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Noreen and John | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Client's rating: 5 of 5.

John was extremely helpful to us when we established a 3rd party special needs trust for our son with Down Syndrome. It was so comforting and reassuring to know that we were using someone very compassionate and knowledgeable in this area. John was very inclusive of our family when he explained the details of the trust and respectful of our son when he wanted to be involved in the process! We highly recommend John and his team!!

Rhonda, Joe Merhaut and Family | Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. Client's rating: 5 of 5.

I am writing to thank you for your help in planning for our daughter's future. Trying to plan for the future of a child or young adult with special needs is a very important and emotional endeavor. Thank you for making us feel at ease with the process of creating the Third Party Special Needs Trust and providing its explanation, the Health Care Directive and guiding us through the process of Guardianship. Your knowledge and organization helped us make the decisions we needed to in order to assure proper care for our daughter in the future. As parents who want only the best for their child, we cannot thank you enough for your assistance, guidance and representation throughout this process.

Keely McCullough | Allison Park, Pennsylvania. Client's rating: 5 of 5.

I was extremely grateful to find Attorney D'Onofrio. Being a single mother of a disabled child, I had no clue where to even begin with preparing a Will and all a document like that entails, but I needed to have peace of mind in knowing my daughter would be cared for should something ever happen to me. John D'Onofrio's services guided me through what needed to be done, and he informed me of other things that should be done as well, such as setting up a Special Needs Trust. I would have never been able to afford legal fees to accomplish these things, and with many thanks to John D'Onofrio, that burden was removed from my shoulders. I now have peace of mind in that I have a Will, Power of Attorneys, a Trust account for my daughter... everything I need to ensure that if I am unable, I have someone to speak for me and care for my daughter and I couldn't be more thankful. The work that John does for families coping with children of special needs is beyond words. You are a true blessing!

Mike and Chris Sherry | Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Client's rating: 5 of 5.

Knowledgeable, understanding and passionate when it comes to helping families with special needs children. John speaks to you in a way that makes a complex situation understandable. John is truly dedicated to helping the special needs community. My wife and I are extremely satisfied and blessed that John came into our lives. I would highly recommend John D'Onofrio for all of your estate planning needs.

David A. Haines | South Park, Pennsylvania. Client's rating: 5 of 5.

When my wife passed away I became concerned about what would happen to my disabled daughter in the event of my death. I wanted to be sure that what little I have in the way of funds would go to her with minimal impact on any government funds (i.e. Social Security, Medicare) that might become available to her. I was advised to have a "Special Needs Trust" set up for her. I contacted a couple of local attorneys who provided unsatisfactory responses. An acquaintance whose son has the same disability as my daughter provided me with information that led to my contacting Attorney John D'Onofrio. My daughter and I met with John on two occasions and provided him with our necessary personal information. John then promptly provided us with the following legal documents: a Special Needs Trust and a will for my daughter, and for me — a will, a living will and a power of attorney document. In addition, John gave us instructions on how to provide the necessary documents to health care providers and to our bank, where a special account had to be set up for the Special Needs Trust. John is a very congenial person who treated my daughter with respect and courtesy during our two meetings. His office is accessible and attractive and the staff was very kind and helpful. I recommend John's services highly to anyone seeking this type of legal counsel.

Glenn and Sandy Diedrich | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Client's rating: 5 of 5.

My wife and I have known for many years our special needs daughter needed a Third Party Special Needs Trust to help meet her financial needs after our passing. Procrastination and available funding were our excuse for not getting this vital work completed for our loved one. After our daughter had become a victim of identity theft, we were motivated to act. With a number of calls, we were referred to John through a staff member of The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh. We found John to be very knowledgeable, professional, and kind. He provided us with all the legal documents needed to help support our daughter's future needs, graciously waiving his legal rates and only charging us a nominal flat-rate fee. We would recommend John D'Onofrio to any family whose child is receiving SSI funding.

Colleen and Kevin Stripp | Oakdale, Pennsylvania. Client's rating: 5 of 5.

Thank you, John, for everything you have done for us in getting legal guardianship of our daughter. From help with all the paperwork to the court hearing, your professionalism and knowledge of the legal system made the process extremely easy for us. Thank you!

Robert D. Kyslinger | Houston, Texas. Client's rating: 5 of 5.

I met John D'Onofrio in 1991 when I was living in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Even though I now live in Texas, he has been providing estate planning and other legal services to my whole family including my parents and five sisters ever since. Like many families, our parents provided us every opportunity to succeed, but they didn't plan for their retirement nor did they ever stop to consider their medical needs or desires as they aged. They were living the best they could while raising six kids and they procrastinated on the planning process until the reality of retirement overcame them. Unfortunately, the simple life of retirement is often complicated by declining health and income. Our self-education process was time consuming as we swam in a sea of 'alphabet soup.' In reality, we didn't want to know "everything" about estate planning and government regulations; but instead, we really needed to know our options as it applied to our family's situation. Sensing our need to be more informed, John referred resources to us so we could better understand the myriad options of Medicare and other Federal and state assistance programs. Just discussing the planning process with five other siblings and your parents is a recipe for conflict fueled by emotions and clouded by partial data regarding the process. John was able to provide unbiased advice at a time of high emotion amongst the very strong personalities within our family. He patiently explained the various options and complexities of the estate planning process, long-term care, and medical directives as they related to our parent's current health, their wishes, their estate and the law. He helped us to address specific issues one at a time instead of trying to address everything at once which can become confusing. He ultimately created the estate planning documents needed for my parents which we all agreed upon. We would not have been able to navigate the complexity of estate planning and future medical care for ourselves and our parents by using cheap Will creation software or navigating for answers via Google. Our parents are too important and their lives are too complex to fit into a Word template, plus the various laws are ever changing. As a child, ignorance may be bliss, but as an adult we are called to educate ourselves, seek wise counsel, create a plan and then ultimately, we must execute the plan. My only regret is that we should've begun the process decades before my parents retired. This process with my parents motivated my wife and I to complete our estate planning process even though we have over 30 years to retirement. We don't want our two sons to endure the process like I did with my sisters. If you realize the importance of planning, then I highly recommend John D'Onofrio. His wise counsel has been invaluable to our family.

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