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Mark T. Coulter

Estate planning Attorney at Monroeville, PA

5.0   10 reviews
  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 30 years
    Florida - FL 26 years
    New York - NY 28 years
    West Virginia - WV 29 years
    Indiana - IN 30 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State WV
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Inactive - Suspended No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Suspended No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    25%
    Whether your assets include millions of dollars in securities and business holdings or you own a simple house in the suburbs, income, capital gains and estate taxes, creditor protection, asset transfers and the necessary planning documents are complicated. We focus on your concerns and desires so that we can offer you the best possible options in preparing your estate plan. We understand the intricacies of the law, and make them understandable for our clients.

    30 years

  2. Probate
    25%
    Probate is not difficult to understand, but is usually very difficult to undertake. Since the decedent is not present to sign deeds, write checks or handle final business affairs, the probate court assigns those duties to a personal representative. Probate is typically a long, complicated, bureaucratic and expensive process for families. You concentrate on your family. We'll concentrate on avoiding probate if possible, or handling the probate if necessary. It makes sense to turn the probate proc

    30 years

  3. Trusts
    25%
    At our office, there is no such thing as a typical client or a common set of circumstances. No two clients have ever been exactly the same. Trusts and Wills can serve a variety of needs, and are often enhanced with other powerful legal strategies. The estate planning process always begins with an evaluation of your goals and your family's economic situation and relationships. We will advise you about your options for planning, and work with you devise the most effective strategy.

    20 years

  4. Wills and living wills
    25%
    At our office, there is no such thing as a typical client or a common set of circumstances. No two clients have ever been exactly the same. Trusts and Wills can serve a variety of needs, and are often enhanced with other powerful legal strategies. The estate planning process always begins with an evaluation of your goals and your family's economic situation and relationships. We will advise you about your options for planning, and work with you devise the most effective strategy.

    30 years

About Mark Coulter

 

Mark T. Coulter is an experienced Pittsburgh attorney with an extensive record of success solving his client’s legal issues, with a focus of interest in

Estate Planning and Elder Law issues. During his 17 years as an attorney, he has represented thousands of clients in dozens of states in need of assistance with their legal problems. He currently serves as the Director of the Estate Planning Centers at the Coulter Law Offices, based in Monroeville, PA, and his primary focus is to help families in the greater Pittsburgh area avoid probate, protect their assets, and provide for the security of their loved ones with a well-crafted estate plan. In addition to providing timely and high quality legal services, Mr. Coulter is dedicated to educating local families and conducts seminars for the Pittsburgh community about important estate planning issues and pitfalls to avoid.

 

Experience

 

Mr. Coulter was granted admission to the legal bar of multiple states based upon successfully passing the bar examination administered in each jurisdiction, including Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, and Indiana. Admission by reciprocity was granted in West Virginia. Currently, Mr. Coulter has retained an active status for his Pennsylvania admission having placed his Florida and New York licenses on inactive status, and having resigned from the West Virginia and Indiana bars as he no longer represents clients in those states (IN and WV call that 'suspended' status, however that indicates I suspended my license, not that I was suspended for misconduct). Mr. Coulter was honored to be granted admission to the esteemed Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 2002. He has also been admitted to practice before The United States Courts of Appeals, the last level of appeal before the United States Supreme Court, covering 14 states. His Federal Court practice also included representing clients before the federal District Court Judges in many jurisdictions.

Mr. Coulter was honored to be granted admission to the esteemed Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 2002. He has also been admitted to practice before The United States Courts of Appeals, the last level of appeal before the United States Supreme Court, covering 14 states. His Federal Court practice also included representing clients before the federal District Court Judges in many jurisdictions.

 

Recognition

 

Mr. Coulter was selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list in 2021. Mr. Coulter is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. Mr. Coulter was granted Life Membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, based upon his substantial achievements on behalf of his clients. The courts have recognized his ability, frequently appointing him to represent large groups of individuals with legal issues to be resolved. He was inducted as a Life Member of the National Registry of Who’s Who in 2001.

