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Benjamin Leigh Jerner

Estate planning Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

5.0   3 reviews

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About Benjamin

Learn Benjamin’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    50%
    Prepare estate planning packages with an empahsis on the needs of non-traditional families. Documents include wills, financial powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney/advance directives and living wills and standby guardianship designations. Also provide more complex estate planning such as wills wtih children's trusts, supplemental and special needs trusts, marital disclaimer and credit shelter trusts, charitable trusts, and standalone retirement trusts.

    27 years, 407 cases

  2. Litigation
    20%
    Constitutional challenges to Pennsylvania's same-sex marriage ban, probate and fiduciary litigation and general litigation. Assist transgender adults and parents of transgender children to obtain legal name changes and change identity documents.

    28 years, 90 cases

  3. Probate
    20%
    Assist executors and administrators with the administration of a deceased loved one's estate. Also provide representation for executors, administrators or benefiiciares who become involved in probate litigation.

    19 years, 15 cases

  4. Adoption
    10%
    Adoption cases are, primarily, for LGBT couples and have included Second-Parent Adoption, Domestic Adoption and Foreign Adoption,

    21 years, 120 cases

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Licensed for 27 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/04/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 12/04/2022

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

Contact Benjamin

Jerner & Palmer P.C.
5401 Wissahickon Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, 19144-5201
Jerner & Palmer, P.C. (satellite office)
5 Greentree Centre, Suite 104
525 Lincoln Drive West
Marlton, NJ, 08053
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Posted by Barb | September 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Benjamin Jerner
Ben and his law firm successfully settled my case with the state of Pennsylvania regarding an inheritance tax issue. Ben was caring and compassionate throughout the process, professional in all of his interactions both with me and in the courtroom setting, and maintained frequent communications with me throughout the case.
Posted by Benjamin | September 17, 2015
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Estate Settlement
As executor of my brother's estate, and living out of state, I required the assistance of an attorney to aid in the settlement. My brother had employed Jerner & Palmer in the preparation of his will so Ben Jerner's law firm was a natural choice for me. Mr. Jerner's assistance was invaluable to me in solving all issues of the estate settlement.
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Posted by John | September 17, 2015
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Benjamin Jerner
I have worked with Benjamin Jerner since 2010 and have been exceedingly impressed and pleased with all of our interactions. I initially asked him to work with me in preparing a will and again approached him recently to amend this document incorporating some rather significant detailed changes. The result was everything and more than I expected! Ben's entire office staff is warm, welcoming and professional and are responsive to questions. Emails and telephone calls are returned promptly and courteously and fees are fair and reasonable. My late father was an attorney and I am quite savvy about recognizing quality. I am 100% pleased with Ben and his firm and strongly recommend it!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Jerner & Palmer, P.C.
  • 2003 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Nancy D. Wasser
  • 1996 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Fineman & Bach, P.C.
  • 1995 - 1996

Education

  • Temple University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • In re: Burgi-Rios
  • Successfully settled
  • Palladino v. Corbett, et al.
  • Voluntarily dismissed after marriage ban found unconstitutional
  • Cozen O'Connor, P.C. v. Tobits, et al.
  • Judgment on the pleadings in favor of Ms. Tobits
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Associations

  • National LGBT Bar Association’s Family Law Institute
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Lesbian and Gay Law Association
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia
  • Chair, Board of Directors
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Philadelphia Bar Association's Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men
  • Co-Chair
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 1996 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 2015 Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Leadership Award
  • Bradbury Sullivan Community Center
  • 2015
  • 2013 Five Star Wealth Managers
  • Five Star Professional
  • 2013
  • 2012 Five Star Wealth Managers
  • Five Star Professional
  • 2012
  • 2010 Five Star Wealth Managers
  • Crescendo Business Services
  • 2010
  • 2009 Five Star Wealth Managers
  • Crescendo Business Services
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Clients in Pennsylvania
  • Transgender Clients
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • Family Matters Conference
  • Transgender Legal Issues
  • 2011
  • Trans-Health Conference
  • Legal Clinic
  • 2010
  • Thomas Jefferson University: Jefferson Medical College Symposium
  • Assisted Reproduction Laws Affecting Same-Sex Couples
  • 2010
  • Thomas Jefferson University: Jefferson Medical College Symposium
  • Living Wills and Healthcare Powers of Attorney for Same-sex Couples
  • 2009
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Philadelphia Estate planning Lawyer Benjamin Leigh Jerner
Benjamin Leigh Jerner
Estate planning Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 27 years