Darlene M. Nowak

Darlene M. Nowak

Darlene Nowak has over 40 years of experience in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate litigation, corporate compliance and litigation (including federal election commission compliance), creditor’s rights, orphans’ court litigation and estate planning and administration.  Presently, she concentrates her practice in the area of estate and trust drafting, administration, tax planning, retiree benefits and elder law where all of these areas of practice play a role.

Elder citizens are living longer, healthier and more diverse lives than ever before and Darlene is experienced in establishing their rights to use or leave their property however or to whomever they wish and helping them construct estate plans that protect their rights to honor and reward only those persons and organizations closest to their hearts.

Darlene has substantial experience in the area of estate litigation and has participated in cases testing wills, gifts, issues of guardianship and capacity. She has both drafted – an unwound – real estate transfers with missing heirs and title problems. Where the rights of the frail or disabled elderly are involved, Darlene has been successful in recovering the person and property of seniors who are removed from their homes or relieved of their assets by interfering or opportunistic family members.

Nevertheless, the point of good estate planning is to avoid litigation by careful drafting and anticipating future problems. “Let them fight it out after I’ve gone” is never an option. Darlene will sit down with you and explore all the family dynamics so that future arguments and hard feelings are defused before they start, and your hard-earned assets aren’t eaten up in attorneys fees.

Darlene has drafted many dozens of estate plans for persons of all wealth levels from multi-millionaires to social security pensioners. She does not share fees with or receive a commission or anything of value from accountants, trust companies, brokers or financial advisors.

  • Estate Planning, Administration and Litigation
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Elder Law
  • Real Estate
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude, 1981
  • Canisius College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1978
  • The Honorable George Brody, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1981-1982