John D'Onofrio returns phone calls promptly and provides honest, legal assistance at a price you can afford in the areas of probate, non-probate transfers, trust administration, and estate planning. John will answer all of your questions.
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 34 years, always striving to professionally and timely serve my clients - the friendly residents of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.
EXPERIENCED PROBATE ATTORNEY
Hire a probate attorney who cares and will properly and professionally handle the probate of a loved one's estate or the settlement of a loved one's trust.
We are currently accepting new cases for probate estates and trust estates of individuals who recently died.
We are not accepting cases for matters regarding people who died years ago and you feel that the probate was not handled properly or that you did not received your fair share of the assets.
YOU HAVE BEEN APPOINTED EXECUTOR AND/OR TRUSTEE
You have been appointed as the Executor of a loved one's Will or the Trustee of their Trust. What do you do and where do you get the money to hire any attorney?
FIRST - HOW ARE ATTORNEY FEES AND COSTS PAID?
Any attorney fees and costs for probate or estate administrations and trust settlements are paid out of the deceased party's assets and not out of your pocket. Our fixed rate fees are paid directly from the estate.
PROBATE AND ESTATE/TRUST ADMINISTRATION
We understand how hard the loss of a loved one can be. Court proceedings are the last thing that you want to experience during this time. However, we pride ourselves on being a comforting shoulder to lean on during hard times. Whether you need help with probate, administering a large or a small estate or the settlement of a trust, our Pennsylvania probate attorneys at D'Onofrio Law Office, P.C. would be glad to guide you. Our goal is to keep our clients informed, comforted, and stress-free.
In 2010, I was graciously awarded the Jefferson Award.
Established by Jackie Kennedy, this is a national recognition system honoring community and public service.
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OVER 2,000 SATISFIED CLIENTS
WeÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂve dealt with almost every single probate and estate/trust administration situation that can arise. You can rest assured that you are in good hands.
RANKED ON AVVO
We receive consistently high ranking on AVVO for probate and estate planning matters and have also received 16 client reviews all with five out of five stars.
CONTACT US TODAY
Contact us today to discuss your future plans with a free initial case evaluation!
We service Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Beaver County, and Washington County and all of Western Pennsylvania.
Contact us today to get peace of mind! 412-928-2068
651 Holiday Drive
Foster Plaza 5, Suite 400
Pittsburgh PA 15220
Complimentary initial consultation. Once you tell me your probate or trust settlement information, I will give my professional opinion on how to handle the matter and I will quote you a fair and reasonable flat fee.
At D'Onofrio Law Office, P.C. we provide our services on a flat fee basis. Every service is looked at closely and then we quote a fair and reasonable flat fee based on what is involved. We do not believe in hourly rates as the bills tend to get too large. We value our clients and strive to give the best service for the most reasonable fee.
Monday - Friday from 9am until 4pm. Evenings and weekends by appointment only
Attorney John A. D'Onofrio
NAVIGATING PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES THROUGH PROBATE
The probate process can be very time consuming, costly, and public. Family members can become easily vexed when they are stuck in court after a loved one has recently passed. A formal probate proceeding can be handled by a skilled lawyer with ease. I have been working with clients for more than 34 years, ensuring that their probate case is handled as efficiently and professionally as possible.
While going through probate during such an emotionally challenging time can be difficult, I always aim to provide my clients with compassionate and caring support.
When you enlist my services, you can rest assured the probate process will be carried out in a timely manner. When there is no will for an estate, there must be a petition for probate, or distribution of the deceased's assets. My law office is prepared to help with a variety of probate concerns. Whether the property qualifies for simplified probate or is required to go through regular probate, I have the experience to guide you through the process. If you are looking for effective legal support, contact D'Onofrio Law Office, P.C.
WHAT DOES PROBATE INVOLVE?
While the whole purpose of probate is to legally distribute property and avoid any abuse from relatives or creditors, it can lead to more frustrations if not handled efficiently. I always work with my clients to help them enjoy a smooth process, cutting down the amount of time that they must spend in court. I offer a variety of services involving probate.
The duties of the personal representative include, but are not limited to:
When the process begins, the personal representative is required to notify the heirs and beneficiaries of the estate. Due to the nature of probate court, you must also notify the general public that the proceedings have begun.
Any potential creditors must also be alerted. By publishing a legal notice in local newspapers and in legal journals, you will accomplish this.
Debts and taxes against the estate are paid.
Accounting is provided to the court.
After the liabilities are paid, the remainder is distributed among the rightful beneficiaries.
I help clients draft the above legal notices, ensuring that they supply all the required information. In Pennsylvania, anyone who is not a surviving spouse will have an inheritance tax imposed on the assets they receive from the distribution process. The only entities exempt from this are charities. There won't be a federal estate tax on any property under a certain amount.
This process can be legally complex and confusing if you don't have any previous knowledge of probate. It's helpful to enlist the services of an attorney who can handle will settlements, trust settlements, and other final matters. While the court process can be very frustrating, dragging on for months or even years in some cases, I always encourage my clients to consider the ways they can avoid probate in the future. Whether you need legal representation for the probate of a loved one's will or the settlement of a trust, I will be happy to assist you.
