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Timothy J. Reese

Divorce and separation Attorney at Lancaster, PA

5.0   45 reviews

About Timothy

Learn Timothy’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    30%

  2. Divorce and separation
    30%

  3. Family
    30%
    I handle all areas of family law and have since 1977. I will collaborate with you as to the best way to handle your particular case and circumstances.

    44 years

  4. Personal injury
    10%

MY RATING IS BASED UPON CLIENT REVIEWS AND ENDORSEMENTS BY OTHER LAWYERS.

Mr. Reese is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1974, Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1977, is a Member of Woolsack Society for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Past Co-Chairman Family Law Section of the Lancaster Bar Association and has been in practice since 1977.

He formerly served as President of both the Lancaster Chapter of American Business Club and the Lancaster Mediation Center as well as serving on the Boards of the Penn State Club of Lancaster County and the Manheim Township Parks and Recreation. He was one of the original six attorneys selected by the Court to act as a Child Custody Conference Officer, a position he held for several years. His interests include coaching youth sports, Penn State football and photography.

He was President of the Manheim Township’s Corner Kick Club in 1999, The Booster Club for Township’s Boys’ Soccer and was instrumental in establishing the Journey Schuss Cup, a Traveling Trophy awarded each soccer season to the overall winner of the Township/Hempfield regular season soccer contests.     

He feels it is most important that we take pride and honor in serving our clients by balancing their needs, resources and objectives to always reach results in the client’s best interests.

 

Custody and Visitation

Few areas of the law are as challenging as custody resolution and litigation. And, no area of law is as personally important and emotional to the individual involved. Custody, partial custody, visitation, legal custody, shared custody, supervised visitation, custody evaluation, home studies. Whatever the issue, the attorneys at Reese, Samley, Wagenseller, Mecum & Longer, P.C., have a wealth of experience in these and related custodial matters.

Experience where it counts

We have attended countless custody conferences and mediation sessions and tried literally hundreds of custody cases before every family law judge in Lancaster County. The attorneys who are active in this area of practice have over 30 years of experience each and are themselves parents! Mr. Reese is a former court appointed Child Custody Conference Officer. We provide caring, compassionate guidance which is as aggressive as circumstances require. We don’t seek to exacerbate and make matters worse. Yet when protection is needed for the best interest of your children, we know how and when to seek it.

Few firms can match our experience. And no firm will exceed our interest in your case and our trusting advice and guidance. If you have or anticipate an issue concerning the most important people in your life – your children – call us today.

 

Divorce

Divorce is a difficult time for any spouse. Our team of attorneys at Reese, Samley, Wagenseller, Mecum & Longer have years of experience in guiding clients through family law matters which frequently include issues of alimony, custody, visitation, child or spousal support and equitable distribution of marital property. We have family law attorneys representing a broad spectrum of individuals from wage earners to business owners, physicians, attorneys, and highly compensated professionals, owners of professional practices, as well as spouses who have been out of the workplace as homemakers or for a myriad of other reasons.

We are sensitive to your needs

While divorce nearly always involves emotional upheaval for the people involved, including the children, it need not always be caustic and unnecessarily contentious. We provide the representation you need based upon your direction to us and what the case requires. We can be diplomatic when needed but tough when required.

Our attorneys will clearly delineate your options at every stage of divorce and related family law matters. We handle all aspects of family law including: Adoption, Alimony, Alimony Pendente Lite, Child Support Custody, Divorce Equitable, Distribution, Fault Divorce Grandparent Rights, Guideline Support, Legal Custody, No Fault Divorce, Physical Custody, Prenuptial Agreements, Post-nuptial Agreements, Protection from Abuse, Spousal Support, Termination of Parental Rights. Tim Reese, Dave Wagenseller and Sam Mecum have over a century of combined experience in divorce and family law matters.

Special solutions for special circumstances

We provide ethical, vigorous and client-tailored representation for one ot he most difficult periods of time you will experience in your life. Call us today and know that you have our experienced divorce lawyers and family law attorneys on your side. When Trust Matter Most, call Reese, Samley, Wagenseller, Mecum & Longer.

