Senft Law Firm was established on the belief that clients desire legal services from highly qualified attorneys with large firm experience and capabilities, who provide personalized service and diligent representation in a small firm setting. We provide legal services in a cost-conscious, personalized, efficient and effective manner.
We consider all our cases top priority and will tailor our legal services to fit the specifics of each client’s situation. We will work diligently and enthusiastically to ensure that we obtain the best possible solution for you. We pride ourselves on our accessibility, affordability and legal capabilities.
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A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF BUSINESS SERVICES
CORPORATE & BUSINESS LAW
Our firm provides a comprehensive range of business services for companies of all sizes in a variety of industries in their organization, growth and ongoing operations. Our services range from the selection and formation of an appropriate business entity tailored to the needs of the client, negotiation and drafting of agreements and corporate governance for ongoing companies, all the way through to services required at the end of a business’s life, including succession planning, business sales and mergers or liquidation and dissolution.
ZEALOUSLY DEFENDING THE RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED
Our approach to Criminal Law is that the charges mean nothing. We will conduct a detailed analysis of the case to determine the validity of the charges and explore all options. From small-amount-of-marijuana charges to the most serious felony offenses, we will zealously defend the rights of the accused.
DUI DEFENSE WITH DIGNITY
DUI DEFENSE & TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS
For most people, a DUI charge is their first real contact with the criminal justice system. You know you’re not a “criminal,” but suddenly find yourself thrust into a place you never thought you’d be without a clue what to do next. The first thing you need is someone to sit down with you, answer all your questions, and explain everything in clear, understandable terms. That’s where we come in to play.
ATTORNEYS YOU CAN TRUST
ESTATE PLANNING & ADMINISTRATION
At our firm, we believe there is no “typical” method of personal and estate planning, as the mix of life circumstances and business and personal assets are unique for each person. Our attorneys have substantial experience in the full breadth of the law of estates, trusts, and taxation to assist you in developing estate plans that carefully balance personal, tax and administrative concerns.
EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN FAMILY MATTERS
Family Law includes the practice areas of custody, child and spousal support, divorce, adoption, and other matters relating to the family and children in particular. At Senft Law, we have extensive experience in all of these matters, including custody trials, complex support issues, every manner of divorce, as well as adoptions and related matters.
REDUCE CLAIMS OF EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION
LABOR & EMPLOYMENT
Our firm handles numerous matters arising under both federal and state employment laws. These cases include claims under federal discrimination statutes, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
SOLVE LEGAL PROBLEMS ADVANTAGEOUSLY
GENERAL & COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
Our lawyers represent individuals, small businesses and large corporations in a variety of litigation matters ranging from the simple to the complex. We provide personal attention to our clients and our firm’s litigators have developed a widely-recognized reputation for effective and aggressive representation.
WE'LL EXPLAIN IT ALL
REAL ESTATE LAW
Buying or selling real property is one of the most important transactions you may ever be involved in, and, seemingly, one of the most complicated. Even the most basic home purchase includes lengthy legal documents with lots of small print.
EXPERIENCE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE
ZONING & LAND DEVELOPMENT
Effective representation in Municipal and Zoning matters within York County, and surrounding areas, requires knowledge of the local people, community, and issues surrounding each case. At Senft Schefter Ayers, our municipal practice group offers trusted attorneys from York County who know how to successfully negotiate with both Boards and Applicants.
We also handle more complex matters such as commercial and residential development projects. From the purchase of raw land, through the zoning and subdivision approval process, to the successful completion of construction, we’ll provide the legal expertise you need at every step of the way. We look forward to representing you.
Use the following six keys to help you choose the best business law firm in York, Pennsylvania.
1. Focus on the Type of Lawyer Needed
If you need representation for a specific problem or issue with another business or individual, make sure the firm you hire has experience with commercial litigation. Seek out experienced general business attorneys if you are looking for advice regarding ongoing business operations. The business and litigation attorneys at Senft Schefter Ayers in York, Pennsylvania are here to help you with all of your business needs.
2. Hire a Lawyer Familiar with Your Market
Although your outside counsel need not be an expert in your industry, the attorneys in the firm should be open to learning and understanding your company’s practices, standards, customers, and stakeholders. Your business counsel should take a genuine interest in the success of your business. The business attorneys at Senft Schefter Ayers are committed to you and the success of your business.
3. The Size of the Law Firm
Law firms, like businesses, come in all sizes, from solo practitioners to mega-firms with nationwide offices. While the mega firms certainly are capable of handling most corporate needs, there may be genuine concerns about the hourly rates charged to support the mega firm structure. You may also have a legitimate concern as to whether the large firms pay sufficient attention to smaller businesses with smaller budgets.
The attorneys at Senft Schefter Ayers enjoy the happy medium of bringing that big firm experience to a small firm environment in York, PA. We know how to get the job done, but do not have to charge the exorbitant rates of larger firms.
4. The Need for Additional Services
Hire a law firm that is willing to think outside of the box and go the extra mile to service all of your legal needs. The difference-maker for Senft Schefter Ayers is that we call the shots for our firm, not some distant management team. So, we have the flexibility to do whatever it takes to get the job done for your business, including the following:
- Handling corporate books and conducting required corporate meetings;
- Conducting seminars on relevant legal topics;
- Drafting and updating policies, procedures, and employee handbooks; and
- Making introductions to other clients, potential consumers, and strategic partners.
5. Local Experience Matters
When you hire a law firm for your business needs, make sure the firm has a strong local presence Obviously it is important that the attorneys in the firm are licensed in and know the business laws of the state(s) in which you conduct your business. This becomes even more important in commercial litigation matters; each state and federal jurisdictions have their own rules and procedures.
The attorneys at Senft Schefter Ayers focus their business practice in the counties of Southcentral Pennsylvania and the federal courts of the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
6. Legal Fees
Even some experienced business people hesitate to discuss fees with their attorney. But whether you’re a startup owner or seeking legal counsel for a large company, you should never hesitate to discuss legal fees with your law firm.
Typically, business lawyers have an hourly rate and charge in increments of that rate; e.g., tenths, fifths or quarters of an hour. Firms may also offer a fixed amount, or flat fee, for certain services. At Senft Schefter Ayers, we offer flat fees for routine items, so our clients know ahead of time what the total legal fees will be. We offer hourly rates for more individualized work, and discuss with our clients' approximations at each stage of the work, again so we can best assist our clients in budgeting for the appropriate legal services.
Hiring a law firm to represent your business is an important decision, with the goal being a long-lasting beneficial relationship. Knowledge, experience, size, location, and fees are important considerations, but the most important factor is finding the "right fit." You'll know it when you see it. Please contact Senft Schefter Ayers to see if we can be the right fit for you.