Elder Law

Elder Law is the general term for legal work associated with planning for the future, to save your hard-earned assets, to provide for future Medicaid and Public Assistance benefits for nursing home care in later years, and to financially provide for your surviving family so they are not left destitute by the high costs of nursing home care.  The topics will include the preparation of a Last Will and Testament, a Power of Attorney, possible Deed transfers of property to protect it for surviving family, and “Living Wills”. 

Attorney Tim Ayres has been designated as a SuperLawyer® in the field of “Elder Law”, which is a special designation given to only 5% of Pennsylvania Lawyers.


A guardian is one who has been appointed by the Court to act on behalf of an incapacitated person; and who has been given the power by the Court to make decisions concerning all aspects of the incapacitated person's life, including financial and health matters. Our attorneys are experienced in handling all matters of guardianships through the Orphans' Court.


Family Law

Attorney Tonilyn Chippie Kargo is well-prepared to deal with your questions regarding separation and divorce, equitable distribution of property, claims for spousal support and alimony, and child custody.  Competent legal representatives in these matters will help to make this difficult time less intimidating, by providing you with the knowledge and information you need to make informed, intelligent decisions.

Estate Administration

Estate Administration is the process of opening a decedent's estate, administering those assets through the court system, and transferring ownership of the assets to the named beneficiaries under the decedent's Last Will and Testament or under the intestate laws of our Commonwealth.  Our attorneys are experienced in handling all types and values of estates and we pride ourselves in our efficiency, promptness, and reasonable fees for handling all of our clients' estate needs.

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Estate Planning

Estate planning is simply the process of passing assets from one generation to the next with the least amount of taxes and administration permissible under the law.  Our attorneys are prepared to handle your simple or complex estate plans to maximize the passing of assets between generations. We are prepared to advise you on, Last Wills and Testaments, Living Trusts, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, and other more complex trust plans, Powers of Attorney and "Living Wills".  We have handled clients who have had simple estate plans, as well as clients who have amassed a great fortune to pass on to their loved ones or charitable beneficiaries.

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With a qualified and professional support staff of 3 attorneys and many legal assistants, The Law Firm of Timothy M. Ayres completes legal cases in a prompt manner to the satisfaction of the client, who is kept fully informed of the status of the case throughout the process. The reasonable fees charged by our firm are discussed and approved by both client and attorney prior to any work being performed by the attorney on the client's case.

Social Security Disability

Our firm has successfully represented hundreds of claimants in disability and Supplemental Security Income "SSI" claims for over 30 years, and work with clients in the process from start to finish. There is never a fee for legal services unless you win your claim and are awarded cash benefits.


Our firm handles all types of adoptions, from the commencement of the process through the final adoption proceeding, for step-parents, the registration of foreign adoptions, or an adoption by private and unrelated parties.

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The firm handles a wide range of business organizations including the formation of limited liability companies, business corporations and partnerships and not-for-profit organizations.

The Law Firm of Timothy M. Ayres is one of Johnstown's leading and most respected law firms, with roots in the legal community dating to the 1800's. The Ayres' forefathers have been community leaders for over a century, including the City of Johnstown's first mayor, W. Horace Rose, and John M. Rose, 6-term U.S. Congressman. The firm’s history included John M. R. Ayres, his son, Timothy Marshall Ayres, and Linda Rovder Fleming, who joined the firm in 1992 and now serves as a Judge in Cambria County Court of Common Pleas.

Real Estate Law

Our firm handles real estate transactions for private real estate transfers among family, or the conveyance of property in a seller's transaction.  Our attorneys are experienced and trained in all aspects of real estate law.