Santillan Law Firm, P.C.

Thorough. Insightful. Professional. Santillan Law Firm works hard to be your legal adviser in Estate Planning and Administration, Real Estate Law, Social Security, Family Law Matters, Bankruptcy and Tax Issues. Rely upon our experience.

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Firm Overview

As the diversity of clients evolved over the years, our firm has focused its range of services to meet those needs. The firm has developed a substantial practice including sophisticated business transactions, real estate matters, estate planning & administration, social security and bankruptcy. In addition, based upon its past representation of both consumer & business clients with complex tax issues, the firm has added the services of income/real estate tax litigation & defense. Consult an experienced attorney at Santillan Law Firm, PC to represent you with your particular needs. Contact us online or call (724) 770 1040.
Main Office

Main Office
650 Corporation Street
Suite 304
Beaver  PA  15009

Phone
  • (724) 770-1040
Fax
  • (412) 774-2266

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Dependent on Type of Case

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Generally, fees are based upon the time and labor requirement, as well as the uniqueness and difficulty of the matter. Each client will receive either a letter or fee agreement which details the proposed fee structure. Most often, bills are based on an established hourly billing rate for each lawyer, paralegal and law clerk, determined on the basis of skill and experience. Statements are issued on a monthly or end-of-transaction basis and contain explanations of time expended and services provided. In some instances, the firm may require a retainer.

In certain cases, the fee may be charged on a contingent fee basis. In this instance, the fee for legal services will be a percentage of the result achieved for the client. The client, however, will be responsible for any out-of-pocket expenses. From time to time, a fee arrangement may be negotiated as a blended fee which will include aspects of both the hourly rate arrangement and a percentage of the result achieved.

Hourly Rates

$185.00 - $250.00 /hr or Contingent when applicable

Office Information

Office Hours

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Evening and Saturday appointments available.

Estate Planning
Everyone, young, middle age, and elderly should have a Will. At Santillan Law Firm we will discuss with you the options which you have in order to prepare an Estate Plan which benefits your family and your long-term goals.
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Probate
Let Santillan Law Firm assist you in your obligations as the Executor/Executrix of an Estate. Rely upon our experience.
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Social Security Disability
If you are disabled and unable to work, rely upon Santillan Law Firm to get you the benefits which you deserve.
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Real Estate
Santillan Law firm will assist you in real estate closings, Deed Preparation, Agreements of Sale, Mortgage Foreclosure Defense, Mortgage Modifications, Tax Sale Appeals, Setting Aside Sheriff Sales. Rely upon our experience.
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Divorce
Santillan Law firm has experience litigating Divorce matters, child support and alimony, as well as custody issues. Rely upon our experience.
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How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

As the diversity of clients evolved over the years, our firm has focused its range of services to meet those needs. The firm has developed a substantial practice including sophisticated business transactions, real estate matters, estate planning & administration, social security and bankruptcy. In addition, based upon its past representation of both consumer & business clients with complex tax issues, the firm has added the services of income/real estate tax litigation & defense. Consult an experienced attorney at Santillan Law Firm, PC to represent you with your particular needs. Contact us online or call (724) 770 1040.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We, at Santillan Law Firm, P.C., believe in the following "things" in our law practice and attempt to adhere to a code of conduct and ethics required of professionals in order to offer our clients competent representation & exceptional service:

Stays Calm. Your attorney has to be able to stay calm and patient. Your lawyer should be able to deal with you in a calm, controlled manner. He should show patience with you and with the other side. Panicking rarely, if ever, solves a problem. Conversely, a good attorney will protect his law office from irrational clients. Maintaining mutual respect between the attorney and client increases the likelihood that all issues are resolved in an orderly and efficient manner.

Is Willing to Say No. Even to You. A good attorney is candid about your chances in obtaining an outcome on a particular issue. That attorney should also tell you if you are doing something wrong, or if you are wasting your time. Simply because a client wants something does not mean that it is the best thing for a client, or that it is the right thing to do.

While some clients get upset when they find out that their attorney will not do everything that they are told, this is just the type of attorney that you should be seeking. Otherwise, your attorney will quickly get a reputation of asking for frivolous things or taking positions on issues that he knows the court will not adopt. That makes it tougher for that attorney to be successful on truly close issues. Also, you are paying good money for that attorney, and you deserve the best advice, not just what you want to hear.

