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About me

A life-long resident of Downingtown, I am honored to be able to give back to the people in the community through my services.  Estate Planning and Elder Law are particularly rewarding practice areas in that clients realize and appreciate the value of my skills and expertise. 

When I'm out of the office, you'll find me around town at parks, community events, or just enjoying the neighborhood, with my husband, Lee, and three sons.

Recent Representations:

  • Assisted husband in efficiently obtaining Medicaid benefits for his wife, preserving family assets above the statutory maximum.

  • Planned and implemented a strategy to assist a surviving spouse of a veteran in obtaining Veterans Pension benefits to cover the cost of her medical care.

  • Counseled parents of special needs child in establishing a Supplemental Needs Trust for their child’s benefit, preserving eligibility for government needs-based entitlement programs.

  • Established trusts for international clients to ease administration of their estates.

  • Prepared Powers of Attorney for elderly parents, allowing children to assist them with medical and financial decisions.

  • Assisted young couple in drafting their wills and setting up a trust and guardians for their minor children.


Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 65%
    5 years
  2. Estate Planning: 35%
    8 years



Hourly ($215-250/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

2 total 

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  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


    Christian Lassen Wrongful death Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Andrew J. Bellwoar

    Kristen is intelligent, willing to listen, and cares deeply about her clients.


    Andrew Bellwoar Commercial real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

MacElree Harvey, Ltd.

17 West Miner Street
West Chester, PA, 19382


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Elder Law Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2015
Trusts and Wills Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2015
ScholarshipKrapf Bus Companies2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyMacElree Harvey, Ltd.2014 - Present
AssociateSiana, Bellwoar & McAndrew, LLP2013 - 2014
AssociateBrandywine Estate and Elder Law2011 - 2013
Revenue Fiscal Analyst IIPennsylvania Department of Revenue2010 - 2011
AttorneyVillanova University School of Law Tax Clinic2007 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2015 - Present
Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law AttorneysMember2015 - Present
NetCare of Chester CountyMember2014 - Present
Adult Care of Chester CountyBoard Member2014 - Present
Chester County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Elder Law SectionMember2012 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionMember2011 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
MacElree Harvey BlogMedicare Made Easy2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Villanova University School of LawEstate PlanningLL.M. in Taxation2009
Villanova University School of LawLawJ.D.2008
University of Pittsburgh School of LawHistory, Psychology, PhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Downingtown High Schooln/aDiploma2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Chester County Paralegal AssociationWorking with the Elder Law Attorney2015
Chester County Bar AssociationAdvance and Crisis Medicaid Planning2015
Coatesville Rotary ClubEstate Planning and Elder Law2012
Bootcamp for AdvisorsEstate Planning and Elder Law2011