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Penny V. Ayers

Family Attorney

5.0   15 reviews
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Reason: Government Attorney
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1999
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Posted by Ashley | February 24, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I hired Attorney Ayers for a complicated domestics case. She was professional, focused, and organized. I appreciate her attention to detail and ability to handle such a complex case with ease. I highly recommend Attorney Ayers!
Posted by Alison | November 5, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
HIGHLY Recommend!!!
Penny has been a dream come true for my custody case. Having gone through several other lawyers to get to her, I could not be happier. She represents me fully, is honest with me about expectations, fully discloses the court process/proceedings in an extremely timely manner, and is extremely fair in her fees. I have never had to chase her around to get answers on an issue, she communicates clearly and effectively, and her staff sends my documents/paperwork over as soon as they get them. The office seems to run very smoothly. Outside of those things, Penny has truly gone above and beyond to help me to navigate this system I am unfortunately in, and has done so with empathy and understanding, holding my hand when I need it…bolstering me up when I need it, explaining every step of the process to me, respecting my right to know all of the info and be a part of every decision made. She is not only an amazingly adept attorney, but a kind and caring person as well. I am so very glad I found her.
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Posted by Dawn | August 25, 2020
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So glad I hired Penny
I hired Penny to finalize my divorce for me. Penny and her paralegal Kathy were so wonderful to deal with and did a great job getting everything finalized. They helped keep me calm and keep everything in perspective. So glad I hired them.
Posted by Paul | December 19, 2019
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Divorce and Custody Lawyer
Attorney Ayers has been a blessing in my life. She was kind, thorough, and honest during divorce and custody trial. She battled hard, and thanks to her skill, I was awarded sole legal and physical custody of my daughter. She explained the divorce and custody process thoroughly and gave sound advice. She allowed me to speak my mind and address concerns as she guided me on the path to success. I have my daughter thanks to Mrs. Ayers's hard work and dedication to my family. Mrs. Ayers is well respected in the York legal community. Judges, other attorneys, psychiatrists, and child psychologists clearly trusted her opinion on matters of divorce and child custody. That respect meant a lot during each phase of the process. Mrs. Ayers is tough. She fought hard for me and expressed appreciation when I executed her game plan. It wasn't always easy. Mrs. Ayers was careful to mitigate my risk as we marched through divorce and a custody trial. We were successful in court due to Mrs. Ayers's preparation and attention to detail during a tough battle. Mrs. Ayers made time for me on the phone and via email. She gave good advice and explained things clearly. Her staff is friendly and most welcoming. I recommend Mrs. Ayers as your lawyer for divorce and child custody. I can't imagine anyone doing a better, more thorough job.
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Posted by Dennis | April 8, 2019
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Made my day!!!!
I lost my old divorce decree and I am looking to get married this June. I looked everywhere on my own and couldn't find it. I contacted Penny. She got back to me really quick. I explained everything to her and we made an appointment to meet. Penny knew where to look and she found my divorce decree quicker than I thought it would take. Penny is very good at what she does. If it wasn't for Penny I wouldn't be getting married this June. Thank you so much, Penny.
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Response from Penny Ayers April 18, 2019
Happy to help! Congratulations!
Posted by Frank | September 6, 2018
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Very persistent
Represented me on a few cases. I was pleased with the outcome of all cases.
Posted by Nicole | May 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Exceeds all Expectations
Attorney Ayers went above and beyond to not only care about the case, but care about all parties involved. I had hired Penny for a Child custody issue, and she not only took the time to get to know me and my details, she also met with my child. She always made time for my questions and kept me informed. She provides facts on the situation and never leaves you wondering where you stand. If she agreed, she told you, if she saw things a different way, she also told you. We are still waiting for the results of our trial, but with her professionalism and diligence, I know we will get the best results for my child.
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Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2018
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Client (and Attorney by trade)
Penny helped me address a family law issue that had a few different wrinkles. She provided solid advice, even if it meant she would have less involvement and thus less billable work. She was generous with her time and clearly interested in the outcome/welfare of her client, even though she was not getting paid directly. Good attorney/better person.
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Posted by Jason Patterson | May 24, 2017
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Outstanding service!!
Attorney Ayers handled my case exceptionally well, and I could not have asked for a more supportive, professional and outstanding attorney by my side as I went through one of the most difficult times of my life. I can't recommend her highly enough!!
Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2016
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Child Support
Penny Ayers represented me in a Court of Common Pleas of York County, regarding a child support petition from my ex-wife. She was prepared and diligent in protecting my interests and that of my children. The outcome was positive and I would highly recommend her. She will be my attorney going forward.
Posted by Mark | July 10, 2015
Excellent Lawyer
Penny Ayers is an excellent lawyer. She took on my support case and did an excellent job. She was very thorough and kept me in the loop with everything that I needed. She made everything comfortable and explained details well. I would highly recommend her to anyone for any family law. My only regret is that I did not use her earlier. Top notch.
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Response from Penny Ayers July 17, 2015
It was truly a pleasure to help you on this case. Best wishes!
Posted by Tish | October 15, 2014
Attorney Ayers was very professional and informative in all aspects of my child custody and child support case for the last 2 years. Attorney Ayers gave me all the options and all of the possible outcomes. She always took the time to explain everything to me when I had a million questions. I felt attorney Ayers added a personal touch that I needed during the very lenghtly heart wrenching process. The staff is also terrific in her office.
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Posted by Bert | March 28, 2013
Mrs. Determination
Penny was the secret weapon we had been searching for. She made all the cumbersome processes seem simple. After not seeing my 11 year old son for no apparent reason, my wife and I had decided to file for primary custody. After hearing our story, Penny quickly explained the alternative routes and the agenda we would take to get him. She was always available when we needed her. You don't recieve the voicemail and no response method. She really paid attention to the details and gave us the feeling we were her only case. She even went as far as to meet with our family for dinner to make the kids feel comfortable with the process. Penny's professionalism and attack methods in the court room are second to none. Things had been presented that had left me anxious. Penny had no problem with any of it, combating it all along the way. She was absolutely amazing. There is no simpler way to express it. Whenever a situation would arise she would remain focused and make us feel relaxed. She never faltered from her oringinal stance, "You will get to see Austin more." And that is where we are today. We cannot express in words how grateful we all are to have been represented by "Mrs. Determination". Penny, thanks for everything; you're the best!
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Posted by Markus | June 13, 2011
Review of Attorney Ayers
This has been my first experience with Attorney Ayers. After using another attorney's services (which was less than satisfactory) for over two months, I took my co-workers' advice and contacted Attorney Ayers. She managed to resolve my wife's custody matter in a fraction of the time I gave my previous attorney and was not only professional the entire time, but also kept me informed with updates. This has been the best overall experience I have ever had with an attorney and will certainly be requesting her services if ever the need arises in the future.
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Posted by ShiellynHutson | May 13, 2011
Penny Ayers is a great lawyer!!!
My case was a domestics NFOB case. In short this means that domestics had concluded that it was impossible for my daughter’s father to pay his child support due to medical reasons. This meant that my owed arrears were dropped and he would no longer be financially responsible for his daughter in the future. I knew that he was lying about his disability and he was making money under the table but had little to no proof I could use in court. After 2 failed attempts with average attorneys I went out looking for a great attorney. The only thing I had on my side at this moment was the truth and a determination to prove it. I started asking people I knew and most had similar experiences to mine. All but one! A friend of mine had used Penny Ayers for her divorce and could not say enough about her. So I made an appointment immediately. Within a few minutes of sitting in her office I knew she was not average at all. In my opinion Penny Ayers is the kind of attorney we idealize them all to be, the kind who believes in right and wrong, justice and punishment and is ready, able and willing to help you fight for it. My case was not ideal for an attorney and my daughter’s father knows how to play the system for all it is worth. In our first meeting Penny spent the time needed to fully understand my situation. She asked questions that let me know she had listened to everything I said and was already working on a strategy. By the end of our first meeting she had earned my respect and I trusted that she would do the best she could with what she had. I was trying to gather evidence to prove that my daughter’s father was working. This did not go well for me. As court was getting closer and still no evidence I thought it was just going to be a repeat of my last two attempts. At this point Penny spent some time on the phone with me going over all the details again and trying to find an alternate strategy since I had failed to get the evidence needed to prove he was working under the table. Penny picked up on a few discrepancies with paper work and insisted new paper work be handed in to the court. I would like to add that myself, 3 judges, 2 other attorneys and 2 or 3 employees at domestics missed the discrepancies that Penny Ayers found. We went to court 2, maybe 3 times trying to get my daughter’s father to hand in the correct paper work she requested. She followed up behind the scenes checking with the various organizations and doctors to see if he was attempting to get this paperwork filled out and ready for court. She kept me updated with every step she had taken and what the results of each step were and what that meant for our case. By the time it was all said and done he was unable to turn in the correct paperwork and the NFOB was lifted and I did get a portion of the owed arrears back on the books and my daughter’s father is once again financially responsible for his daughter. In my opinion Penny Ayers is a great attorney who has genuine interest and an acute attention to detail, she is intelligent, honest, compassionate and gets results. These are rare qualities for anyone in my opinion and to find them in a lawyer is uplifting.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Senft Law Firm
