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Pennsylvania was one of the original 13 colonies, and if you're in the Keystone State, you should be familiar with its rich history of laws.

While learning about the life of the Founding Fathers is a great way to enjoy the history of Pennsylvania, you may also want to focus on the present laws that will have a slightly more pressing effect.

Get ready for an updated page of Poor Richard's Almanac, with 10 laws you should know if you're in present-day Pennsylvania:

Breaking up is hard to do, and you may be clueless about how to break it to your landlord that you're moving out.

Unlike breaking up with your latest fling, there's actually a great semi-formal method of calling it quits with your tenancy: a move-out letter. By sending your landlord a letter, you can clearly announce your intention to move and highlight your rights and responsibilities before you do.

Don't know where to start? Here's a quick how-to on giving your landlord written notice of your move-out:

Yours truly is a Texas native, but we won't blame you if you're just arriving or simply here to visit. What Texans won't appreciate is someone who's clueless about the laws in the Lone Star State.

So before your Southwest flight lands, check out these 10 laws you should know if you're in Texas:

Even those who follow the advice of the Bible to "love thy neighbor" may not necessarily share the same warm feelings for their neighbor's trees.

It turns out that disputes between neighbors regarding trees are fairly common. And being that Sunday is the annual "National Good Neighbor Day," what better time to explore some different branches of the classic neighbor-tree dispute?

Here are five common sticking points when it comes to neighbors and trees:

When you're walking along and you see a fruiting tree, are you legally allowed to take your pick? Even if it's on private property?

A group of New Mexico preschoolers were dismayed earlier this month to find that their pumpkin patch had been raided over the weekend. While fruit shouldn't be left to rot on the vine (or branch, or bush), growers shouldn't have to let the fruits of their labors be picked bare either.

So when, if ever, is it legal to take fruit right off the tree?

If you own rental property near a college or university, you may be considering renting your property to college students.

While college students can often be a lucrative source of dependable rental income, they also may present unique legal issues you should be aware of.

Here are three legal reminders for landlords renting to college students:

With a new school year beginning soon, many college students will be eschewing the relatively predictable (if sometimes underwhelming) world of on-campus housing and moving off-campus.

If you're planning on living off-campus for the first time, finding somewhere that fits your budget is just the first step. What else do you need to know to keep your off-campus living situation from becoming a legal nightmare?

Here are five legal dangers you'll want to avoid when moving off-campus:

How do you legally evict a roommate? While the answer depends on your specific situation, there are some general principles to keep in mind.

Although getting a roommate can be a great way to share the costs of renting a house or apartment, sometimes things just don't work out. But similar to when a landlord wants to evict a tenant, you'll want to make sure the law is on your side when considering evicting a roommate. A wrongful eviction may subject you to legal liability, which can be quite costly to resolve.

So how should you evict a roommate? Here are some general guidelines:

If your tree falls onto a neighbor's property, it might not make a sound, but you may be liable.

Trees can fall for any number of different reasons: construction, heavy storms, and even just the natural end of a tree's life.

But in each of these situations where your tree topples onto your neighbor's property, when are you liable? Here's a general overview:

If you're looking to buy or sell a home or other property, you're probably already talking to a real estate broker and a mortgage lender. But what about a real estate lawyer?

There are many parts of a typical real estate transaction that can use a real estate lawyer's expertise. And if your real estate deal turns out to be atypical, having a real estate lawyer on your side can definitely pay off.

Here are five things a real estate lawyer can do that you probably can't: