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Rachel Thiessen is a sole practitioner in Mechanicsburg, PA, who focuses in the areas of adoption law and estate planning. Her firm, serving Cumberland County and the surrounding area, provides personalized, attentive legal services with an eye toward individualized attention. She is committed to providing high-quality, affordable legal advice that helps your family meet its goals.

At your initial meeting with Rachel, you will discuss your goals and your options for how to achieve those goals. Rachel prides herself on providing flat-fee legal services, which means any expenses are established upfront, and there are no surprises. She is committed to establishing clear and open lines of communication with each of her clients, which means you should feel free to ask any questions you may have and that she will be available to answer them quickly and thoroughly.

Estate planning and adoption law are highly sensitive areas of the law. Each case is unique, and as such, Rachel feels each client deserves individualized attention. As a sole practitioner, you can rest assured that she will personally handle each case and that she is committed to securing the best outcome for you and your family.

Rachel’s practice focuses exclusively on the areas of adoption law and estate planning. She has the necessary experience to guide you and your family through all phases of the adoption process and can explain all your options related to estate planning.

Adoption Law

Rachel Thiessen is an experienced adoption attorney with a passion for uniting families and finding permanent homes for children in need. As an adoptee herself and now and adoptive parent of two children from the foster care system, Rachel understands the adoption process from start to finish not only on a professional level, but on a personal level as well. She has a wealth of knowledge to draw from in guiding her clients as they embark on the journey of becoming adoptive parents.

Rachel approaches her legal practice from the perspective of a fellow adoptive parent, and she is committed to providing guidance that will enrich the lives of her clients and their families. She is experienced in all aspects of adoption, and has specialized experience in:

  • Private Adoptions
  • Foster Care Adoptions
  • Step-Parent Adoptions
  • LGBT Adoptions
  • Grandparent Adoptions
  • International Adoptions (U.S. Re-adoption)
  • Subsidy Negotiations
  • Termination of Parental Rights

Rachel recognizes that families come in all shapes and sizes. That is why she prides herself on providing personalized legal advice that is individually tailored to help each family reach their goals.

Estate Planning

Rachel is an experienced estate planning attorney who approaches this area of the law from a holistic perspective. She believes that creating an estate plan is like putting together a puzzle: each piece is individually important, but they all have to fit together to create a bigger picture.

Rachel is a strong believer that it is important for every client to have an estate plan in place. An estate plan helps clients to protect their families and loved ones in the event they no longer can. An estate plan can also make clear your wishes regarding medical treatment and any other final wishes that are important to you, relieving stress on your loved ones during a crisis situation. Rachel has experience in the following areas of estate planning:

  • Guardian Nominations
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Power of Attorney
  • Health Care Directives (Living Wills)
  • Final Wishes

Rachel can help you explore your estate planning options and develop a plan that best suits your needs. Having an estate plan in place will provide you and your family peace of mind knowing that your final wishes will be carried out.

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