalate and become a possible separation or divorce, you need the advice and guidance of an experienced and understanding family law attorney. The attorneys at Proden & O'Brien can help you navigate the divorce process by developing personalized agreements on difficult issues such as, child support, child custody/visitation and property division while protecting your individual rights and interests. For many families, divorce is a fact of life. We are here to help you successfully resolve your legal family matters.
Are you facing the loss of your driver's license in Pennsylvania due to D.U.I., traffic tickets, or underage drinking? You may face an uncertain future because of a criminal charge. The new Pennsylvania Drunk
Driving law carries more serious penalties than the previous DUI law. Depending on your blood alcohol content and previous offenses, if any, penalties vary from probation to jail time and from no driver's license suspension to very lengthy license suspensions.
It is critically important to contact a defense attorney knowledgeable of the new D.U.I. law in order to familiarize yourself with the nature of the charge, the seriousness of the charge and what options are available to you. Furthermore, it is important to understand how the legal penalties of jail, license suspensions, and convictions can impact on your employment, education, and career. For instance, a criminal conviction goes on your "record" and in most instances will remain there forever.
One major opportunity to prevent having a "criminal record" is to seek admission to the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (A.R.D.) Program. The A.R.D. Program not only allows for the expungement of one's criminal record, but also allows you to avoid jail, often with lesser license suspension penalties. As admission to the A.R.D. Program is a "privilege", and not a "right", applying for the Program in a timely and appropriate manner is of critical importance.
Admission to the A.R.D. Program is for first-time offenders of non-violent crimes that meet certain strict criteria. We at Proden & O'Brien can quickly review your case and advise you on your eligibility for the A.R.D. Program and the options you have if you are not eligible for the Program.
The new DUI law, requires "mandatory" penalties of jail time and lengthy license suspensions if you are not eligible for A.R.D., or if you are a multiple DUI offender. The attorneys at Proden & O'Brien are experienced at helping clients successfully face the challenging issues of a DUI offence.
The attorneys at Proden & O'Brien undertake a wide range of personal injury issues for its clients, including motor vehicle accidents, product liability, accidents involving catastrophic injuries, wrongful death claims, slip and fall and other premises liability actions. We are committed to ensuring that victims of accidents receive fair compensation, and we recommend that you contact a physician and our law firm following an accident, because seemingly minor accidents can cause prolonged pain and medical costs.
The attorneys at Proden & O'Brien understand that accident victims are often overwhelmed and suffering from their injuries – physical, emotional and financial. We know that by focusing our skills and expertise on the practical and legal aspects of an injury claim, we are protecting the injured and their families from being taken advantage of and are helping them focus on their recovery. Our skilled legal team will gather, prepare and present the evidence that is critical to successfully resolving your claim. Simply settling your claim is not our main goal; our goal is to recover for you what you deserve. With extensive trial experience behind them, our attorneys are prepared to take your case to trial to give you the compensation you deserve.
What should I do if I am in an accident?
Always STOP if you are involved in any accident. Most states require an individual not to leave the scene of any accident without first stopping to see whether there are damages or injuries. A person may be criminally prosecuted for leaving the scene of an automobile accident.