Carroll & Karagelian LLP

Carroll & Karagelian LLP

Large Firm Quality with Small Firm Service

Firm Overview

It used to be that individuals and businesses looked exclusively to large law firms to handle their litigation and transactional legal needs. Today, individuals and business executives realize that their selection of counsel should be based on the real needs of the case, and the quality of service a law firm can provide. At Carroll & Karagelian LLP, our attorneys provide responsive, efficient, quality legal representation. Our areas of practice include
-Business Organization
-Commercial/Business Litigation
-Commercial/Business Transactions
-Elder Law
-Employment Law
-Fiduciary Litigation
-Real Estate
-Estate Planning
-Probate/Estate Administration

Carroll & Karagelian LLP is committed to providing the best client service and the most practical level of service to each of our clients. Our attorneys have each worked in larger firms. We have opted to limit our size to focus on those areas where we believe we are most effective, and to focus on our client's needs. From our offices in Media, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware, we serve the legal needs of businesses and individuals in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware areas.

Though our lawyers are adept at litigation, we also stress planning and litigation avoidance as an important part of our practice. We listen to our clients and understand their needs in order to offer the best representation. We are committed to assisting all of our clients, individuals, families and businesses, in achieving their goals and overcoming obstacles that stand in the way of those goals.

Dedication to quality and understanding of the law makes Carroll & Karagelian LLP an excellent choice for individuals and businesses in need of sophisticated and personal legal representation. Contact us today to see how we can be of assistance to you.

Main Office

Main Office
15 West Front Street
P.O. BOX 1440
Media PA 19063




Business Formation Attorneys

When you are organizing a new business, a determination needs to be made regarding the formation of the business. Will the business be operated as a partnership, a corporation, or a limited liability company? What are the business and tax considerations that go into the business formation decision and how will the decision affect how the business operates? At Carroll & Karagelian LLP, in Media, Pennsylvania, our business formation attorneys assist clients in making business formation decisions, enabling our law firm to prepare the documents necessary to establish the company.

There are various forms of business organizations available to those who wish to start a new business in southeast Pennsylvania or the Wilmington, Delaware area. The business formation attorneys at Carroll & Karagelian LLP will use their business experience to help you select and create a business organization that will best meet your needs. We are experienced in preparing and filing all the required documents for a variety of business entities, including:

-Sole proprietorships
-Limited partnerships
-Limited liability partnerships
-General partnerships
-Corporations (Subchapter "C" and "S")
-Limited liability companies (LLCs)
-Non-profit organizations
-Closely held businesses
-Family limited partnerships

Each type of business organization described above carries complicated legal and taxation decisions that can affect the new business and its owners far into the future. Business owners must consider the start-up costs, the complexity of the business formation, personal liability issues, tax consequences, and the legal burden imposed by statutes and regulations. In addition, for organizations in which there is more than one owner, proper consideration must be given to the entity's governance documents such as shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, operating agreements, bylaws and voting trusts. At Carroll & Karagelian LLP, our business formation attorneys will review your situation and goals, and then develop a plan of action to help you achieve those goals.

Kirk Karagelian

Carroll & Karagelian LLP

Practice Areas
Commercial Transactions; Corporate Law; Business Law; Commercial Litigation; Real Estate Law; Employment Law

Admitted: 1985, Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of
Pennsylvania and U.S.; 1986, Delaware and U.S. District Court, District of Delaware; 1989, District of Columbia

Law School: Villanova University, J.D., 1984.

College: Villanova University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1981

Member: Philadelphia, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Delaware State and American Bar Associations;

Biography: Beta Gamma Sigma; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Delta Phi.


Villanova University
Juris Doctorate, 1984

Stephen Carroll

Carroll & Karagelian LLP

Practice Areas
Estate and Tax Planning Law; Estate Administration; Guardianship; Asset Protection; Trusts and Estates; Wills; Probate; Orphans Court Litigation; Real Estate Law; Corporate Law; Business Law

Admitted: 1976, Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania and U.S. Supreme Court

Law School: Widener University, J.D., 1976

College: Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1972

Member: Delaware County Bar Association (Member 1980 ; Board of Directors, 1992-1994; 2005-2007); Chairman, Orphans' Court Education Committee, 1989-1997, 2002; Chairman, Orphans' Court Rules Committee, 1987-1989, 1996-2002); Philadelphia Metropolitan Five County Coordinating Committee (Delaware County Representative 1994-2002); Delaware County Civil Justice Advisory Committee, 1999-2001; Delaware County Attorney-CPA Forum, 1980-1996; Montgomery County Bar Association, 1978-1980. Delaware County Estate Planning Council (1980; Executive Board 1984-1999; 2008 -present; President 1990-1991); Delta Theta Phi, Legal Fraternity (Daniel Wolcott Scholarship Keys 1975-1976); Pennsylvania and American (Member, Probate and Trust Law Section) Bar Associations.

