Werner & Wood

Law firm handles Probate Administration, Estate Planning and Residential Real Estate in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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Firm Overview

Werner & Wood handles issues related to Probate Administration, Estate Planning and Residential Real Estate.

We have 39 years of legal experiences and provide our clients with attentive and efficient service. Our firm has 3 convenient offices serving all of Chester County. To contact our West Chester office, please call 610-692-2900.

Attorney Kenneth R. Werner can help you in the following areas of the law:
-Elder Law
-Business Formation
-Closely Held Business Estate Planning
-Probate Administration
-Residential Real Estate
-Estate and Gift Taxation
-Last Will & Testaments
-Powers of Attorney
-Living Wills
-Federal Income Tax
-Fiduciary Income Tax
-Individual Taxation
-Inheritance Tax
-Decedents Estates
-Estate Administration
-Estate Planning
-Estate Settlements
-Zoning Law

Reliable Estate Planning and Probate Services:
It is essential that you last wishes be carried out as you intend. At Werner & Wood, we manage the drafting of Wills and planning the specifics of your Estate. Our firm has experience handling the difficulties that may come with Probate and can help you find satisfactory resolutions.

Getting Quality Residential Real Estate Legal Advice and Representation:
Werner & Wood provides you with the careful attention to detail that any real estate transaction requires. Whether you are buying or selling, our firm reviews every interaction to ensure your interests are properly served. You will rest easy knowing that an experienced attorney is on your side and you are getting the best deal possible.
Main Office

Main Office
203 West Miner Street
West Chester  PA  50044-19700

Phone
  • 610-692-2900
Fax
  • 610-933-7732
Probate
Probate follows what is typically a painful emotional loss.
The knowledgeable, meticulous law firm of Werner & Wood has 39 years of experience in Probate Law and know how to ease the stress of Probate by guiding Executors and Beneficiaries.

The Process of Probate:
Most Executors have rarely, if ever, probated a Will and know little about the process. Attorney Kenneth R. Werner can guide you through the complex Probate process, including:
-Filing the Will with the Pennsylvania Probate Court
-Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously Probating the Estate
-Finding and collecting assets
-Closing and opening bank accounts
-Transferring assets from the deceased to the Estate
-Paying Estate taxes
-Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the Estate
-Locating Beneficiaries
-Hiring experts, when appropriate

Valuing and Managing the Estate:
We assist Executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the Estate. Werner & Wood has a team of experts available to help with every aspect of Estate Probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisers, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with Executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.

Probate Disputes:
Even in apparently straightforward Estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between Beneficiaries. Our professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally-charged process of Probating a challenged Will or disputed Executor or Judicial Decision. When it is in the best interests of our client to preserve cordial familial relationships, we are adept at mediating these disputes. When necessary, we assertively defend our client's Beneficiary rights within the Pennsylvania Probate Court.

Kenneth R. Werner

Senior Partner

Ken Werner has practiced law in West Chester, Pennsylvania for over 39 years helping individuals and businesses throughout all of Chester County. He practices law in many areas but concentrates his practice in Probate Administration, Estate Planning and Residential Real Estate. He makes it a practice to provide prompt, informed responses to his clients' questions, requests and concerns. Mr. Werner has earned a BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell listing for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas:
-Elder Law
-Business Formation
-Closely Held Business Estate Planning
-Probate Administration
-Residential Real Estate
-Estate and Gift Taxation
-Last Will & Testaments
-Powers of Attorney
-Living Wills
-Federal Income Tax
-Fiduciary Income Tax
-Individual Taxation
-Inheritance Tax
-Decedents Estates
-Estate Administration
-Estate Planning
-Estate Settlements
-Zoning Law

Admitted:
-Pennsylvania, 1973
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1981
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, 1992

Education:
-Yale University, B.A., cum laude, 1967
-University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1973
-Villanova Law School, LL.M., Taxation, 1983

Military:
-U.S. Army, 1969
-Honorably Discharged, 1972

Associations & memberships:
-Chester County Bar Association
-Pennsylvania Bar Association

Biographical details:
Kenneth R. Werner attended Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in 1967. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and his L.L.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law in 1983. His practice generally emphasizes all aspects of wills and estate planning, taxation, corporate and business law, and zoning and municipal law.

Mr. Werner is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and all Pennsylvania Trial and Appellate Courts. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, including its Litigation, Municipal, Small Firm and Tax Sections, and the Chester County Bar Association.

Mr. Werner served honorably with the U.S. Army. He lives in Exton.

Mr. Werner has acted as the Solicitor to the Zoning Hearing Boards of Honey Brook Township, Chester County, since 1978, Honey Brook Borough, Chester County, since 1980, and East Nantmeal Township, Chester County, since 1976. He also is the Solicitor to the Administrative Appeal Boards for both Honey Brook Township and East Nantmeal Township.
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Juris Doctorate , 1973
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