Uses Technology. Property rights, property valuations and ownership, and many other matters relating to estate administration, social security, bankruptcy, real estate law, and taxes rely on research systems and software programs to make efficient, intelligent decisions. If your attorney is not up to date on these issues, and is still using pencil and paper to formulate a game plan, he is behind the times. He should also be able to communicate with you by email, and discuss the opportunities and advantages of electronic communication. If your attorney has not kept up to date on technical issues, it is unlikely that he has kept up to date on legal issues either.

Knows the Playing Field. Your attorney will not be able to predict the future. He will not always know how a particular issue will be decided. He should have enough experience with the judge, with the law, and with the other lawyers to intelligently analyze the probabilities of success or resolution of your case.

Keeps His Eyes on Important Issues. An attorney must be willing to advise her client of what constitutes important issue versus unimportant issues in the greater scheme of things. The attorney should advise the client of where to save money for more important issues. An attorney who gets distracted in court by pursuing arguments which have no value will not be as effective in front of most trial judges in dealing with the more important issue of the case.

Is Open to Questions. Your attorney should answer your questions. If he cannot, he should tell you why not. If you do not think that you are getting a fair answer to your question, then write him a letter or send an email. Frequently attorneys think that they have answered questions, but the client is still confused. Do yourself a favor and the attorney a favor and be sure to ask again. If you cannot receive an answer after that, then that attorney may not be for you. (Caveat: remember, your attorney cannot predict the future. If he could, he would have won the Power-ball/Lottery and be enjoying a nice wine or cold beer at 4:30 p.m. on a sunny Friday afternoon).

Makes a Good Presentation to You. Remember, as a potential client, you are a potential boss. If an attorney does not behave, dress, and talk in a manner that provides good presentation to you, what makes you think he will do any better to a judge?

Is Trustworthy. In the popular media, sometimes people think the best lawyer is the one who is the sneakiest, or plays the closest to the edge of ethical, moral, or legal behavior. Resist the temptation to hire an attorney who acts like that. Judges will not let attorneys get away with that behavior for very long; opposing counsel will be much more difficult to work with (meaning you will be spending a lot more money); and ultimately with nothing beneficial will be gained.

Solves Problems. If the attorney you are interviewing for hire simply talks in terms of winning and losing, get up and leave. What you want is an attorney who works to identify the problems and solve the problems. Solutions to these problems may come by counseling, a word of wise advice to you, patience, mediation, or possible trial in front of a judge. No options should be foreclosed. An attorney who does not work to solve problems before going to court will not be a good attorney.

Felicia Santillan

Mrs. Santillan concentrates in the areas of Estate Administration and Social Security.

Attorney Santillan utilizes her past experience as an Estate Administration Officer for a regional bank in handling estates ranging from less than $100,000.00 to Complex Multi Million Dollar estates throughout Western Pennsylvania. She also has experience in handling trust & intestate matters for clients.

Mrs. Santillan was also a former Assistant Public Defender for Beaver County, Pennsylvania representing indigent criminal defendants. She handles all criminal law matters for the firm, including DUI defense, Criminal Defense & Driver's License Appeals.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mrs. Santillan worked as a math teacher in Morgantown, West Virginia, worked as a Domestic Relations Hearing Officer for Beaver County, and is Licensed as a School Administrator in Pennsylvania.
License
  • Bar Number: 85938
    Pennsylvania , 1999
Education
  • West Virginia University
    J.D. , 1999
    She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from West Virginia University in 1988, her M.A. in Education Administration from West Virginia University in 1995 and her J.D. from West Virginia University School of Law in 1999. She is licensed in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia and is a member of the Beaver County Bar Association.

Edgardo Santillan

Mr. Santillan concentrates in the areas of small business reorganizations, consumer bankruptcy law, corporate and commercial finance, creditor representation and real estate tax sale appeals. He formerly acted as Special Counsel to the County of Beaver, Commonwealth of PA, in both federal & state courts.

Mr. Santillan represented tax collection agencies, including the Beaver County Tax Claim Bureau, with regard to complex tax collection issues before U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Mr. Santillan is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He is also a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Allegheny & Beaver County Bar Associations, the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association and, the Hispanic Bar Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

Mr. Santillan has been a speaker for various professional groups on topics of bankruptcy & tax laws, and has taught Continuing Legal Education classes for Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Beaver County Bar Association. He was also previously appointed as Special Divorce Trustee in complex divorce cases in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
License
  • Bar Number: 60030
    Pennsylvania , 1990
Education
  • Duquesne University School of Law
    J.D. , 1990
    He received his B.S. in Biology (PreMed) from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1987, and his J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1990 where he was a member of Juris, the Duquesne Law School Magazine, and was the President of the International Law Society in 1989.

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