Doylestown, Pennsylvania Estate Planning Lawyers

Joel S. Luber
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Dedicated & Experienced Pennsylvania Estate Planning Counsel & Representation!

I have been advocating for the rights and interests of estate planning clients for 35 years. I am dedicated to providing exceptional representation and outcomes! Call for a consultation! Visit my website for results. Read More »
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Megan D. Halter
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Experienced & Successful Estate Planning Counsel! Skilled Legal Representation!

I am a knowledgeable estate planning attorney. I am dedicated to providing legal counsel and representation to families with estate planning needs. Visit my website to see case results or call for a consultation! Read More »
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George J. D'Ambrosio
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Experienced & Skilled Attorney! Counsel & Advocacy for Estate Planning Needs!

I am dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of those with estate planning needs. I am committed to providing skilled and comprehensive representation! Visit my website to see results or call for a consultation. Read More »
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Stephen M. Asbel
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Comprehensive estate planning and probate services. Free consultation. Call now!

I’m an experienced estate planning attorney and serve clients throughout Philadelphia. I provide personalized representation and handle all types of cases, including wills, trusts, living wills, and powers of attorney. Read More »
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Jenny Saltzman
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Doylestown, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(267) 938-4480 44 E Court Street
2nd Floor
Doylestown, PA 18901
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
City University of New York - Queens College
I am an experienced litigator who has practiced law in both the public and private sectors. I am able to effectively represent clients in all aspects of litigation and in particular, navigate the court system and appear before judges. Additionally, I have strong research and writing skills which also enables me to effectively advocate for clients. I am admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Florida.
Michael Joseph Brooks
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Doylestown, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(215) 230-3761 252 Swamp Road
Suite 13
Doylestown, PA 18901
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Energy and Probate
Successful business ventures require perspective, from all vantage points. We offer you a clear view of the surrounding business landscape from the legal vantage point. This outlook provides insight into legal strategies for: business formation, drafting contracts, the hiring process, and protection of intellectual property. That amounts to more than just sound legal counsel; it gives our business clients perspective from the legal vantage point.
Jeffrey Allan Drake
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Doylestown, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 years experience
(215) 348-2088 252 W. Swamp Road
Suite 15
Doylestown, PA 18901
Estate Planning, Family, Municipal and Personal Injury
Capital University Law School
As one of the firm’s two founding attorneys, Jeff Drake practices in the areas of real estate, tax assessment appeals, zoning, municipal law, estate administration, family law, and personal injury law. He also represents non-profit corporations such as churches, Christian schools and mission boards, in addition to handling cases involving the preservation of religious liberties.

Jeff received his law degree in 1980 from Capital University Law School and his undergraduate degree from Gordon College in 1977. He has been an adjunct professor at Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University).
Edvard Lars Wilson
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Doylestown, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(267) 454-7500 107 North Broad St., Ste 303
Doylestown, PA 18901
Estate Planning, Business and Personal Injury
Villanova University School of Law
Mr. Wilson practiced law in Philadelphia for almost 15 years before opening his own firm in the Bucks County seat of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He has litigated hundreds of complex cases, both with and against some of Philadelphia's best lawyers. Edvard started his career defending medical malpractice cases, from which he gained invaluable experience as a litigator, as well as a healthcare lawyer. He later shifted his practice to representing injured individuals and small business. Finding the change in his practice so rewarding, Ed started his own firm with the goal of providing superior legal...
Jonathan J. Russell
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Doylestown, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
(215) 348-2088 252 W. Swamp Road
Suite 15
Doylestown, PA 18901
Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Villanova University School of Law
Attorney Jonathan J. Russell is a shareholder, director and principal member of Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. Since joining the law firm in 1993, Mr. Russell has focused his practice on litigation, with an emphasis on personal injury law.

