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Stephen M. Asbel

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T: 215.495.6523
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Cira Centre, 13th Floor
2929 Arch St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

Stephen M. Asbel, Partner in the Firm’s Philadelphia, PA office, focuses his practice in the areas of wills and trusts, estate planning and estate administration, business and real estate contracts and transactions, LGBT+ Law, planning second-parent and intra-family adoptions, and gestational carrier and assisted reproduction technology agreements.

Mr. Asbel is passionate about helping individuals and families plan for the future, including estate taxation, choosing fiduciaries to manage funds until children or other beneficiaries come of age, planning ahead for making medical decisions, addressing special needs of family members, and all other personal decisions that go into planning an estate for a family.

He has extensive experience helping families who have lost a loved one, who did not have an estate plan or who had an estate plan that was out-of-date, in navigating the probate system.

Additionally, years before same-sex marriage recognition became a reality in the United States, Mr. Asbel was already serving the planning needs of the LGBT+ community and continues that service now that same-sex marriage is recognized throughout the United States.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Asbel was a partner in a law firm in Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. 

While attending the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Asbel majored in International Relations and graduated cum laude and as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. He earned his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1989. During his time at Villanova, he was a member of the Jewish Law Students’ Association and the Corporate Law Society, as well as a participant in The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, where he prepared tax returns for low-income individuals.

J.D., Villanova University, (1989)

B.A. , University of Pennsylvania, (1986)
cum laude, Benjamin Franklin Scholar, Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Pennsylvania
New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Delaware County Bar Association

Delaware County Panel of Attorneys for Arbitrators

Honors & Awards
Martindale-Hubbell® Distinguished Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement with High Ethical Standing
Lead Counsel Rated Attorney in Estate Planning Law
Lead Counsel Rated Attorney in Probate Law
Corporate INTL Global Awards Boutique Estate Planning (2017-2019)
Main Line Today Top Lawyers (2017)
Suburban Life Magazine’s Top Estate Planning and Administration Attorneys List (2015)
Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals
Publications & Press Mentions
Author, Why You Should Pre-Plan Your Funeral. Client Alert. (December 2018)
Interviewed on Safe Money Radio. WDEL 1150 AM. (September 2013)
Quoted, New End of Life Plan for Social Media Accounts. KYW News Radio. (June 5, 2012)
Author, Protecting Your Will and Other Documents from Potential Challenges by Angry Relatives. Client Alert. (May 12, 2011)
Author, Mark Twain was Wrong – New Land is Being Made But Who Owns It? Client Alert. (December 7, 2009)

Civic & Charitable Associations
Suburban Jewish Community Center – B’nai Aaron, Former President
Temple Adath Israel – Ritual Committee, Lay-prayer Leader in the synagogue and in homes of bereaved families, Adult
Education Teacher
All Corners Farm, Inc., Board Member - A non-profit dedicated to providing chemical-free, locally-grown food to
organizations which feed the homeless and hungry