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Entrust your legal matters to Gardner & Stevens, the distinguished Lancaster, PA law firm with decades of experience in tackling complex cases. At Gardner & Stevens, we prioritize our clients’ needs and our community above all else.
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Benefits of Using Our Lancaster, PA Attorneys
- Fast responses to all inquiries
- Confidentiality with all legal matters
- 100 years of combined legal knowledge among our attorneys
- Wide range of legal services
- Attention to detail
- Convenient locations
- The right advice at the right time
No matter your business, our business law attorneys have the experience to assist in various business law matters.
Our litigation lawyers can represent both small and large businesses, whether as the plaintiff or as the defendant. We have handled amounts of controversy from $10,000.00 to over $1 million in both jury and non-jury proceedings.
Our business lawyers can draft contracts and other agreements to protect your best interests, whether it is an agreement of sale for business assets or for the purchase of an entire business or company, employment contracts, non-compete and non disclosure contracts, or real estate agreements. We also provide interpretation of contract language before you sign and when a potential dispute is on the horizon.
Corporations and Limited Liability Companies (LLC)
Our firm routinely advises clients as to the formation of various entities such as corporations and LLCs.
As with corporations and LLCs, our business lawyers can provide legal counsel to established and new partnerships.
Our criminal defense lawyers have decades of experience working with clients that have been charged with anything from summary offense to misdemeanors and serious felony charges.
If you are a first-time DUI offender, a special disposition called the ARD program can drastically reduce or eliminate consequences. We have decades of experience in handling DUI criminal offenses.
Our criminal defense lawyers have years of experience handling driver’s license matters. You should contact us immediately if you have received any communication indicating that your license may be suspended.
Many traffic tickets hold unseen consequences if you are convicted of or plead guilty to the charged offense. In many cases, we can have a traffic ticket reduced to a lesser offense which includes milder sanctions or even no sanctions other than a fine. In some cases, we can even have the charge dismissed.
The world of general practice can be wide, which is why the lawyers at Gardner & Stevens pride themselves on being equipped to handle a wide variety of legal issues. Our team of lawyers is happy to offer a variety of legal services.
We are able to represent you if you are a creditor or debtor and advise you of your rights and how to achieve the best outcome.
Our zoning lawyers can provide our clients with the knowledge needed to address zoning issues, from special exceptions to variances.
Our real estate lawyers handle both residential and commercial real estate transactions. Whether it is purchasing a home or commercial building, transferring a deed, leasing, or selling real estate, we are here to help.
Unemployment compensation cases have become far more prevalent in recent years. Our firm routinely handles cases on behalf of both employees/claimants and employers.
When it comes to finding experienced personal injury lawyers to help you with your case, look no further than the qualified accident lawyers at Gardner & Stevens.
Few situations compare to the tragedy of losing a loved one due to the negligence or recklessness of someone else. Amidst the grief, surviving family members must face loss of income, as well as loss of other benefits. We will handle the legal aspect of the case while you attend to your family.
A personal injury from an automobile accident can leave an individual or family feeling devastated and alone. Our personal injury lawyers stand up against the insurance companies and help you obtain the full and fair compensation you and your family deserve without the need to travel to a “big city” law firm.
Slip & Fall
Cases involving a slip and fall or trip and fall are typically difficult and complex. We have the experience to handle premises liability cases, including snow and ice, defective steps, defective sidewalks, swimming pools, parking lots, speed bumps, shopping malls, and golf courses.
Every year, vicious dogs attack and bite innocent children and adults. These cases involve unique complications, from dealing with the homeowner’s insurance carrier to interacting with the local Dog Officer. Our accident attorneys have decades of experience in handling dog bite cases ranging from toddlers to senior citizens.
Accidents caused by tractor-trailers, and other commercial vehicles, place the injured person at a disadvantage. Our firm has successfully litigated multi-million dollar recoveries for victims of tractor-trailer and commercial vehicle crashes.
Serious Bodily Injury
The personal injury attorneys at our firm have the experience to handle all types of serious bodily injuries, whether as a result of a motor vehicle accident, slip/trip, fall, dog bite, or other matters arising out of someone else’s negligence.
Accidents involving motorcycles require special attention. Our accident lawyers have many years of experience representing injured riders, including successful jury verdicts.
The family law attorneys at Gardner & Stevens have been serving Lancaster County for decades, helping local residents deal with family-related issues such as divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, grandparents’ rights, name changes, adoptions, and much more.
We have experience from hundreds of cases over many years before both Divorce Masters and Judges litigating cases of divorce, property division/equitable distribution, alimony and Postnuptial Agreements. Our skills and aggressive practice style will enable us to effectively defend your rights and pursue your interests and proves why we are the attorneys family and friends recommend.
