Upper Darby, 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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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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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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Daniel Joseph Donohue
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Upper Darby, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(610) 853-2115 Donohue & Donohue, P.C.
8513 West Chester Pike
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Estate Planning, Criminal and Elder
Robert John Donohue Jr.
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Upper Darby, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 20 years experience
(610) 853-2115 Donohue & Donohue, PC
8513 West Chester Pike
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Estate Planning, Business and Elder
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Rebecca Sallen
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Merion Station, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(215) 809-3900 325 Merion Rd.
Merion Station, PA 19066
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Saint Louis University
Rebecca Sallen is a Montgomery County estate planning lawyer and the founder of Sallen Law. Ms. Sallen is a magna cum laude graduate of Emory University, where she was on the Dean’s List and Honor Roll. She later obtained a law degree Saint Louis University, where she received extensive training in estate planning, administration, and probate. She has published papers and given presentations on various legal matters pertaining to family finances, individual rights, and the connection between family relationships and economics.
Ms. Sallen has also spent several years working as a political consultant, lending her services to local, congressional, state, and...
Debra Speyer
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Bala Cynwyd, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 33 years experience
(610) 949-9555 Suite 300
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Estate Planning, Elder, Securities and Stockbroker Fraud
Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
Has the thought of putting together an estate plan, trust , will, living will or power of attorney drain you? Do you need a guardianship for a loved one and don't know where to turn? Is the estate you need to administer or are about to probate making your life hectic? Has your family put you in charge of sorting a difficult family situation and you don't know where to turn or even the questions to ask? Do you need a plan for the future for yourself or a loved one that you have been putting off until now? Have you lost money due...
Stephen M. Asbel
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Philadelphia, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 29 years experience
(215) 495-6500 2929 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Villanova University
Karim Patrick Husain
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Radnor, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(610) 308-9747 150 N Radnor Chester Rd
#F-200
Radnor, PA 19087
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...
Lori A. Frio-Walker
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Radnor, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(215) 774-1149 150 North Radnor Chester Road
"not mailing address"
Radnor, PA 19087
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....
Arlene Glenn Simolike
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Philadelphia, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 43 years experience
(215) 335-9986 9223
Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Probate
Temple University
Joel S. Luber
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Philadelphia, PA Estate Planning Attorney
(215) 495-6519 Cira Centre, 13th Floor
2929 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
University of Pittsburgh - Bradford
Dahlia Robinson-Ocken
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Narberth, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(267) 225-3529 822 Montgomery Avenue
Suite 204
Narberth, PA 19072
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Probate
St. John's University School of Law
Dahlia is the principal and sole owner of The Robinson Law Firm. She is dedicated to a client-first philosophy, and makes it a priority to fully understand her clients needs, goals, dreams, and concerns. She then works with her clients to develop a superior plan.
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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Alison Altman Gross
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Philadelphia, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(215) 435-8524 2526 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Estate Planning
George Washington Univ LS
Kenneth West
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Drexel Hill, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 30 years experience
(610) 446-9000 830 Lansdowne Ave
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Villanova University School of Law
KENNETH EDWARD WEST, born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1963; admitted to bar, 1988, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court District of New Jersey. Education: The Pennsylvania State University (Bachelor of Science - Finance, 1985); Villanova University School of Law (Juris Doctorate, 1988). Licensed, 1995 as a Real Estate Salesperson, Pennsylvania. Member, Delaware County Bar Association, 1988 - Present. Member, Delaware County Bar Association Pro Bono Advisory Committee, 1994 - Present. Member, Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, 1993 - Present. Member, Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association....
Christopher K Barber
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Havertown, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 28 years experience
(610) 853-9090 2 Brookline Boulevard
Suite 2
Havertown, PA 19083
Estate Planning, DUI, Divorce and Elder
Joseph A. Walheim
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Havertown, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 57 years experience
(610) 853-0579 Suite Two
40 West Eagle Road
Havertown, PA 19083
Estate Planning, Elder and Tax
Robert P. Gasparro
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Haverford, PA Estate Planning Attorney
410 Lancaster Ave
Lifespan Legal Services, LLC
Haverford, PA 19041
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Sean Andrew Murphy
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Lansdowne, PA Estate Planning Lawyer
(610) 394-3000 340 North Lansdowne Avenue
Lansdowne, PA 19050
Estate Planning
Carrie A. Ward
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Philadelphia, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(856) 471-1004 1221 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Estate Planning, Business, Communications and Entertainment & Sports
Rutgers School of Law-Camden
Carrie Ward has twenty years’ experience in business law with a particular focus on entertainment, communications and media law clients. Carrie’s clients range from media group owners, small broadcasters and podcasters, actors, filmmakers, musicians and start-up entrepreneurs. Ms. Ward also serves as outside general counsel to corporate clients. In addition to her private practice experience, Carrie worked in the legal departments of ABC, Inc. and Entercom Communications Corp. These experiences provide her a unique ability to analyze a client’s legal matter to create the most practical and economical solutions.



