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Dorothy J. Petrancosta

Probate Attorney at Butler, PA

4.5   8 reviews

About Dorothy

Learn Dorothy’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Probate
    Estate administration, wills, powers of attorney.

  2. Elder law
    I help individuals and families as they navigate age related decisions.

    10 years

  3. Litigation
    Dedicated to litigation in Civil and Orphans' (Estates/Wills/Guardianships) Divisions.

    10 years

  4. Oil and gas
    I am very involved in leasing, representing the interests of the landowners to portect their most valuable real estate assets

    10 years

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Licensed for 28 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 10/01/2022

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

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Dorothy J. Petrancosta
209 West Diamond Street
Butler, PA, 16001


4.5 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Colleen | July 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dee is professional, prompt, and very helpful. She is upfront. She explains your options and does not mislead you. I have recommend her highly to family and friends.
Posted by Michael | July 6, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
We ask the legal community questions because we're unfamiliar with the Law. We feel fear when confronted with the unknown or unattainable. Dorothy directly addressed my concern and put the tools in my hands to find the information I was seeking. Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Dee is exceptional attorney. She is up front, to the point, and does not mislead her clients. Her experience and strength are evident in her work. She does not disappoint.
Posted by JIm | August 24, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Taxes
Dorothy assisted with settling the estate for both my sister and my mother. She always explained my options and provided cost conscious recommendations. Even though the estates were small, she was always prompt with her help. Dorothy made communication with her easy. This was very important to me since I live 6 hours away. I highly recommend Dorothy for Estate Taxation matters.
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Posted by David | August 10, 2014
Attorney Dorothy J. Petrancosta is professional and personable. Dorothy, or Dee, as she prefers, ensures you understand what is required as a client to assist her. The ability to provide Dee necessary information electronically was a welcome timesaver for me. Dee’s ability to handle all the hurdles put before me when my father passed away was most reassuring and comforting. Dee’s knowledge and guidance enabled me to liquidate my father’s estate in a timely manner, as I was unfamiliar with Pennsylvania’s laws. It is with great pleasure, I highly recommend Dorothy J. Petrancosta as a most reputable and competent attorney!
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Posted by Kathie | July 12, 2013
Peoples Lawyer
My 85 year old mom was sold a duplicate open and closing at a cemetery. With her guidance and advice we were able to get a full refund plus costs.. We will definitely use her in the future.
Posted by John | July 25, 2012
Professional and Responsive To Clients Concerns
Dorothy Petrancosta was extremely helpful and very prompt in drafting a will for a senior relative. This service was completed in a compassionate and prompt manner. I recommend her and will use her services in the near future.
Posted by CANDICE | July 7, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Worst EVER!
This woman is only out for money and a feather in her cap. I decided NOT to hire her and was later up against her in Butler County as she was assigned as the divorce Master in my case. She should not have been but when I requested another master be reappointed, was told that she is the only Master in Butler County. This was a clear conflict of interest and after being told she would be fair and honest, she was anything but. I later come to find out she is extremely biased in her Master's duties in Butler County to side with the men. She often makes rude and derogatory comments to wives regarding their education and earning capacities making women feel like lesser individuals in divorces, myself included. She takes great pride in telling everyone how even tempered she is and how well rounded her decisions are. Someone needs to pull her decisions as a Master in Butler County to see the real truth. I only thank GOD that she did not get elected as a magistrate.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 225-250 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Pro bono 15 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Dorothy J. Petrancosta Law Office
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • Montgomery Crissman Montgomery Kubit & Petrancosta
  • 1998 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Fulton Heck & Silbaugh
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Law Clerk
  • Butler County Court of Common Please
  • 1995 - 1996
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  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park (main campus)
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • Hick v. Kubit
  • Prevailed at trial and affirmed on appeal


  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum Life Member
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Butler County Bar Association
  • 1995 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • 1994 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Life Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011


  • Duquesne Law Review
  • Commonwealth v. Eisenhart
  • 1993

Speaking Engagements

  • Bar Association Continuing Legal Education
  • Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Petrancosta is well-versed in the areas of Estate planning and administration, oil & gas rights, guardianships, just to name a few. She enjoys a good reputation in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Skilled, smart, conscientious and compassionate."
General practice Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dee is an excellent attorney. She is well versed in many areas of practice."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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