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Douglas L. Kaune

About me

I am an estate planning, asset/creditor protection and estate/trust administration attorney practicing primarily in Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, Philadelphia, Bucks and Berks Counties. 

  • Estate Planning and Asset Protection:  I represent clients in the preparation of Wills and Trusts used to properly distribute assets to a spouse and future generations in a way that will best protect beneficiaries from federal and state taxes, divorce, judgement creditors and professional liability.

  • Estate & Trust Administration:  I represent Executors, Administrators and Trustees in all phases of probate and trust administration.   My goal is to protect the client from the liability risks associated with their position while reducing the tax burden and for estate or trust.

  • Elder Law:  I counsel clients and their families about the rules for Medicaid qualification should long term care be necessary.   This planning will reduce the heartache associated with financial concerns associated with paying for nursing home care. 


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 25%
    20 years, 4.3 thousand cases
  2. Probate: 20%
    20 years, 500 cases
  3. Trusts: 20%
    20 years, 3 thousand cases
  4. Wills: 20%
    20 years, 3 thousand cases
  5. Elder Law: 15%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Daniel MacQueen Hanifin

    I endorse Doug whole heatedly!! Doug has assisted numerous clients of mine and was always available, knowledgeable and spot on with his analysis. I highly recommend Doug Kaune for all your estate planning and elder law needs!


    Daniel Hanifin Litigation Attorney
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  • Ryan Trifelitti

    I've sought Doug's help on several estate planning matters and have always found him to be diligent, intelligent, and highly knowledgeable of the field. Doug is a proven attorney and I wouldn't - and don't - hesitate to refer clients to him for their estate planning needs. I, of course, endorse Doug.


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Contact info

Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees

120 Gay St.
P.O.Box 289
Phoenixville, PA, 19460-0289

Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees

17 West Gay Street
West Chester, PA, 19380

Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, P.C.

43 Leopard Road
Suite 103
Paoli, PA, 19301



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2016 Top AttorneySuburban Life Magazine2016
2016 Top LawyerMainline Today2016
2015 Top LawyerMainline Today2015
2015 Top LawyerSuburban Life Magazine2015
2010 Top LawyerMain Line Today Magazine2010
Estate Planning Attorney of the YearAttorney's Abstract2008
Martindale Hubbel RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
American Juris Prudence AwardWUSL1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Outside CounselPhoenixville Area Senior Center2003 - Present
Outside CounselOptimistic Real Estate Associates, L.P.2001 - Present
Outside CounselBLSH Enterprises, L.P.2000 - Present
N/AChairman of Elder Law Section1998 - Present
PartnerUnruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, P.C.1996 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2009 - Present
Devon Preparatory School EndowmentMember2007 - Present
Phoenixville Area Senior CenterDirector2004 - Present
Malvern Business AssociationMember2004 - Present
Phoenixville/Spring City BarMember1999 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Chester County Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Family Limited PartnershipSuccessful
Pre-Nuptial AgreementSuccessful
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Publication nameTitleDate
Special Needs BlogSave Your Personal Injury Award With OBRA Special Needs Trusts2010
UTBF Estate Planning BlogRemember to Review Your Tax Allocation Clause2010
UTBF Estate and GrandfatherRoth IRA Conversion Might Equal Estate and Inheritance Tax Savings2010
Trust and Estate BlogMedicaid Exception: Transfers to Disabled Child2010
Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees NewsletterWills and Beneficiary Designations Working Together2008
Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees NewsletterProtecting Beneficiaries' Inheritance From Divorce2007
UTBF Legal NewsletterLife Insurance For Estate Planners2007
UTBF Legal NewsletterElder Law Planning After the DRA2006
Pennsylvania Nursing Home Guide and A Consumer’s Guide to Understanding and Protecting the Rights of Nursing Home Residents and the ElderlyPlanning for the Cost of Nursing CareN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Widener University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Dickinson CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Devon Preparatory SchoolN/AHigh School1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate Planning Round TableThe Divorce Proof Inheritance2015
Beneficiary Designation Issues and AnswersProper use of beneficiary designations2008
Hoover Financial GroupProtecting Beneficiaries From Creditors and Divorce2007
Heiser and Associates Client ReviewEstate Planning and Asset Protection2000
UnknownEstate planningN/A