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Licensed for 45 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1977
Updated 10/01/2022

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

Contact Timothy

Appel Yost
33 N. Duke St
Lancaster, PA, 17602

Reviews

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Posted by Laura | August 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Tim helped me with a very difficult custody case. He was thorough, deticated, patient, very empathetic, and kind. He managed himself in the courtroom with Grace and was able to sort through all the nuances of my case effectively represent me. I am very appreciative of him.
Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very pleased
Tim helped me with a very involved custody case, which also included question of a relocation, as well as which school my child attended. We ended up appealing the initial decision by the judge and through the entire process, Tim was very thorough, detailed, helpful and kept me informed at each step. I appreciated the work he put into each phase of our case and the level at which he kept me both informed and involved.
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Posted by Chris A | August 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exactly what an attorney should be
I enlisted in Mr. Reese's services for a custody case with my ex-spouse. He was exactly the type of attorney that I was hoping for, and then some. He is very thorough, straightforward, and clear. If needed, I would request his services again in a heartbeat.
Posted by Connie | August 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Forever Grateful to Tim Reese
I was attacked by 2 Pit bulls. I felt alone and lost plus dealing with my bite wounds. No idea where to turn to or if I could even be compensated for my injuries. We called REESE, SAMLEY, WAGENSELLER, MECUM & LONGER, P.C. as my husband works with this Law firm with his business. There they guided me to TIM REESE. Tim had handled another dog attack case prior to mine. Tim did not hesitate. He called me right away then we met in person. Tim worked on my case right away, so caring, passionate about what happened to ME, he LISTENED and followed through on every task. Even when I did not believe, “HE BELIEVED”. Tim never gave up, he fought for me. How do you ever repay someone who works so hard for you and gets you the compensation you deserve? My husband and I are so pleased with my final settlement we received. Forever grateful to Tim Reese and his staff. If you find yourself searching for a Lawyer, one who LISTENS and will work tirelessly for you…please call TIM REESE. I know God sent him to me to help with my healing.
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Posted by Stacey | August 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, yet compassionate!
Me Reese did an excellent job handling our case. He kept us in the loop on what was going on during the settlement process, and worked with the other side with our best interest in mind. I’d hire him again in a heartbeat.
Posted by Tracy | August 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce and Personal Injury Claim
Mr. Reese's knowledge and kindness helped me get through a difficult divorce, as well as a personal injury claim. The office staff is wonderful to work with, and is very quick to respond when needed.
Posted by Jennifer | May 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Custody
Tim was not only my lawyer because I hired him but also because he believed in my case and my side. He was always prepared and made sure I was as well. He took into consideration my own views on matters and educated me in the process as we came to them. I was super lucky to have him on my side and go to bat for me!
Posted by Elizabeth | June 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
I had a very difficult divorce and custody battle with my former spouse. Through everything Tim was thorough and straightforward. He helped me not only prepare for the legal procedures but also what outcomes I could expect, helping me separate emotion from the reality. I would recommend him to anyone in need of assistance in both divorce and custody cases in a heartbeat.
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Prompt, Thorough
To give some context for my review - I had a relatively simple divorce case. Few assets in play, nothing estate related, all property was marital property but virtually nothing in dispute. Despite this being what should qualify as a "simple" case, I quickly discovered that no divorce is simple. Tim helped inform my understanding of the various assets in play, what could be negotiated, what to fight for, and what to avoid. He explained things in simple terms, he helped me understand the various options and outcomes that could come from each and allowed me to select the path that best fit with my goals. In between consultations Tim was readily available via email and always responded promptly and with enough information for me to make my next decision. One other thing that he did that greatly set him apart from other lawyers I have interacted with in the past - he submitted drafts of each document that had to be sent to opposing counsel and/or filed with the court. This gave me a chance to make sure I understood what was happening at each step as well as kept me in tune with the timeframe of when things were happening which was incredibly valuable and helpful for me - being in a joint custody situation with my ex spouse meant I still had to see her weekly and so knowing what communications she was getting and when helped me to know what to expect. I would absolutely recommend Tim Reese based on my experiences with him and his firm.
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding divorce lawyer
Tim did an outstanding job in representing me in my divorce case. He is very knowledgeable about the laws and helped reach a fair settlement. I would highly recommend Tim for anyone going through a divorce.
Posted by Tom | June 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Represenation
