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Douglas L. Kaune

Estate planning Attorney at Phoenixville, PA

5.0   42 reviews

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About Douglas

Learn Douglas’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    25%
    Working with clients to develop the best plan for them and for their beneficiaries. Reducing taxes and protecting assets from creditors and divorce.

    27 years, 4,304 cases

  2. Probate
    20%
    Representing Executors and Trustees to handle estate and trust administrations. Helping to reduce tax and liability exposure while handling the delicate needs of families and beneficiaries.

    27 years, 500 cases

  3. Trusts
    20%

    27 years, 3,000 cases

  4. Wills and living wills
    20%

    27 years, 3,000 cases

  5. Elder law
    15%
    Helping clients to reduce the burdens of the rising cost for long term nursing care. Using Irrevocable Trusts and other planning options to protect your home and other assets from being lost to the need for long term nursing care.

    27 years, 1,000 cases

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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Licensed for 27 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1996
Updated 12/04/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Douglas

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
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Posted by Bruce | October 25, 2022
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Patient and knowledgable
Was great working with Doug. He took the time to get to know us and our needs and concerns and put a great package together for us.
Posted by Susan | April 5, 2022
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Wonderful experience
Douglas Kaune was a professional, knowledgeable attorney. He was very pleasant and provided us with a great experience. I highly recommend.
Posted by Myrtle | March 1, 2022
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Quality and excellence
Mr. Kaune is an excellent lawyer. His knowledge of creating wills, POA for financial and medical needs and living wills is "right on". He explained every item in terms that made it easy for me to understand. There were many "ah ha" moments when my questions were answered. He made me feel very comfortable with what I was doing. Making a will is a stressing activity but Mr. Kaune friendly but professional and respectful manner certainly eased the stress. I have every confidence in him as well as his firm.
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Posted by Bob | January 21, 2022
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Bob
Personable, very knowledgeable, answered all of our questions. Easy to work with. It was a good experience. Would recommend Doug to family and friends.
Posted by Doug | July 1, 2021
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Review of Doug Kaune
Doug is obviously a very capable and professional attorney. He was very thorough and patiently walked us through the complexities of our estate planning. We feel very confident in how our affairs will be settled at the time of our passing.
Posted by Art Scureman | September 1, 2019
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Great listening skills
It was a pleasure for my wife and I to work with Doug on our estate planning. He is very professional, listens and offers very good advice. A real gentleman. Highly recommend to anyone looking for estate planning, Wills etc.
Posted by Doris | July 3, 2019
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First Class Attorney for Estates
My sister and I met with Doug to prepare our wills. He took the time to become acquainted with each of us and learn our interests and needs. The documents were prepared quickly and carefully and the occasion of signing was relaxing and pleasant. We're confident that in due course the probate will be handled with equal dispatch and care.
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Posted by Robin | July 3, 2019
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Professionalism personified
We had such a great experience updating our wills and estate documents with Doug and his firm. He made the process very clear and easy. We particularly appreciated the firm's transparency in charging a pre-determined fee. In other words, there were no surprises. Again, Doug and his firm were outstanding at every stage of the process. We would highly recommend Doug and UNRUH, TURNER, BURKE & FREES.
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Posted by Rudy | April 27, 2019
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Mr. and Mrs.
Doug Kaune did a revision to our wills to include trusts for children and contact information for all pertinent parties. He was very precise and patient with the answers to our questions. We are grateful for his assistance.
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2019
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An excellent attorney
Doug has handled not only my will/estate but also my parents. He is very experienced in handling our wills. When my husband passed away, he directed me to the right people who could advise me in various affairs I needed to deal with. His confidence and ease gave me a peace of mind that he was directing me in the path. gb
Posted by Virginia | December 28, 2018
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Review for Douglas L. Kaune
Mr. Kaune has been my lawyer for many years, having provided excellent and caring service . I have had several wills prepared during this time and all the service from this firm has been excellent.
Posted by Paul | May 2, 2018
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Will Preparation
Douglas Kaune is a level headed and informative attorney skilled in the process of preparing wills. I was very happy with the service I received and would recommend him to anyone in need of an Elder attorney, he is also proficient in Real Estate.
Posted by Frederick | February 4, 2018
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Easy Estate Planning
Doug explained how the process works to give us options for the best result for us. First meeting was to obtain information about our financial situation and family to best prepare the estate planning documents for us. The second meeting was to go over the completed documents, answer questions, sign and get the documents witnessed and notarized. In addition to the signed documents, a pdf of all signed documents was provided for easy electronic document filing. I would recommend Doug and his firm for your estate planning needs.
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Posted by Monica | November 9, 2017
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Simplified our EOL planning.
We needed to simplify our estate plan structure, and to rewrite some documents. Doug helped us strategize and rewrote our Living Trust, POAs, Wills and Healthcare POAs. We feel that he advised us well.
Posted by Ken | October 5, 2017
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Updated will
Doug wrote my original will several years ago. I recently hired him again to update my will due to my wife's death. In both situations I found Doug to be extremely knowledgeable and very professional. The original will and subsequent update were both completed in two visits each. The work was completed on time and for a fixed fee. I was completely satisfied with his work and would highly recommend him.
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Posted by greg | August 9, 2017
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ESTATE PLANNING
My wife and I met with Doug to create our wills and he was extremely helpful. He took the time to explain all of the paperwork, why we needed each item and what the next steps were. Was very responsive to our questions and made the whole process easy.
Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2017
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Estate planning, Wills, and living wills, Trusts
I would highly recommend Douglas Kaune for your Estate planning, wills and Trusts etc. He is very knowledgeable, through and sincerely interested in your welfare. And, he is patient when you don't "get it" the first time.
Posted by Cindy | May 17, 2017
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Wills,trust
Mr.Kaune was pleasant and knowledgeable in planning my future.He answered all my questions and made me feel at ease.I left the office feeling very confident that I had chosen the best attorney.
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2017
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Husband and Wife needing Estate Planning
We met with Doug K. initially 5 or so years ago for our first estate planning meeting and worked with Doug to create a proper estate plan including Wills and Trusts which were appropriate. He did a great job and was very knowledgeable. We recently updated our estate documents and again were very happy to be working with him.
Posted by Mary Anne | May 13, 2017
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Will/Trust Planning
The first thing I noticed is how Doug listened to what I had in mind to do. He is very calm and thoughtful in his responses to questions I had about how to set the Will and Trust up. I also liked the fact that the firm sends out a newsletter to keep me abreast of the changing laws...hence, a review of my needs and what I needed to do to update my Will/ Trust. I was not billed for this courtesy. I never felt rushed while we met for our appointments. Work is completed in a very timely manor. The ladies who answer the phone have also been very kind and helpful , should a question arise after I left the Office. I have recommended Doug to several friends, and they too feel the same...he is just the best! Did I say he is very knowledgeable about his area of law?!
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Outside Counsel
  • Phoenixville Area Senior Center
  • 2003 - Present
  • Outside Counsel
  • Optimistic Real Estate Associates, L.P.
  • 2001 - Present
  • Outside Counsel
  • BLSH Enterprises, L.P.
  • 2000 - Present
  • Chairman of Elder Law Section
  • 1998 - Present
  • Partner
  • Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees, P.C.
  • 1996 - Present
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Education

