Month: November 2014

Do I need a lawyer to probate a will?

The simple answer is no, you do not need to hire an attorney to probate a will in Pennsylvania. However, retaining the services of an attorney to help you navigate the probate process can give you peace of mind that the administration of the estate is being properly handled. From helping to secure letters of administration to arranging for the orderly, dignified disposition of a departed loved one’s material possessions to preparing and filing any necessary inheritance tax returns or federal tax returns, the Law Office of Sean Potter, PC stands ready to assist you with all aspects of the Pennsylvania probate process. Call 717-582-0400 to arrange for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Can your children afford to inherit your wealth?

When devising an estate plan it is important to consider the potential tax burden on your children and others who stand to benefit from your hard work and generosity. Will your heirs be able to afford the gifts you leave them?

While there is sometimes no simple answer to that question, a carefully drawn Will or Trust can minimize the tax burden your loved ones could face after you are gone. A well-thought out estate plan can benefit your heirs, not only financially, but in other ways, as well.

Whether you want to create a simple will or a flexible trust, I would welcome the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of the various estate planning instruments available to you. Please phone my office today to arrange for your free consultation. I am proud to offer my legal services to individuals and families throughout central Pennsylvania.

The Law Office of Sean Potter, PC
15 East Main Street
P.O. Box 121
New Bloomfield, PA 17068
717-582-0400

Marijuana DUI Arrest + No Probable Cause = Charges Dropped

Recently, a client came to my office after police charged him with a controlled substance DUI. According to the lab and police reports, he had 12 nanograms of a marijuana metabolite in his blood within two hours of operating a motor vehicle. In Pennsylvania, a driver with 1 or more nanograms of THC in his or her blood can face a DUI conviction.

After the client gave me a detailed account of the events before and after his arrest, I realized the police did not have — and could not have had — any reason to stop his vehicle. Quite simply, the officer did not have any reasonable suspicion that my client was violating the rules of the road or any other laws. Nevertheless, he was arrested and charged.

Immediately before the preliminary hearing, though, the Commonwealth’s case began to fall apart. I was able to demonstrate to the arresting officer and the more senior officer she brought along for support that the stop of my client was totally illegal. The end result? The police officer withdrew the criminal charges. Case closed.

As always, it’s important to realize that no two criminal cases are alike. No attorney can guarantee a result. However, as a knowledgeable, experienced criminal defense attorney I welcome the opportunity to deliver the best results possible to all of my clients. If you are facing DUI or other criminal charges in central Pennsylvania, call my office today. I offer new clients a no-cost consultation and case evaluation. Call the Law Office of Sean Potter, PC at 717-582-0400 to find out how I can help you.

A Great Day for an Innocent Man

For one of my clients, the nightmare is finally over. He is a gentleman in in his 70’s with no criminal history at all. His life has been characterized by military service and hard work. I can’t imagine how sick he must have felt when, out of the blue, the Pennsylvania State Police charged him with the indecent assault of an 8 year boy, felony unlawful contact with a minor, and assorted other Megan’s Law offenses.

By the time he came to me, Children & Youth had already founded the abuse claim against him. Eventually, the district attorney offered a plea to misdemeanor that would have carried no jail time. My client, though, was innocent. Therefore, he chose to go to trial and face the possibility of becoming a convicted felon and going to prison rather than plead guilty to something he did not do.

Happily, the hard work and preparation for trial brought the best possible result. Indeed, it took the jury less than 10 minutes to return not guilty verdicts across the board. Next up was the Children & Youth matter. Because I had filed an appeal of the C&Y determination that abuse had occurred C&Y was in the position of either opposing the appeal or throwing in the towel. C&Y threw in the towel when it refused to fight my client’s appeal. It was only a matter of time, then, before the abuse finding was expunged. And that’s exactly what happened.

I was proud to defend my client and fight for his rights at trial. I am proud that I was able to secure the not guilty verdicts and the expungement of his Children & Youth record. My client got his life back.

It’s important to know that know two cases are alike and that past results are no guarantee of future success. Indeed, no attorney can guarantee a result. However, I offer all my clients the hard work, diligent preparation, years of experience, and the wealth of legal knowledge needed to put them in the best position to win.

If you are charged with a crime, feel free to contact the Law Office of Sean Potter, PC to learn how I can help you. You may use the form below, send an email, or phone my office. I welcome your inquiries.

Sean A. Potter, Attorney and Counselor at Law | Serving Central Pennsylvania including the counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Perry, Snyder, and Mifflin.
The Law Office of Sean Potter, PC   –  Criminal Law | Family Law | Wills & Estates | Probate and more.
15 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 121
New Bloomfield, PA 17068
Phone: 717-582-0400
Fax: 717-582-0401