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Kagen MacDonald France
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Associate Attorney
  • Blakey Yost Bupp & Rausch
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Cumberland County Court Of Common Pleas
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Law Clerk
  • Pa Department of Revenue
  • 1998 - 1999
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  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1999
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park (main campus)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Gunter vs. Koons
  • Favorable to client
  • Treat-Kline vs. Kline
  • Favorable to client


  • Farm and Natural Lands Trust
  • Member, Events Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • York County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • York County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • President
  • 2021 - 2022
  • York Suburban Education Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - 2017
  • York County Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Treasurer
  • 2013 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • French

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Select Lawyer
  • Susquehanna Style Magazine
  • 2015
  • Select Lawyer
  • Susquehanna Style Magazine
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • JCC
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Main Street York
  • 2006
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  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Family Law - Custody, Support, and Ethical Issues
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • York County Estate Planning Council Monthly Lunch and Learn
  • Gray Divorce
  • 2023
  • Issues in Family Law
  • Family Law Seminar- Custody, Support, and Ethical Dilemmas
  • 2012
  • Women's Conference of Gettysburg
  • Basic Estate Planning
  • 2006
  • Honor Society Induction
  • The benefits of education
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (16)
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Family Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have referred many clients to Penny and when I didn't feel like doing my own divorce I hired her to finish it for me :) She's very good at what she does, works incredibly hard for her clients, and knows the law."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Ayers is extremely knowledgeable regarding family law issues and local county practices. She is pleasant to work and prompt with responses."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Having had the pleasure of working with Attorney Ayers for many years, I highly and unequivocally recommend her for all of your family law needs. Her knowledge of the law, experience in the courtroom, and passion for seeking justice for her clients are just a few of her exceptional skills. I refer all family law matters to her with the utmost confidence."
Litigation Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Ayers is a highly intelligent advocate. She represents her clients professionally and is dedicated to achieving the best results. She meticulously prepares for every case and is exceptional in the courtroom. While speaking with Ms. Ayers, it is clear she has exceptionally broad knowledge in the law. If you are looking for the best attorney to represent you, I highly endorse Ms. Ayers."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I definitely endorse Ms. Ayers. I talked to her regarding a complex jurisdictional question and I found her to be insightful and cooperative. I appreciated her expertise on local court matters as well."
Family Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've have both known and worked with Attorney Ayers for almost two decades. I've referred many family law matters to her during that time period, and will continue to do so in the future. She is aggressive when needed, yet reasonable in her representation. I endorse her skills without reservation."
Family Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Penny is a strong advocate and has the intelligence, experience and patience to find an amicable resolution or litigate as the need may be. Highly Recommended!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Ayers for years and she is a highly skilled litigator and advocate. Attorney Ayers always strives to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Penny's abilities in practice are beyond reproach. She is knowledgeable, caring, and a strong advocate for her clients. I highly recommend Penny for all family law matters."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Ayers since we both lived in the International Language House during our undergrads days at Penn State. Thereafter, we were classmates at the Dickinson School of Law. As luck would have it, I also worked as a public defender in York, where Attorney Ayers primarily practices. Thus, I have known her both personally and professionally. She is highly intelligent and a strong litigator. I have only ever heard positive things about her from fellow lawyers."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Penny V. Ayers, Esquire, as a formidable family law litigator. Penny has the skill set not just for cases where both parties wish to pursue a low-conflict divorce, but also for cases where a thorough familiarity of courtroom practice is needed. She is one of the smartest attorneys I have encountered. If I had a family law issue in York County, Pennsylvania, I would contact her first!"
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Skilled and caring attorney; equally capable in advocating and negotiating on behalf of her clients"
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