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John B. Whalen Jr.

Probate Attorney at Wayne, PA

5.0   76 reviews

also known as John B. Whalen, Jr., J.D., LL.M.

  • Licensed for 33 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1990
    Status
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Practice areas
  1. Probate
    96%
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    34 years

  2. Power of attorney
    2%
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  3. Wills and living wills
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    34 years

John B. Whalen, Jr., JD., LL.M., Attorney and Counselor at Law. Mr. Whalen is AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent 5.0 and Avvo Rated 10.0 Superb (obtaining over 95 client reviews and peer endorsements). He is the recipient of the Legum Magister Post-Doctorate Degree (LL.M.) in Taxation (from the Villanova University School of Law), a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Wills, Trusts, and Estates, from the Widener University School of Law), and a recipient of the ABA-BNA Law Award for Academic Excellence (from the Widener University School of Law). He has also been named as an Awesome Attorney in the field of Estate Planning Law (by the Suburban Life Magazine of the Philadelphia suburbs) for the years 2010 through 2018, and was Editor-in-Chief of the Delaware Law Forum at Widener School of Law.

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John B. Whalen, Jr.
8 Longwood Drive
Wayne, PA, 19087
John B Whalen Jr
8 Longwood Drive
Wayne, PA, 19087
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Posted by Kathleen | March 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and professional
John took care of my elderly father's Will, and that was extremely happy with the choice we made. John came to my father's house to take care of all the paperwork, which made it so much easier for us. He is trustworthy, knowledgeable and professional. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Emy | February 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended. One of the best Probate lawyers!
My mother passed away in 2019 and I needed a lawyer to handle probate. I didn’t have any referrals so I went to AVVO and chose John B Whalen Jr. Thankfully AVVO didn’t let me down! John was professional, personable, efficient and knowledgeable. He responded to all of my questions quickly and articulately. I never felt like he was annoyed with all of my questions or that he was too busy for me (I have had two other experiences with lawyers and that’s exactly how I felt with them). Good guy – but even more importantly good lawyer!
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Posted by Louis | February 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
John Whalen integrity and beyond
John Whalen Jr handled our estate needs with integrity and expertise. We are highly satisfied and would definitely recommend his services.
Posted by Phil | February 27, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Experience
John was a great help to me as he helped me and my Uncle through all the details of his will. I felt he listened and understood the issues that we were concerned about and explained things to us in a very straightforward and easy to understand manner.
Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Whalen is the man!
Mr. Whalen is professional, intellectually superior, and reassuring. He is seasoned at estate law and provides piece of mind. I highly recommend his services!
Posted by Ron | February 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superior Representation
I have known John for many years, since High School. The way he approaches his job is grounded in the highest ethical and moral standards and his experience and demeanor create an instantly comfortable situation. He has handled situations for me and most of my older family in an honest and competent way. In my life his advice has guided me when it was needed most. Some brag, John lets the music do the talking. Everyone I have ever introduced to John have been grateful. Evaluating lawyers is like going to Clown College. John can restore your faith in humanity!
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Posted by anonymous | July 5, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
helpful / truthfulstar only review
I asked several questions without Atty Whalen pushing for a consultation which I would have to pay for / his answers were quite helpful / I believe his answers were truthful / I did not hire Atty Whalen but it was because of other issues involved in my legal issue / If I were to hire anyone it would be Atty Whalen
Posted by David | February 21, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I would recommend John Whalen
I contacted John Whalen when I had some legal questions over my grandfather's estate. I learned of him through Avvo, and was impressed by his many great reviews. He promptly contacted me. Over numerous phone calls over multiple days, John was able to answer all of the legal questions I had. He was thorough in his answers, and I never once felt rushed when I spoke with him. We discussed all of my options, and he did a great job of explaining the pros and cons of each potential outcome. He was an effective communicator, and helped me understand what we were dealing with. I would recommend John Whalen to anyone in the area.
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Posted by Louis | January 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Estate planning
John Whalen was awesome, as I have a home business he helped me get things in order and correctly choose a beneficiary for my home, business and pets.
Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Family Matter
John B. Whalen was very helpful to me and my Mother. He explained everything to her and made her feel at ease with the details of our situation.
Posted by Heather | January 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ease of mind when it’s needed
Professional, and full of reassurance. He is seasoned at estate law and provides much needed comic relief as well as amazing piece of mind. I thoroughly enjoyed each conversation we had and felt that he truly cared and understood his role in alleviating the stresses that build during the grieving process. He was full of much needed advice. I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Alice | January 14, 2019
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A very dedicated and service oriented attorney.
It is so rare to find an attorney who is willing to meet you at your place of convenience rather than always having to go to their office. I am extremely impressed with how John is so personable and service oriented. I would definitely refer him as the attorney to take care of your probate and will needs.
Posted by Lee | January 14, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Revocable trust
John was very helpful in explaining why this was not needed and also helped to clarify other legal issues on powers of attorney. Thanks to his advice we did not need to spend on excessive legal fees and can resolve open financial issues easily.
Posted by Kiran | August 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
I am extremely grateful to attorney John B. Whalen's guidance, support and generosity during a very difficult time in my life. Phone calls were answered in a timely manner and information requested was promptly delivered. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Bets and Ron | September 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Very caring and most helpful
Many thanks my friend for a job well done. We were very pleased with your work and also impressed with you as a person. Your mother would be very proud of you. She did a fantastic job of raising you. If my mother needs any help with her will, power of attorney, etc., I certainly will contact you. If anyone that I know needs help in your field, I definitely will highly recommend you. Again, my sincere appreciation for all your help. Best, Betsi and Ron
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Posted by Lisa | August 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good man
John has helped me resolve many estate issues over the years. He's always quick to answer and to explain all my options. I've talked with John about issues for over 5 years!! I'll be using John for years to come, quite happy with him.
Posted by Patrick | March 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Needs a cape and a theme song. He's SUPER LAWYER!!!
John was courteous, prompt, accessible, professional, and fun. He helped us with elderly care documents (Durable power of attorney, Last Will, and Living Will. He came to the house, which made life much easier because we weren't able to get out with our current situation. And he fits right in when he comes in to your house, not making you uncomfortable. He is affordable. He is honest. Give this man a call, if this is the type of law you are dealing with. He will not disappoint.
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Posted by Dave | March 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Ethically Outstanding Professional
Thank you John. I can't express enough gratitude for what you have done for me. In this world today, there are few people today that would help others when they are down and out. Even fewer would have seen this through to conclusion. You are a true professional, and a caring person which will always be remembered. I know a day won't go by that Nancy and I won't remember and thank you for all you have done. Sincerely, Dave and Nancy
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Posted by Jeff | January 11, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fast and Concise
John quickly answered my question in a clear and concise way.
Posted by Elizabeth | October 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An excellent attorney
I first met Mr. Whalen over 20 years ago when my parents needed an attorney to revise their will and to assist with estate planning. He was extremely knowledgeable and considerate at that time which is why I chose to go back to him when another relative needed assistance. I thought it would be difficult as I live 500 miles away, but not so. John was kind enough to not only meet with the family locally, but spent a great deal of time to speak with me long distance to answer questions I had. This can be a trying time for families, but John was very patient and reassuring. His knowledge of estate law is enormous and he gave us things to think about that we had not considered. I am very grateful to John for all he did for me and would highly recommended him to anyone. His kind and compassionate nature is a comfort during a difficult time. I really can't say enough good things about him and would definitely use him again.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Probate Wills Estates Attorney
  • John B. Whalen, Jr. J.D., LL.M.
  • 2006 - Present
  • Probate Wills Estates Attorney
  • Lamb McErlane PC
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Probate Wills Estates Attorney
  • Lastowka Messick PC
  • 1998 - 2004
  • Probate Wills Estates Attorney
  • Forceno Hannon & Arangio PC
  • 1992 - 1998
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Education