Tim did a superb job handling each detail of my unusual custody case. Each step of the way, and with each tactic that was thrown at us, Tim proved to be highly effective in handling and communicating with all of the court personnel, and the opposing attorney. He was honest and did a fantastic job fighting for the best interest of my family.
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Posted by Adam | July 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best of the best, straight shooter, no fluff.
Attorney Tim Reese represented me in my custody case. To sum it up, Tim and his firm are without a doubt, the best at what they do. The Office staff were very courteous and accommodating. Tim’s experience and knowledge is exactly what is needed in matters such as this. Tim guided me through the entire process, helping me keep focus on the relevant information to be successful. He was a straight shooter, no fluff, which is what I needed when it comes to an emotional matter such as custody. His attention to detail, knowledge, promptness in answering questions I had, and grounded answers are obviously what make him great. As a Dad in matters of custody, for me it felt like it would be a difficult uphill battle, which Tim told me it might be, but that he would do his best to hopefully get a successful outcome. Even though the end result was left up to the Judge, Tim’s representation in my custody matter resulted in a very positive outcome. I found Tim on AVVO and decided on him first based on his reviews, and I’m happy to add mine.
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Posted by Sue | May 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer for divorce
Tim Reese was my divorce lawyer and I would strongly recommend him. Divorce can be an very emotional time and having someone with the knowledge of divorce proceedings that Tim Reese has is what you want at this time. Tim Reese is prompt with replying all questions you may have. Anytime I emailed or called Tim he got back to me ASAP. He is a very easy person to talk to and he explains everything very well. If you are looking for a lawyer for divorce, he is the best!
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Posted by Justin | April 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Never doubted that I was in the right hands
Tim was not the first lawyer I used for my custody case, but I know I won't have to look any further. His knowledge and patience made everyone involved feel comfortable and confident, and there was never a time that I didn't completely trust that he was making the right decisions for my kids and I. Tim doesn't play games and went above and beyond what I expected, even going to great lengths to finalize negotiations and avoid a hearing. He's the best for a reason.
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Posted by P. | December 19, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Lawyer!!!!
I used this site over a year and a half ago to retain Mr. Reese as my divorce attorney. The stellar reviews regarding his knowledge of the law, professional attitude and preparedness e spot on. Tim's experience and expertise became a beacon of light that remained constant, always pushing forward through some very difficult proceedings. He never sugarcoated situations, so I always knew what to expect. Putting my future in his hands has proven time and again to be the rigth choice....Thank You...
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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent advice. Absolute integrity.
Mr. Reese was extremely thorough, thoughtful, and gave total attention to details. We only had a consultation, but the advice he provided was invaluable to my case and situation.
Posted by Tamara | August 28, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
One of Lancaster County's Most Experienced and Knowledgeable Attorneys
When I was one of the Lancaster County Custody Conference Officers, I always looked forward to seeing Tim Reese representing one of the parties. Tim was always prepared, direct and to the point. He always offered good solutions to the problems facing the parents and would try to settle his cases for the betterment of his client. But if needed, he would not hesitate to take the case to a full hearing before a Judge.
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Posted by John | February 20, 2015
Highly satisfied
Tim was extremely helpful in all the proceedings of my divorce. He kept me well informed throughout the two years especially in looking out for my best interest. He was very patient and helped me navigate through this very emotional time.
Posted by Rich | December 10, 2014
Review for Timothy J. Reese
Tim and I go back a long way. We've been friends, neighbors and he has been my business advisor for over 25 years. Frequently, this isn't always a good scenario for everyone. Our relationship in this case has been extraordinary. I rely heavily on Tim's always good judgement, fairness in practice and direct approach to issues whether in my favor or not. My ability to rely on Tim and his firm has always been a huge asset to me in my business and personal life.
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Posted by Heather | October 20, 2014
Very informative and helpful
Mr. Reese has a very good knowledge of the law and was straightforward and honest with his assessment of my case. He was considerate and helpful when I had questions by email or phone. His experience was a benefit and I would recommend him to anyone with a family law matter.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Board of Directors
  • Ames Reese, Inc.
  • 1997 - Present
  • Instructor (Business Law) for Paralegal Certificate
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Custody Conference Officer
  • Lancaster Court of Common Pleas
  • 1986 - 1996
  • Associate Attorney
  • Xakellis, Perezous and Mongiovi
  • 1977 - 1982
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Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park (main campus)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Legal Cases