For more information on how you can enlist my services for your probate matters, contact my law office today . If you are looking for timely and professional results, schedule a complimentary initial consultation.
Probate and Estate Planning require an attorney who not only knows the practice area, but who can also relate to people with compassion and understanding when they are vulnerable and who understand the importance of family dynamics and avoiding conflict. John D'Onofrio is such an attorney. When you trust John with your probate, estate planning, or trust settlement matters you are not only getting a skilled practitioner, but someone who understands that probate and trust settlement can be stressful and that estate planning can be delicate. John istens to his clients and strives to meet their needs, both legal and emotional, so that they don't feel overwhelmed or unduly stressed.
As a sole practitioner, my goal is to provide my clients both quality legal assistance and quality customer service.
I know that communication is one of the most important elements in maintaining a healthy, productive attorney-client relationship.
I, therefore, promptly return all my client's phone calls, and keep my clients informed at every stage of their legal matter.
Unlike many attorneys, who consider their client's questions a nuisance, I enjoy taking the time to educate my clients about the legal process and their particular legal matter so that they can be part of the decision making process.
Attorney D'Onofrio has been a licensed attorney for 34 plus years and is currently licensed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. In 2010 Attorney D'Onofrio was awarded the Jefferson Award, a prestigious national recognition system founded by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, honoring community and public service in America. He was featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for achieving this honor.
At the onset of his career, Attorney D'Onofrio was a law clerk at the international law firm of Fulbright and Jaworski in the firm's Houston, Texas headquarters where he was mentored by the late Leon Jaworski. A partner in the firm, Leon Jaworski served as Chief of the Trial Section of the War Crimes Branch of the Judge Advocate General's Department during World War II.
He was also Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States in the 1963 civil rights case involving James Meredith's admission to the University of Mississippi, and then as Watergate Special Prosecutor, 1973-74.
Following his clerkship with Fulbright and Jaworski, Attorney D'Onforio was an intern with the Harris County, Texas District Attorney's Office in Houston where Attorney D'Onofrio served first in the Misdemeanor Division of the District Attorney's Office presenting 40+ cases per day for plea bargains, hearings, and trials. Eventually Attorney D'Onofrio was transferred to the Grand Jury Division where he presented 850+ cases to the Harris County Grand Jury.
In 1985, after a brief stay in Brussels, Belgium where he self-studied international law, Attorney D'Onofrio opened his own law office in Houston, Texas as a private practitioner.
When he first commenced the private practice of law, Attorney D'Onfrio handled criminal cases, personal injury cases, bankruptcy cases, and estate and probate matters. While practicing in Houston, Attorney D'Onofrio had the distinction of being the attorney of record for Charles M. Hall in the-then largest individual bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Attorney D'Onofrio successfully assisted Mr. Hall, an oil man and entrepreneur, in discharging $149 Million in personal debt. The case was finalized in July 1987.
After sustaining injuries in an accident in 1987, Attorney D'Onofrio moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to be closer to his family while undergoing speech and physical therapy for his accident injuries.
Upon moving to Pennsylvania, Attorney D'Onofrio suspended his license to practice law in Texas and became licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Attorney D'Onofrio is also licensed to practice in Federal Court.
Attorney D'Onofrio now limits his practice of law to estate planning, asset protection, elder care law, special needs planning, trust administration and settlement, and probate administration.
Attorney D'Onofrio is a regular speaker at Special Needs Planning and estate planning seminars.
Attorney D'Onofrio incorporated his practice in 2010 and his law office is now known as D'Onofrio Law Office, P.C.
The various organizations that Attorney D'Onofrio is a member of is inclusive of:
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Christian Legal Society
Academy of Special Needs Planners
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Attorney D'Onofrio graduated with a B.A. from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. John D'Onofrio is the former President of Good Shepherd Legal Foundation. The services that John provided on behalf of Good Shepherd Legal Foundation were featured in Allegheny West Magazine.
If you don't have an estate plan at all, or if you are worried that your current plan is not appropriate or up to-date, or if you have been named Executor of a recently deceased loved one's Last Will and Testament and you need probate advice and guidance, or if you have special needs and guardianship concerns, your next step should be to contact Attorney D'Onofrio today at (412) 928-2068.
Contact D'Onfrio Law Office, P.C. today to discuss your future plans with a free initial case evaluation!
Attorney D'Onofrio services Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Beaver County, Washington County, and all of Western Pennsylvania. Contact John today to get peace of mind.
Bar Number: 51678
Bar Number: 05984600
South Texas Collge of Law - Houston, TX
Mercyhurst University - Erie, PA
Julia Keiser is the newest member of D'Onofrio Law Office, P.C. She received her J.D. from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.
During law school Julia served as an intern and volunteer for the Louisville Legal Aid Society and assisted with the development of an interactive website for veterans seeking benefits.
Ms. Keiser graduated with honors from George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs.
Julia is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Julia developed a love for law during high school after participating in a mock trial where she relished her role questioning witnesses and organizing facts. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Pittsburgh's diverse neighborhoods, taking advantage of its museums, and following Pittsburgh football.
Bar Number: 323607
George Washington University
BA - International Affairs,
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville
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