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Nora Gieg Chatha

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Co-chair, Fiduciary Services & Risk Management Group

Chair, Estates & Trusts Group

Member, Tucker Arensberg Board of Directors

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Nora represents corporate fiduciary banks and trust companies, individuals, and healthcare providers in all areas of Estate & Trust planning, administration, and litigation.

Nora’s knowledge of Orphans’ Court practice and fiduciary duties aids her in providing comprehensive representation to her clients in a variety of complex situations.

Nora is a fellow of the esteemed American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). ACTEC membership is based on professional reputation, knowledge in the fields of trusts and estates and on the basis of having made substantial contributions to these fields through lecturing, writing, teaching, and bar activities.

Nora's prior experience as legal counsel for the Pennsylvania State Medicaid (Medical Assistance) Agency, the Department of Human Services (formerly Public Welfare), and status as a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation uniquely equip her to advise clients in asset protection, tax minimization, special needs, public benefits, elder law, long-term care, and end-of-life planning.

Practice areas focus on but are not limited to:

  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Caring and providing for Special Needs, Elder, and Incapacitated loved ones
  • Navigation Crisis Situations
  • Estate & Trust Planning & Administration
  • Federal Estate/Gift/GST and PA Inheritance Tax Minimization
  • Fiduciary Compliance & Duties
  • Financial abuse
  • Guardianship proceedings
  • Healthcare and Financial powers of attorney
  • Inter-generational transfers of wealth and asset preservation
  • Medicaid (Medical Assistance), eligibility, and reimbursement
  • Orphans’ Court Litigation
  • Special and Supplemental Needs Trusts
  • Social Security Disability & Dependent benefits (SSD)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Will Contests & Account Disputes

Presentations & Publications

  • Nora is a frequent speaker for various local community advocacy, outreach and non-profit groups, and fiduciary organizations including the Pennsylvania Bankers’ Association, the Fiduciary Education Foundation, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the National Business Institute, and the Trust Education Foundation's Trust Advisors Forum.

Representative Experience

  • Nora has successfully defended clients’ positions in a variety of trust and estate related matters, including the published opinion of Debone v. Commonwealth, 929 A.2d 1219 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2007).

Education

University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD)
University of Pittsburgh (BA),
  • Recipient of the Community Services Award

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Veterans Administration (previously accredited)

Office Location

  • Pittsburgh

Languages

  • Spanish (conversational)

Services

  • Business & Finance
  • Business Succession Planning Capabilities
  • Elder Law
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Fiduciary Services & Risk Management
  • Special Needs Planning

Industries

  • Long-Term Care

Departments

  • Business & Finance

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Trusts & Estates
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow
  • Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh, Past President
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Elder Law Committee, Probate & Trust Law, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, Council Member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section
  • Robert Morris University, Adjunct Faculty, Federal Estate & Gift Course for the MS in Taxation Program, 2015 - 2017
  • President's Club, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (past)

Education

University of Pittsburgh School of Law (JD)
University of Pittsburgh (BA, summa cum laude)
  • Recipient of the Community Services Award

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Veterans Administration (previously accredited)

Office Location

  • Pittsburgh

Languages

  • Spanish (conversational)

Services

  • Business & Finance
  • Business Succession Planning Capabilities
  • Elder Law
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Fiduciary Services & Risk Management
  • Special Needs Planning

Industries

  • Long-Term Care

Departments

  • Business & Finance

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Trusts & Estates
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow
  • Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh, Past President
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Elder Law Committee, Probate & Trust Law, Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, Council Member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section
  • Robert Morris University, Adjunct Faculty, Federal Estate & Gift Course for the MS in Taxation Program, 2015 - 2017
  • President's Club, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association (past)

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