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McCaskey Grad Helps GKH Before Starting at Temple University


GKH summer intern Raven Clark (right) with litigation attorneys and support staff (l to r) Dwight Yoder, Allyson Keiser, Susan Clarke and Jason Asbell.

GKH welcomed Raven Clark as the 2017 participant in its first annual summer internship/scholarship program for School District of Lancaster graduates. Program participants must be seniors at McCaskey High School, accepted into a four-year college degree program, and interested in pursuing a career in the legal field.

Ms. Clark, as the first participant in the program, was hired for full-time employment in the summer following her high school graduation. Ms. Clark graduated from J.P. McCaskey’s honors program in the spring of 2017. Her experience working for GKH included a variety of general office tasks, special event planning, file management, and assignments from attorneys and support staff. In addition, she participated in various aspects of legal work, such as attending zoning meetings, helping to prepare filings, participating in practice group planning sessions, and serving as a witness for will and POA signings. She also had the chance to be mentored by GKH attorneys, and to build valuable connections in the legal field.

Others at GKH have previously experienced benefits from internship/scholarship programs similar to what GKH has begun in 2017. GKH attorney Sheila O’Rourke said, “I benefited greatly from the encouragement and mentoring I received from several attorneys when I was just beginning my legal career. This program gives me a chance to pay it forward.”

As Ms. Clark reflected on her recent experience, she said, “I really appreciate the opportunity to work as an intern at GKH this summer. The atmosphere was positive and everyone was very nice and supportive. I have learned so many things that will help me as I transition to college and later into my career.”

“We were looking for a way to encourage Lancaster City students to consider pursuing a career in law, and provide them with an opportunity to experience what it is like to work in a law office,” said managing partner Dwight Yoder. “We look forward to seeing where Raven Clark and future GKH interns progress in their endeavors.”

In addition to being compensated as an employee, the program’s participants receive a $1,000.00 scholarship, to be used in the pursuit of an undergraduate degree. Ms. Clark plans to attend Temple University in the fall, majoring in English.

For more information on the internship program for the School District of Lancaster’s McCaskey High School seniors, contact GKH.

Employment Opportunity

Gibbel Kraybill & Hess LLP seeks a full-time Accounting Manager to work with 16 attorneys in its 2933 Lititz Pike, Lancaster office. Responsibilities will include accounts receivable, accounts payable, billing, general ledger, reconciliation of accounts, preparation of financial statements, and supervision of a part-time assistant accounting manager.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in accounting and 5+ years of accounting experience. Experience in a law firm or professional services firm is preferred. Proficiency in MS Office and excellent communication, self-management, organizational and detail-oriented skills are essential, plus a desire to be an integral part of a team-oriented office.

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Peter Kraybill to Present at Financial Services Development Conference

Attorney Peter Kraybill will co-present a workshop at the Everence Development Conference, September 20-22 at the Lancaster Marriott. Attorney Kraybill will present with Everence’s Chief Investment Officer Chad Horning on the topic “What We Know and Don’t Know: How to Respond to Uncertainty and the Unknown.” The workshop will discuss planning during uncertain times, considering what really matters, and staying true to business and investment strategies. It will also consider income and estate taxes, and how proposed changes in the tax code may affect donors’ planning and giving.

The conference will also feature other speakers, panel discussions, topical workshops, and conversations that will equip nonprofits for the future. Conference topics include philanthropic trends and charitable strategies, tools to enable complex donor goals, insights on church giving plans, and ways to build sustainable donor relationships.

The conference registration deadline is August 28, with an early-bird discounted rate offered through July 24. For more details, click here.

Lancaster and Ardmore Zoning and Land Use Attorneys

new-home-2412548_1280Are you planning to operate a business out of your home? Applying for a permit to build an equipment garage? Worried about storm water runoff from the new housing development next door? Opposed to the big-box store threatening to move in? Attorneys in GKH’s Zoning and Land Use practice area represent landowners, developers, neighbors and municipalities in all aspects of zoning and land development

Our attorneys routinely represent landowners and developers and have successfully  presented hundreds of zoning and land development/subdivision applications  before municipal bodies all over Lancaster County and across south-central and southeastern Pennsylvania. Attorneys Melvin Hess, Dwight Yoder, Donald Hess and Sheila O’Rourke have successfully obtained zoning approvals for farmers, small businesses, developers, homeowners, large companies, churches, schools, doctors and many other individuals and organizations seeking to use or develop property.

The GKH land use attorneys also represent municipal clients, both as the appointed solicitor and as special counsel to handle specific matters.

In addition, our attorneys represent neighbors, community groups and public interest groups in opposition to large-scale commercial development or offensive uses that interfere with the quality of life for existing residents or adversely affect the environment.

Zoning and land use regulations are highly complex, and nearly every commercial real estate transaction requires due diligence in the form of a zoning review and, if necessary, seeking approval through a formal hearing before the zoning hearing board. Zoning hearings involve presenting sworn testimony and exhibits to the zoning hearing board. The GKH land use attorneys are experienced in preparing and presenting a zoning application to zoning hearing boards.

Even if the zoning allows for a proposed use, landowners and prospective purchasers of property must be aware that the land development requirements have become much more rigorous and technical in the past few years. For example, managing storm water runoff can be a major technical challenge depending on the type of soils on the site and whether there is access to an existing watercourse. Other technical considerations that must be reviewed include the existence of wetlands and floodplains on the site, the site’s geology and topography, the availability of public utilities (such as water and sewer), and whether there is safe access to the site from surrounding roadways. It is highly recommended that, before entering into an agreement of sale to purchase a property that will require zoning or land development approvals, you meet with legal counsel to be sure the agreement includes the necessary conditions. A recent GKH seminar presented in Ardmore, titled “Commercial Real Estate & Zoning Basics,” addressed some of the complex issues involved in this type of transaction.

The GKH land use attorneys have many years’ combined experience in land use matters. To learn about specific services offered, visit the Real Estate, Zoning and Land Use practice area page, or contact us directly.

Attorney Marci Miller To Present Medical Assistance Seminar

Attorney Marci Miller will present “Planning for Care and Avoiding Mistakes” at Lititz Mutual Insurance Company on Monday, July 24, 2017.

Attorney Miller will discuss estate planning basics, including wills, durable financial powers of attorney, living wills, and health care powers of attorney. Moving beyond the basics, she will cover levels of care and payment options for those considering assisted living or personal care, in-home care, or skilled nursing care. Finally, she will discuss the Medicaid Long-Term Care Program, or Medical Assistance, with an emphasis on financial eligibility rules for Medical Assistance in Pennsylvania, and common mistakes to avoid. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of medical assistance estate recovery.

For more information, contact GKH for more information.