Brent C. Diefenderfer

Bio

Brent practices a client-first approach in the practice of law.  He identifies multiple courses of action; gives straightforward advice and diligently works to achieve results.  Brent is detailed oriented and ensures his clients’ matters are handled correctly, efficiently and in a cost-effective manner.  His diverse clientele includes individuals, businesses and government entities in the following representative matters:

Bankruptcy, Debt Restructuring & Financial “Workouts”
.  Brent represents individual and business clients in implementing a debt reduction strategy that is appropriate to their unique situation - including Bankruptcy under Chapters 7, 13 or 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, creditor negotiation, mortgage loan modification or real estate “short sale.” Brent’s bankruptcy practice has saved dozens of clients’ homes and cars from foreclosure and repossession, has resolved burdensome tax obligations and has given scores of clients a “fresh start” and debt-free future. He is certified as a Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification, and is the second attorney in York and Adams Counties to hold this designation. 

Asset Protection. Brent advises clients on structuring their personal and business affairs to minimize risk and to protect and preserve valuable assets.

Estate Planning. Brent develops and implements estate plans for individuals and families to preserve family wealth through tax-favored planning techniques, including wills, trusts, family partnerships and charitable giving.

Business Law. Brent represents businesses and is a trusted advisor on issues such as choice of business entity, commercial leases and the complex steps of a business purchase and asset acquisition. 

Real Estate Law. Brent represents clients in residential and commercial real estate purchases, refinances, title insurance and landlord tenant matters. 

Civil Litigation. When personal and commercial disputes cannot be amicably resolved, Brent zealously represents his clients and diligently works to achieve results. 

Debtor/Creditor Law.  Brent represents both debtors and creditors in collection matters, mortgage foreclosure and disputes involving debt collection.

Military Law.  Drawing from his military experience, Brent represents former service members in upgrading unfavorable characterizations of service before all Service Boards of Review.

Prior to joining CGA Law Firm, Brent served as an active-duty Army Officer and Judge Advocate (JAG) Attorney.  He brings to his civilian practice an invaluable and well-rounded experience ranging from advising senior military officers on complex legal issues to litigating contested jury trials.   Brent held the rank of Captain and served as a Trial Defense Counsel at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he defended soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division and U.S. Army Special Forces Command in over 30 jury and bench trials, many which resulted in acquittals for his clients.  In 2005, Brent deployed to Iraq for a year as part of the elite 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles” and acted as lead counsel for all legal claims brought by Iraqi citizens against the U.S. Government occurring in a 6,000 square mile combat zone.  Later, Brent served as general counsel for his Commanding General and installation’s administrative agencies by advising on fiscal, employment and administrative law related matters.

Brent practices a client-first approach in the practice of law. He identifies multiple courses of action; gives straightforward advice and diligently works to achieve results. Brent is detailed oriented and ensures his clients’ matters are handled correctly, efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. His diverse clientele includes individuals, businesses and government entities in the following representative matters:

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Education and Honors: 
J.D., Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University – 2004.
B.A., Dickinson College, cum laude – 2001
Certified Specialist in Consumer Bankruptcy - American Board of Certification
Bar Admissions: 
PA Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Middle District of PA
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of PA
Professional Affiliations: 
York County Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Middle District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Bar Association
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
York Young Professionals
Lutheran Camping Corporation of Central PA - Board of Directors

Articles

  • 05.17.13

    The York County Tax Claim Bureau has published notice that the Judicial Sale will take place on June 20, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. If your property is on this list, it is important for you to understand that if you do nothing before the sale, that you will likely lose your property.  

    The Judicial sale is distinguishable from the "Tax Upset Sale" that occurs in the fall every year because at the judicial sale, properties are sold "free and clear" of mortgages and other encumbrances.  The properties are sold in order that the County's municipal and school taxes can be paid.

  • 03.10.13

    The travails of the housing market in recent years are well documented. The prevalent symbols of this downturn are the “underwater” homeowners, who owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. About 4.6 million such homeowners have mortgages backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, and fully 80% of those owners haven’t missed any mortgage payments.

  • 08.23.12

    What happens if your Landlord doesn’t make the mortgage payments and the Bank decides to foreclose on the property that you are living in? Since the housing and foreclosure crisis began in 2008, many tenants of rental properties have received notices from a mortgage company notifying them that the property that they are living in is in foreclosure. Since tenants are only legally responsible for paying the monthly rent to their landlord, receiving a notice that the mortgage company or bank is foreclosing on the property can be a frightening situation. 

  • 08.23.12

    If you owe a debt to someone else and they cancel or forgive the debt, the cancelled amount may be taxable. Under the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007, tax payers may exclude income with a discharge of debt on their principal residence. Debt reduced through mortgage restructuring, as well as mortgage debt forgiveness in connection with a foreclosure, qualifies the relief through the end of 2012. Up to $2,000,000.00 of forgiven debt is eligible for this exclusion ($1,000,000.00 if married, filed separately).

  • 07.08.12

    Every September, the York County Tax Assessment Office conducts a “Tax Upset Sale.” For those property owners who do not pay their real estate taxes in a timely fashion, the County may sell the real estate on which the taxes are owed for an amount equal to the delinquent taxes. If the real estate taxes are not paid for the year two years prior to the sale date, the property will be sold at the tax sale, subject to any mortgages or other liens and encumbrances. This year, the real estate tax sale is September 20, 2012 in York County.

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Videos

  • 03.15.12

    Tom O'Shea interviews Brent Diefenderfer about bankruptcy law. Interview conducted on Thursday March 15, 2012.

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