 

Publication

 

Mr. Coulter is the author of “The Estate Planning Companion; A practical guide to your estate plan” (Borders Publishing 2009), conveniently available at , and most other book retailers online. This book shows you a method to approach estate planning in order to manage your assets in life and thereafter, while bringing peace of mind to you and your family. Intended to bridge the communication gap between lawyers and their clients, The Estate Planning Companion explains in straightforward language a full range of topics every responsible adult should consider about their life, assets and affairs. Includes Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Letters of Instruction, Wills, Trusts, Life Insurance, Living Wills, Long Term Care Insurance, Medicaid nursing home planning, Probate and more.

 

Education

 

Mr. Coulter received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988, and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1993, with Honors. Mr. Coulter was selected as a published member of the Duquesne Law Review, an honor reserved for legal scholars performing at the highest level.

 

Personal

 

Mr. Coulter has been married for over 25 years with 6 children. He and his family live in Monroeville Pennsylvania, where he enjoys spending time with his family, landscaping, researching, writing and attempting to carry his share of the housework. He is a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area, having been raised in Wexford, PA before moving to Monroeville to raise his family 20 years ago.

 

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Location

Mark T. Coulter, Attorney at Law
3824 Northern Pike
One Monroeville Ctr Ste 801 B
Monroeville, PA, 15146

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Reviews

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Posted by David | December 21, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Simplified Complicated Matter
Mark simplified a complex matter for me. He was willing to take a few minutes to review a legal document I was served with and spent another few minutes on the phone with me discussing it. He cut through a confusing document, drawing my attention to areas of the document I didn't realize I should be concerned about while alleviating my concerns about some of the major concerns I had. Mark came across as extremely knowledgeable in the area of estate law while conveying information in a friendly way that was easy for me as an average person to understand. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for assistance in estate law.
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Posted by Judi | February 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch!
Mark Coulter is a gem. Highly experienced, patient and wise, with old school service standards. He breaks down complex subjects into plain speak that makes it easy understand in order to make sound decisions. I've worked with many professionals in my time. He by far, is one of the very best. Highly recommend!!
Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, Efficient and Quick Satisfactory Results
It had been well over 2 yrs since the death of my mother and no settlement was made. Granted Covid delayed it about 6 months but PA Dept of Rev approved everything in Sept 2020. I posted my concern here in mid May and Attorney Coulter answered in an intelligent and meaningful way which made me feel I would be in safe hands to contact his office. (Previously contacted another probate atty who was extremely sub par and out of desperation decided to pose my concern to Avvo which thankfully lead me to Attorney Coulter). He immediately got results and a settlement statement was drawn the following week. The ‘opposing’ attorney did not answer my four calls in April nor did the executor answer my email requesting an update. Being from out of state and not having any contacts to guide me, I am truly grateful to Avvo and the attorneys who responded. But should you be in the same predicament with that feeling that you will never see your rightful inheritance, I urge you to contact Attorney Coulter. I received my disbursement this week so the entire process took about 40 days. Without Attorney Coulter, I truly believe I would not have received my inheritance, it was that bad.
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Posted by Daniel | July 29, 2014
A Very Worthwhile Investment of Time and Money
My wife and I have used several attorneys and law firms in the past. Therefore, we feel we have a base of comparison. Most of our experiences were adequate. Although we could have returned to one of two law firms that have Estate Planning Attorneys, we decided to hire The Coulter Law Group in 2013 to address our Estate Planning after attending Mark's seminar. We have not only found Mark very professional with our Estate Planning but also learned he practices Elder Law which has also come into play with my eighty-eight year old father-in-law. I have and will continue to recommend The Coulter Law Group to friends or family for Estate or Elder Law issues. A very worthwhile investment.
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Posted by Rosetta | November 29, 2012
Highly professional expert
Mark Coulter is a highly professional and intelligent attorney. His expertise is evident with one's first communication with him. Along with those qualities he is compassionate and understanding and answered my most simple questions without making me feel inferior or totally ignorant on the topic. I have a feeling that service to his clients is more important to him than the bottom line. I highly recommend him to anyone needing an estate planner.
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Posted by Julian | November 21, 2011
My Estate Planning Experience
Being a practioner in the financial services industry, I have had much experience working with "estate" planning attornies. Mark goes the extra mile to handcraft a plan that is specific and pertinent to "your" needs, is far from boilerplate, and is professionally delivered and acted upon. As much as this is to be expected from any practicing attorney, this is far from the reality in my experience. Many lawyers I have encountered are simply paper product pushers at best on the one hand, or simply not educated enough to render proper estate planning advice, even though they hold themselves out to be proficient. Mark is very patient, knowledgeable, and cares about his craft. If you are looking for someone who will get the job done right the first time, before you die, I would highly recommend Mark.
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2011
Estate Planning for my Dad- Revocable Living Trust
Mr. Coulter was very good at asking probing questions and listening to my Dad's overall goals. He was able to clearly articulate answers to our questions and concerns and helped us feel at ease with the process. By visually using a flow chart to map out the final strategies, Dad was able to fully understand and feel confident about the plan and put it into action.
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Posted by Joe | October 10, 2011
Estate planning including a living will
Mark clearly explains options available and clearly presents the pros and cons of each option. He gives great examples of differing scenarios. Very respectful and trusting!
Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2011
Compassionate in times of crisis
Mr. Coulter is not only so very knowledgeable, he approached my needs with patience and compassion. I felt at ease talking to him and confident that I was getting good, solid advice.
Posted by Daniel | August 9, 2010
Review of attorney Coulter
Mr. Coulter is one of the most intelligent and knowledgable attorneys I have ever had the occassion to meet or work with.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Coulter & May PC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Coulter Law Offices
  • 2005 - 2019
  • Shareholder
  • Robert Peirce and Associates
  • 1991 - 2005

