For over twenty five 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
Over 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. But the emotional toll of divorce cannot be put into statistics. At Lepley, Engelman, Yaw, & Wilk, we are sensitive to the emotional turmoil our clients are experiencing while we go through the process of identifying and dividing marital assets, determining child custody, and establishing child and spousal support. We are adept at complex divorces entailing the division of businesses, large property holdings, and significant collectibles. We have also helped grandparents gain visitation following child custody disputes.
In addition to divorce, we have years of experience in all facets of family law: protection from abuse, prenuptial and cohabitation agreements, establishing paternity, child guardianships, and adoptions.
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.
I grew up in a law firm. Since I was fourteen, I worked part-time at Lepley, Engelman Yaw, & Wilk. I always wanted to be a lawyer, and went to law school to study international law. But I decided that family law was the perfect fit for me on the very first day of my family law class. I immediately applied to volunteer at a family law clinic that provides free legal assistance to families in need. There, I saw the need for the brightest and best attorneys to represent clients in these actions.
I returned to Williamsport, and made the important decision to devote my practice to this extremely overlooked area of the law. For me, family law allows me to assist people through one of the most difficult times in their lives, and to combine my interest in the law and social work. My practice allows me to be both a fighter, and a compassionate individual, every day.
I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a lawyer. While attending East Carolina University, I had the opportunity to intern at a prestigious small family law firm in Colonial Heights, Virginia for two summers. It became clear then that my skills and personality were well suited for a career in family law. If you ask, many attorneys will tell you they prefer not to practice family law. I prefer family law and have a dedication to practicing in this area. It makes a big difference in the quality of representation you receive.
When I passed the Pennsylvania bar exam, I returned to Pennsylvania with my family in 2011, settling in Union County. I have been practicing family law for the past three years before joining the Family Law section at Lepley, Engelman, Yaw & Wilk.
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.
I have been fortunate always knowing what I wanted to do. Throughout high school, college and my doctorate programs, I spent time volunteering for families in need. While need comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, I found my niche when volunteering for the Alice Paul House, a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Shelter in Indiana, Pennsylvania
The practice of Family Law is ever challenging since clients generally contact us at a time where their lives are in turmoil. As such, I strive to serve my clients with humility, compassion, integrity, and punctuality. My goal is to walk clients through this process as quickly and painlessly as possible, allowing the healing process to begin. In light of the tornado of emotions my clients experience, my door is always open. For my clients’ convenience, I will accommodate appointments before and after hours, and welcome appellate advocacy.After passing the Pennsylvania Bar in 2016, I immediately relocated to Williamsport and began my Family Law Practice.
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Divorce, Child Custody & Property Settlement.