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Steven J. Fromm
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Philadelphia, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 42 years experience
(215) 735-2336 1420 Walnut Street
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
New York University School of Law and The John Marshall Law School
Steven J. Fromm has been admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania since 1977. In addition to his law degree, he holds a doctorate of law degree, an LL.M. in taxation, from the NYU Graduate Division School of Law received in 1977. He became a C.P.A. in 1981 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. From 1977 to 1981, he served as legal tax counsel for tax departments in Big 8 and regional accounting firms. Since 1983, he has been admitted to practice tax law before the U.S. Tax Court. Since 1981, he has practiced...
Michael Maroto
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Media, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(610) 579-3986 200 West Front Street
Media, PA 19063
Estate Planning, Business, Family and Probate
Widener University Delaware School of Law and Widener University Delaware School of Law
Like many of the Firm’s attorneys, Mr. Maroto brings a multi-faceted approach to his cases and draws upon a solid understanding of legal, financial and tax issues germane in today’s complex litigation matters. Throughout his entire career, he has specialized in business and financial issues and how those issues relate to a client’s pending legal action. Because of his unique back-ground, Mr. Maroto is involved in many of the Firm’s complex litigation and business matters.

Mr. Maroto primarily concentrates his attention on the Firm’s growing business and estate law areas of practice and caters to those clients whose cases present problems...
Henry J. Donner
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Philadelphia, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 50 years experience
(215) 525-5850 123 S Broad St
#1670
Philadelphia, PA 19109
Estate Planning, Business, Construction and Real Estate
Villanova University School of Law
Henry J. Donner concentrates his practice in construction law. He has decades of experience counseling and representing those in the construction industry: real estate developers, condominium associations, contractors, subcontractors, architects/engineers, and construction contractor associations. Henry also applies extensive industry knowledge to the management and efficient resolution of virtually any problem that might arise in the course of construction from start to finish. He also skillfully negotiates multi-party disputes over cost estimates, design errors, defective installation and contract details. Contractors and their associations rely on Henry to represent their trustees on retirement, health, training and vacation plans. Henry’s professional network puts...
Chari Alson Maddren
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Media, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience
(610) 566-4700 206 State Road
Media, PA 19063
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Gregory Spadea
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Ridley Park, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(610) 521-0604 204 E Chester Pike
Suite 3
Ridley Park, PA 19078
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Probate and Tax
Widener University
Mr. Gregory J. Spadea is a former IRS Agent and Pennsylvania Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Spadea has over 25 years of tax and estate planning experience. Mr. Spadea graduated from Widener University School of Law in May 1999. Mr. Spadea started the Law Firm Spadea & Associates, LLC in June 2001 and has offices in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, and Westmont, New Jersey. Mr. Spadea is also a Pennsylvania Notary Public. Spadea & Associates, LLC focuses on estate and tax planning, estate administration. Mr. Spadea probates estates and drafts wills, trusts, powers of attorney and health care directives. The...
Jordan Kelleher Reilly
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Media, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(610) 400-1968 210 West Front Street
First Floor
Media, PA 19063
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
In my 19 years of practice I've learned what is most important; to fight for my clients with passion, to listen to them with compassion, and to maintain the highest standards of ethical responsibility.
Mr Peter Edward Bort
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Media, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 34 years experience
(484) 440-2002 20 West Front Street
Media, PA 19063
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Georgetown University Law Center
Bort Law exclusively utilizes a collaborative approach to divorce, child custody, support arrangements, prenuptial agreements, and many other family law matters. The goal of collaborative law is to solve problems together, restructure effective relationships for the future, and prevent unnecessary court battles. During face-to-face meetings, the parties and their collaborative team create a dialogue to produce an honest exchange of information and an expression of needs and expectations. Issues are openly discussed, and problem solving is direct and solution-oriented. The parties remain in control of the decisions that are made, rather than leaving the outcome up to a judge.