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Meyer v. CUNA Insurance Co. (W.D.Pa. #03-602)
  • Ruling for my client, class certification granted.
  • Allen v. CSX, 96-C-35 (Brooke Cty, WV)
  • Ruling for my clients
  • Babbitt v. Norfolk and Western Ry, 104 F.3d 89 (6th Cir. 1997)
  • Ruling in favor of clients; case later settled
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Associations

  • AARP Estate Planning Network
  • Counsel
  • 2011 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Ameriprise Estate Planning Attorney Network
  • Counsel
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Medal Winner - Best Attorney category
  • Monroeville Times Express
  • 2014
  • Life Member
  • Who's Who National
  • 2001
  • Inductee Award
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Finding and Fixing the Failures in Family Plans
  • 2020
  • MONY Growth Group
  • A Year In The Life: Observation on Practical Estate Planning Issues for Financial Professionals
  • 2015
  • Service Wealth Management Client Conference
  • Estate Planning For Families Today
  • 2014
  • Kenmar Wealt Management Conference
  • Finding and Fixing the Failures in Family Estate Plans
  • 2011
  • Private Conference
  • Estate Planning Myths
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Estate planning Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Mark for many years, and I can say without any reservation that he is one of the most talented lawyers I have come across in my 20 years of practice. He has a thorough knowledge of the law and an innate ability to make to take it somewhere new."
Probate Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Our Ohio firm had a client who needed to assume Executor duties for a Pennsylvania relative of his late wife. We were referred to Mr. Coulter by a colleague. He was extraordinarily accommodating in working with our client and the client was very, very pleased with both the quality and of the work and with Mr. Coulter's responsiveness. I am pleased to endorse Mark Coulter."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Mark through an organization which we share a common interest (WealthCounsel). We are both in Pittsburgh, I needed help on an estate planning matter, and Mark took time out of his day to respond to my question and then follow it up with a phone call. We subsequently had several phone calls and I found him to be extremely knowledgeable in the estate planning area, personable, and eager to help. I was so impressed with him that I referred him one of my clients that I could not represent because of a conflict of interest. I recommend Mark highly for any work in the estate planning field."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently had the opportunity to work with Mark for a client of mine who owns property in PA. Mark and his team were extraordinarily efficient both with in developing a solution for my client but also completing the project in a timely and cost effective manner. I look forward to working with Mark on future projects. I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is incredibly gifted and has the innate ability to understand even the most complicated issues. We have worked together on dozens of cases and I know that not only does he have the ability to get to the crux of a matter, he also has an incredible ability to determine the best solution for a client."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mark has extensive knowledge in many legal fields and I would highly recommend him to anyone considering any type of estate planning issue."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have sought Mark's advice on matters affecting my clients in Pennsylvania. Mark is very knowledgeable, professional and a pleasure to work with. I endorse Mark highly."
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