► John B. Whalen, Jr., J.D., LL.M. is an ●● AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent 5.0 (... more
► John B. Whalen, Jr., J.D., LL.M. is an ●● AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent 5.0 (Attorney and Counselor at Law); is ●● listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; and ●● is Avvo Rated 10.0 Superb (obtaining over 30 client reviews and peer endorsements). ► Mr. Whalen is a Past President of the Delaware County Estate Planning Council, a recipient of the Legum Magister Post-Doctora... view profile
I have been practicing law with a concentration in Family Law and Wills and Estates... more
I have been practicing law with a concentration in Family Law and Wills and Estates in southeastern Pennsylvania for the past 28 years. In addition to my private practice I am also currently the part time custody conciliator of Montgomery County. I am passionate about working with families and individuals transitioning through life changing events whether it be birth or death, new marriages, s... view profile
Although focusing on Elder Law, Estate Planning and Probate, my firm maintains... more
Although focusing on Elder Law, Estate Planning and Probate, my firm maintains relationships with other law firms to meet our clients' legal needs. Our main office is located in suburban Philadelphia. We have a small satellite office in Center City Philadelphia. If necessary, we make house calls, visits to nursing homes and hospitals. Using conference calls and/or private webinars, we host fami... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.