7 Steps to Creating a Will and Estate Plan

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney Not everyone likes to think about death, but it is important to think about what will happen to your estate when you're gone. More than half of Americans don't have a will. If you are one of them, the state will decide what happens to your assets, and it may not be what you would have wished. Without a…

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Common Home Contractor Scams and How to Avoid Them (and What to Do if they Happen to You)

By Angela Ward, Attorney Pennsylvania homeowners spent more than $8 billion on home improvements in 2018, with more than $9 billion in spending projected for 2019. If you're a Lancaster County homeowner, chances are you've spent hundreds or thousands on a home improvement project in the past or you will at some point in the future, especially if you decide to stay in your…

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Starting a New Business or Organization? Make Sure You Know Your ABCs.

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney Starting a new venture can be exciting. Whether you're creating a new private club, association, business, partnership, or nonprofit, you want to ensure that your organization thrives. In Pennsylvania, many laws govern the creation, regulation, and taxation of each type of entity. To avoid unpleasant surprises (and possible legal actions,) it's essential to understand the requirements of each type…

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Why Your Lancaster County Business Needs an Experienced Business Attorney

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney As a business owner, you face many potential legal pitfalls, but with the help of a qualified attorney, many of them are avoidable. A business attorney can protect you by making sure you see the legal ramifications of your business decisions, helping you to draft sound bylaws, contracts, and agreements, and guiding you should a legal issue arise. If…

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Know How to Recognize and Fight Workplace Discrimination

By Angela Ward, Attorney If you work in Lancaster County, you are protected against discrimination by numerous state and federal labor laws, and for good reason. Unfair or unequal treatment in the workplace based on any number of personal characteristics, rather than individual merit, can be costly, both financially and emotionally. Discriminatory Behavior Can Harm You While some cases of discrimination are obvious, others…

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Estate Planning for Baby Boomers

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney It is estimated that over half of Americans do not have an estate plan. Some will say that they haven't gotten around to it, while others may feel they don't need one. People think of an estate as a stately home on sprawling grounds owned by someone with great wealth. The truth is, if you have any kind of…

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