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William J. Benz

also known as Benz Law Firm

About me

      Began practicing with a general practice law firm in 1980 in Philadelphia. A seasoned attorney named David Karabel gave me great advice back then: to write as many wills as I could. For the past 30 years I have followed that advice. Have written over 2,000 wills, and counting.

     In 2006 I became a Magisterial District Judge, a position that I continue to hold. My current term of office expires in 2018. Under court rules we are able to practice law woth certain limitations as to practice area.

     Over the years I litigated hundreds of cases in civil court, represented dozens of businesses, performed hundreds of real estate and business transactions, represented Nextel, and land developers in zoning and land development matters, represented Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. Represented Kimco Corporation in commercial evictions. So I've had a very extensive experience as an attorney and made the most of my education and abilities.

     But I have to admit that the biggest thrill that I get from the practice of law is helping  people plan their estates and helping families  wind up their loved ones' estates. I love meeting and getting to know new people. I find their stories and their circumstances compelling. I am truly, deeply motivated to help people to improve their circumstances. That is why I went to law school: to use my skills and knowledge to improve the lives of others. I am at your service.





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Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 25%
    34 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Probate: 25%
    1 year, 200 cases
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
    34 years, 2 thousand cases
  4. Wills & Living Wills: 25%
    34 years, 2 thousand cases



Hourly ($175-350/hour), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

307 Lakeside Drive
Southampton, PA, 18966-4050


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Citation for Community ServicePA House of Representatives2012
William J. Whelan Service AwardLaSalle College High School Alumni Board2012
Man of the Year 2002Feasterville Business Association2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyBenz Law Firm1987 - Present
AttorneyLipsky and Brandt, P.C.1981 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Inns of CourtMaster2012 - Present
Miracle League of NorthamptonBoard of Directors2009 - Present
Northampton Business and Professional AssociationMember2006 - Present
Bucks County Special Judges AssociationMember2006 - Present
Special Court Judges Association of PennsylvaniaMember2006 - Present
Northampton Township Board of SupervisorsFormer Chairman1993 - 1999
Northampton Township Zoning Hearing BoardPast Chairman1990 - 1993
Feasterville Business AssociationLifetime Member1986 - Present
LaSalle College High SchoolAlumni Board of Directors1986 - Present
Bucks County Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
LeFevre v Harrison Bakery$370,000 jury verdict for Plaintiff
Motor Vehicle Accident Personal InjurySettled one day prior to trial: 1,100,000.
Estate LitigationSettlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts (CLE)Planning Methods to Control Medical Treatment2014
Practicing Municipal Law in the Magisterial District Court (CLE)Municipal Law in the Magisterial District Court2013
Bucks County American Inns of Court (CLE)Spousal Privilege in Pennsylvania2013
Bucks County Bar Association Seminar (CLE)Practice Before the Magisterial District Court2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Drafting Effective Wills and TrustsAdvance Healthcare Directives2014
Bucks County Paralegal AssociationPowers of Attorney2014
Bucks County Bench-Bar ConferenceMunicipal Law in Magisterial District Court2013
Bucks County Bar Association, CLE CommitteeHandling Cases Before Magisterial District Judge2013
Bucks County American Inn of CourtSpousal Privilege in Criminal Casese In PA2013
Bucks County American Inn of CourtEthics for Attorneys2012
Legal Ethics SeminarEthics for the Solo Practitioner2005