Custody litigation is one of the most emotional areas, and perhaps the most important component, of a family law case. Our attorneys have decades of experience before both Custody Conference Officers and Judges litigating cases involving paternity, primary custody, partial custody and visitation, relocation and grandparents’ rights.
Making sure that you receive adequate child support and spousal support is important. If you are paying support, it is equally important to be sure that you are not overpaying. While basic support cases are often simple, complications frequently arise in cases of special needs, self-employment, disability, mortgage deviations and situations involving substantial or shared custody.
Protection from Abuse
The PFA (Protection From Abuse) statute is one of the most used, and unfortunately one of the most abused, laws on the books in the area of family law. Properly utilized, it is intended to protect victims of domestic violence and their children from abusive spouses, boyfriends/girlfriends and family members.
Even if you own property prior to marriage, Pennsylvania law provides that your spouse may acquire an interest in that property after you are married. The only way to protect your assets and yourself is to sign a Premarital Agreement, sometimes known as a Prenuptial Agreement or an Ante-Marital Agreement in advance. We have many years of experience preparing these documents, which will allow us to effectively protect your interests.
Post-Marital Agreements (sometimes called Postnuptial Agreements) are a written contract between two spouses that are in the midst or will be in the midst of a divorce action. Most often, such an agreement covers distribution of assets and debts. Our attorneys will give you candid advice as to whether you need a postnuptial agreement, and we will prepare an analysis of your situation to properly advise you of all of your options.
Adopting a child is one of life’s happiest times, but the law has numerous requirements and procedures, including criminal background checks, home studies, various notices and a Hearing in Court, even for an adoption by a step-parent. Agency, inter-state and international adoptions are even more complicated. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to competently guide you through these procedures, allowing you to focus on what is most important—your new family.
The law on paternity is ever changing and can be complicated. Having handled many paternity actions in the past, our attorneys are able to explain the law to you and advise you of your options.
Pennsylvania has enacted a statute that specifically sets forth grandparent rights regarding custody. Part of our job is to educate our clients as to what the law is and how it pertains to them. Having represented both grandparents and parents in custody situations, we will advise you of your options and best strategy to achieve your goals.
For adult and child name changes, we will be able to answer all of your questions and prepare the documents that are necessary to seek approval of your requested name change.
Our firm is able to help families and executors make sense of the probate process and to expedite the finalization of estates in a cost-effective manner. Our firm handles all sizes of estate administration from $10,000.00 to multi-million-dollar estates. We handle all steps of the probate process from start to finish.
Estate Planning and Administration
Our firm is able to help families and executors make sense of the probate process and to expedite the finalization of estates in a cost-effective manner. Our firm handles all sizes of estate administration from under $10,000.00 to multi-million-dollar estates. We handle all steps of the probate process from start to finish.
Powers of Attorney
A power of attorney is a document that is utilized while a person is alive but is unable to act on their own behalf, in cases involving financial, medical and other important decisions. We are here to help advise and appoint POA, so you never have to worry.
A will, also known as a last will and testament, is the primary document utilized to ensure that a person’s final wishes are carried out so that your assets are disbursed pursuant to your specific instructions upon your death. During our consultation, be prepared to discuss who you would like to name as the executor, beneficiaries, guardians, and any other specifics that are unique to your situation.
Living wills, also known as advanced directives, are instructions as to what measures, if any, should be utilized to keep you alive if you are in a terminal condition. Decisions include whether to take advantage of feeding tubes, resuscitation, and other extraordinary measures. These decisions should be made after consultation with your physician, family and attorney.
Many times people are given incorrect information as to how best to protect their assets. Commercials on television suggest that most people can benefit by preparing asset protection, such as living trusts or other documents to avoid probate and taxes. Many times, these documents can do more harm than good. Questions arise as to whether real estate and other property should be transferred to children, whether outright or in joint names. These transfers often have unintended consequences. We conduct a thorough analysis of clients’ options and cut through the various myths and schemes that exist.
Trusts are a useful tool for the appropriate person. Not everyone needs a trust. However, for those that do, they are an invaluable tool for estate planning and other purposes. Trusts can exist as the result of a Will or they may exist outside of the Will in appropriate situations such as for an incapacitated person or disabled child. We will evaluate your personal circumstances to determine whether a trust is appropriate for you, and if so, what type of trust makes the most sense.
Nursing Home Planning
When a spouse or parent needs to enter a nursing home, it is a difficult time for that person and for the rest of the family. To compound the emotions, certain financial decisions need to take place so that assets can be protected to the maximum extent possible. Our attorneys will meet with you and thoroughly evaluate your needs.
When a loved one has become incapacitated and has not previously made arrangements for someone to handle their affairs, the Court can appoint a guardian on that person’s behalf. We have the experience necessary to guide you through this process, and to then assist the guardian in all aspects of subsequent required annual reporting to the Court.