EducationUniversity of Akron School of Law, Juris Doctor, summa cum laude (2004)

Grove City College, Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with honors (1992)
Bar AdmissionsPennsylvania

United States Tax Court

United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Partner

wmf@ekmelaw.com
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I am a partner with the law firm of Ekker, Kuster, McCall & Epstein, LLP in Sharon, Pennsylvania. I manage the firm’s estate planning and estate administration practice groups. My primary practice areas include estate planning, estate administration, elder law, corporations and non-profit organizations, and tax.

[/as-accordion-item][/as-accordion][as-accordion clicktoclose="true" autoclose="false"][as-accordion-item title="Background"]Prior to becoming an associate of Ekker, Kuster, McCall, & Epstein, LLP, I served as a law clerk. I successfully completed the CPA examination and worked as an accountant for more than ten years prior to becoming licensed to practice law, although never fulfilling the technical requirements to become licensed as a CPA.

I live in Grove City with my wife Diana and our four children. My wife and I have been certified by the Pennsylvania Game Commission as basic archery instructors, and we attend Sandy Lake Wesleyan Church. I enjoy running, reading, collecting autographs, playing racquetball, and encouraging and supporting my children in their endeavors.
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Mercer County Bar Association[/as-accordion-item][/as-accordion][as-accordion clicktoclose="true" autoclose="false"][as-accordion-item title="Civic & Community Activities"]I served on the Board of Directors at Grove City Christian Academy in Grove City from 2004 to 2014. I have also served as chair of the bylaws committee for the United Way of Mercer County, and I provided the legal services necessary for the United Way of Mercer County to merge with the Northern Mercer County United Way in 2008.
[/as-accordion-item][/as-accordion][as-accordion clicktoclose="true" autoclose="false"][as-accordion-item title="Education"]University of Akron School of Law, Juris Doctor, summa cum laude (2004)

Grove City College, Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with honors (1992)[/as-accordion-item][/as-accordion][as-accordion clicktoclose="true" autoclose="false"][as-accordion-item title="Bar Admissions"]Pennsylvania

United States Tax Court

United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania[/as-accordion-item][/as-accordion][as-accordion clicktoclose="true" autoclose="false"][as-accordion-item title="Publications & Honors"]The Internal Revenue Service Collects from an Innocent Spouse in United States v. Craft: Could Business Associates Be Next?, Akron Tax Journal, Volume 18, 2003 (reprinted in the Monthly Digest of Tax Articles, July 2004)

Associate Editor of the Akron Law Review (2002-2004)

Board of Trustees Scholar (all semesters)

Millennium Scholar

ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law

American Bankruptcy Institute Medal

American Bankruptcy Law Journal Student Prize

CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Excellent Achievement in the Study of Commercial Paper, Sales & Lease Transactions

CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Excellent Achievement in the Study of Constitutional Law

CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Excellent Achievement in the Study of Employment Law

Corporate Law Scholarship

Dean’s List (all semesters)[/as-accordion-item][/as-accordion][as-accordion clicktoclose="true" autoclose="false"][as-accordion-item title="Practice Areas"]Estate Planning & Administration

Elder Law

Corporate Law and Non-Profit Organizations

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