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.”

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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