As a litigator, Jonathan has been an advocate for his clients throughout all phases of the litigation process. He has obtained successful verdicts and awards before judges, juries and arbitration panels. Since joining Drake, Hileman & Davis, P.C. in 1993, Mr. Russell has focused his practice on litigation, with an emphasis on personal injury law. In addition to his achievements as...
Michael Brooks
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Doylestown, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(215) 230-3761 252 West Swamp Road
Suite 13
Doylestown, PA 18901
Estate Planning, Business, Construction and Energy
Ayla O'Brien
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Doylestown, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(215) 495-9860 37 South Clinton Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Doylestown, PA Estate Planning Lawyer
(215) 348-6767 55 E Court St
Doylestown, PA 18901
Estate Planning and Business
Doylestown, PA Estate Planning Lawyer
(215) 345-8811 62 N Church St
Doylestown, PA 18901
Estate Planning and Municipal
Doylestown, PA Estate Planning Attorney
(215) 340-1333 46 E State St
Doylestown, PA 18901
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Karim Patrick Husain
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Pennsylvania Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience

Karim P. Husain concentrates his practice in the areas of Wills, Trusts & Estates, Bankruptcy, Business Consulting & Commercial Litigation and Tax Controversies & Tax Litigation. Formerly a senior associate... Read More »
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Doylestown, PA Estate Planning Attorney
(215) 230-7778 80 N Main St
Doylestown, PA 18901
Estate Planning and Tax
Doylestown, PA Estate Planning Attorney
(215) 345-4848 332 N Main St
Doylestown, PA 18901
Estate Planning
Doylestown, PA Estate Planning Lawyer
(215) 348-7700 87 N Broad St
Doylestown, PA 18901
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
Donald Petrille
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Doylestown, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(215) 345-8888 116 East Court Street
Doylestown, PA 19401
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Villanova University School of Law
Donald Petrille, Jr. primarily represents businesses and their shareholders as they wrestle with complex issues in today’s ever-changing legal environment. Don has helped businesses through all phases of their development, starting with initial organization, through the operational stage, eventually ending with sale, acquisition or dissolution. Addressing corporate governance, contracts, procurement, compliance, human resource issues and creditors’ rights, Don has spent his career helping small-business owners succeed. His client base includes companies in diverse industries such as real estate management, alternative energy, market research, pharmaceutical services, telecommunications, construction and software development.

Don is a member of the firm’s wills, trusts,...
Sarah E. Manning
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Horsham, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 1 year experience
(215) 366-7839 955 Horsham Road
Suite 307
Horsham, PA 19044
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Sarah Manning, an Associate at Bloom Peters, LLC, focuses her practice primarily on transactional work including estate planning & administration, real estate, business law, and entertainment law.

Ms. Manning brings a balance of compassion and understanding to her clients along with her business background to provide well-rounded options and alternatives for important life decisions. She also completed the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training and has a passion for protecting and advocating for children.

