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Huntingdon County

Huntingdon County was created on the 20th day of September 1787 from portions of Bedford County.  The county was named for the countess of Huntingdon, England, a staunch supporter of the University of Pennsylvania, as was the county seat of Huntingdon.  Huntingdon County has a total population of about 45,000, making it a Sixth Class County.  The County Code, along with several other pieces of specific legislation, is the basic Pennsylvania law governing administration of county affairs.

Huntingdon County acts as an agent of the state government, administers election laws, enforces Pennsylvania laws, and oversees courts of justice.  Counties also possess certain powers to self-govern, in addition to acting as agents of the state.  The county’s guiding proviso in exercising these powers of self-government is to promote the general welfare of county residents.

Pennsylvania lawyers practicing law in Huntingdon County specialize in various niches of the law, including areas like bankruptcy law, employment law, personal injury law, immigration, family law, medical malpractice law, workers compensation law, and even criminal law.  Criminal law involves, logically enough, crimes committed by one party against another and are broken up into two subsets:  felonies and misdemeanors.  Felonies are larger offenses that typically result in harsher punishments.  Misdemeanors are smaller offenses that yield sentences that are not quite as harsh.  It is recommended that defendants retain one of the many experienced Pennsylvania lawyers practicing criminal law to represent them no matter which type of crime they have been accused of committing.

One common area of law for which Pennsylvania residents in Huntingdon County often need the assistance of a good Pennsylvania lawyer is that of bankruptcy law.  Pennsylvania lawyers can help consumers file for bankruptcy under either Chapter 7, which allows all debt to be wiped out except for a few exceptions, or Chapter 13, under which consumers set up a repayment plan to pay back debts over several years’ time.

Chapter 7 is often referred to by Pennsylvania lawyers as liquidation.  Usually the simplest and quickest form of bankruptcy, it is an option for individuals, married couples, corporations and partnerships.  The court appoints a trustee who then collects and sells all non-exempt assets in order to use the proceeds for payment of debt.  Pennsylvania residents who make less than the median income for families in Pennsylvania, based on Census Bureau statistics, will qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  For those making more than the median income for families in Pennsylvania, their income for the past six months will be considered, together with mortgage and car payments, back taxes and overdue child support, and school expenses of up to $1,650 per year.

If, after deducting these amounts along with the living expenses provided in the Internal Revenue Service’s national collection standards, you can still pay at least $6,000 ($100/month) to unsecured creditors over five years, you’re not going to qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Your only other option would then be to consult with Pennsylvania lawyers to see about filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy.  Keep in mind that you must show you have obtained approved credit counseling before you can file for bankruptcy.

Pennsylvania law provides for four types of incorporated municipalities:  cities, boroughs, townships, and, rarer cases, towns.  Below are listed the cities, boroughs and townships located in Huntingdon County:

Boroughs

  • Alexandria
  • Birmingham
  • Broad Top City
  • Cassville
  • Coalmont
  • Dudley
  • Huntingdon
  • Mapleton
  • Marklesburg
  • Mill Creek
  • Mount Union
  • Orbisonia
  • Petersburg
  • Rockhill Furnace
  • Saltillo
  • Shade Gap
  • Shirleysburg
  • Three Springs

Townships

  • Barree Township
  • Brady Township
  • Carbon Township
  • Cass Township
  • Clay Township
  • Cromwell Township
  • Dublin Township
  • Franklin Township
  • Henderson Township
  • Hopewell Township
  • Jackson Township
  • Juniata Township
  • Lincoln Township
  • Logan Township
  • Miller Township
  • Morris Township
  • Oneida Township
  • Penn Township
  • Porter Township
  • Shirley Township
  • Smithfield Township
  • Springfield Township
  • Spruce Creek Township
  • Tell Township
  • Todd Township
  • Union Township
  • Walker Township
  • Warriors Mark Township
  • West Township
  • Wood Township

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