  • Watts v. Manheim Township School District
  • Pensylvania Supreme Court affirmed lower court decisions in favor of Mr. Watts
  • Watts v Manheim Township School District
  • Obtained Injunction at Trial Court level which was affirmed by the appellate court; now pending a decision of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Associations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Lancaster Bar Association
  • Past Co-Chairman, Family Law Section
  • 1977 - Present
  • Martindale Hubbel
  • BV Rated and Peer Rated for High Personal Achievement
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - 2014
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International
  • Member
  • 1976 - 1986
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • BV Distinguished 4.4 out of 5.0
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • BV Distinguished 4.4 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • BV Distinguished 4.4 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • BV Rated 4.4 out of 5.0
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • BV Rated Distinguished 4.4 out of 5.0
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • BV Rated Distinguished 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Access to Justice
  • Lancaster Bar Association
  • 2000
  • BV Distinguished 4.4 out of 5.0 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1985
  • Woolsack Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement
  • Dickinson School of Law
  • 1977
  • Book Award Top Grade in Bankruptcy at Dickinson School of Law
  • Lawyers Coop Publishing Co
  • 1977
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Publications

  • Blog
  • Schools Required to Bus Children to Both Divorced Parents’ Houses
  • 2014
  • Blog
  • How to Get a Divorce in Pennsylvania
  • 2014
  • Blog
  • Update to “Another One Rides The Bus”
  • 2014
  • Blog
  • Planning to Relocate? Think again.
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Lancaster Bar Association Bench Bar Annual Conference
  • Ethics in Family Law Practice
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (11)
Family Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Tim for quite some time. He provides excellent representation to his clients. His knowledge of the law and his legal skills are well known and appreciated in the community."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tim provides stellar representation for his clients, who benefit from his sound judgment and extensive experience. He is highly respected by other family law attorneys and the family law judges. I have personally witnessed his keen mind, diligent work ethic, and genuine concern for his clients."
Family Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Among his peers, Tim is one of the most highly respected family lawyers in Lancaster Co. He is efficient and effective in representing his clients and capable of handling very complex divorce case. He is aggressive when necessary, but yet compassionate to his clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tim always works diligently on his clients behalf"
Family Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Timothy. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Timothy Reese is an excellent and knowledgeable attorney. While he aggressively advocates for his clients, he also understands and advises his clients about the benefits that a fair but non litigated resolution of matters may have which can provide a quicker, less risky and less costly result than litigating a matter to a court decision."
Family Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Reese is professional, courteous, and extremely knowledgeable. Tim has earned an excellent reputation among his fellow lawyers and the Judges. He vigorously represents his clients with cogent and thoughtful advocacy and is always prepared. He is an excellent choice for any potential client with a legal problem in this community."
Family Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is extremely fair and knowledgeable."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Tim Reese. He is very knowledgeable in all areas of family law. He has the client's best interests in mind at all times. He vigorously represents his clients but is still congenial with other counsel."
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