  • Villanova University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1994
  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Temple University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986
  • Montgomery County College
  • A.A.S.
  • 1983
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re Estate of (Name Omitted For Confidentiality), Dec’d
  • Won … Domicile Established In County B

Associations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Chester County Estate Planning Council
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Delaware County Estate Planning Council
  • Past President
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Delaware County Estate Planning Council
  • President
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Delaware County Estate Planning Council
  • 1st Vice President
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Delaware County Estate Planning Council
  • 2nd Vice President
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Delaware County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2007
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - 2008
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Best Lawyer Daily Times
  • 2019 Best Lawyer Daily Times
  • 2019
  • 2019 Martindale AV Preeminent
  • 2019 Martindale AV Preeminent
  • 2019
  • 2019 Lawyers AV Preeminent
  • 2019 Lawyers AV Preeminent
  • 2019
  • 2018 Top One Percent
  • 2018 Top One Percent
  • 2018
  • 2018 Martindale AV Preeminent
  • 2018 Martindale AV Preeminent
  • 2018
  • 2018 Martindale AV Judicial
  • 2018 Martindale AV Judicial
  • 2018
  • 2018 Client Champion
  • 2018 Client Champion
  • 2018
  • 2018 Best Lawyer Daily Times
  • 2018 Best Lawyer Daily Times
  • 2018
  • 2018 Avvo Superb
  • 2018 Avvo Superb
  • 2018
  • 2017 Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • 2017 Top 1% Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2017
  • 2017 AV Preeminent Judicial
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • 2017 AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • 2016 AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • 2016 AV Preeminent Rated 10 Years
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • 2016 Awesome Attorneys
  • Suburban Life Magazine
  • 2016
  • 2016 Lawyers of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2016
  • 2016 AV Preeminent Judicial
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • 2016 Client Distinction
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • 2015 AV Preeminent Judicial
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 2015 Client Distinction
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • 2015 Avvo Superb
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • 2015 AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 2015 25 Years
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 2015 Awesome Attorney
  • Suburban Life Magazine
  • 2015
  • 2014 AV Preeminent Judicial
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • 2014 AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • 2014 Avvo Superb
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • 2014 Awesome Attorney
  • Suburban Life Magazine
  • 2014
  • 2014 Top 1% Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2014
  • 2014 Client Distinction
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • 2013 AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • 2013 AV Preeminent Judicial
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • 2013 Avvo Superb
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • 2013 Client Distinction
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • 2012 Awesome Attorney
  • Pa Suburban Life Magazine
  • 2012
  • 2012 AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • 2012 AV Preeminent Judicial
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • 2012 Top Lawyers
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2012
  • 2012 Avvo Superb
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • 2011 Awesome Attorney
  • Pa Suburan Life Magazine
  • 2011
  • 2011 AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • 2011 Top 1% Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2011
  • 2010 AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • 2010 Bar Register Preeminent Law Firms
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • 2010 Awesome Attorney List
  • Pa Suburban Life Magazine
  • 2010
  • 2010 Bar Register Preeminent Law Firms
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • 2009 Bar Register Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • 2009 AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • 2009 Bar Register Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • 2008 AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • 2007 AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • 2006 AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • 1990 Academice Excellence
  • ABA-BNA
  • 1990
  • 1989-1990 Editor-In-Chief
  • Delaware Law Forum
  • 1990
  • 1990 Outstanding Contributions - Editor-In-Chief
  • Delaware Law Forum
  • 1990
  • 1989 Outstanding Contributions
  • Delaware Law Forum
  • 1989
  • 1989 American Jurisprudence Award
  • Lawyer’s Coorperative
  • 1989
  • 1988 Outstanding Contributions
  • Delaware Law Forum
  • 1988
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Publications