Prior to joining Bloom Peters, LLC, Ms. Manning was an attorney for firms in Delaware and Philadelphia focusing on estate planning, estate administration, business and franchise law....
Gregory John Lake
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Jamison, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 44 years experience
(215) 343-4780 2552 Dark Hollow Road
Jamison, PA 18929
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
Cleveland State University
Since 1975, I have rendered confidential, prompt, aggressive and affordable legal services to individuals in a competent and respected manner. LAW office concentrates on the following areas of LAW: Wills. Trusts. Living wills. Guardianships. Powers of attorney (general and medical). Estate planning. Probate. Estate administration. Elder LAW. Federal and Pennsylvania estate and inheritance taxes. Will contests. Prenuptial agreements. Asset collection. Debt distribution. Accountings. Beneficiary distributions and assisting or representing executors, Administrators. Trustees and beneficiaries along with real estate sales or transfers. Services are handled in a cost effective manner based on time, costs, effort and services rendered...
Michelle A Winter
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Colmar, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
(215) 822-5266 190 Bethlehem Pike
Suite 1
Colmar, PA 18915
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, DUI, Divorce and Family
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Michelle A. Winter left a career as a health professional in the early 1990’s to pursue a life-long dream of becoming an attorney. Upon graduating from Temple Law School in 1996, she worked two years as in house counsel with a major medical malpractice insurance firm. In early 1998, she opened her own law practice where she has focused on the needs of families and businesses in her community. Michelle’s practice currently encompasses several areas of law with a focus on Family Law, including adoptions, divorce, custody, support, Power of Attorney, Wills and Living Wills. The office also stays...
Liam J. Duffy
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Colmar, PA Estate Planning Attorney
(215) 822-5266 190 Bethlehem Pike
Suite 1
Colmar, PA 18915
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, DUI, Divorce and Landlord Tenant
Rutgers School of Law-Camden
Liam J. Duffy was born and raised in Hatboro, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster. He attended University of Delaware for his Bachelor’s degree, Saint Joseph’s University for his Master’s degree in Finance, and Rutgers for his law degree, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class and won the best brief award in the Rutgers Moot Court. Prior to being admitted to practice, Liam worked for six years in corporate finance. Despite having a promising and lucrative career in finance, he decided to pursue a career in law.

Liam’s practice areas include...
Suzann Ordile
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New Hope, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(978) 819-4387 PO Box 634
New Hope, PA 18938
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Family
Temple University
Wendy Ashby
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Quakertown, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 26 years experience
314 West Broad St.
Suite 118
Quakertown, PA 18951
Estate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Probate
Rutgers School of Law-Camden
Wendy J. Ashby, Esquire prides herself on the responsiveness she provides to each and every client. Her philosophy of service is to pursue the most efficient resolution of each matter. Ms. Ashby is recognized for the creativity she brings to her legal strategies and negotiations. She is also revered for the aggressiveness in which she will fight for her clients' entitlements.

Ms. Ashby has devotedly pursued the practice of law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 1992 in the areas of Wills/Estates, Elder Law, Mediation, Family Law and Adoptions. Ms Ashby is the owner of the...
Gilbert P. High
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Norristown, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 54 years experience
(610) 275-0700 40 East Airy Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Estate Planning, Administrative, Municipal and Real Estate
Gilbert P. High, Jr. has devoted his career primarily to the practice of Municipal, Real Estate and Land Use Law and Estates & Trusts. He has extensive experience in legislative drafting, subdivision and land development, zoning litigation, public employment issues, local taxation, public contracting, and the law of easements and rights of way. He regularly speaks on issues pertaining to municipal liability, particularly regarding the maintenance of the Urban Forest, a subject on which he has lectured nationally.

Mr. High also practices in the area of estate planning, particularly in the administration of complex estates, will drafting, the creation and...
Aman 'Tip' Barber III
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Harleysville, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience
(610) 462-1452 418 Main St.
Suite 100
Harleysville, PA 19438
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, DUI and Probate
Villanova University School of Law
I offer reasonable rates for all legal matters and a no charge initial consultation. Call today at 610-462-1452 --- I represent personal and corporate clients throughout southestern Pennsylvania in matters involving personal injury; driving under the influence, DUI; driving while ability impaired, DWAI; driving after imbibing, DAI, corporate law; commercial litigation; estate planning and estate administration. Call or email me to arrange a no charge consultation. Evening and weekend hours available. Reasonable rates for all legal matters
John M. Kenney
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Fairless Hills, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(215) 547-3031 308 N Oxford Valley Rd
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Divorce
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Pennsylvania attorney John M. Kenney has been practicing law in southeastern Pennsylvania since 1983. He has extensive experience representing clients across a variety of legal areas including criminal defense, bankruptcy, personal injury and family law.

