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Ricki Goodstein

Ricki Goodstein

Practice areas:

Elder Law, Trusts, Probate, Wills & Living Wills

About Me

 


Goodstein Law Associates is a firm focusing on estate planning, probate, trust administration and elder law issues. Based in King of Prussia, PA, our mission is to provide residents of King of Prussia and surrounding areas with quality estate planning resources, such as assistance with Living Trusts, Wills (simple & complex), Probate, Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Irrevocable Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, and Charitable Giving. When you visit or call our office, we want you to feel comfortable discussing such an important issue concerning both you and your family. We want to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your family's future. Visit our online Estate Planning Information Center to obtain timely, quality information on estate planning and related issues, including complimentary issues of our Special Reports and Estate Planning News articles. Residents of King of Prussia and surrounding areas can register to attend our Estate Planning Seminars.


 


We represent clients throughout eastern Pennsylvania, including the Philadelphia Main Line (Merion, Narberth, Gladwyne, Wynnewood, Ardmore, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, Villanova, St. David’s, Radnor, Wayne, Strafford, Devon, Berwyn, and Paoli) and the communities of Newtown Square, Malvern, Valley Forge, Phoenixville, Reading, Doylestown, West Chester, Media, Lancaster, Allentown, Stroudsburg, Norristown, and Easton.


 


  


About Ricki Goodstein
As the Founder and Principal of the Montgomery County law firm of Goodstein Law Associates, with offices in both King of Prussia of Montgomery County and Chester County, Ricki has developed a practice committed to providing clients with the best in Estate Planning.


 


Ricki is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. The Academy is an exclusive membership organization for estate planning attorneys. Goodstein Law Associates is proud to be the sole member firm in Chester County, one of only two member firms serving Montgomery County and one of three members in all of Pennsylvania.


Experience
Ricki Goodstein was recently named by Main Line Today magazine as among the Best Lawyers .  Ricki is one of the few attorneys to have been recognized in two separate categories: Trusts & Estates and the area of Elder Law.

Ricki is also a regular guest on  The Tax Reduction Network with David Warrick, C.F.P. - Saturday Mornings 8 to 9 on NewsTalk Radio 1180 WFYL.


As a widely noted speaker and seminar leader on topics ranging from Estate Planning to Asset Protection for families, couples, business owners and individuals Ricki enjoys delivering educational opportunities to the community. As both Associate and Assistant Professor, she has taught at Temple University, Cabrini College and The Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training. Ricki has published several articles and is currently co-authoring a new book on Estate Planning.


Ricki is a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Montgomery County Bar Association, and Philadelphia Bar Associations. She has been practicing law since 1992.


Education
Having attended Sarah Lawrence College and Boston University Ricki graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1980.


She obtained her law degree from Widener University School of Law in 1992.  She was active in the Widener Tax Clinic practicing before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She was also an editor for the Widener Law Forum.


Ricki Goodstein graduated with her Juris Doctor degree and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1992.


Community Involvement
Ricki serves on the Board of Directors of the Charles F. Sawyer, Jr. and Mary Esther Sawyer Foundation. The Foundation works to fund worthy organizations providing charitable and religious services to the local community. Educational scholarships are awarded to qualifying students unable to fund their own education. The Foundation also raises and contributes funds for medical and scientific purposes.


As an Alumni of Widener University School of Law, Ricki serves as Moot Court Judge for the Law School Moot Court competitions.


Personal
Ricki Goodstein approaches each challenge with not just solid expertise, but also remarkable caring and enthusiasm. She continually makes a real difference in the lives of families and organizations. Because Estate Planning is often a delicate process, Ricki’s goal is to ensure that each one of her clients finds security in the knowledge that their Estate Planning needs are addressed competently, thoroughly and with sensitivity.


Ricki is the proud parent of Maya Eve, an avid student and lover of musical theater. Together, they regularly attend concerts, shows and dance performances.


About the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys


The Academy is a national organization dedicated to promoting excellence in estate planning by providing its exclusive membership of attorneys with up-to-date research on estate and tax planning, educational materials, and other important resources to empower them to provide superior estate planning services. The Academy expects members to have at least 36 hours of legal education each year specifically in estate, tax, probate and/or elder law subjects. To ensure this goal is met, the Academy provides over 40 hours of continuing legal education each year. For over 16 years, the Academy has also been a highly-regarded and sought-after resource for attorneys and consumers alike, and has been recognized by Consumer Reports, Suze Orman in her book, 9 Steps to Financial Freedom and numerous times by Money Magazine.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Trusts: 35%
    18 years
  2. Elder Law: 35%
    11 years
  3. Probate: 20%
    18 years
  4. Wills & Living Wills: 10%
    18 years

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Check

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Michelle P. Biddinger

    I endorse this lawyer. They are an expert in the field of estate planning.

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    Michelle Biddinger Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • David Emmanuel Rosen

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    David Rosen Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Goodstein Law Associates

630 Freedom Business Center Drive
King of Prussia, PA, 19406

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
PAActive199205/31/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
The Main Line Areas Best Attorneys: Trusts & Estates, Elder LawMain Line Today Magazine - Top Lawyers of 20112011
Moot Court JudgeWidener University School of Law2005

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founding PartnerGoodstein Law Associates2001 - Present
Associate AttorneyPhiladelphia Labor Law Arbitration1994 - 1998
Staff AttorneyPhiladelphia Stock Exchange1992 - 1994

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysMember Firm2010 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Elder Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Charles F. Sawyer, Jr. and Mary Esther Sawyer FoundationBoard of Directors2009 - Present
Philadelphia Bar Association, Tax Law SectionMember2008 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Publication scheduled for August 2012Estate Planning Basics, A Crash Course in Safeguarding Your Legacy2012

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawConcentration in Contracts and TaxJuris Doctor1992
The College for Financial PlanningEstate and Financial AdvisingCFP - designation thru 19931987
Boston UniversityEducation/ Minor in EconomicsBachelor of Science1980

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Trust Administration (Estate Settlement)Continuing Education Programs for Financial AdvisorsN/A
Special Needs TrustsContinuing Education Programs for Financial AdvisorsN/A
Senior Survival WorkshopLong-Term CareN/A
Planning with IRAsConinuing Education Program for Financial AdvisorsN/A
Planning with Charitable Remainder TrustsAdvanced Estate PlanningN/A
Estate Planning Myths: Why Most Estate Plans Fail and What to Do About ItLegacy Wealth PlanningN/A
Estate Planning for the Small Business OwnerBasic Estate PlanningN/A
Business Succession PlanningContinuing Education Programs for Financial AdvisorsN/A
Basic to Advanced Estate Planning TechniquesContinuing Education Programs for Financial AdvisorsN/A