Appel & Yost LLP

Law Firm in Lancaster, PA

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A Century of Service

Appel & Yost LLP is a full-service law firm with a century-long tradition of practicing law and providing legal services to the communities of South Central Pennsylvania dating back to 1883. With offices in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; New Holland, Pennsylvania; Quarryville, Pennsylvania; Strasburg, Pennsylvania; and Christiana, Pennsylvania. Appel & Yost LLP attorneys provide legal advice and representation for individuals, companies, organizations and municipal entities within Lancaster County, Chester County, Dauphin County, York County, Berks County and Lebanon County.

Our areas of legal practice and service include Estate Planning and Estate Administration; Wills, Trusts, Estates, and Elder Law; Business and Commercial Law; Family Law, Divorce, Custody, and Adoptions; Real Estate, Zoning and Land Use; Civil Litigation; Municipal Law, and Tax Law.
The complexity of modern law and business requires that attorneys specialize. At Appel & Yost LLP, the attorneys limit their practices to matters within their areas of expertise and interest. Referral within the firm and collaboration among the attorneys assure that clients receive the highest quality and most efficient service. Moreover, routine tasks are delegated to paralegals, who themselves are specialized, in order to assure cost efficiency.

Appel & Yost LLP employs the latest technology in its practice of the law. The firm maintains computer research facilities and subscribes to numerous governmental and private databases and information services. Attorneys and paralegals have direct access from their desks to legal research, documentation and specialty software which helps the firm provide especially prompt service, and permits the attorneys to assist clients whose circumstances require an immediate response or rapid turn-around.

Areas of Law:
-General Civil Practice
-Trusts and Estates
-Probate
-Estate Planning
-Family Law
-Business Law
-Real Estate
-Corporate Law
-Tax Law
-Personal Injury
-Workers' Compensation
-Administrative Law
-Municipal Law
-Trial Practice
-Elder Law
-Civil Practice
-Collections
-Commercial Law
-Wills.
-Commercial Real Estate
-Contracts
-Labor and Employment
-Leases and Leasing
-Litigation
-Mergers and Acquisitions
-Partnership Law
-Taxation
-Tax Planning
-Estate and Gift Taxation
-Federal Taxation
-Estate Administration
-Estate Settlements
-Federal Tax Controversies
-Federal Practice
-Wealth Planning
-Wealth Preservation
-Powers of Attorney
Main Office

Main Office
33 North Duke Street
Lancaster  PA  17602

Phone
  • 717-394-0521
Fax
  • 717-299-9781
Family
Family Law, Divorce, Custody and Adoptions
APPEL & YOST LLP | Lancaster Family Law Attorneys

At Appel & Yost LLP, our experienced team of domestic relations attorneys is dedicated to providing quality and cost-efficient assistance to clients in need of guidance and support in connection with divorce proceedings, spousal support, alimony, equitable distribution, child support, child custody, premarital agreements, marital and separation agreements, adoption law, grandparents' rights, protection from abuse cases, and the tax consequences of divorce.

Harry B. Yost

Attorney in Lancaster, PA

Areas of Law:
-Estate Planning
-Wills and Trusts
-Probate
-Elder Law
-Municipal Law
-Real Estate

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1966, Pennsylvania

Law School Attended:
Dickinson School of Law
Class of 1965
J.D.

New York University School of Law
Class of 1966
LL.M. in Taxation

University Attended:
Lebanon Valley College
Class of 1962
B.S.

Birth Information:
Born in 1941
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, February 5, 1941
Education
  • Dickinson School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1965
  • New York University School of Law
    LL.M. in Taxation , 1966

James W. Appel

Attorney in Lancaster, PA

Areas of Law:
-Estate Planning
-Probate
-Banking
-Commercial
-Real Estate
-Business Transactions

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1969, Pennsylvania

Law School Attended:
Boston University Law School
Class of 1969
J.D.

Villanova University School of Law
Class of 1983
LL.M.
Taxation

University Attended:
Wesleyan University
Class of 1966
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1944
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, April 29, 1944
Education
  • Boston University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1969
  • Villanova University School of Law
    LL.M. Taxation , 1983

Kenneth H. Howard

Attorney in Lancaster, PA

Areas of Law:
-Real Estate Law
-Probate Law
-Estate Planning Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1972, Pennsylvania

Law School Attended:
Vanderbilt University
Class of 1971
J.D.

University Attended:
Westminster College
Class of 1968
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1946
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, May 20, 1946
Education
  • Vanderbilt University
    Juris Doctorate , 1971

William J. Cassidy, Jr.

Attorney in Lancaster, PA

Areas of Law:
-Municipal Law
-Employment Law
-Civil Litigation
-Creditors Rights
-Civil Rights Litigation
-Compliance

Experience & Credentials

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1980, Pennsylvania

Law School Attended:
Duquesne University Law School
Class of 1979
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Notre Dame
Class of 1975
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1953
Washington, D.C., August 13, 1953
Education
  • Duquesne University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1979

Elaine G. Ugolnik

Attorney in Lancaster, PA

Areas of Law:
-Domestic Relations
-Family Law
-Civil Litigation
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Alimony

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1990, Pennsylvania
-1991, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Law School Attended:
Temple University School of Law
Class of 1989
J.D.

