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My primary emphasis is using plain English to make legal documents and issues clear and unambiguous. You should not need a legal education to understand your documents and legal issues. My aim is to demystify the legal process for my clients and, through the use of plain English, to avoid disputes that often occur due to poorly written documents.


I am an original member, and currently chair, of the Plain English Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) . I am active in the PBA's Solo and Small Firm Practice Section and serve as editor of the Section newsletter. I have written articles for both attorneys and nonattorneys about legal issues and the use of technology to support law and business practices. I'm also active in the PBA's Commission on Women in the Profession and the American Bar Association's GP|Solo Division.


I am mom to two great adult children and two wonderful retired racing greyhounds. I'm also an avid SCUBA diver.


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Practice areas


  1. Business: 75%
    32 years
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
    27 years
  3. Probate: 5%
    9 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info


PO Box 60337
Harrisburg, PA, 171060337


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Order of BarristersDickinson School of Law1984
Edgar I. King AwardDickinson School of Law1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding memberJMT Law, LLC2007 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Plain English Committee, PA Bar AssociationChair2010 - Present
PBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Section CouncilMember2009 - Present
PBA Commission on Women in the ProfessionMember2004 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Dauphin County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Go Save Inc. v. Barrett$34,000+ default judgment for my client
4301 Linglestown Road, Inc.Converted to Chapter 7
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Pennsylvania State UniversityBroadcast JournalismBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Pennsylvania State UniversityTheatre ArtsBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Protect your future with thoughtful planningEstate planning essentials2011
Business Women's ForumContracts: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly2011
4th Annual Law Practice Management & Development InstituteCommunicating in Plain English2011
Harrisburg Business Women March meetingPlanning For the Unplanned: Are You Prepared?2010
Ladies Who Launch Harrisburg LiveBusiness Law For Launchers: What You Need To Know!2008