The Warm Hearts Behind a Tough Business

PRSGF Employee Spotlight: Office Pets Edition

At Pyfer Reese Straub Gray & Farhat PC, we love our pets! At the heart of our mission lies a commitment: our dedicated legal team endeavors not only to champion the rights of our clients but also to advocate for the well-being of our beloved animal companions. PRSGF has donated to the Humane League of Lancaster County and our team members have adopted pets from local rescues. Despite the challenges we face in the difficult business of law, the presence of our cherished pets brings warmth and joy to our lives every single day. Allow us to share with you the delightful companions who sprinkle happiness into our world, in the hopes that their adorable faces bring a smile to yours as well!

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Preliminary Hearings

After police file criminal charges against someone, the first critical stage of the proceedings against them is a preliminary hearing before a magisterial district judge. In Lancaster County, there are two types of cases that have preliminary hearings in specialized central courts—domestic violence and driving under the influence—those central courts will be discussed in a separate blog. The defendant’s decisions on the day of the preliminary hearing can profoundly affect the trajectory of their case going forward, and those decisions should be guided by a skilled, diligent, and experienced lawyer.

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Qualifications and Eligibility for SSDI Benefits & SSI

SSDI & SSI: For which disability benefit(s) should you apply?

SSDI benefits and SSI benefits are two disability benefit programs offered by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) are provided as benefits to individuals that qualify based on a disability that meets SSA statutes. But, which one should you apply for? Should you apply for both or are you not eligible for either SSDI or SSI?

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Contemplating Divorce?

Think and Plan Ahead!

Steps to Take When Pondering Divorce

            Many individuals seek legal counsel once they have left their spouse or their spouse has left them.  If you are contemplating divorce, the best course of action is to seek counsel before you leave.  It is critical to understand all of the opportunities and responsibilities you will have if you make this life changing decision.

            First, we recommend you draw up a budget.  How much money do you expect to bring in after the separation?  How much money do you expect to have in bills?  Will you have to pay support to your spouse?  How much support will your spouse pay to you?

Next, you need to figure out housing.  Do you have enough money to take over the mortgage on your own?  Do you have enough money to afford rent on your own?  It would be wise to speak to a banker and/or a local apartment complex to make sure you will be able to afford housing after the separation.  If you have children, you need to consider the cost of housing in your local school district.

Finally, examine your health insurance status.  Can you provide your own health insurance?  How much will that cost?  Do you want your spouse to provide your health insurance?

Considering these major questions will make the transition smoother.  Planning ahead can give you comfort and confidence as you go forward.  Our family law attorneys have a wealth of knowledge to get you on the right path and advise you on what to expect throughout the case.  We are here for you from start to finish.  Call 717-299-7342 to schedule a consultation and prepare yourself for the journey ahead. Contact Pyfer Reese Straub Gray & Farhat, PC.

Happy National Administrative Professionals Day (April 21, 2021)

We value our office and administrative professionals and their ability to keep our office running smoothly. We recognize them as advocates for our industry and respected liaisons between our partners and staff.

Our legal administrative assistants support our paralegals and lawyers by keeping office operations efficient, managing schedules, by helping to prepare legal and management reports, and many other duties that typically take place “behind the scenes.” Our administrative professionals are crucial to this law firm’s success.

thank you card to our administrative staff