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James Paul Coletta

Estate planning Attorney at Carnegie, PA

5.0   1 review

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Helping families prepare for life's eventualities by drafting effect wills, trusts. power of attorney and living wills.

    36 years, 1,200 cases

  2. Elder law
    Help families protect their assets from the high cost of nursing home care

    31 years, 489 cases

  3. Administrative law
    I represent Veteran who have been denied VA benefits and I assist them in upgrading their discharge.

    26 years, 300 cases

Licensed for 39 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1983
Updated 02/26/2023

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

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Posted by Brenda | November 19, 2012
A Compassionate Lawyer
Mr Coletta helped my family during a very difficult time. Both of my parents were ill. My mother was going into a nursing home and my father was distraught about how to pay for her care and survice himself. Mr Coletta was very understanding especially when my father was being difficult. He saved my fathers life savings for his care and then got him VA benefits when he needed in home health care.
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  • Contingency 20%-25%
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Schmitt & Coletta, P.C.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Raymond F Keisling & Associates, P.C.
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Senior Trial Counsel
  • Wausau Insurance
  • 1986 - 1993
  • Law Clerk
  • Court Of Common Pleas Of Allegheny County
  • 1983 - 1986
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  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979
  • Duquesne University
  • N/A


  • National Association of Veteran Advocates
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • US Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Resolving Legal and Financial Issues in Elder Care
  • Qualifying for Medicaid Long term Care Programs
  • 2007
  • National Business Institute
  • Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (10)
Endorse James
Elder law Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Coletta for all elder law and estate planning matters."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Administrative law Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jim's the go-to lawyer for Veterans Disability cases. He's very thorough and conscientious."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. While Mr. Coletta is relatively new to the Avvo community, he has been an outstanding and respected attorney for many years. Avvo is lucky to have access to his wisdom and experience. James Frederick"
Unknown Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for all estate planning and veterans' disability matters."
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