Neil E. Hendershot


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Neil E. Hendershot





E-mail: nhendershot@ssbc-law.com

PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary Law Blog

As Counsel at the law firm of Schiffman, Sheridan & Brown P.C., Neil E. Hendershot, Esq. possesses extensive legal experience in the areas of elder law, personal and estate planning, estate and trust administration, and Orphans’ Court litigation.

Attorney Neil E. Hendershot was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 1976. As an elder law, estate, and estate planning attorney, he addresses such issues as Living Trust and Living Will matters, legalities surrounding probate law, and legal situations involving the financial, physical, and emotional well-being of the elderly. He represents clients in Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Carlisle, and the surrounding Pennsylvania communities.

From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Hendershot served as Chairman for the PA Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, as well as its Council for a decade. Since 1978, he has been an Editor of the Section’s Newsletter, which is published twice yearly. Recently, he served as Executive Editor. Additionally, he served as Chair member of the Orphans’ Court Rules Committee of the Dauphin County Bar Association. Mr. Hendershot was also a member of the Estate Planning & Probate Law Section of the DCBA, of which he was founding Chairman.

From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Hendershot served on the Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee, a position he was chosen for by the PA Supreme Court. He’s been an active member of the Advisory Committee on Decedents’ Estate Laws, of the PA Joint State Government Commission for over two decades. He’s participated in several of its legislative study and drafting committees, many of which ultimately concluded with enactments. The work of these committees concerned various legal matters, including guardianship, powers of attorney, uniform trust law, transfers on death, and reproductive technology.

In addition, Mr. Hendershot is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He’s taught and organized many courses since 1978, all of which are sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Some of his courses include “Mediation for the Elderly” (2010), and “Conquer Catastrophe” (2011).

In addition to planning and teaching courses for the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Mr. Hendershot has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Widener University School of Law’s Harrisburg campus since 2000. He’s also maintained the “PA Elder, Estate, & Fiduciary Law Blog” for nearly ten years. Mr. Hendershot is also the author of “PA HealthCare Decision Making” and “Pet Owner’s Planning”. Additional information on Attorney Hendershot can be located on the PA HCDM.

“Neil Hendershot continues to post on his PA Elder, Estate and Fiduciary Law blog as new issues
develop in the law.”
– http://paelderestatefiduciary.blogspot.com – PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary Law Blog

Current Employment Position:

Of Counsel

Areas of Practice:

50% Orphans’ Court Litigation
25% Estate & Trust Administration
15% Estate & Personal Planning
10% Real Estate, Corporate, and Miscellaneous Civil Matters

Litigation Percentage:

50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

Pennsylvania, 1976


The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1976 (now Penn State/Dickinson School of Law)
Bucknell University, United States of Amercia, 1973
Major: English

Published Works:

Various articles, PA Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Newsletter
PA Bar Quarterly Article

Classes/Seminars Taught:

Speaker, Various Estate Planning Councils and State Trial Judge’s Conference
Lecturer to Lawyers on Topics of Estate Planning, Document Drafting, Elder Law, Estate & Trust Administration, Taxation, Personal & Estate Planning for Pet Owners, and Legal Automation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1978 – Present
Adjunct Professor of Law, Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg Campus, 2000 – Present

Honors and Awards:

Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Council (ACTEC)
Best Lawyers in America, 2000 – Present
SuperLawyers, Philadelphia Magazine, 2004 – present
Martindale-Hubbel, A-Rated
AVVO, 10 Ranking (“Superb”)

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, 1978 – present
Chair, 2002-2003
Newsletter Editor, 1978-present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, 1978 – Present
“Living Trust Abuse” Statewide Publicity Campaign, 2004
Dauphin County Bar Association, 1999 – 2000
Dauphin County Bar Association, 1992 – 2001
Board of Directors
Dauphin County Bar Association, 1978 – Present
Dauphin County Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section, 1991 – 1992
Founding Chair
Dauphin County Bar Association, 1991 – Present
Section Member
Orphans’ Court Rules Committee, 1989 – 2008
Chair, Member
Annual Probate Bench-Bar Breakfast, 2004 – 2008
Estate Planning Council of Central Pennsylvania, 1987 – 1988
Estate Planning Council, Central Pennsylvania, 1978 – Present
PA Joint State Government Commission, 1992 – Present
Member, Advisory Committee, Decedent’s Estate Laws
Re Guardianships & Powers of Attorney, 1995 – Present
Legislative Drafting Subcommittee Member
Transfers on Death, 1998
PA Uniform Trust Code, 2000 – 2004
Transfers Without Grant of Letters, 2004 – Present
Guardianship and Powers of Attorney, 1995 – Present
Assisted Reproductive Technologies, 2005 – 2008
Member, Ad Hoc Drafting Committee
American Heart Association, Pennsylvania Affiliate, Capital Region Division, 1995 – 1996
American Heart Association, Pennsylvania Affiliate, Capital Region Division, 1981 – 1996
Board Member
United Way of Capitol Region, Lawyers’ Division Campaign, 1997 – 1999
AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) Museum, 1992
Founding Sponsor, Counsel

Past Employment Positions:

President Judge Martin J. Coyne, Orphans’ Court Division, Court of Common
Pleas of Lehigh County, PA, Law Clerk, 1976 – 1977
Dauphin County, PA, Solicitor, 1984 – 1986
Dauphin County General Authority, Solicitor, 1984 – 2000