New business spotlight on Paralegal Assist

MIKE REUTHER/Sun-Gazette Stefanie Bennett works in her office on Route 405 between Hughesville and Muncy.

Stefanie Bennett has opened Paralegal Assist at 2410 Route 405 Highway between Muncy and Hughesville.

The business does estate administration, involving itself with probate work and inheritance taxes. Bennett, a virtual estate administration paralegal, said her business is somewhat unique for this area. Many law firms have their own paralegals on staff.

She hires out her services to attorneys.

“We handle from 100 to 125 estates right now,” she said.

Bennett had done paralegal work on her own for many years before deciding to open up a business site March 1.

She employs nine people. Bennett became interested in paralegal work after working as a receptionist at a law firm.

Along the way, she also picked up a college degree.

“I learned estates and loved the tax part of it,” she said.

Bennett said getting her office ready took a lot of work. The workload is challenging, but she’s excited about the business, she said. She likes that she has one person designated to run the office, freeing her up for much of the paralegal work. Many of her clients, who are mostly attorneys, are from out of the area.

“I have been assisting attorneys remotely throughout Pennsylvania for the past 16 years with their estate administration needs,” she said. “We assist attorneys with everything from preparing probate documents to preparing U.S. Estate Tax Returns, Pennsylvania inheritance tax returns, fiduciary income tax returns and accounting (formal or informal). We can help administer an estate from beginning to end or assist attorneys with over-flow work on an as-needed basis.”

She has not heavily advertised her business, but mostly relies on “word of mouth” to get the message out about her services.

The phone number for Paralegal Assist is 570-844-0076.