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Richard A. Katz

Family Attorney at Lancaster, PA

3.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 49 years
    Florida - FL 52 years
  • Licensed for 49 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1975
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 52 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1972
    Membership Lapsed No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.


Arnold Beyer & Katz
140A E King St.
Lancaster, PA, 176022832

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Posted by Tina | June 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce and bankruptcy
Attorney Mr. Richard A. Katz represented me regarding my divorce and bankruptcy. During a doubly difficult time in my life, I can honestly say, I was truly blessed to have such a superior attorney! It was Mr. Katz's level of compassion, professionalism, efficiency, swiftness, and consistent care that made a difficult time turn brighter. I was very pleased with not only Mr. Katz but with the overall warmth and care from his office. They are a true team! I'm grateful for the positive experiences and outcomes!
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Posted by Mike Garman, | December 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Considerate, prepared, reasonable
Was referred to Rick by another attorney. I must say he was well prepared. Our hearings went 3 an half days over a six month period. Felt like he fought the xtra mile for my best result. And in turn I won coustity.
Posted by Matt | February 8, 2011
Terrific Estate and Custody Attorney did an excellent job representing us in our custody case as our Custody Attorney and asset distribution for our estate as our Estate Attorney.
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Weak and Unmotivated
He barely fought for a custody battle between my girlfriend and her abusive, mentally sick, and drug addicted ex. He refused to look at any pictures of my girlfriend when she was beat up by him, allowed the other lawyers to take over the conversations in court proceedings, and didn’t make any changes fo the court agreement when her ex missed TWO drug tests and failed ONE. He passed one drug test after three failed attempts and now, with ZERO concern about his mental health and well-being, he is allowed to have her unsupervised. Katz is allowing a four year older girl to spend time with a mentally unstable, manipulative man who has been in and out of prison and rehab multiple times, with little care or concern. He was hired to make sure her ex stays clean and gets the help he needs. He didn’t do anything on the three failed attempts at a drug test. He’s spineless, careless, and overall, useless.
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Posted by Thomas | April 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If he’s not interested, he won’t do anything for you.
Negative reviews aren’t my thing. However this is just ridiculous. I hired Katz 3 years ago, for a custody case that I already filed for. As time went on he insisted I forfeit some of my time in favor of the mother; who was agreeing to just end the whole thing and continue what we did for 11 years without the courts. Katz reasoning was I might possibly have to forfeit time in the remaining years of our sons childhood (which was 5 years). Needless to say I dropped the case anyway, retained my 50/50 and everything’s been golden. What receives this negative review is him avoiding my calls over the past 3 years to finish an overdue divorce which she filed during the custody battle. He advised I not sign a paper and if need be sign it a month later. 3 years pass and every few months I call to see if we can do anything. Talked to him once and I offered to pay double. He said money wasn’t an issue and would call me back. Never did. I call back, no answer, no reply. I wait it out try again in a few months and no answer, no replies, nothing. I left another voicemail saying I’d pay whatever he needs. Same old, same old. So I’m stuck in limbo until this divorce case expires. Waiting to adopt another son from a guy that’s practically begging me to. And this review is literally my only option left. Do not hire Katz!
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2015
hate to say this, but . . . bad, bad
We decided to stay with Katz when our lawyer unexpectedly quit his firm. When my grandmother died in July (2014), we needed a lot of help. The estate is still being held-up SOLELY because this man refuses to do his job. He wanted money at the beginning and we asked for a bill. He hasn't done any work since then. We've been making all the calls and writing the emails to the banks to get things resolved. For the past several months, his secretary has been giving excuses about why he can't come to the phone (he's in court, he's with a client, he's playing catch up today). At this point, we don't even have "proof of life" for this guy. VERY CONFUSED.
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Response from Richard Katz December 7, 2015
I am sorry that your telephone calls were not answered as promptly as both you and I would wish. I do appreciate your frustration but I believe all issues have been resolved. The estate has been closed and all funds distributed to the heirs. This office does mainly estate and family law cases, and there are indeed times when we are not as available as we wish due to court appearances. However, the steps in the estate management were done timely and the Inheritance Tax return filed timely and accepted by the Commonwealth as accurate without any revisions. We strive to respond to calls and inquiries as soon as practicable and apologize for any delays. I do believe that the goals of the estate were met and the matter was successfully closed. Your representation of the fees being paid in advance was inaccurate, as the fees were paid in full after the tax return was filed and accepted and when the estate was finalized. It is our policy to not require payment in advance in most estates, but usually to enter into a a three installment payment plan based upon the filing of the papers necessary to complete the estate.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 225-225 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.1 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • 2005 - Present
  • Partner
  • Arnold Beyer & Katz
  • 1996 - Present
  • Harrisburg Community College
  • 2000 - 2011
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Mid Penn Legal Services
  • 1979 - 1994
  • 1976 - 1979
  • Central Pennsylvania Legal Services
  • 1972 - 1976
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  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • 1971
  • University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1968

Sample of Legal Cases



  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1975 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1972 - 1975

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • CLE Lancaster Family Court Practice
  • N/A
  • Lancaster Bar Association
  • CLE Child Support
  • N/A
  • Lancaster Bar Association
  • CLE Grandparents Rights
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Endorse Richard
Family Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard is an extremely capable attorney who serves his clients well. He is always prepared and knows how to try a case professionally."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I am familiar with Mr. Katz's legal work primarily in the area of custody litigation, an area in which he is very knowledgeable and has years of experience. His word and representations on behalf of his clients can be trusted. He is dedicated to the best interests of his clients. I strongly endorse his capabilites in the custody area."
Lancaster Family Lawyer Richard A. Katz
Richard A. Katz
Family Attorney
Lancaster, PA
Licensed for 52 years