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Mary Jo Corsetti, Esq.

Mary Jo Corsetti

I will guide you through the law, taxes, and interpersonal issues involved in estate, trust, business, and tax matters, and provide representation that is result oriented, technically accurate, strategic, creative and timely. I will work with you to see your case or project through to completion. My practice is focused in the areas of estate, trust and business planning, administration and litigation, business law, taxation, real estate, and elder law.
Williams Coulson
(11-15 Attorneys)

Probate, Estate and Elder Law
Small Business Law and Litigation

One Gateway Center
Suite 325
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

30 years



Why did you become an attorney?

To help people and solve problems, giving priority to my clients' objectives and needs.  I enjoy puzzles.  Cases and planning projects are puzzles to be solved and completed, always keeping in mind the best interests of my client and what he or she wants to achieve.  I use a combination of estate, trust, business, and tax law, along with litigation, as needed.  I don't mind dealing with difficult people or situations, and I don't just take the cases that are easy winners.

What experiences (work and personal) help you to be a better attorney?

My experience includes both the complex (sales to irrevocable grantor trusts, limited partnerships, gifting techniques, powers of appointment, revocable and irrevocable trusts, business operating agreements, grats) and the less complex (traditional wills, powers of attorney). I am experienced in sophisticated estate and business planning strategies and committed to staying on the cutting edge of estate, trust, business, and tax law.  My teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University makes me a communicator; this lends itself to explaining to my clients the concepts involved in their legal matters. I provide my clients with legal options and the consequences of those options, but don't try to force a decision.  The ultimate choice is theirs.

What made you choose your primary specialty focus of law?

An estates, tax and litigation practice demands technical tax expertise and creativity. I enjoy the strategy, performance, ministry, and philosophy aspects of an estates, tax and litigation practice.

What makes your law firm unique?

We are extremely strategic and creative. We don't do anything without a specific objective in mind and our solutions tend to be out-of-the box. We have both breadth and depth in knowledge of the law and the personnel (lawyers, paralegals and support staff) to carry out your objectives.  We also have computer software for estate administration and tax return preparation, and prepare individual, estate, trust, and partnership returns.

Describe your ideal client.

Someone who is willing to understand that the legal system moves slowly, and that the people involved have their own perspectives. Other than that, everyone is an ideal client.

Describe your personal interest and hobbies.

Singing, playing musical instruments, hiking, running, gardening, and horseback riding.

Describe your charitable activities.

Rotary Club of Downtown Pittsburgh/Rotary International.
Diocese of Pittsburgh Planned Giving Advisory Board.
Duquesne University Planned Giving Advisory Council.
Advisor: Statewide Mock Trial Competition, Springdale High School.
Cantor, Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church.
Board of School Directors, Allegheny Valley School District (2007).
Fellowship Committee, Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church.

Probate, Estate and Elder Law
  • Contested Guardianships
  • Contractual Beneficiary Issues
  • Elder Law
  • Fiduciary Removal
  • Guardianships
  • Healthcare Power of Attorney
  • Joint Survivorship
  • Life Insurance
  • Living Wills
  • Power of Attorney
  • Probate
  • Probate Litigation
  • Taxation
  • Trust Disputes
  • Trusts
  • Will Contests
  • Wills
Small Business Law and Litigation
  • Business Formation and Dissolution
  • Collaborative Law
  • Commercial and Contract Law
  • Contract Disputes
  • Mediation
  • Non-Competition and Trade Secrets
  • Nonprofits
  • Ownership Disputes/Fiduciary Relationships
  • Property Reassessment Appeals
  • Small Business Taxes
  • Zoning

University of Pittsburgh
Juris Doctor (JD), 1986

Bar Association Membership

Allegheny County Bar Association


AV Preeminent rating in Martindale-Hubbell since 1997.

Legal Leaders/Trust and Estate Law 2015.
Five Star Financial Services Professional 2015.
Five Star Estate Planning Attorney 2014.
Pennsylvania's Top Rated Lawyers 2013.
Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), Presenter and Writer. 

Foxmoor Continuing Education, Presenter and Writer.
Adjunct Instructor, Duquesne University, John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business (Legal Process).
Five Star Wealth Manager 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013.
Radio Appearances: KQV AM/1040, WMNY AM/1360, WPTT AM/1360.
Athena Award Nominee.
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
Toastmasters International, Competent Communicator.

Court Admissions

US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Third Circuit Court of Appeals


Mediator, Accredited by the Association for Conflict Resolution
Mediator, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Arbitrator, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Certified in Collaborative Law

Board/Committee Membership

Probate and Trust Law Section
Collaborative Law Committee
Elder Law Committee
Mentor: Pitt Legal Services Incubator

Continuing Education

Current on Continuing Legal Education requirements

Bar Admission Date


Supreme Court Number


Licensed In

Pennsylvania (1986), #48234

Significant Cases

Sniderman Will, reported in the Fiduciary Reporter, volume 20, Second Series, page 119 (1999).
Estate of Samuel W. Harper, Deceased, reported in the Atlantic Reporter, volume 975, page 1155 (Pennsylvania Superior Court 2009).
Killilea Trust, reported in the Fiduciary Reporter, volume 25, Second Series, page 86 (2004).

Summary of Firm

We have the estate administration and tax preparation software to assist you with estate and trust administration and tax return preparation.  We prepare returns related to Federal estate tax, Federal gift tax,  Pennsylvania Inheritance tax, other state death taxes, and Federal and state income tax, among other matters.

Summary of Previous Employment

Pittsburgh law firm of Eckert Seamans, 1990-1995
Philadelphia law firm of Hepburn Willcox, 1987-1989
Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1986-1987

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes - 30 minutes

Typical Retainer Fees

Yes, a moderate retainer is preferred.

Fixed-Price Services and Fees

For document preparation, there is usually a fixed price option.

Fees by Hourly Rate

Negotiable, depending on complexity of work. Installment payment plan is an option for litigation matters.


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