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John represents clients in all estate and trust matters, complex guardianships, will contests and trust termination and modifications. 


Recent Representations

  • Successfully mediated a dispute between the litigants in an estate matter involving several million dollars in property and assets.

  • Successful in obtaining a guardian for a retired gentleman who had over $4,000,000 in assets.

  • Successfully replaced a corporate trustee for a church whose Elders were seeking substitution due to questionable financial dealings by the initial corporate trustee.

  • Obtained a judgment for reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and treble damages for a victim of broker fraud, unfair trade practices and unsuitable investments.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 30%
  2. Litigation: 25%
  3. Guardianship: 25%
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 20%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Gerard Louis

    I endorse this lawyer. John is an excellent lawyer and can handle any type of commercial litigation and is also very experienced at estate litigation which not a lot of lawyers handle. I highly recommend John for any type of commercial litigation.


    Michael Louis Commercial real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Christian K. Lassen II

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Christian Lassen Wrongful death Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

MacElree Harvey, Ltd.

17 West Miner Street
Post Office Box 660
West Chester, PA, 19381-0660

MacElree Harvey, Ltd.

211 East State Street
Kennett Square, PA, 19348



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top Lawyer in Elder LawMain Line Today Magazine2014
Jeffery A. Ernico AwardPennsylvania Bar Association2013
Top Lawyer in Elder LawMain Line Today Magazine2013
Recognition AwardLegal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania2012
Top Lawyer in Trusts, Wills and EstatesMain Line Today Magazine2011
Excellence AwardLegal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania2008
Board of Directors AwardChester County Bar Association2007
Board of Directors AwardChester County Bar Association2006
Pro Bono Service AwardPennsylvania Bar Association2005
Melvin Jones FellowLion's Foundation2001
President's AwardChester County Bar Association2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMacElree Harvey, Ltd.1989 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chester County Estate Planning CouncilBoard Member2016 - Present
Chester County Estate Planning CouncilTreasurer2016 - Present
Philadelphia Estate Planning CouncilMember2016 - Present
The Hon. John E. Stively, Jr. American Inn of CourtCharter Member and Master Level Member1994 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Probate SectionMember1990 - Present
Chester County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Civil Litigation Section, Business Law Section, Probate and Estates Section, Elder Law SectionMember1988 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Chester County Bar AssociationPresident2004 - 2004
Chester County Art AssociationAdvisory Board2002 - 2016
Chester County Bar FoundationPresident2000 - 2000
Publication nameTitleDate
MacElree Harvey, Ltd. NewsletterABC . . .DeLage Landen – A Cautionary Tale of Equipment Finance LeasingN/A
MacElree Harvey, Ltd. NewsletterAdvantages of Private Dispute ResolutionN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawN/A1988
Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityPsychologyN/A1973