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Kurt Richard Nilson

Real estate Attorney at Johnstown, PA

4.9   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2003
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Kurt R. Nilson is an independent attorney practicing primarily with matters relating to Pennsylvania residential and commercial real estate law, business law, wills, estates, trusts, and probate, as well as working with litigation relating to these areas.


Working from Johnstown, this small-town lawyer and his unique legal work are frequently cited by nationwide financial and legal authorities and have been featured in some of the world’s most respected publications, including Forbes, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, CNBC, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

With an office located in the Richland area of Johnstown, Attorney Nilson serves the legal needs of clients throughout all of Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, Blair, Indiana, and Westmoreland Counties. Attorney Nilson also works with clients from different states around the country who have legal needs in Pennsylvania.


Kurt R. Nilson
1397 Eisenhower Blvd.
Richland Square III, Suite 304
Johnstown, PA, 15904-2833


4.9 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Posted by Arnold | October 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Work Ethic
Kurt was as dedicated to this transaction as if he was buying it himself. I am grateful for the speedy responses to emails (sometimes received way after I assumed he was done for the day). His professionalism and patience through the process made for a more comfortable experience.
Posted by Sue | April 4, 2014
Great for Estate Settlements!
When both of our parents passed away, we asked Kurt to help us to settle the estate. He was GREAT! He was sensitive and so helpful and kind during this tough time for our family. Since there are 6 siblings, it was difficult at times, but he tackled every single issue we had. We all felt we were in good hands with Kurt. He was so knowledgeable as to what needed done and kept us informed every step of the way. Even to this day, he is quick to respond to whatever questions we still have. We highly recommend Kurt!
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Posted by Tammy | January 16, 2014
Amazingly Stress-Free Real Estate Closing
I was trying to sell my house & a realtor referred me to Attorney Nilson. He explained everything I needed to do & walked me through the entire process step by step. I am living in Florida, selling my house in Johnstown to a family in New York & it was a very stress - free process. I did not have to make a trip in to complete the sale; he handled everything for me working with the buyer's attorney to make sure all the proper paperwork was completed. He was extremely helpful & very down to earth. He took the time to explain anything I had questions about. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Jason | May 6, 2013
A really solid and positive experience
Kurt was awesome! Really straightforward and personable, seemed to know his trade well and took the time to explain all of the little things that I otherwise would have likely missed. Having him walk me through my closing gave me extra peace of mind and confidence that potential issues were investigated and resolved and that he would be there for me if I needed after the sale was complete.
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Posted by Erick | September 20, 2012
Up front, Honest, and Thorough
Kurt has a very good handle on real estate. In my case it involved the issue of title searching and tax sales. Kurt knows by first hand experience what is involved at a tax sale, the kinds of tax sales, and what expenses could be incurred if moving forward on a piece of real estate. Invaluable knowledge and advice.
Posted by Derek Hayes | July 16, 2012
Great service
Good quick service on my home purchase in Johnstown. No frills but no run-around either!! When I arrived paperwork was ready to be reviewed and errors. I will use Kurt again.
Posted by Wendy | May 9, 2012
Real Estate
Attorney Nilson went above and beyond the call of duty. Instead of reviewing the documents I sent him, Kurt drafted a ‘new and improved’ document with which I could file with no problem. He is extremely knowledgeable, helpful and kind. He was very honest with what to expect during the filing process and kept in constant communication with me. All of my questions were answered immediately. I would highly recommend Kurt in the future.
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Posted by Cyndi | May 8, 2012
Easy to work with!
He was so easy to talk to and answered all of my questions and concerns. Everything was taken care of quickly and with great professionalism.
Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2012
Attorney Nislon is number one in my book! This is the easiest attorney I have ever had the pleasure of working with! He was was quick to answer any questions i had. He kept me well informed of every step of the process. If i ever need an attorney again i will definatley be calling him!
Posted by Charles | March 27, 2012
I recommend Kurt Nilson
My company has used Kurt's services when purchasing real estate property and also when we have sold real estate property. I felt very comfortable with Kurt disclosing information to prospective buyers and handling negotiations with sellers. He is a professional and will not waste time in resolving issues. I would highly recommend Kurt. We have worked with many, many Attorney's over the years and I wish more of them were as accommodating as Kurt.
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Posted by Dan | February 3, 2012
Real Estate
I use Kurt for as many real estate transactions as I can. As a Realtor I make sure the people I use on a transaction will follow up and be on top of their game - my income and reputation depends on it! Kurt is very courteous, is always ahead of the game on every transaction and communicates directly with the Agents and their clients. Every client I recommend to Kurt always says the same thing, "Kurt was great! He actually called me!" Do yourself a favor, avoid the headaches and just call Kurt!
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Posted by Bob | August 23, 2011
Lawyer Nilson Review
When Kurt Nilson did estate work for my family, it was a very good experience. He seems very trustworthy and responsible.
Posted by Lance | August 22, 2011
Great Guy
Kurt was very professional in handling my real estate transaction. He explained everything to me so that I understood. He handled my transaction in a timely matter. I would definitly use Kurt for any future needs.
Posted by Bill | August 22, 2011
Real Estate Closing
We were in the process of purchasing a second home and were doing our process from out of town. Mr. Nilson did an excellent job for us, identifying all the steps required and kept us informed all along the way. He also performed the closing for us since we were not able to attend the scheduled date. He was also very flexible since we had some last minute adjustments to make for the final closing. Mr. Nilson was always informative and up to date on all the closing requirements. We would highly recommend Mr. Nilson for anyone who would need these services.
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Posted by Paula | August 22, 2011
Provided great service for a real estate closing
I assisted my mom in selling her home and did most of this remotely. Kurt was recommended to me and he proved to be a valuable resource in the closing process. He was able to take care of everything for us remotely. He was prompt in answering the phone and emails throughout the pre-closing process. In the end, I did not even have to travel several hours to attend the closing as he represented me and eliminated this travel time and expense. Overall, Kurt was very helpful and his fees were quite reasonable.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Kurt R. Nilson, Attorney at Law
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Spence, Custer, Saylor, Wolfe &, Rose
  • 2007 - 2010
  • In-House Counsel
  • University Park Plaza Corporation
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Mitchell H. Dugan & Associates, P.C.
  • 2003 - 2004
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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1996


  • Goodwill Industrustries of the Conemaugh Valley, Inc.
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - Present
  • Cambria County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • PEN
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Presbyterian Home of Greater Johnstown
  • Solicitor: Pro Bono
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Discover Downtown Johnstown Partnership
  • Board of Directors
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Centre County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education lecture
  • The Future of Estate Administration
  • 2011

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Unknown Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Probate Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Nilson is very thorough and detail oriented in his preparation of documents and materials. He cares about his clients and tries to satisfy their needs, whatever those may be."
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Johnstown Real estate Lawyer Kurt Richard Nilson
Kurt Richard Nilson
Real estate Attorney
Johnstown, PA
Licensed for 20 years