  • The Pennsylvania Law Weekly
  • Misinformation, Misunderstandings, and Mistakes
  • 2006
  • Pennsylvania Law Weekly
  • Maintaining Power of Attorney in a HIPAA World
  • 2005
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)
  • Small Estates: Settlement with (or without) Small Estate Petitions
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Widener University, Exton Campus
  • The House That Jack Built
  • 2007
  • Delaware County Estate Planning Council
  • The USA PATRIOT Act Privacy Rules
  • 2004
  • Delaware County Estate Planning Council
  • Payments to Family and Funeral Directors
  • 2004
  • Delaware County Bar Association
  • The Declaration of Independence from Letters
  • 2004
  • Delaware County Estate Planning Council
  • PA Abolishes Common Law Marriage
  • 2003
  • Delaware County Estate Planning Council
  • Smith Charitable Trusts (# 1 & #2)
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (19)
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Probate Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Whalen and I practice in the same areas of law, so I have had the privilege of reading numerous of his responses to Avvo questions. His answers are always correct on the law, thorough, practical and helpful. I have learned a great deal about Pennsylvania probate law from his answers, and I am happy to endorse Attorney Whalen and his services. The Avvo community is very fortunate that he is willing to volunteer his time and experience. James Frederick"
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Other
"I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. Even though we practice in different locations in the Delaware Valley, I have followed his advice on Avvo for some time now. His advice has been incisive, practical, and to the point in this difficult field of estate practice."
Power of attorney Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is expert in his field. He is highly regarded by the bench and bar alike. I would recommend him to any of my client's seeking legal guidance in the area of Wills and Estate Planning"
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse Mr. Whalen as one of the best around; and a great guy!"
Wills and living wills Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Awesome attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Whalen spends a significant amount of time answering questions in the Avvo forum. His answers show a clear understanding and knowledge of the law. I would recommend him."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have read many of John's answers here at Avvo. He is very careful in his analysis, making sure he understands the facts and his opinions are well considered. These are the characteristics of a fine lawyer. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Other
"Having reviewed this attorney's written materials and experience, I would certainly recommend him."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endores this lawyer. As a fellow attorney practicing in the legal areas that John services, I can appreciate his level of expertise and dedication to his clients. He is very knowledgeable in estate planning, probate, trusts and wills. His clients benefit from an experienced professional who is committed to consistently providing the highest level legal guidance."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Whalen practices in the same area that I do-Estate planning. His answers on AVVO are detailed and very helpful to persons in need of legal direction. I would recommend anyone needing estate planning in to consult with him."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have come across many of Mr. Whalen's answers to questions here on Avvo and I have them to be accurate readings of the law every time. He is an asset to the Avvo community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is very knowledgeable and an outstanding lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Whalen continues to provide excellent responses to questions posed by members of the Avvo legal community. I had the pleasure of attending law school with Mr. Whalen. He is bright, articulate and possesses a keen knowledge of the law."
Probate Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John to be a very intelligent, diligent, honest and articulate lawyer who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in his practice area. He has a great deal of common sense and the ability to discuss complex issues in simple terms. I endorse him with enthusiasm."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Wayne Probate Lawyer John B. Whalen Jr.
John B. Whalen Jr.
Probate Attorney
Wayne, PA
Licensed for 33 years