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Pennsylvania Civil Practice
Copyright 2017, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis Group.

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Kevin A. Hess;Seth A. Mendelsohn;Dale F. Shughart, Jr.

Chapter Summary


This chapter from Pennsylvania Civil Practice discusses "replevin," an action in which a plaintiff claims ownership and seeks to recover possession of personal property that is in the possession of another.

The chapter first discusses common law and current law regarding what a plaintiff must show to institute an action in replevin. The chapter next considers, in turn, property subject to replevin, venue and commencement of action, complaint, and prejudgment seizure of property. The chapter then discusses the issuance and service of writs of seizure, their duration, the requirement of a bond and counter-bond, and the disposition of seized property. The chapter also examines the exemption and concealment of property. Finally, the chapter discusses trial procedure and judgment, including judgment in rem.

Pennsylvania Civil Practice (Matthew Bender) is a single-volume text that provides a generalized yet comprehensive overview of civil law practice in Pennsylvania. It addresses all aspects of civil practice.It also provides substantive historical and analytical explanations of the civil process, enabling the practitioner to not only find an answer to a specific procedural or practice issue, but to developanswers for new issues based on their understanding derived from the text.


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For a discussion of commencement of an action, see Chapter 4, Commencement of Action.

For a discussion of venue, see Chapter 3, Venue.

For a discussion of service of process, see Chapter 5, Service of Process.

For a discussion of the complaint, see Chapter 7, Pleadings.

For a discussion of ejectment, see Chapter 17, Ejectment.

For a discussion of disposition prior to trial, see Chapter 31, Disposition Prior to Trial.


See Ohlbaum on the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence (Matthew Bender) for quick access to the complete text of the new Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence, plus annotations to leading cases on point.

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See Remick's Pennsylvania Orphans' Court Practice (Matthew Bender) for a comprehensive guide to practicing in the Orphans' Court, includingtext, statutes, and forms for every area of estates law.

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