Practice Areas

PRACTICE AREAS

State College Estate Planning Attorneys 

Have you accounted for life changes? If you already have an estate plan, it may need to be updated to accommodate changes that have occurred in your life such as new children or grandchildren, divorce, remarriage or the death of family members. Updating your estate plan provides clear direction for your wishes.

Your savings, home and other assets are a reflection of your hard work and careful planning. It is important to make sure that your final property and health care wishes are honored and that your loved ones are provided for upon your death.

By creating a comprehensive estate plan with the help of an accomplished lawyer, you are reassuring your loved ones that they will be cared for and supported in the event of your death or should you become incapacitated.

At the offices of Bower Law Associates in State College, Pennsylvania, we help our clients prepare wills, trusts and other legal documents that ensure their assets are distributed according to their wishes upon death. With more than 30 years of estate planning experience, we are well-versed in structuring trusts and other estate planning tools that help individuals minimize taxes when transferring wealth.

Peace Of Mind Provided By A Centre County Estate Planning Lawyer

Too often, estate plans are incorrectly viewed as financial planning tools for elderly individuals with substantial assets. In truth, the legal decisions that are put in place by a comprehensive estate plan are perhaps most important for young parents who are just beginning to raise their children.

We evaluate your situation, analyze your needs and any potential problems, and explain the full range of options available to you. This ensures that your estate plan is tailored to suit your specific objectives.

With our help and careful planning, you can:

  • Pass more of your assets to your heirs

  • Eliminate (or reduce) the federal estate tax

  • Ease the burdens of probate

  • Equitably distribute your assets in complex family situations

  • Provide for succession of a family-owned business

  • Provide durable power of attorney for financial and health care instructions should you become incapacitated

We have created estate plans for people in central Pennsylvania for more than 40 years. We are client friendly and will be easy to work with. We are happy to answer your questions, review your situation and recommend a course of action. Call 814-234-2626 or email us to schedule an appointment.

Business And Corporate Law Attorneys

 State College Business and Corporate Law  

We provide legal guidance to business owners who are trying to obtain or sell liquor licenses in State College or the surrounding areas, as well as liquor license holders who have been accused of a violation and must appear before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

The entrepreneurial spirit has existed since our country's founding, but the concept of being your own boss has never been more popular. Starting your own business can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. There are numerous legal issues to navigate, from the initial decision regarding what corporate structure to operate under to purchasing real estate, obtaining permits, resolving internal disputes and negotiating contracts.

The legal team at Bower Law Associates provides businesses throughout central Pennsylvania with experienced, knowledgeable guidance across the full spectrum of business law issues. We regularly help companies resolve a wide variety of legal concerns, including:

  • Business formation of for-profit and not-for-profit entities, including partnerships, limited liability corporations, and limited partnerships

  • Name changes, board changes and rules changes

  • Compliance and regulatory matters

  • Internal disputes among officers or partners

  • Corporate governance

  • Breach of contract litigation

  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Business evolution and dissolution

  • PA liquor license sales, purchases and protection

Centre County Business Formation Attorney

Our experience representing corporate clients across a diverse range of industries allows our lawyers to offer practical counseling that focuses on minimizing litigation and increasing your bottom line.

Because attorney Jeffrey M. Bower served as a Centre County Commissioner for eight years, he has firsthand experience with the full scope of municipal laws that companies must adhere to. The same experience serves us well when we act as legal counsel for municipal authorities, governmental officials and bodies.

Whether you are just getting a new business off the ground or you have an established company that is in need of legal guidance, we can help. Call our experienced State College business and corporate law attorneys at 814-234-2626 or use our email us to schedule an appointment.

 State College Family Law Attorneys 

Deciding to end a marriage is rarely an easy decision. Once it has been made, however, it is important to retain the services of an experienced family law attorney who will protect your interests.

At Bower Law Associates in State College, Pennsylvania, we provide high-quality, hands-on legal representation across the full scope of family law matters, including:

  • Divorce

  • Marriage Settlement Agreements

  • Child custody

  • Child support

  • Visitation

  • Spousal support

  • Division of assets

  • Enforcement of divorce decrees

A Centre County Divorce Attorney Who Protects Your Rights

Because ending a marriage can be emotionally exhausting, it leaves many individuals vulnerable to sacrificing more than necessary in terms of child custody agreements, child support, distribution of assets and many other matters that shape their post-divorce lives.

We have the experience and the knowledge necessary to protect your rights and provide the best possible outcome regarding key decisions that will impact your life. We take the time to listen to your concerns and create a legal strategy that will help us achieve your goals.

We help you navigate the complex process of dividing your assets according to Pennsylvania's equitable distribution laws. We can protect assets that are non marital property (assets a spouse brought into the marriage, for example, or inheritances or gifts), or ensure that you receive the full amount you are afforded by law.

We also protect your financial interests in regard to spousal support, ensuring that you collect the full amount of alimony you deserve or defending against unfair or unmanageable spousal support obligations.

We always attempt to avoid drawn-out disputes by reaching agreement through negotiations. However, we are trial-tested litigators who can advocate for your rights in family court if necessary.

Schedule A Consultation With Experienced State College Family Law Attorneys

We offer a consultation in which we can answer your questions and recommend the best steps to take next. We provide straightforward information to help you set realistic expectations. Call 814-234-2626 or email us to schedule a meeting.