Safeguarding Your Present & Future

Attorney Michael H. Marks

Pittsburgh Elder Law Attorney – (412) 500-9488

Attorney Michael Marks founded Marks Elder Law in 1979 and has been working diligently to represent our clients, plan their futures, and protect their families from legal complications. With an intense focus on elder law and estate planning, he has built a reputation for being able to work virtually any sized case to success. He also has an in-depth understanding of litigation processes, allowing him to bring a case to court on behalf of clients, if needed.

Michael first began seeking a career in law in order to put his communication and critical-thinking skills to good use for people facing complex problems. The desire to help others in need also moved him towards a private practice, rather than an attorney working for a large corporation. From the first day of his practice, Attorney Marks was set on being able to create real, reliable relationships with his clients, giving them a friend and a legal advocate in one. As he will tell you himself, perhaps the most important part of his job as an elder law attorney and estate planning lawyer is listening. Lending a genuine ear to clients helps them feel better and helps Attorney Marks create a better case or plan on their behalf.

Practice Areas of Focus

  • Estate planning
    • Wills, powers of attorney, trusts, deeds, and other estate planning documents
  • Special needs trusts
  • Estate administration
  • Long-term care planning
  • Real estate transactions
    • Sales, purchases, leases, and tax assessment appeals

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1979)
    • Honors: Elected by faculty to Order of Barristers
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business (1994)
    • Honors: Elected by faculty to Beta Gamma Sigma National Academic Honorary Society
  • Bachelor of Arts — English Major, University of Pennsylvania, PA (1974)
    • Honors: Economics

Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association Elder Law Committee (2000 to present; 2010 to 2012 Chair)
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys (PAELA)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association — Real Property, Probate, Trust Law Section, and Elder Law Section
  • Allegheny County Bar Association — Probate, Trust Law Section, and Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Section

Community Involvement

  • Gateway Rehabilitation Center, Inc. (2004 to present, Board of Directors; 1995 to 2004, ex-officio member; 1990 to present, Board Member)
  • Nominating and Governance Committee (2008 to present, Chair)
  • Gateway Friends Association, Inc. (1992 to 1997, Chair; 1998 to 2000, Secretary)
    • Honors: Twerski Outstanding Volunteer Award (1994); Volunteer of the Year Award (1995)
  • Allegheny County Drug & Alcohol Planning Council (1996 to 2000, Chair and member; 2000 to 2001, Secretary and member)
  • Managed Care Committee of the Single County Authority of Allegheny County (1997 to 1998, Co-Chair)
    • Responsible for planning the implementation of the PA Department of Public Welfare “Health Choices” Behavioral Health Contract Program rollout
  • Greenfield Organization, Inc. (1983 to 1991, President and Chair of Board of Directors; 1981 to 2005, Board Member)
  • Leadership Pittsburgh Program, Year X Graduate (1994)
  • Robert Morris College Legal Assistant Certificate Program Advisory Committee (1995 to 1999, member)
  • Business in Greenfield, Inc. (member)
    • Honors: 1996 Greenfield Service Award for Business
  • Older & Wiser Program (1995 to 2011, presenter)
    • Sponsored by Pennsylvania State legislators and Neighborhood Legal Services Association

Professional Publications

  • Initial Estate Planning Strategies and Techniques, Will Drafting, and Taxation Issues in Estate Planning (Sterling Seminars, 2002)
  • Practical Tips and Elder Law, Allegheny County Bar Association (Today’s Attorney, 2006)
  • Avoiding Elder Law Potholes (Whirl Magazine, 2012)

Marks Elder Law

A Reputation of Honesty, Integrity & Trust
  • Trustworthy

    With over 39 years of experience, Attorney Marks gives each of his clients the personalized attention they deserve.

  • Caring

    Our clients are more than just a number; for your convenience, we are willing to come to meet you at your house or in the hospital.

  • Professional

    Our clients consistently rate us 5 Stars for our exceptional legal guidance and qualified care in each situation.

Our Client Testimonials

  • “He was great to work with, very responsive and knew the subject matter inside and out.”

    Meredith H.

  • “Thank you for doing a great job on the estate.”

    Maggie M.

  • “Thank you for all the help, I met you at the worse time in my life, but will always remember you for your kindness and patience.”

    Vicki G.

  • “Price was excellent.”

    Cathie

  • “Thank you so much for your hard work on my husband's estate.”

    Nancy G.

  • “I am very happy with his service.”

    Former Client

  • “I really can't not say thank you enough. He was excellent!!!”

    Aleeta & Michael

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