Pittsburgh & Western PA Estate Planning & Probate Attorney
Offering you over 32 years' experience!
My name is John D'Onofrio, and as the founder of D'Onofrio Law
Office, P.C., I have been providing clients with legal assistance for
more than 32 years, always striving to professionally and timely serve
my clients-the friendly residents of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.
Through years of experience working in the legal field, I have gained insight
and knowledge on a wide variety of
estate planning and
probate matters. As such, I am here to provide the quality legal representation you need.
What sets me apart from the competition?
I have over 32 years of experience
I make house calls
Academy of Special Needs Planners (member)
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (member)
I offer FREE services for special needs families
I am a regular speaker at special needs and estate planning seminars
In 2010, I was graciously awarded the Jefferson Award. Established by Jackie Kennedy, this is a national recognition system
honoring community and public service. I have the expertise and education
to handle almost any estate planning complication, working hard to find
I am Passionate About Special Needs Planning
While I focus on helping a variety of clients create their estate plans,
I am especially passionate about special needs planning. Throughout my
legal career, it has been my goal to raise awareness to the specific legal
process available to protect special needs individuals. I aim to provide
every family who has a special needs member with a professional special
needs plan which will secure the future needs of the disabled family member.
When your child or loved one has special needs, it's important to create
a plan for their future protection. Most parents wonder what would happen
to their special needs child if they could no longer care for them. With
special needs planning, you can use a variety of legal methods, most specifically a special needs
trust, to safely put money away for your special needs child or special
needs family member and they will still qualify for their government benefits.
I can also assist you with guardianship matters. Pennsylvania considers
any person over the age of 18 an emancipated adult, regardless of their
disabilities or needs. For this reason, I encourage families to pursue
a guardianship petition for their special loved one.
Tailoring a Customized Estate Plan to Fit You
When my clients come to me to create an estate plan, I first determine
their needs, goals and objectives. I understand each client has a different
financial and family situation, which is why I will review your asset
base and family structure (i.e. first marriage, minor children, blended
family, single, etc.), before suggesting any services. I have extensive
experience with guiding clients through the estate planning process and
with helping them to select the most beneficial tools for their respective plan.
I can help you with:
I can assist you with preparing a variety of trusts such as a revocable
living trust, irrevocable life insurance trust, family dynasty trust,
charitable trust, and other trust agreements suited to your specific needs.
Additionally I am available to assist with settling a trust, handling
the estate taxes, and inheritance taxes and other debts that might need
to be settled before the trust assets or probate assets are distributed.
Handling Probate in Moon Township and Western PA
While I often work with my clients to help them
avoid probate, I understand there are some cases where that isn't possible. I have
dealt with many courtroom probate processes, always aiming to minimize
the costs associated with probate as well as the time my clients may have
to spend in court.
If a loved one has recently died and you are named as the executor or if
your loved one died without a last will and testament, you will need legal
representation to prepare the petition for you which will be filed with
the appropriate Orphans' Court. Once you are sworn in as either the
executor or the administrator of the estate, I will guide you through
the probate process. You will have peace of mind knowing I have the legal
expertise to handle your probate matters.
Whether you want to create a trust for your child's financial security
or shield your assets from creditors, I am available to help. When you
enlist my services, I will provide you with the support you need for your
specific situation, always aiming for professionalism and efficiency.
Contact my law office today
to discuss your future plans in a
free case evaluation!
Although my law office is located in
Allegheny County, I service
Moon Township and all of Western Pennsylvania and
like an old-fashioned country doctor, I make house calls! Contact my law
get peace of mind.