Resource Library

NPLS offers several self-help handbooks and videos on various topics.  Disclaimer:  Please make sure Adobe Acrobat 9 or higher is installed on your device.  To download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, click on the following link.  https://get.adobe.com/reader/

Additional resources can be found at PaLegalAid.org.

Handbook

The county deputy sheriff has left papers with you or an adult in your home that seem to say you have been sued in the Court of Common Pleas.  NOW, WHAT DO YOU DO?

Handbook

A handbook for people who have lost a case in Magisterial District Court.  You have a right to file an appeal to he local Common Pleas Court of your county.

Video

Renting an Apartment addresses many practical issues tenants and landlords should consider before entering into a lease agreement. Of particular interest to landlords is an extensive panel discussion on discriminatory advertising and rental practices.

Video

Protection From Abuse Issues provides basic information about how domestic violence cases are handled by Pennsylvania courts. The video explains how to file a PFA complaint, what happens at the hearing, and what alternatives exist for victims of domestic violence.

Video

Have You Considered Mediation? describes the mediation process as an alternative to the court system for resolving custody, neighbor, or other types of disputes. Two very realistic mediation cases are shown.

Video

This video shows two experienced bankruptcy attorneys answering some of the most common questions ordinary people have about bankruptcy. How much does it cost? Do I lose all my property? How long does it take? What about my credit rating? Can I save my home or car?

Video
The District Justice Hearing is a 28 minute mock hearing in front of a real district justice. The subject matter is a landlord-tenant dispute, but the video should be useful to anyone with a civil claim.
Video

Common Landlord-Tenant Myths addresses most of the problems arising during the tenancy, including written versus oral leases, eviction notices, illegal self-help evictions, security deposits, and warranty of habitability.

Video

3-minute Fair Housing video

Video

Preparing for Your Disability Hearing. This DVD is intended for use by SSI/SSD practitioners, who would show it to clients before their first interview.

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