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Lucy Fehr Dowd

Estate planning Attorney at Lancaster, PA

5.0   7 reviews
  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 35 years
    New Jersey - NJ 36 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found

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Over 30 years of experience, concentrating in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, elder law, municipal law and representing families with exceptional needs including Special Needs Trusts  and guardianships.    The mission of Lucy Dowd Law is to serve all clients with compassion, empathy and integrity in a highly effective and cost-efficient manner.


Lucy Dowd Law LLC
342 N. Queen Street Rear
Lancaster, PA, 17603

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Posted by Andrew | March 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Where there’s a will there’s a way.
The thought of making a will was, for me, about as exciting a prospect as having a colonoscopy. I knew it needed to be done, but had put it off time and time again. I met Lucy for the first time at the office kitchen sink when we were both washing coffee cups. I asked her what she did. ‘I’m a lawyer’, she said. Unable to help myself, my guilty secret tumbled out before I could stop it. ‘I really need to make a will.’ ‘I’d be glad to help you with that’ she said with a smile, and handed me her business card. A few days later my wife and I met with her. And now we have everything done. Lucy, very professionally - and with a considerable amount of patience - guided us through the intricacies of PA law. The whole process was quite painless, and Lucy’s consultations were a pleasure. It sure feels good to have our affairs in order. Our deaths, sooner or later (preferably later) will not give our family the added burden of us passing away intestate. And before then, should we find ourselves incapacitated and unable to make decisions, our children have the necessary information and legal authority to act well on our behalf with power of attorney. That’s a whole lot better for them, and us, than the legal mess of being unprepared. Yes, I absolutely recommend Lucy Dowd as an attorney. You will love her. And her professional fees are very, very reasonable. She is thorough, efficient, prompt, and in every way most helpful. Now, if you will excuse me, I need to call my doctor’s office about that unmentionable procedure. Although it’s such a nice day - I think maybe I’ll wait until tomorrow. :-)
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Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Lucy is highly knowledgable about special needs trusts for individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as other elements of estate planning. She was easy to work with and very professional in her interactions with us. As a result of her guidance and expertise, we feel much more confident with the plans we've made for our daughter. We've recommended her to family members and friends.
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Posted by Kathy | August 31, 2016
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Estate lawyer
Lucy was the perfect person to serve as legal counsel as I served as the Executor of my parents' estate. She was caring, always timely with responding to my many questions and took the time to clearly explain all the legal things I needed to understand and know . She walked me through the probate process and helped me with complications that arose in the process of settling the estate. She was patient and offered valuable advice when asked.
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Posted by Deb | December 14, 2015
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Excellent for "special needs trusts".
Lucy Dowd is a very caring, sensitive, professional. I needed a "special needs trust", and Lucy came well recommended. I was very comfortable with her knowledge and skills needed for this type of trust.
Posted by Jim | December 7, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
An excellent, knowledgeable, and understanding attorney
Our estate planning was far from simple due to having an adult with a developmental disability in our family. Ensuring our estate was planned in a way that our son's needs would not be compromised after our passing is on the short list of our highest priorities. Lucy Dowd assisted us with estate planning, as well as establishing our guardianship and disability trust for our adult son with special needs. As many families in similar situations can attest, our schedules are often difficult to work with, but Lucy Dowd's patient yet persistent approach ensured that the work was completed in a timely manner and at a very fair rate. She is certainly on my very short list of attorneys I have absolutely no reservations referring my friends to for a consultation. I have, in fact, done so and received sincere thanks from the friend I referred who echoed my experience with Lucy. If there was an "Absolutely without hesitation" choice under "Would you recommend this lawyer?", I would click it.
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Posted by Michele | August 12, 2014
Trusted Attorney and Valued Friend!
Lucy revised our will and prepared a living will/power of attorney for us. She is friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. She is quick to respond to emails and is very patient explaining the intricacies of the law. We highly recommend her services.
Posted by Randy | July 28, 2014
Excellent Special Needs Attorney!
We were referred to Ms. Dowd for purposes of updating our wills, powers of attorney, and a special needs trust. Ms. Dowd met with us and explained several changes in the law since the time the special needs trust had been written by our original attorney. She assisted us with the wording of the necessary changes and completed everything within a very short turnaround time. We were extremely pleased and impressed with her professionalism and willingness to educate us while completing the work. We plan to continue to meet with Ms. Down periodically to ensure that all of our documents remain up-to-date in order to ensure that they are still written in compliance with current regulations so that our intentions are accomplished.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • The Law Offices of Lucy F. Dowd
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate
  • Appel & Yost LLP
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Associate
  • Shirk Reist Wagensellar & Mecum
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Lucy Dowd Law
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Associate
  • Wiley, Malehorn & Sirota
  • 1988 - 1993
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  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • 1987
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Practice Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Lancaster Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Lancaster Bar Association, Elder Law Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Lancaster Bar Association, Elder Law Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Lancaster Bar Association, Elder Law Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Select Lawyers
  • Susquehanna Style Magazine
  • 2015
  • Select Lawyer
  • Select Lawyers Pennsylvania
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • How to Plan for Loved Ones with Special Needs
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2015
  • CLE
  • Powers of Attorney and Serving Clients of Diminishing or Marginal Capacity
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Guardianship Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Lucy has great compassion for her clients, and has integrity, tact, and skill, as well as experience. She and I were part of the same law firm approximately 12 years ago and I always felt she could handle any matter I referred to her"
Probate Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lucy Dowd is a top-notch lawyer. She is very ethical, knowledgeable and accomplished."

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Lancaster Estate planning Lawyer Lucy Fehr Dowd
Lucy Fehr Dowd
Estate planning Attorney
Lancaster, PA
Licensed for 36 years