A native of Bucks County, Mr. Kenney is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania as well as in New Jersey. After first working in a medium-sized general practice law firm in New Jersey, Mr. Kenney returned to Pennsylvania to open his own, client-focused firm. While many law offices focus on only one area of law, the Pennsylvania law firm of John M. Kenney represents clients in...
Stephanie A. Henrick
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Norristown, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(610) 275-0700 40 East Airy Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Estate Planning, Elder and Tax
Villanova University School of Law and Widener University
Stephanie A. Henrick concentrates her practice in Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Tax Law and Social Security Disability.

Stephanie’s customized approach to estate planning provides her clients with personalized attention to address their unique circumstances. Stephanie reviews all elements of her clients’ financial and personal situations with attention to detail, which enables her to plan accordingly so her clients’ wishes are fulfilled.  She works closely with her clients to create a seamless process of passing down their legacies and protecting their heirs.

She earned her Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Taxation and a Certificate in Estate Planning from Villanova University School of Law....
Danielle Agnes Peters
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Horsham, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(215) 366-7839 721 Dresher Road, Suite 1200
Horsham, PA 19044
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, DUI, Divorce and Family
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Danielle Peters, a partner at Bloom Peters, LLC, focuses on civil litigation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with a special focus in family law. Ms. Peters is a skilled litigator who handles difficult legal matters, including high conflict divorce and custody matters which often involve children with special needs. Ms. Peters is also trained in collaborative law for situations where clients want to take a more civilized approach to their legal issues. Ms. Peters is an ardent advocate for her clients.

Ms. Peters remains committed to not only helping clients navigate the court system, but finding creative solutions...
Lori A. Frio-Walker
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Plymouth Meeting, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(215) 774-1149 600 West Germantown Pike
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Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Family
Villanova University
Lori A. Frio-Walker, Esquire, devotes her practice primarily to all aspects of family and matrimonial law matters. Lori gained family law litigation experience in divorce, custody and support matters at Petrelli Law, P.C. Prior to working at Petrelli Law, P.C., Lori worked in the area of collaborative and amicable divorce. Lori received her J.D. degree from Villanova University School of Law and was the Editor-in-Chief of its Women’s Law Forum and Associate Editor of its Journal of Catholic Social Thought. Lori began her professional career as an associate attorney at a large regional firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania....
Michael Drew Raisman
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Langhorne, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(215) 752-6200 174 Middletown Blvd.
Suite 300
Langhorne, PA 19047
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Family, Probate and Real Estate
Syracuse University College of Law
Attorney Michael D. Raisman is a resident of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Raisman received his Juris Doctorate degree from Syracuse University College of Law in 2006. Prior to that, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences along with a minor in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Raisman has practiced law since 2006, spending most of his career in Bucks County. He focuses in the areas of family law, estate administration, and real estate law.
Carl Knapp
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Ambler, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 26 years experience
(215) 268-6333 809 N. Bethlehem Pike
Building F
Ambler, PA 19002
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Attorney Carl M. Knapp is an experienced family law attorney who handles cases involving child support, spousal support, divorce, alimony, property division, pre-nuptial agreements, custody, adoptions, name changes, and protection from abuse (PFA). Attorney Knapp represents clients in the Courts of Montgomery and Bucks County. He has over 25 years of experience helping clients with their family law issues.
He understands the pressures on families today, especially if the parties are separated. He can draw upon his years of experience litigating family law cases to advise clients on the best course of action for their specific situation. Having worked in the...
Karim Patrick Husain
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Plymouth Meeting, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(610) 308-9747 600 W Germantown Pike
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Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Probate and Tax
Villanova University School of Law and University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Karim P. Husain concentrates his practice in the areas of Wills, Trusts & Estates, Bankruptcy, Business Consulting & Commercial Litigation and Tax Controversies & Tax Litigation. Formerly a senior associate with a private law firm and a Big 4 accounting firm, he also served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Charles A. Lord of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania and to the Hon. Robert A. Latrone of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. A long-time resident of the Philadelphia area, Mr. Husain received his Master of Laws in Taxation from the Villanova University School of Law, Juris Doctorate...
Mark Medvesky
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Souderton, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 26 years experience
(215) 660-3170 15 Harbor Place
Souderton, PA 18964
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Immigration and Real Estate
Temple University
My professional approach to people and problems was developed during my time in the Military. I enlisted in the US Air Force out of high school and later earned my commission before retiring in 2008. My goal is to build relationships with my clients whether my time with them last months or years.. I am about more than just performing a legal task and collecting payment. Whether I am providing full-service representation or limited scope services, I work to make the process as smooth as possible, establishing trust and respect with all parties involved. We are a general practice firm...
Maribeth Blessing
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Rockledge, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 27 years experience
(215) 663-9016 310 Huntingdon Pike
Rockledge, PA 19046
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Family
Widener University Delaware School of Law
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Neil Andrew Stein
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Blue Bell, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 36 years experience
(610) 941-2469 910 Harvest Dr
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
Temple University Beasley School of Law and Temple University Beasley School of Law
Co-Founder, Shareholder and Department leader of major suburban-Philadelphia law firm with emphasis on skilled and passionate representation, client responsiveness and productivity, community involvement and dedication to high standards of ethical conduct. I have personally represented individuals and non-profit organizations, government and businesses that range in size and complexity from closely held to Fortune 500, in business and real estate transactions, land use entitlements, environmental and regulatory approvals and litigation.