University Attended:
Wayne State University
Class of 1970
B.A.

Temple University
Class of 1979
M.S. in Education

Birth Information:
Born in 1948
Detroit, Michigan, November 6, 1948
Education
  • Temple University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1989

Robert W. Hallinger

Attorney in Lancaster, PA

Robert W. Hallinger joined Appel & Yost LLP in 2000 after practicing for seventeen years in Lancaster and York, Pennsylvania. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Gettysburg College where he received his B.A., summa cum laude, in 1979. He received his J.D. from Dickinson School of Law in 1982. Mr. Hallinger has a varied civil practice background, with substantial experience in trial litigation and tax assessment appeals.

Areas of Law:
-Civil Practice
-Tax Assessment Appeals
-Trial Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1982, Pennsylvania
-1986, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
-1987, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania and U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Law School Attended:
Dickinson School of Law
Class of 1982
J.D.

University Attended:
Gettysburg College
Class of 1979
B.A.
summa cum laude

Birth Information:
Born in 1957
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 12, 1957
Education
  • Dickinson School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1982

Eric Schelin Rothermel

Attorney in Lancaster, PA

Eric Schelin Rothermel is an associate of Appel & Yost LLP. Mr. Rothermel received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a dual major in Classical Languages and Spanish and received his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law graduating in the top 20% of his class. Mr. Rothermel is the Lancaster County coordinator for the Wills for Heroes program which provides estate planning advice and documents to Lancaster County's first responders. Mr. Rothermel practices in the areas of family law, business organizations and civil litigation.

Areas of Law:
-Family Law
-Civil Litigation
-Business Law
-Divorce
-Landlord and Tenant Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2009, Pennsylvania

Law School Attended:
Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law
Class of 2009
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
B.A.

Associations & Memberships:
Lancaster Bar Association.
Education
  • Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2009

Nicole Baer

Attorney in Lancaster, PA

Areas of Law:
-Residential Real Estate Development
-Business Planning
-Living Wills
-Probate Administration

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Associations & Memberships:
PA Bar AssociationLancaster Bar Association.

Bradley A. Zuke

Attorney in Lancaster, PA

Areas of Law:
-Business Transactions
-Municipal Law
-Real Estate Development

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1983, Oregon
-2004, Pennsylvania

Law School Attended:
Lewis & Clark College's Northwestern School of Law
Class of 1982
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Class of 1978
B.A. in Economics

Birth Information:
Born in 1956
Oak Park, Illinois, May 18, 1956
Education
  • Lewis & Clark College's Northwestern School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1982

John L. Sampson

Attorney in Lancaster, PA

John L. Sampson was a partner of Appel & Yost LLP. He graduated with a B.A. from Miami University in 1965, and he received his J.D. from Dickinson School of Law in 1970. Between college and law school, Mr. Sampson served two years in the United States Navy, which included a tour of duty off the coast of Viet Nam. His areas of practice included employment law, workers' compensation, personal injury, civil rights litigation and compliance and civil litigation.

Areas of Law:
Employment Law
Municipal Law
Zoning Law
Civil Rights Compliance
Commercial Litigation
Workers Compensation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Of Counsel

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1970, Pennsylvania

Law School Attended:
Dickinson School of Law
Class of 1970
J.D.

University Attended:
Miami University
Class of 1965
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1943
Sandusky, Ohio, April 14, 1943

Military:
Lieut., U.S. Navy, active duty, 1965-1967
Education
  • Dickinson School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1970

William R. Wheatly

Attorney in Lancaster, PA

Areas of Law:
-Criminal Law
-Family Law
-Civil Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Of Counsel

Admission Details:

Law School Attended:
University of Baltimore
Class of 1974
J.D.

University Attended:
Randolph-Macon College
Class of 1968
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1944
Abilene, Texas, October 27, 1944
Education
  • University of Baltimore
    Juris Doctorate , 1974

Matthew G. Guntharp

Attorney in Lancaster, PA

Matthew G. Guntharp was a partner of Appel & Yost LLP. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where he received his B.A., with distinction, in 1971. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Dickinson School of Law in 1985, and in 1990, he obtained his LL.M. in taxation from Villanova University School of Law. Mr.. Guntharp became of counsel January, 2007. He practiced primarily in the areas of taxation, corporation and partnership law, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, commercial law, and employment law.

Areas of Law:
-Taxation Law
-Corporation Law
-Partnership Law
-Employment Law
-Business Transactions
-Mergers and Acquisitions
-Commercial Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Of Counsel

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1985, Pennsylvania

Law School Attended:
Dickinson School of Law
Class of 1985
J.D.
magna cum laude

Villanova University School of Law
Class of 1990
LL.M. in Taxation

University Attended:
Pennsylvania State University
Class of 1971
B.A.
with distinction

Birth Information:
Born in 1949
Rutland, Vermont, June 22, 1949
Education
  • Dickinson School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude , 1985
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