2014 Judicial Award – Pa Attorney Whalen

The Bar and the Judiciary Have Made It Clear: You’re One of the Best.

You are part of a tradition that goes back 130 years.

That’s how long the members of the Bar and Judiciary have been a part of the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating™.  For over 130 years, the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating™ from members of the Bar and Judiciary has distinguished the country’s elite attorneys.

You are a part of this exceptional group.

After all, this is a time-honored award that goes to the best attorneys in the country.

And now you deserve to honor your accomplishment with your elegant Judicial Edition Plaque.

This stately showcase piece is the most dignified way to let everyone know that you’ve reached the top.

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How Is A Pa Will Modified?

§ 2507. Modification by circumstances.

Wills shall be modified upon the occurrence of any of the following circumstances, among others:

(1)  (Repealed).

(2) Divorce or Pending Divorce. If the testator is divorced from the bonds of matrimony after making a will, any provision in the will in favor of or relating to his spouse so divorced shall thereby become ineffective for all purposes unless it appears from the will that the provision was intended to survive the divorce.

(Amended By 2010 Act 85 To Read As Follows Effective December 27, 2010).

(2) Divorce or Pending Divorce. Any provision in a testator’s will in favor of or relation to the testator’s spouse shall become ineffective for all purposes unless it appears from the will that the provision was intended to survive a divorce, if the testator;

(i) is divorced from such spouse after making the will; or

(ii) dies domiciled in this Commonwealth during the course of divorce proceedings, no decree of divorce has been entered pursuant to 23 Pa.C.S. § 3323 (relating to decree of court) and grounds have been established as provided in 23 Pa.C.S. § 3323(g).

(3) Marriage. If the testator marries after making a will, the surviving spouse shall receive the share of the estate to which he would have been entitled had the testator died intestate, unless the will shall give him a greater share or unless it appears from the will that the will was made in contemplation of marriage to the surviving spouse.

(4) Birth or adoption. If the testator fails to provide in his will for his child born or adopted after making his will, unless it appears from the will that the failure was intentional, such child shall receive out of the testator’s property not passing to a surviving spouse, such share as he would have received if the testator had died unmarried and intestate owning only that portion of his estate not passing to a surviving spouse.

(5) Slaying. Any person who participates either as a principal or as an accessory before the fact in the willful and unlawful killing of any person shall not in any way acquire property or receive any benefits as the result of the willful and unlawful killing but such property or benefits shall be distributed as provided by Chapter 88 (relating to slayers).

20 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2507

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What Is The Form And Execution Of A Pa Will?

§ 2502. Form and execution of a will.

Every will shall be in writing and shall be signed by the testator at the end thereof, subject to the following rules and exceptions:

(1)  Words following signature. The presence of any writing after the signature to a will, whether written before or after its execution, shall not invalidate that which precedes the signature.

(2)  Signature by mark.  If the testator is unable to sign his name for any reason, a will to which he makes his mark and to which his name is subscribed before or after he makes his mark shall be as valid as though he had signed his name thereto: Provided, That he makes his mark in the presence of two witnesses who sign their names to the will in his presence.

(3)  Signature by another. If the testator is unable to sign his name or to make his mark for any reason, a will to which his name is subscribed in his presence and by his express direction shall be as valid as though he had signed his name thereto: Provided, That he declares the instrument to be his will in the presence of two witnesses who sign their names to it in his presence.

20 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2502

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How Do You Revoke A Pa Will?

§ 2505. Revocation of a will.

No will or codicil in writing, or any part thereof, can be revoked or altered otherwise than:

(1)  Will or codicil. By some other will or codicil in writing;

(2)  Other writing. By some other writing declaring the same, executed and proved in the manner required of wills; or

(3)  Act to the document. By being burnt, torn, canceled, obliterated, or destroyed, with the intent and for the purpose of revocation, by the testator himself or by another person in his presence and by his express direction. If such act is done by any person other than the testator, the direction of the testator must be proved by the oaths or affirmations of two competent witnesses.

20 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2505

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Pa Attorney Awards – Most Honored Professionals Top 1%

Out of more than 900,000 attorneys across the country, less than 1% percent received this prestigious designation.

Mr. John B. Whalen, Jr., Esq. has been honored for excellence as one of North America’s Top Attorneys, an award for continuous professional recognition – an accomplishment realized by the Top 1% of American Professionals.

Lawyers recognized for excellence have remarkable professional accomplishments, great peer evaluations and more. Over 1 million North American lawyers work in businesses, government, and privately in solo practices and firms, large and small.

Of the very small percentage of lawyers who are ever publicly recognized for excellence, just a handful have been selected as a North American Top Attorney.

Mr. John B. Whalen, Jr., Esq. is considered to be one of the best and has achieved this hard-earned recognition.

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