Adjunct Professor of Law, Real Estate Transactions, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Education

LLM, Taxation, Temple University School of Law, 1986

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Jeremy A. Wechsler
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Willow Grove, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 years experience
(215) 706-0200 2300 Computer Rd. Suite H-42A
Willow Grove, PA 19090
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
New York Law School
Experienced attorney focusing on estate planning, estate administration, asset protection and elder planning in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. Your legacy is our business. Member of WealthCounsel, the premier national organization for estate planning attorneys.
Adam T Katzman
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Creamery, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(610) 409-2909 1117 Bridge Road, Suite A
PO Box 268
Creamery, PA 19430
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Criminal and Probate
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Harry Metka
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Bensalem, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(267) 568-2965 4802 Neshaminy Blvd, Ste 9
Bensalem, PA 19020
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
Drexel University
Christopher Mahoney
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Newtown, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(215) 968-4700 2 N. State Street
P.O. Box 70
Newtown, PA 18940
Estate Planning, Business, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Seton Hall University School of Law
Renata T. Pabisz
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Bensalem, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(215) 809-3882 2410 Bristol Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
Estate Planning, Elder, Immigration and Probate
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Renata T. Pabisz is a graduate of the University of Marie Curie-Sklodowska School of Law, Rzeszow, Poland (Master of Laws 1999) and the Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE (J.D. 2011). While in law school, Ms. Pabisz served as a judicial extern in the Court of Common Pleas Orphans' Court Division in Philadelphia, PA. She has been employed by Dorian, Goldstein, Wisniewski, Orchinik, P.C. since 2008.
James Metka
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Bensalem, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 39 years experience
(267) 568-2965 4802 Neshaminy Boulevard
Suite 9
Bensalem, PA 19020
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Michael Allan Lashner
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Newtown, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 32 years experience
(215) 504-0523 12 Terry Drive
Suite 105
Newtown, PA 18940
Estate Planning, Family, Probate and Real Estate
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Daniel I Ward
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Bensalem, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 33 years experience
Glenview Corporate Center
3220 Tillman Drive Ste 201
Bensalem, PA 19020-2032
Estate Planning
Rutgers School of Law-Newark
The Law Offices of Daniel I. Ward is a boutique law practice that provides specific, sophisticated legal services, in a friendly and relaxed environment. Our focus is on integrated tax, estate and planning for high net worth clients, and an estate administration practice that properly carries out those planning objectives. We address the issues that arise both during life and after death. Clients receive personalized service that caters to their individual needs and concerns. Our firm obtains results that are consisitant with our clients objectives.
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