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Neil E. Hendershot practices law with Serratelli, Schiffman & Brown, P.C., in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Neil authors the "PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary Law Blog", and also the "PA HealthCare DecisionMaking" website.

Neil was educated at Bucknell University (B.A., English, 1973), and The Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 1976), which is now affiliated with Pennsylvania State University.

In 1976-77, he served as law clerk to President Judge Martin J. Coyne, of the Orphans' Court Division, of the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. He served as the Solicitor for Dauphin County, Pennsylvania (1984-85), and as the Solicitor for the Dauphin County General Authority (1984-2000). He is a graduate of the Leadership Harrisburg Area Program (1990).

Neil participates actively in state and local bar association activities. In 2002-03, Neil served as Chairman of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He has served as an Editor of that Section's bi-annual Newsletter continuously since 1983 to date and now serves as Editor-at-Large He also served on the RPPT Section's governing Council, and as that Section's delegate to the PBA House of Delegates(2007-09).

Neil served as President of the Dauphin County Bar Association (1999-2000), and served on its Board of Directors from 1992-2001. Neil has served as a Chairman of the Dauphin County Bar Association's Orphans' Court Rules Committee since 1989 to date, including its 2013 reconstitution for a statewide Orphans' Court proposed rules review and commentary. In 1991, he organized and was elected as the Founding Chairman of the DCBA's Estate Planning & Probate Law Section. He planned & conducted for that practice section a "Probate Bench-Bar breakfast" (2004-06).

In October 2004, Neil was a PBA spokesperson for its statewide publicity campaign, conducted with the Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General on Living Trust Abuse, entitled “Protect Your Family’s Future … Today: The Truth About Wills and Trusts” (County Line, p. 9). Neil has also advocated for change in the laws regarding powers of attorney. See: Final "Courting Trouble" Article on POA Abuse (PA EE&F Law Blog, 09/05/07). He made a presentation at the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges (02/19/09) in Pittsburgh about elder abuse and the roles that attorneys and the judicial system can play in its suppression.

Neil is active also in community activities. He has been a member of the Estate Planning Council of Central Pennsylvania, Inc., having served as its President in (1987-88). Neil served as President of the American Heart Association, Pennsylvania Affiliate, Capital Region Division (1995-96), with a position on its board from 1981 to 1996. He co-chaired the Lawyers' Division of the Annual Campaign of the United Way of the Capital Region (1997-99). Neil is a "Founding Sponsor" of the Museum of the Antique Automobile Club of America, organized in 1992, and located in Hershey, PA. He was a Rotarian and is a Mason.

Neil provides input to the PA Legislature on laws affecting seniors. Since 1992, Neil has served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Decedents' Estate Laws, of the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission. He has been active on its legislative drafting subcommittees, including those on Guardianships, Powers of Attorney (effective 1999), Transfers on Death, Health Care Powers of Attorney (effective 2007), and the Pennsylvania version of a Uniform Trust Act (effective 2006), under the PA Probate, Estates & Fiduciaries Code (Title 20, PA Consolidated Statutes). He also served on study committees, including Non-Probate Transfers on Death, Assisted Reproductive Technologies, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Currently he participates on active JSGC-ACDEL drafting subcommittees or legislative study committees on issues of: Guardianships & Durable Powers of Attorney, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Assisted Reproductive Technologies, and Long-Term Care per House Bill 255 of 2013.

In 2002, Neil proposed (through the PBA RPPT Section), and the PA Legislature then authorized during a Special Legislative Session, the creation of a new JSGC advisory committee on Real Property Laws, which was established and became active in codifying Pennsylvania's laws regarding real estate.

Neil was appointed in 2008 to serve as a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's seven-member Orphans' Court Procedural Rules Committee for a three-year term, and was reappointed for a second term expiring in 2013. From 2011-2013, he served on an Act 101 Adoptions task force for the Court. In April, 2013, he was appointed as a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Elder Law Task Force.

Neil teaches regularly and often. Since 1978, he has lectured annually for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on topics of estate planning, document drafting, elder law, estate & trust administration, death taxation, personal planning for pet owners, and legal automation. He planned PBI's statewide courses on Act 39's Power of Attorney Reforms (1999) and on End-of-Life Legal Issues (2005). He was a key participant in the PBI statewide course on the new PA Uniform Trust Act (Fall, 2006). He served as a co-planner for PBI's course on Using Mediation to Resolve Disputes Involving the Elderly (2010) and Conquer Catastrophe (2011), for which he created a companion website, Conquer Catastrophe.

He also served as the course planner for a PBI call-in course Personal Health Care Decision Making in Pennsylvania: An Analysis of Act 169 (January, 2007) and as a participant in the PBI course Health Care Directives & Powers of Attorney - 2007. In September, 2007, Neil, together with Professor Gerry W. Beyer, of Texas Tech University School of Law (& author of the respected Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog), presented a PBI audio course on Estate Planning for Pets, for which he constructed the companion website, Pet Owners Planning.

He has also made presentations to numerous estate planning councils or local bar associations in Pennsylvania, including those in Carlisle, Chambersburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, Norristown, Reading, Selinsgrove, and York.

From 2000-06, he taught advanced estate planning and administration at Widener University School of Law (Harrisburg Campus) as an Adjunct Professor. From 2005 to 2009, and again in 2013, Neil has taught "Elder Law" there.

Neil is an elected Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Council (ACTEC), a national professional group of approximately 2,600 lawyers, with only approximately 100 Fellows in Pennsylvania. He was selected for Best Lawyers in America annual publications (2000-2011; 2013), and in annual Philadelphia Magazine Super Lawyers issues (2004-2013). He is an"AV"-rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, and carries a 10.0 ("superb") rating by Avvo.

Neil practices in the areas of elder law, personal & estate planning, family business succession, estate & trust administration, Orphans' Court (PA probate court) litigation, real estate, and charitable organizations.

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