The Law Firm of Hoffmeyer & Semmelman, LLP provides legal advice to our clients in a number of areas. The following videos will provide you with a brief overview of those areas of the law with some suggestions for your consideration prior to scheduling an appointment with the appropriate attorney in our firm.

Video: Living Wills

Living Wills Explained by Bill Hoffmeyer


What is a living will?  Find out from a central Pennsylvania estate law firm.

A living will is a document by which you determine, while you are in a good healthy condition, which procedures you want performed on you and which ones you do not want performed on you, if you are in a terminable or unconscious condition and are not able to make those decisions for yourself.

There’s a menu on a living will and you will be asked to initial which of those procedures you do want and which of those procedures you do not want performed on you. You should also name surrogates. Surrogates are the individuals who you absolutely you trust and who you know will make the appropriate decision for your care if you are unable to do so and you are in that terminable or unconscious condition. These are the individuals who will emphasize to the health care professionals that there is no hope of your survival that you should no longer be hooked up artificially to be kept alive, but that in effect the plug should be pulled and you should be permitted to die peacefully.

If on the other hand you under no circumstances want the plug to be pulled unless you can die naturally, and therefore you do not want anyone to tell  the doctors to forget it but you want the surrogates to  tell the doctors to keep you alive under any circumstances, then those are the wishes you must express to your surrogates.

Video: Financial and Healthcare Power of Attorney

Financial and Healthcare Power of Attorney – Explained

Video: Decedent’s Estate

What are the Steps Necessary to Administer a Decedent’s Estate? What is your Liability if you Make Mistakes? Transcript William F. Hoffmeyer gives a brief explanation of the law of Pennsylvania and the steps necessary to administering a decedent’s estate after he dies.  The law in Pennsylvania which governs the administration and distribution of a […]

Video: Business Formation

Proper Business Formation is Crucial for Financial Protection Transcript Central Pennsylvania business lawyer explains why a sole proprietorship is a bad idea. Anyone who operates a business, whether as a sole proprietor, as a partnership, as a limited liability company, also known as an LLC or as a true corporation needs legal counsel to provide […]

Video: Real Estate & Legal Counsel

Why You Need Legal Counsel When You Purchase Real Estate Transcript Real Estate Attorney William F. Hoffmeyer explains why you need legal counsel when you purchase real estate. The purchase of real estate, whether a home or commercial real estate, is typically one of the largest purchase anyone ever makes. To purchase real estate, you […]