For more than 30 years, we have been serving the legal needs of Central Pennsylvania including the Williamsport, Lewisburg, Canton, Towanda, Wellsboro, Sunbury, Shamokin, Danville, Bloomsburg, and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre areas.
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Divorce & Custody
Nearly forty percent of marriages end in divorce but the emotional toll of divorce cannot be put into statistics. At Lepley, Engelman, Yaw, & Wilk, our divorce lawyers are sensitive to the emotional turmoil that our clients are experiencing while going through the process of legal separation, identifying and diving marital assets, determining child custody, and managing family custody issues, and establishing child and spousal support.
In some situations, a Protection from Abuse or PFA is needed. The “Protection from Abuse Act” is a civil law that makes physical abuse or injury, sexual abuse or injury or the threat of either illegal. Protection for threatened or injured parties is provided through the court system. The Lepley, Engelman, Yaw & Wilk, LLC team are known as PFA lawyers that secure needed protections for our clients.
When navigating a complex divorce entailing the division of businesses, large property holdings, and significant collectibles, an adept, knowledgeable legal team is critical.
Determining family custody when children are involved is a challenging and emotional process. Our divorce and family custody lawyers have fought for and won cases for many clients – including helping grandparents gain visitation following child custody disputes.
When considering marriage, a prenuptial agreement may be prudent to protect your assets – such as a business or property. Prenuptial agreements legally differentiate what qualifies as marital and nonmarital property and communicate how assets will be divided in the case of a divorce. There are cases both for and against prenuptial agreements. Our legal team is available to discuss if a prenuptial agreement may benefit you.
In addition to divorce, Lepley, Engelman, Yaw & Wilk, LLC’s divorce lawyers have practiced all facets of family law for years. Our family law team provides prenuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, help establishing paternity, family custody and child guardianship assistance, and legal support for adoptions.
Our team of lawyers serves a number of areas in central Pennsylvania, including, but not limited to Bradford County, Clinton County, Columbia County, Luzerne County, Lycoming County, Union County, Canton, Lewisburg, Mansfield, State College, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, and more.
I have the unique experience of having been a family law client before I became a family law attorney. I experienced first-hand the emotional and financial devastation of divorce. Returning to law school at the same time that I was involved in a bitter divorce caused me to recognize the need for family law attorneys who really understand how difficult a divorce can be for both spouses and children.
When you need a domestic relations attorney, you need an attorney who will fight for your rights, but yet is sensitive to the emotional turmoil that accompanies divorce, separation and custody litigation.
When you choose an attorney for your family law case, choose a lawyer who concentrates in the area of family law and who will give you aggressive representation and dedication to your family law matter. My practice focuses entirely on family law and I have tried more family law cases than any other attorney in my eight-county area.
Jason Lepley was born and raised in Williamsport, and has grown up in the firm of Lepley, Engelman, Yaw & Wilk, beginning work there in his teenage years. He graduated from Lock Haven University in 2007, earning a Bachelor of Science in secondary education, while also being certified as a teacher. With few teaching jobs available in the area, he returned to the firm and worked for more than five years as a paralegal for family law, while also holding membership in the Lycoming County Paralegal Association. His passion for the law grew, and his desire to help families through some of their darkest days prompted him to return to law school. He graduated from Widener University Commonwealth Law School in 2017.
He now focuses on his family, his practice, and his love of all things competitive.
Brandon Schemery grew up outside of Benton, Pennsylvania. In 2008, he received his B.A. in Politics from Ursinus College with minors in International Relations and International Business. In 2011, he received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law. While at Widener University, he served as a legal intern with the Widener University School of Law Civil Clinic and clerked with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
Before joining Lepley Engelman, Yaw & Wilk, Brandon was an associate with law firms in Hazleton and Williamsport. He practiced in many areas of civil litigation including Family Law, Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, and Employment Discrimination. The primary focus of his practice since moving to Williamsport in 2014 is family law.
His clients appreciate his straight-forward and honest approach to family law. His laid back and approachable attitude has enabled him to have clients turn into friends. His clients have ranged from parents, grandparents, husbands, wives, same sex couples, and step-parents ranging geographically from Central Pennsylvania to multiple states and countries.
Brandon is a member of Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Lycoming Law Association, and the Family Law Section of the Lycoming Law Association. He also is a member of various charitable social clubs in Williamsport, including being the Treasurer for the YMRC. When Brandon is not assisting his clients, he enjoys studying the culinary arts, attending concerts, and spending time with his wife, family, and friends.
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