Third Free “Truth About Probate and Living Trusts” Clinic to be held in Monroeville on May 5th

Pittsburgh PennsylvaniaApril 6, 2010.  Due to the overwhelming response to their free Truth About Probate and Living Trusts clinics in the South Hills and North Hills sections of Pittsburgh in 2009, 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 May 5th in Monroeville. The clinic, which will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will be held at the Monroeville Doubletree Hotel/Convention Center, located at 101 Mall Boulevard, Monroeville PA 15146. The clinic will 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, 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 two clinics,” said Christine Kornosky, chairperson of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association. “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 a grant from the Allegheny County Bar Foundation.

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 Bar Association’s For the Public website at


Christine Kornosky, Esquire


Office of Attorney General
Press Office


Jesse Harvey, Esquire
Consumer Protection Bureau

Additional Contacts who will be part of the panel discussion:

Edward S. McKenna, Esquire

Laura Vassamillet, Esquire
BNY Mellon

Thomas E. Crowley, Esquire
PNC Wealth Management


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.