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I am a sole proprietor and pride myself on paying ALOT of attention to client situations and circumstances. I prepare the legal instruments (wills, trusts and powers of attorney) and can prepare appropriate tax returns (federal and state) to report income, estates, gifts and inheritances. If necessary, I will also defend the returns before federal and state authorities, although we have not had much compliance activity. Indeed, we have not had an inheritance tax return audited since 1987.



Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 30%
    30 years
  2. Wills: 20%
    36 years
  3. Tax: 20%
    32 years
  4. Trusts: 15%
    30 years
  5. Probate: 15%
    30 years



Hourly ($420/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Thomas A. Bell

    I endorse this lawyer. He is excellent!


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Contact info

1077 Kipling Rd
Rydal, PA, 190463339


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminant Peer Review Rating - Highest Possible RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Director, Tax and Estate Planning ServicesGuggenheim Partners, LLC2005 - 2008
Director, Business and Estate PlanningAXA Advisors (Karr Barth Associates)2001 - 2004
Director of Estate and Business PlanningNorthwestern Mutual Financial Network1998 - 2001
Associate Gen'l Counsel and Director of Tax StaffMid-Atlantic Companies1991 - 1998
Senior Tax CounselSmall Center City Law Firm1985 - 1991
Tax Law SpecialistIRS Chief Counsel's Office1984 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Society of Trust and Estate PractitionersTrust and Estate Practitioner (TEP)2009 - 2013
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionMember1984 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMember1984 - Present
Philadelphia Bar Association, Tax Law SectionMember1984 - Present
Philadelphia Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law SectionMember1984 - Present
Philadelphia Bar Association, Tax SectionN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of Dorothy ColeAccount confirmed by Orphans' Court
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Publication nameTitleDate
BNA Tax Management MemorandumKnight v. Comm'r: The Two Percent Floor and a Fiduciary's Investment Advisory Fees2008
Philadelphia Estate Planning Council NewslettersVarious Articles2006
BNA Estates Gifts and Trusts Journal2nd Circuit Holds Trust's Investment Advisory Fees Subject to 25 Floor2002
BNA Estates, Gifts and Trusts JournalUsing Trusts as Buyers in Shareholders' Agreements2002
Estate Planning magazineUsing Life Insurance to Fund LLC Buy-Sell Agreements2002
The Tax LawyerDrafting Suggestions for Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts2001
RIA Estate Planner's AlertDrafting Suggestions for Code Section 2503(c) Trusts1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawTaxMaster of Laws, Taxation1985
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of PennsylvaniaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2013 Federal Estate & Gift Tax Seminar2013 Federal Gift Tax2013
Continuing Legal EducationEthical Challenges in Estate PLanning2009
11th Annual PA Estate Law InstituteEnabling the Triumph of Hope Over Experience: Tax PLanning For Second Marriages2004
10th Annual Pa Estate Law InstituteTraps and Tradeoffs in Drafting Lifetime Trusts2003
Using Life Insurance Trusts in Estate PlanningDrafting Suggestions for Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts2001