  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD
  • 1995
  • Dickinson College
  • BA
  • 1992
  • Devon Preparatory School
  • High School
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Family Limited Partnership
  • Successful
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreement
  • Successful

Associations

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Devon Preparatory School Endowment
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Phoenixville Area Senior Center
  • Director
  • 2004 - Present
  • Malvern Business Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Phoenixville/Spring City Bar
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • 2016 Top Attorney
  • Suburban Life Magazine
  • 2016
  • 2016 Top Lawyer
  • Mainline Today
  • 2016
  • 2015 Top Lawyer
  • Mainline Today
  • 2015
  • 2015 Top Lawyer
  • Suburban Life Magazine
  • 2015
  • 2010 Top Lawyer
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2010
  • Estate Planning Attorney of the Year
  • Attorney's Abstract
  • 2008
  • American Juris Prudence Award
  • WUSL
  • 1996
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Publications

  • Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees Newsletter
  • Wills and Beneficiary Designations Working Together
  • 2008
  • Unruh, Turner, Burke & Frees Newsletter
  • Protecting Beneficiaries' Inheritance From Divorce
  • 2007
  • UTBF Legal Newsletter
  • Life Insurance For Estate Planners
  • 2007
  • UTBF Legal Newsletter
  • Elder Law Planning After the DRA
  • 2006
  • Pennsylvania Nursing Home Guide and A Consumer’s Guide to Understanding and Protecting the Rights of Nursing Home Residents and the Elderly
  • Planning for the Cost of Nursing Care
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning Round Table
  • The Divorce Proof Inheritance
  • 2015
  • Beneficiary Designation Issues and Answers
  • Proper use of beneficiary designations
  • 2008
  • Hoover Financial Group
  • Protecting Beneficiaries From Creditors and Divorce
  • 2007
  • Heiser and Associates Client Review
  • Estate Planning and Asset Protection
  • 2000
  • Unknown
  • Estate planning
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Douglas Kaune works hard for his clients, and gets great results. He really cares for his clients, and it shows in the passionate way that he advocates for them. If he is your lawyer, you are certainly in good hands."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Kaune gives great comprehensive advice to those in need."
Elder law Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Kaune provides a much needed service on Avvo. He donates his time to individuals who are in need of immediately legal answers."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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!"
Estate planning Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have frequently endorsed this Attorney to my clients and in every instance Doug's representation has exceeded expectations. I continue to recommend his services without hesitation and also personally have him represent my Family's interests as well."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Doug for over twelve years. I have always found him to be the consummate professional and in all regards, an outstanding attorney. I whole-heartedly endorse his work."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Doug and I have worked together for over fifteen years. Doug practices in the areas of trust and estate planning, estate administration, and elder law. When our clients have questions about nursing home litigation, estate planning, or protecting and preserving family assets for the next generation, Doug is a great resource and a highly skilled lawyer. Doug is always asking how he can better serve you as a client and is constantly developing and implementing new strategies for families facing these issues in a world of constantly changing laws and regulations."
Probate Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I am a practicing Attorney in Florida and needed help on some legal issues I have for a client in Pennsylvania. I found him to be very helpful and went out of his way to provide me with great advice."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have been referring my clients to Douglas L. Kaune Esq. for estate planning services for the past ten years. He practices exclusively in this field and has guided many of my clients through the complicated process of trust and estate planning, asset protection, and federal estate tax planning strategies. The overwhelming feedback I have received is that my clients were extremely happy with Mr. Kaune's services and the prompt, diligent manner in which he attended to their specific needs. I would strongly recommend his services to anyone who needs expert guidance in this field of law."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Doug is an excellent attorney and will provide outstanding work for any client."
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