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Joe represents individuals and businesses with a variety of estate, tax, real estate and business issues. With over twenty years of experience, Joe is a seasoned attorney.


Joe’s philosophy is to provide prompt and personal individual attention to each and every client.


He strives to understand his client’s needs and to provide positive outcomes based on those needs. Joe is also a Certified Public Accountant and Licensed Pennsylvania Realtor which give Joe the ability to provide his clients with different perspectives on their issues.


Practice Areas:

  • Taxation

  • Elder Law

  • Essential Estate Planning

  • Estates & Trusts


Recent Representations:

  • Advises numerous families in regard to wealth transfer strategies, including the creation of Charitable Remainder Trusts, Private Foundations, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Limited Partnerships, and Qualified Personal Residence Trusts.

  • Represents numerous entities with various real estate projects including the feasibility of projects, as well as financing and governance issues.

  • Acts as General Counsel to major center city law firm.

  • Serves as Executor and Trustee for numerous families.

  • Negotiates and resolves disputes between family members of complex Estates with significant assets.

  • Created and structured a Limited Partnership for purchase of valuable real estate providing significant Estate Tax savings.

  • Successfully assisted business owner with sale of multi-million dollar business.

  • Evaluates start-up entities for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

  • Successfully represented physician practice in an IRS audit.

  • Successfully represented a restaurant owner in a Pennsylvania sales and income tax audit.

  • Assists families in obtaining Guardianship over declining family members.

  • Advocated on behalf of Executor and Estate against disinherited beneficiary.

  • Assisted non-profit entity in its initial set-up and with its corporate governance issues.



Languages spoken: English, Italian

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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 34%
  2. Elder Law: 33%
  3. Tax: 33%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

MacElree Harvey, Ltd. West Chester

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

MacElree Harvey, Ltd. Kennett

211 East State Street
Kennett Square, PA, 19348

MacElree Harvey, Ltd. Centreville

5721 Kennett Pike
Centreville, DE, 19807



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyer - Trusts and WillsMain Line Today Magazine2015
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2014
Top Lawyer - Trusts, Wills & EstatesMain Line Today Magazine2013
Top Lawyer - Tax LawMain Line Today Magazine2013
Top Lawyer - Tax LawMain Line Today Magazine2012
Top Lawyer - Trusts, Wills & EstatesMain Line Today Magazine2012
Top Lawyer - Trusts, Wills & EstatesMain Line Today Magazine2011
Top Lawyer - Tax LawMain Line Today Magazine2011
Top Lawyer - Trusts, Wills & EstatesMain Line Today Magazine2010
Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMacElree Harvey, Ltd.2009 - Present
AttorneyThe Law Offices of Joseph A. Bellinghieri1994 - 1995
Tax ConsultantCoopers and Lybrand1991 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chester County Estate Planning CouncilPresidentN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Chester County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
West Chester Chamber of CommerceMemberN/A
Chester County Bar FoundationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
MacElree Harvey NewsletterEstablishing a Special Needs Trust2008
MacElree Harvey Newsletter2006 Tax Update: Understanding the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act (TIPRA)2006
MacElree Harvey NewsletterAct Now, Save Later: MacElree Harvey's 2005 Year-End Tax Strategies2005
MacElree Harvey NewsletterHow Conservation Easements Work2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawLL.M - Master of Laws1993
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Drexel UniversityFinance and AccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1988