The long-term relationship between Stock and Leader Attorneys at Law and PeoplesBank ensures not only the success of the law firm but of those it serves.
At the heart of it, Steve Hovis believes his job is to help people. Whether he’s working with municipalities or employers, the 31-year veteran with Stock and Leader Attorneys at Law is there for anyone seeking counsel.
“People come to Stock & Leader because they need help with their problems,” says Hovis, Managing Partner for Stock and Leader. “If they’re buying a home, leasing a property, or working through the day-to-day operations of a business, they come to us to ensure they are getting the job done right.”
That spirit of helping others became ever more apparent during the pandemic. The firm worked to transition nearly 70 employees to a work-from-home system and was the first in York County to remotely probate a will.
“We had to come up with creative ways to solve problems for our clients,” says Neil Slenker, Chair of Stock and Leader’s Business Group. “The pandemic forced many businesses to be innovative. It is important to continue looking for those creative opportunities even when the need isn’t pushed upon us.”
Continuing that unwavering service for clients meant Stock and Leader had to call on its own support system at the start of the pandemic when things seemed uncertain. PeoplesBank, who first helped the firm secure funding for its growth into the Susquehanna Commerce Center, also helped with PPP funding for Stock and Leader.
It’s a relationship that goes beyond business for Slenker, a native of Glen Rock in southern York County, who remembers opening his first savings account as a child at PeoplesBank.
“It’s those kinds of relationships that ensure not only the success of our business but of those we serve,” Slenker says. “It keeps a community thriving. And that’s what we all need to see going forward.”
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