Local and Experienced

Respected by peers and trusted by community members since 1971.

Compassionate and Qualified

Serving clients with legal expertise and compassionate advice during difficult times.

Excellent Representation at Affordable Cost

Providing superior service at a rate that is affordable to all.

About Us

Welcome to Hancher Law Office

For nearly fifty years Hancher Law Office has been serving neighbors, community members and businesses in Zelienople and the surrounding counties of Butler, Beaver, Lawrence and Allegheny.  With a broad base of practice, Hancher Law Office is capable of assisting with all of your personal and commercial legal needs.

Our Practice Areas

Estate Planning

Hancher Law Office can assist with all of  your estate planning needs including  preparation of your Last Will and Testament, Trusts of all types, Healthcare Power of Attorney with Advanced Directive/Living Will and Financial Power of Attorney.

Estate Administration

Hancher Law Office is equipped to assist clients through the probate and estate administration process.

Business Law

Hancher Law Office can assist clients with entity formation, drafting and negotiation of contracts and leases, mergers, acquisition and business transactions of all types.  Sarah Hancher also provides general counsel services to a number of company clients.

Oil and Gas

Hancher Law Office can assist in oil and gas lease negotiations, real property issues related to oil and gas and pipeline easement agreements.

Municipal Law

Hancher Law Office has experience representing municipalities, zoning hearing boards and municipal authorities with expertise in the substantive and procedural laws that apply to such entities.

Real Estate

Hancher Law Office represents buyers, sellers and lenders with purchases and sales of residential and commercial properties.  Our attorneys are experienced in landlord-tenant matters, lease preparation, easement agreements and boundary disputes.  Hancher Law can also provide closing services.

Attorney Bios

Sarah G. Hancher

Sarah G. Hancher is a life-long resident of Butler County.  Following her graduation from Butler High School in 2001, Sarah attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania where she graduated summa cum laude.  Sarah obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Duquesne University where she served as an Associate Editor of the law review.  Sarah graduated summa cum laude and was honored to receive the ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award.  Prior to joining Hancher Law Office, Sarah worked for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as an associated in the Corporate Finance division.  Sarah took over the management of Hancher Law Office in 2018 and hopes to continue the practice for many years to come.

Darla J. Hancher

Darla J. Hancher is an associate at Hancher Law Office and the wife of George H. Hancher.  Mrs. Hancher obtained her undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.  Following graduation, Mrs. Hancher worked as an estate and gift tax attorney for the Internal Revenue Service.  She joined Hancher Law Office in 1978 and took over the full-time management of the practice when Mr. Hancher was appointed to the bench in 2008.  In 2018 she turned over the management of the office to her daughter-in-law, Sarah G. Hancher.

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Our Location

Hancher Law Office is based in the small, but growing, town of Zelienople, a suburb just 28 miles north of Pittsburgh.  Located a few blocks from the newly revitalized Main Street at 101 North Green Lane, the office occupies what is known as the Bastian House.

The house was built in 1858 by William McKinley Bastian for $4,100.   Bastian was a machine maker and hotel keeper and business man who sold farming machinery including a “four horse power” model he invented.  Bastian also built Zelienople’s first hotel with a tavern on site of the present Kaufman Tavern.  David Bastian, the youngest of the Bastian children, later lived in the house pursuing his avocation of taxidermy showing his collections in an elaborate natural setting in the “showroom” and welcomed schoolchildren and others at no charge.

The house is owned and beautifully maintained by the office founder, George H. Hancher.  Mr. Hancher purchased the property in 1970 and worked diligently to restore it to its current glory.  The Hancher family hopes to retain this beautiful building for many years to come.


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101 N. Green Ln.
Zelienople, PA 16063


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