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Allegheny County Bar Association and Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office to Conduct Second Free "Truth About Probate and Living Trusts" Clinic in the North Hills on June 29, 2009

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Frank J. Lucchino will again participate in panel discussion

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — June 16, 2009.  Due to the overwhelming response to it's free Truth About Probate and Living Trusts clinic held in March in the South Hills section of Pittsburgh, The Probate and Trust Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association along with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office today announced that another free clinic will be held June 29 in the North Hills section of the city. The clinic, which will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North, located at 910 Sheraton Drive, Mars, PA 16046. The clinic will again be limited to 250 people, so reservations are required. Call 412-402-6651 to make a reservation.

The clinic will feature a panel discussion of members of the bar association's Probate and Trust Law Section in addition to the Honorable Frank J. Lucchino, Administrative Judge in the Orphans' Court Division of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, and John Abel, Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

The clinic will address issues and questions about revocable living trusts and probate and will help to address misinformation that is being distributed about these subjects. The clinic will also advise attendees on how to guard against living trust scams targeting senior citizens.

According to Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, "It is important for consumers to understand that planning an estate and choosing investments involves many different legal, financial and personal decisions. Consumers need to gather as much information as possible about these offers and look beyond fancy credentials or high-pressure sales pitches, understanding that some of these 'consultants' are nothing more than sales agents looking to earn a commission on living trusts or investments that may be of questionable value," said Corbett.

"While we all understand the importance of getting this critical information out to the general public, we were pleasantly surprised by how quickly the reservations came in for our first clinic in the South Hills," said Christine Kornosky, chairperson of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association. "Many callers asked for a similar clinic to be held in the North Hills and other parts of the city. We are pleased to again offer this important clinic in association with the Attorney General’s office. Our attorneys see firsthand every day how important it is to get the correct information about probate and living trusts into the hands of our county residents before they make misguided decisions that could negatively affect themselves and their families."

This clinic is sponsored by the Allegheny County Bar Association; Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC; and PNC Bank.

Additional probate clinics are being considered for other locations in Allegheny County. If you cannot attend the clinic, important information on probate and living trusts can be found on the Allegheny County's Bar Association For the Public website at www.acba.org.

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, The Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,600 member attorneys, judges, magisterial district judges, legal administrators, and paralegals.


Contacts:

Christine Kornosky, Esquire - 412-276-9345

Scott P. Magnuson, Esquire - 412-372-2200


Additional Contacts who will be part of the panel discussion:

Raymond Vogliano, Esquire
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
412-566-6994


Thomas Crowley, Esquire
PNC Wealth Management
412-762-3806


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