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Peter Klenk
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Philadelphia, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 29 years experience
(215) 790-1095 1701 Walnut Street
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
New York University School of Law and University of Minnesota Law School
Peter Klenk is the principal of a boutique law firm concentrating its practice in probate, estate planning, will challenges and estate related litigation. Peter and staff work with clients to craft estate plans that fit the given circumstances. These plans range from wills, powers of attorney and living wills to detailed trusts and complex plans that reduce or avoid inheritance and estate taxes or create trusts to protect special needs persons. Focusing exclusively on estate planning and probate has given our lawyers the experience and knowledge to represent fiduciaries such as personal representatives, executors, agents and trustees.
Maureen Callahan Repetto
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Media, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 29 years experience
(610) 565-3008 212 W Front Street
Media, PA 19063
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Family
Widener University
Rachael L. Kemmey
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Media, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 6 years experience
(610) 565-3700 300 West State Street Suite 300
Media, PA 19063
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Rachael is an associate in the Trusts and Estates Department of Eckell Sparks in Media, PA. Prior to joining the firm, Rachael served as Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable John P. Capuzzi, Sr., in the Criminal Division of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas.

Rachael received her J.D. from Widener University School of Law, graduating cum laude and with pro bono distinction. While at Widener, she served on the Moot Court Honor Society Executive Board and competed in both national and regional competitions. In addition, Rachael served as Vice-President of the Public Interest Law Alliance. Rachael received the Howard...
Gerald Williams
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Philadelphia, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 37 years experience
(215) 557-0099 1515 Market Street Suite 1300
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Estate Planning, Civil Rights, Environmental and Tax
Temple University Beasley School of Law
As one of the partners and co-founders of Williams Cedar, Gerald Williams concentrates on environmental toxic tort cases, whistleblower claims, and civil rights violations, as well as complex personal injury cases. His impressive legal career spans thirty-five years during which time he has practiced law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where he earned some of the highest honors in the legal community. After graduating from Temple University School of Law in 1982, he was an associate at a Philadelphia law firm before starting his own practice in 1983. He has received the “AV Preeminent” rating, the highest rating given, from...
Jennifer L. Zegel
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Philadelphia, PA Estate Planning Lawyer
(267) 443-4126 Three Logan Square
1717 Arch Street, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Estate Planning, Employment, Probate and Real Estate
Rutgers University - Camden
Joseph E. Lastowka Jr.
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Media, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 53 years experience
(610) 565-3700 300 West State Street Suite 300
Media, PA 19063
Estate Planning and Elder
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Joe Lastowka is a lifelong Delaware County resident who earned his Juris Doctor degree from The Law School of the University of Pennsylvania after graduating from Yale University with a B. A. in Economics & Mathematics.

During his years of practice, Joe has prepared Wills or Trust documentation for more than 6,500 individuals and has served as legal counsel for the settlement of more than 1,300 estates or trusts. He was featured nationally for the first court decision forcing the IRS to pay a taxpayer’s legal fees.

