Pyfer Reese Straub Gray & Farhat PC is pleased to announce that as of May 1, 2020, Jeffrey C. Murse, Esquire has been named Partner!

Mr. Murse joined Pyfer, Reese, Straub, Gray & Farhat in 2015, focusing his practice in the area of Family Law. 

Mr. Murse is a native of Lancaster County and a graduate of Manheim Township High School.  Following his graduation from DeSales University in 1999, Mr. Murse worked as a Conference Officer and Supervisor with the Domestic Relations Section of Lancaster County while, at the same time, attending Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg.  It was during his time with the Domestic Relations Section that Mr. Murse developed his interest in Family Law matters, interacting directly with counsel and clients to establish, modify, and enforce child and spousal support Orders. 

Mr. Murse left the Domestic Relations Section in 2005—after his graduation from Widener University School of Law—to begin a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Henry S. Kenderdine, Jr., who presided over custody, divorce, and support matters in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas. 

In 2006, after completing his judicial clerkship, Mr. Murse commissioned as an officer and attorney in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.  As an attorney in the JAG Corps, Mr. Murse provided legal counsel to active duty military members and their dependents in the areas of family law and estate planning, and he defended military members against criminal prosecution at courts-martial.  While on active duty, Mr. Murse also served as Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, Assistant Professor of Military Law at the United States Naval Academy, and as the primary legal advisor for a counter-piracy task force operating near the Horn of Africa.  Mr. Murse has provided legal services around the world, with assignments in Texas, Hawaii, Maryland, Japan, and the Middle East.  Mr. Murse transferred from active duty in 2014, but he continues to provide legal counsel to military members as a reservist, and he was recently selected for promotion to Commander in the United States Navy Reserve JAG Corps.  In 2019, Mr. Murse completed a 9-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he served as Deputy Counsel.     

Mr. Murse and his wife have three children, and they reside in Manheim Township.  Mr. Murse is a member of the Military Officers Association of America (Lancaster Chapter), the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and Lancaster County Bar Association.  In his free time, Mr. Murse enjoys spending time with his family and cheering for Manheim Township Blue Streaks athletic programs and Navy football.   

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Now that we are in the GREEN PHASE, remember, unfortunately, it is not a return to the pre COVID-19 days

as existed in March; we must continue to stay alert, keep the virus from resurging.

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Pennsylvania Dog Bite Lawyers Can Help You Get Compensated

With summer officially started, paired with the months-long stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19, people (and their pets) are escaping to the outdoors for some sense of normalcy and to rid themselves of cabin fever.

Across Pennsylvania, there’s been an uptick of people increasing outdoor time in both rural and urban settings. That means more chance for human/animal interaction and the risk of negative encounters with dogs. Young children are at a higher risk of dog attacks.

Pennsylvania’s dog law requires owners to have reasonable control over their dogs always. Generally speaking, an owner is liable for damages when a person is attacked by the owner’s dog–or if a person is attacked by what is considered a dangerous dog. There may be exceptions.

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As many of you know, we have been operating (as best we can) remotely, with the buildings closed. In light of the Governor’s proclamations and in light of our circumstances, we believe we can now safely open and resume offering professional services, including meeting people in our offices, if and as needed. However, that is not to discourage video or phone conferencing or exchange of emails, especially among those who are already clients. We have full video capabilities; ask us for details.

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How Are Child Support Payment Amounts Determined in PA?

Pennsylvania child support guidelines are complex and, while the state has a formula for calculating child support payments, there are various factors, including expenses, custodial arrangements, and other nuances that can impact how child support payment amounts are determined in the Commonwealth.

The guidelines on child support payments are based on an income shares model, with the idea that a child will get the same financial support or portion of his parents’ income as he or she would if the parents remained together. The Pennsylvania child support guidelines strive to be as fair to the child as possible, although this model can be complicated.

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COVID-19 May Increase Cyberbullying in Pennsylvania

With schools closed and quarantines in place due to COVID-19, there’s been a surge of increased internet use among children and adults. This increase may make youth a target for cyberbullying.

Victims of cyberbullying or those accused of cyberbullying should seek an attorney for legal advice. It’s not kid’s stuff. It’s a growing issue and the state is taking it quite seriously.

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We Can Meet You Virtually, Remotely! Whether you are a current client or a potential client. You can contact us from the comfort of your home.

Social Distancing will not interfere with our commitment to serve you. We have ways to connect with you and continue to provide you quality legal services in all areas of our practice: Family Law, Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Medical Negligence, Workers’ Compensation, Employment Matters, Social Security, Wills and Estate Drafting and Planning, Education Law.

While our physical offices are still closed, we remain determined to serve the needs of our clients, current and new alike! Our normal business hours are 8am- 5pm Monday through Friday but as always, and now more than ever, you can leave us a message and we will return your call as promptly as possible and try to accommodate you and your schedule.

The numerous ways we can connect: Remote, Virtual, Videoconferencing, Teleconferencing, Group Conference Calls, Emails, and the traditional Telephone Calls.

Check our Facebook page, often and frequently; stay connected to us. Also see our Tweets, our LinkedIn or our periodic Constant Contact email messages in your inbox. We are just as readily available now as before, but frankly, with more means, different and greater options. We want you to stay healthy and safe.

PYFER REESE STRAUB GRAY & FARHAT PC, call us at 717.299.7342.

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HELPFUL RESOURCES: COVID-19 Related Administrative Links, Information Links, Administrative Orders–in various areas of the law.


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As always, the Attorneys and Staff of PYFER REESE STRAUB GRAY & FARHAT PC are available for you to answer your questions and guide you; but remember, there are constant and frequent updates and changes due to the COVID-19 climate. Below are some general Helpful Resources. We urge you to continuously check these links for updates because we are in this together. And remember, what may apply today, may change tomorrow. Contact us at 717.299.7342. We are working diligently to keep you well-informed and our information current.

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