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Special Needs Planning for Disabled Persons and Their Families

Date:          Monday, June 5, 2017

Time:          3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Location:    Hilton Hotel, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

GKH attorneys Marci Miller and Ann Martin will present “Special Needs Planning for Disabled Persons and Their Families” at The Arc of PA Advocacy and Policy Conference in Harrisburg. Attorneys Miller and Martin will discuss options available to provide for the care and legal and financial protection of individuals with disabilities, including special needs trusts and the newly-enacted Pennsylvania ABLE Act, guardianships, powers of attorney, and eligibility for crucial public benefit programs, such as SSI and Medicaid.

Register for the conference online at or call 717.234.2621 for more information.

GKH Honors Staff


Estate paralegal Jennifer Marcus takes a behind-the-back foul shot.

Understanding the value of a dedicated and competent support staff, the GKH partners have always made recognition and appreciation of their employees a top priority. “Without the efforts of our legal and administrative support staff, Gibbel Kraybill & Hess would not be the firm it is today. While the attorneys operate in the public eye and receive most of the recognition, we couldn’t do it without these folks diligently serving in the back offices,” says founding partner John Gibbel.

Every year, the GKH partners host an event to honor the firm’s support staff. On Friday, May 19, the office closed at 1 p.m. so attorneys and staff could gather at the Manheim Township Park for the 2017 Staff Appreciation picnic.

Lunch was catered by Our House Café. After lunch, attorneys and staff participated in a series of team games planned by John Gibbel and legal administrator Sue Groff. Teams earned points tossing beanbags, rolling croquet balls through wickets, shooting baskets backwards from the foul line, throwing water balloons, and creating the longest word possible from the letters in “Gibbel Kraybill and Hess Attorneys at Law.” The good humor with which everyone participated in the silliness was a tribute to the sense of community and goodwill that exists at GKH.

All employees received a beautiful planter of flowers, herbs, or both, created by Ken’s Gardens of Smoketown.

Lancaster Litigation Seminar

Litigation seminarAttorneys Lindsay O’Neil and Jason Asbell presented “Basics of Litigation” to GKH clients and friends on May 18 at the main office in Lancaster. The presentation was part of the firm’s complimentary seminar series, which regularly offers basic legal information to the public at no cost.

Attorneys O’Neil and Asbell, members of the firm’s litigation practice area, shared information and insights gained from their experience with all aspects of the litigation process. From the filing of the initial complaint through the trial and possible appeal, the presentation explained the basics of pursuing justice through the civil court system. Alternatives to litigation, including settlement, mediation and arbitration were also discussed. Click here to view the seminar PowerPoint presentation.

The GKH seminar series resumes on August 22 with “Legal Issues at Public Schools.” For the complete 2017 seminar schedule, click here.

Attorneys Yoder and Kraybill Present First Ardmore Seminar

DwightGKH has opened an office in Ardmore. Under the direction of GKH partner Peter Kraybill, the new office extends the services of a general practice law firm to the Ardmore business community and greater Philadelphia area.

To introduce the firm to the Ardmore community, attorneys Dwight Yoder and Peter Kraybill presented a complimentary seminar, “Commercial Real Estate & Zoning Basics,” on May 15 at John Henry’s Pub in Ardmore. Topics included reducing liability in purchasing and holding real estate, entity formation, agreements of sale, basic steps in land use and development, different types of land use, and zoning issues to watch for when drafting an agreement of sale. Seminar attendees represented a range of businesses, reflecting the diversity of the Ardmore business community.

Opening the new GKH office space in Ardmore offers the full range of GKH’s services, 16 attorneys and various practice areas, to the Ardmore community and greater Philadelphia area. The new office will allow GKH attorneys to meet clients in a convenient location in the heart of Ardmore. Clients may also work remotely with GKH attorneys via GKH’s video conferencing capabilities.

The Ardmore office of GKH is located in the Times Building in Suburban Square, readily accessible via Lancaster Avenue and the Ardmore station for SEPTA/Amtrak. A map and directions to the office at 32 Parking Plaza may be found here.

Around the Table with Arun Gandhi

Photo by Chad Harnish Used by permission.

Photo by Chad Harnish
Used by permission.

GKH was a proud Community Sponsor of “Around the Table with Arun Gandhi” hosted by Advōz at Spooky Nook on May 4, 2017.

Dr. Arun Gandhi is the grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi. Dr. Gandhi was interviewed by Scott LaMar, host and Executive Producer of the daily Smart Talk program on WITF. Music was provided by the father-daughter duet of John & Helena Protopapas performing with sitar, violin and voice.

GKH attorneys, spouses and guests were part of the sell-out crowd that participated in the evening’s activities. In addition, attorneys Mel Hess and Jonna Stratton joined Dr. Gandhi the next morning for a community dialogue breakfast with a select group of community leaders and Advōz supporters.

Mel Hess, one of GKH’s founding partners and a trained mediator, observed, “Incredible presentation by Dr. Gandhi. Only a person with his renown and inimitable peaceful persona could get a standing ovation in Lancaster County after basically saying as to religion, syncretism is not a bad thing!”

Both Jonna Stratton and Mel Hess considered it a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of these two events, and to support the mission and vision of Advōz to promote transformative dialogue in situations of conflict.

Advōz is the new entity formed by the joining of Center for Community Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution Services. Its mission is to transform conflict and build community through face-to-face dialogue programs.