Joe is an elected fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and...
John Kenneth Harris
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Philadelphia, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 43 years experience
(215) 561-1700 30 S. 17th Street
19th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Insurance Claims
New York University School of Law and Villanova University School of Law
If you are about to embark on the estate planning process, the first thing you should do is to seek out the help and support of a Haddon Heights estate planning lawyer. When you come to Harris Law Office, you can have confidence in the help you can receive because Attorney Harris is dedicated to providing you with the help you need at this time. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Virginia, before going on to earn his Juris Doctorate from Villanova University. He has been admitted to the Camden County Bar Association, the New Jersey State...
Cyrus Shaw
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Philadelphia, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 years experience
(215) 987-0200 1420 Locust St
#420a
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Personal Injury and Probate
Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and Widener University
As the founder of Shaw Law, Cyrus Shaw believes there is only one thing that the firm should be focused on – getting the best possible results for clients. This starts from the initial client interview, where a rapport and trust needs to be established. It is common for new client intake to be limited to one a day, so as much time as needed can be spent with the new client. Each client is a person, not a file. Each client has their own story. A law firm where clients become like family is what he strives for. This...
Howard Pressman
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Milmont Park , PA Estate Planning Attorney with 34 years experience
(610) 532-4222 712 West MacDade Boulevard
Milmont Park , PA 19033
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Howard C. Pressman is a principal of the firm and has concentrated his practice in the area of Civil Litigation for over 25 years representing both individuals and companies as both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of matters. Mr. Pressman’s areas of practice also include Wills and Estates and Creditor’s Rights. Mr. Pressman is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He graduated from Widener University with a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude 1981) and Temple University School of Law (J.D., 1984)....
Mark G. Wendaur IV
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Philadelphia, PA Estate Planning Lawyer
(717) 461-3349 1500 Walnut Street
8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Estate Planning, Elder, Energy and Probate
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Attorney Mark Wendaur is the Owner of Wendaur Law, LLC. His firm provides clients with wills, trusts, and estate plans. It also represents clients in matters involving real estate, energy-oil & gas, and business. He also handles litigation for clients involved in contract disputes, property disputes, and many other areas of law.
Christopher M. Brown
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Media, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(610) 565-3700 300 West State Street Suite 300
Media, PA 19063
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Christopher M. Brown is a lifelong resident of the Philadelphia Area, having been born in Westbrook Park (Clifton Heights) and raised in Glen Mills. He graduated from Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware in 2004. In 2008, Chris earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from West Chester University.

While attending law school, Chris spent a summer working as an intern for the Office of the District Attorney of Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Chris then worked as a law clerk for a private Media law firm while earning his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law. Upon his graduation in...
Fabio Sciarrino
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Philadelphia, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(267) 615-8090 1500 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Estate Planning, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Products Liability
Fabio A. Sciarrino, Esq., is the founding member and lead trial counsel for The Law Office of Fabio A. Sciarrino, LLC. During his professional legal career, Mr. Sciarrino has successfully represented individuals and small businesses in a variety of civil matters, including pre-suit, litigation and trial. Mr. Sciarrino's breadth of experience spans from inception of a claim (including risk aversion) or lawsuit through the conclusion, whether by settlement or jury verdict. Since opening the doors to The Law Office of Fabio A. Sciarrino, LLC in 2012, Mr. Sciarrino and his law firm have focused predominantly on matters...
Renata T. Pabisz
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Philadelphia, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(215) 809-3882 2538 East Allegheny Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134
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.
Edmund L. Harvey Jr.
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Philadelphia, PA Estate Planning Attorney with 45 years experience
(215) 567-2030 Teeters Harvey Marrone & Kaier LLP
1835 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2968
Estate Planning and Probate
University of Pennsylvania
Marc Howard Jaffe
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VILLANOVA, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 45 years experience
(610) 527-9100 789 E. Lancaster Ave.
Suite 220
VILLANOVA, PA 19085
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Villanova University School of Law and Villanova University School of Law
Estate Planning & Real Estate Attorney in Philadelphia's Western Suburbs -- AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Ronald David Ashby
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Media, PA Estate Planning Lawyer with 42 years experience
(610) 565-2200 210 W Baltimore Avenue
Media, PA 19063
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Civil Rights and Elder
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
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Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


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