Donald Petrille, Jr. primarily represents businesses and their shareholders as they wrestle with complex issues in today’s ever-changing legal environment. Don has helped businesses through all phases of their development, starting with initial organization, through the operational stage, eventually ending with sale, merger, acquisition or dissolution. Addressing corporate governance, contracts, procurement, compliance, human resource issues and creditors’ rights, Don has spent his career helping small-business owners succeed. His client base includes companies in diverse industries such as real estate management, alternative energy, market research, pharmaceutical services, telecommunications, construction and software development.
Don is a member of the firm’s wills, trusts, estate planning and probate team, where he advises clients on methods of wealth preservation and transfer, as well as business succession planning. As a member of the firm’s real estate team, Don advises clients on the purchase, sale, financing, leasing and improvement of real estate. He has served as a closing agent on scores of transactions.
Don has volunteered legal services for Living Hope Community Church, Bucks County emergency management associations and has served as the solicitor for the Bucks County Department of Health. He has been a director of Discover Dublin, Inc., a community development organization whose mission is to improve the residential and business communities in Dublin, PA, Bucks County, and the surrounding areas. Don is a director of the Bucks County Board of the Penn State Cooperative Extension.
Currently, Don most recently served Bucks County as its Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphan’s Court. He is the President of the Registers of Wills and Clerks of the Orphans’ Court Association of Pennsylvania, where he serves as its Legislative Liaison to the General Assembly. He is also serving as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania State Association of Elected County Officials. Don is Of Counsel to High Swartz.
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Affiliations & Honors
- Bucks County Bar Association, Member
- Orphan’s Court Section, Member
- Dispute Resolution Section, Member
- Bucks County Estate Planning Council
- Legislative Liaison – Registers of Wills and Clerks of the Orphans’ Court Association of Pennsylvania
- Vice President – Pennsylvania State Association of Elected County Officials
- Appointed by Governor Wolf as a member – Pennsylvania County Records Committee
- Appointed by Bucks County Commissioners – Bucks County Penn State Cooperative Extension Board of Directors
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court Access to Public Records Policy Implementation Committee
- Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Court Judicial Application Design Committee
- Alternate – Pennsylvania Supreme Court Advisory Council on Elder Justice
- Director – Discover Dublin, Inc.
- Pro Bono Counsel to Ottsville Volunteer Fire Company, Living Hope Community Church, Little Lambs Nursery School
- Business Law
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Real Estate Law
- Affordable Housing Finance
- Commercial Lease
- Condominium Complexes
- Eminent Domain Law
- Financing and Deal Structuring
- Real Estate Tax Law
- Zoning and Land Development
- Estate Planning
- Estate Planning Definition
- Special Needs Trust
- Death Tax
- Estate Litigation
- Power of Attorney
- Pennsylvania, 1998
- New Jersey, 1998
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1999
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2000
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit, 1999
- U.S. Tax Court, 2005
- Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1998
- College of William and Mary, B.S., Chemistry, 1994
Don Petrille's Legal Insights
IRS Issues Payroll Tax Deferral Guidance – What You Need to Know
Given the sparse guidance, there is currently a lot of leeway in how employers can implement the tax deferral holiday. On August 8, 2020, President Trump declared an optional payroll tax deferral holiday for the employee portion of social security taxes. The IRS issued guidance for employers to implement the deferral program on August 28, […]
What is an Alternate Valuation Date for Federal Estate Tax Purposes?
You may have heard about the “alternate valuation date” when valuing assets for federal estate tax purposes during estate administration. Generally, when a person dies, the personal representative is required to value the decedent’s assets as of the date of death. However, under federal estate tax law, the personal representative can do so up to […]
Yvette & John Greenwood
We highly recommend Don Petrille & the Staff of High Swartz. We met Don when we needed legal advice regarding the dissolution of a Business partnership. At all times, we found him to be extremely knowledgeable & professional as he handled our case. We trusted his advice implicitly. His Staff spent many hours handling our paperwork, answering our concerns & fielding our phone calls. Don & the expertise of High Swartz helped us win our case. We highly recommend them!
“I contacted Don at High Swartz for legal guidance for my brother whom had people he was allowing to live at his residence for a 2 months. They did not leave when they were suppose to so Don guided us with the steps to have them removed in the most gentle, but firm way possible. I chose Don, because I know he cares a lot about his clients, he is very thorough, and is outstanding in his profession. With the well written letter from your office, the people living in my brother’s home realized that we were serious about them leaving the premises and they did not have any legal right to remain there. My brother and I am very thankful for Don’s guidance in this matter, resulting in them moving out of my brother’s home.”