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Karen M. Stockmal is the founder of the Philadelphia based KMS Law Offices, providing legal services in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, business and charitable planning, educational planning and fiduciary counseling. Prior to opening her own firm, she spent nine years as part of Pepper Hamilton’s Trusts and Estates practice.

Ms. Stockmal is an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and currently serves as chair of its Probate Section’s Education Committee. Ms. Stockmal is a frequent lecturer and has spoken before the Probate Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Montgomery County Estate Planning Council and the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council, as well as speaking at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Her most recent publications have appeared in the Philadelphia Lawyer and The Journal of Taxation. Ms. Stockmal earned her B.A. in 1991 from Bucknell University, her M.A. in 1993 from Indiana University, and her J.D. in 1999 from the Temple University School of Law.

Ms. Stockmal serves on the Board of Directors of the Selective Mutism Group, a national charity founded by Dr. Elisa Shipon-Blum.

She resides in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two children.


Practice areas


  1. Wills: 20%
  2. Trusts: 20%
  3. Tax: 20%
  4. Probate: 20%
  5. Estate Planning: 20%



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Contact info

KMS Law Offices

1055 Westlakes Drive
Suite 160
Berwyn, PA, 19312


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2013
AV Preeminent Peer RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Client Rating (5/5)Martindale-Hubbell2013
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2011
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2010
Rising StarPennsylvania Super Lawyers2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberKMS Law Offices2008 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI)Estate Planning In Pennsylvania2012
Journal of TaxationEGTRRA Adds New Tax Benefits to Planning for Higher Education Expenses Under Section 5292001
The Journal of TaxationRebirth of the Disappearing Marital Deduction Trust - A Model for 21st Century Planning2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Indiana UniversityN/AMA - Masters1993
Bucknell UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1991