Biography: Adjunct Professor, Widener University, 1983-1991; Faculty, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Statewide Drafting Seminar, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2001; Drafting for the Marital Deduction, 1993, 1996; Orphans' Court Litigation, 1997. Executive Board, 1984-1998, President, 1990-1991 and Member, Delaware County Estate Planning Council. Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Cases: Ewing Estate, 26 Fiduc. Rep.2d 153 (O.C. Del. Co. 2006); Yaller Estate, 829 A.2d 371 (Pa. Super. 2003); Yaller Estate, 22 Fiduc. Rep.2d 431 (O.C. Del. Co. 2002); In re Green Trust, 816 A.2d 224 (2003); In re Green Trust, 816 A.2d 1152 (Pa. Super 2001); Brown Trusts, 22 Fiduc. Rep.2d 147 (O.C. Del. Co. 2001); Smyrl Estate, 23 Fiduc. Rep.2d 85 (O.C. Phila 2001); McGirney Estate, 19 Fiduc. Rep.2d 324 (O.C. Del. Co. 1999); Gerlach Will, 9 Fiduc. Rep.2d 325 (O.C. Del. 1989); In Re Estate of Sidlow, 543 A.2d 1143 (Pa. Super. 1988); Estate of Nichols, 509 A.2d 967 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1986); Johnson Estate, 4 Fiduc. Rep.2d 7 (O.C. Ches. Co. 1983); Reagan Estate, 5 Fiduc. Rep.2nd 333 (O.C. Del. Co. 1985; Gerlach Will, 9 Fiduc. Rep.2nd 325 (O.C. Del co. 1989); Downie Estate, 5 Fiduc. Rep.2nd 61 (O.C. Del. Co. 1984); Nichols Estate, 5 Fiduc. Rep. 2nd 158 (O.C., Chester Co. 1985); Estate of Michael K. Nichols, Deceased, 509 A. 2nd 967 (PA Cmwlth 1986); Sheldrake Trust, 25 Fiduc. Rep. 2nd 247; Campbell Estate (No. 1) 2 Fiduc. Rep.3rd 357 (O.C. Mont. Co. 2010); Campbell Estate (No.2) 2 Fiduc. Rep. 3rd 369 (O.C. Mont. Co. 2012).

Martindale Hubbell AV Rating (highest rating); Best Lawyers in America 2001 -; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2005 -; Philadelphia's Best Lawyers 2009 -; Five Star Wealth Manager (Philadelphia Magazine) 2011


Widener University
Juris Doctorate, 1979

Linda Crozier Ferrara

Carroll & Karagelian LLP

Practice Areas
Employment Law; Commercial Litigation; Civil Litigation; Orphans Court Litigation; Real Estate Law; Corporate Law; Business Law

Admitted: 1991, Pennsylvania; 1997, U.S. Claims Court; 1998, U.S. Supreme Court

Law School: Villanova University, J.D., 1991

Member: Delaware County Bar Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.

Biography: Executive Committee Member, Villanova Moot Court Board, 1991. Member, National Moot Court Team, 1990.


Villanova University
Juris Doctorate, 1991

Shannon S. McFadden

Carroll & Karagelian LLP

Practice Areas
Commercial and Business Litigation; Civil Litigation; Orphans' Court Litigation; Estate Planning; Probate and Estate Administration; Fiduciary Litigation; Business Organization; Business Law; Commercial / Business Transactions; Real Estate

Admitted: Pennsylvania (2007); U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2008); New Jersey (2007); U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (2007)

Law School: Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2007; Magna Cum Laude; Associate Editor, Villanova Law Review; Order of the Coif; Dean's Merit Scholarship.

College: Lafayette College, B.A. Spanish and Government and Law with Honors. Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Sigma Alpha; Sigma Delta Pi; Marquis Scholar; Honors Thesis.

Member: Philadelphia County, Delaware County, Pennsylvania State and American Bar Associations

Biography: Certified Arbitrator, Compulsory Arbitration Program, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas; Board Member, TCDN, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania


Villanova University School of Law
Juris Doctorate,