Deanna R. Pealer

Deanna R. Pealer elected Bar Association President...

Members of the Columbia County Bar Association are shown Thursday evening during a transition meeting and dinner, held at Rose Marie’s restaurant in Bloomsburg.more »

Deanna R. Pealer,

Attorney

Since 1979, Attorney Deanna R. Pealer has dedicated her law practice to helping individuals, families and small businesses with their legal needs.

Attorney Pealer considers each client’s case to be extremely important and she provides each client with prompt confidential service tailored to their unique concerns.

Attorney Pealer is currently accepting new clients. She sees clients by appointment and is willing to meet with the client at the client’s home or office.

Her office, which is located at 128 West Main Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 (telephone: (570) 784-1460), is open weekdays from 9:00 to 5:00. Due to concerns for the privacy of her clients, she does not normally answer legal questions or schedule appointments by email.more »

Jona L. Diehl,

Paralegal Assistant

Jona L. Diehl, Paralegal Assistant, has more then twenty-two (22) years of experience in the legal field and holds a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Penn State University.

Jona is a native of the Shamokin area and a graduate of Shamokin Area High School. She currently resides in Paxinos with her husband and son. She is also involved with the Shamokin Area PTA and AYSO.

Jona started working in the private sector in 1988 then transferred to the District Attorney's Office in 1996 followed by working with the Court of Common Pleas of Northumberland County. Her extensive legal experience makes her a great asset to our office.


In Case Of Injury

Know Your Rights

Accidents can and do happen to all of us. Very few people can live an entire lifetime without suffering an accidental injury.  Many times, injuries may prove to be more serious or persistent than they first appear, or serious complications may set in later.  Sometimes another person is responsible (or partly responsible) for that injury.  It is important to know your rights and to protect them. Even if you feel that your injuries are minor, you should still take steps to protect your legal rights--just in case your hangnail gets infected and you end up losing your arm!more »

Children Come First

Protect Them In Family Disputes

KNOW YOUR CUSTODY RIGHTS

The word "CUSTODY" has two separate meanings under the law.
1. LEGAL CUSTODY - means legal guardianship, that is, the right to sign report cards and other important papers and to make major decisions concerning the child. Courts usually prefer to have both parents retain joint legal custody where the parents are able to set aside their differences and work together for the best interests of the child. Where the parents cannot cooperate with each other, or where other circumstances, such as geography, make such cooperation impractical, then courts will award sole legal custody to one parent.more »

Attorney Pealer Escapes

Close Brush With Identity Theft

I was recently the victim of a form of attempted identity theft known as “phishing”. “Phishing” occurs when identity thieves attempt to obtain personal information from an intended victim through e-mail, regular mail or telephone calls.  If it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone, so I urge everyone to be extremely cautious when giving out personal information.  I received three separate correspondences (two by e-mail and one by regular mail) appearing to be from financial institutions with household names-- complete with the authentic company logo. more »

“Living Trusts”

Can Sometimes Be A Scam

Attorneys are often consulted by people who have read self-help books or materials on estate planning, making wills, and/or avoiding probate.  These self-help materials often suggest "living trusts" to get around probate and/or inheritance taxes. These materials sometimes include sample forms for living trusts, will or other documents. People also sometimes obtain such information from seminars or courses on the subject. more »

What Is Divorce?

How Do I Go About Getting One?

A divorce action is a suit in a Court of Law, through which the marriage between two spouses is ended and each of the former spouses becomes legally able to remarry. Pennsylvania Law also requires that all other legal and economic rights of the parties be decided as part of the divorce case. A person who does not seek all other rights as part of the divorce case can lose their ability to claim a number of those rights after the divorce has been granted.. more »

What is a Pre-Nuptial Agreement?

How do I know if I need one?

A pre-nuptial agreement, or pre-nupt, is a written agreement signed before marriage that establishes the legal rights of a couple in the event of their later divorce, or upon the death of a spouse. A pre-nupt should be seriously considered anytime that one or both of the future spouses bring real estate or other assets to the marriage, or where either future spouse has children from a previous relationship. Wills, deeds and other companion documents are often prepared along with the pre-nupt. Such documents can provide for the surviving spouse, children, parents or other heirs, business partners, etc., upon the death of either spouse. more »

What should I know about Bankruptcy?

The following information is prepared by the Office of the United States Bankruptcy Trustee and is required reading for all persons who file for bankruptcy. If you would like further information about any chapter of Bankruptcy, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Attorney Pealer by telephoning (570) 784-1460. Attorney Pealer is always glad to help you with any of your legal needs. more »

When Do I Need Tenant's Insurance?

Tenants are not normally covered on their landlord's property and casualty insurance. All too frequently, tenants learn this after losing belongings in a burglary, fire, or other disaster. Similarly, a landlord's insurance policy does not usually protect a tenant from liability if someone is injured on the premises of if the tenant accidentally causes a fire or other disaster. A policy of tenant's insurance can usually be purchased through a homeowners' insurance company for a relatively small cost—often $100-$200 per year.more »

 


Our Mission

Our practice is dedicated to helping individuals, families, and small businesses with all of their usual legal needs. We endeavor to provide prompt, personalized and confidential legal service. This office regularly handles nearly all types of legal matters, more »

Office Policies

A GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP IS ESSENTIAL TO AN EFFECTIVE ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP.  FOR THIS REASON, THE PURPOSE OF AN INITIAL CONSULTATION IS OFTEN FOR THE POTENTIAL CLIENT TO DECIDE WHETHER HE/SHE WISHES TO HIRE THE ATTORNEY, AND FOR THE ATTORNEY TO DETERMINE WHETHER SHE WISHES TO ACCEPT THE CASE. more »

Tips

We hope that the following tips may help us to help you more efficiently and effectively.

1. Please keep your scheduled appointments.

2. Please bring all documents and papers relative to your case with you to your first appointment. (This saves you from being charged for a second appointment for the Attorney to go over papers important to your case) more »

Privacy Notice

Lawyers, like other professionals who advise on personal financial matters, are now required by a new federal law to inform their clients of their policies regarding privacy of client information.  Lawyers have been, and continue to be, bound by professional ethical standards of confidentiality that are even more stringent than those required by this new law.  Therefore, we have always protected your right to privacy here »