Jarvis offers senior planning at new St. C. location

T-L Photo/ ROBERT A. DEFRANK Jarvis Law Office is settling into its spacious new location in the center of St. Clairsville. From left, Mayor Terry Pugh stopped by the business to attend a ribbon-cutting with Alexandra Maines, attorney; Tim Jarvis, owner; and Stephanie Gwenap, funding coordinator.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Jarvis Law Office has a new location in the center of the city with spacious parking and room for a growing practice.

Tim Jarvis, owner, said the increased business necessitated moving from the former location at 219 E. Main St.

“We’ve had an office in St. Clairsville for over 10 years,” said Jarvis who also said his practice specializes in helping senior plan for future needs. “What sets us apart is our focus on working with senior citizens.

“We only do two areas: estate planning and elder law,” he said. “What it really comes down to is helping someone plan for the possibility of needing long-term care, whether that’s in-home care or assisted living or the nursing home. To plan for and received that care without going broke. The cost of nursing home care is pretty substantial. … Attorneys such as myself can help with that situation.”

He said protecting and preserving those assets is a common need.

“It’s the single biggest financial risk most of us will face in our entire lifetime, needing long-term care and the cost of that care,” said Jarvis. “The biggest thing is helping folks understand what their options are.”

Jarvis credits his staff for going above and beyond in meeting those needs.

“The biggest skill set my employees share is a real desire to help people,” he said. “All of my staff, the reason why they’re with the firm and why they’re excelling with the firm is their true desire to help people. … It requires a certain amount of empathy, along with the ability to explain very complex legal concepts in a way that everyone can understand.”

Jarvis Law Office maintains offices in St. Clairsville, Dublin and Lancaster.

“Our St. Clairsville office is actually our best-performing office,” he said. “We didn’t have enough space for our employees and files and meeting rooms. We moved here a few weeks ago and couldn’t be happier with it.”

Jarvis also said the St. Clairsville location began with one employee and now boasts several.

“As word got out as far as what we’re able to do and how we’re able to help our clients, it kind of took off from there,” he said. “One of the biggest problems we had with our old location was that it was not wheelchair accessible. Because we work with a lot of older clients, it was extremely important that we have a location that was wheelchair accessible.”

Jarvis also his clients no longer have to worry about traffic in crossing the street.

“Main Street gets pretty busy,” he said. “That always concerns me.”

“It’s an excellent facility for us,” said Mary Beth Panepucci, executive director based in St. Clairsville.

She will be the face clients will see on entering.

“It is a treat to be in the historic business district in St. Clairsville,” said Panepucci. “We were very thankful we could get the space and move into the downtown area.”

The business is located at 121 E. Main St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday -Thursday. Fridays are by appointment.