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Law Office of Michael J. Giangrieco

From their office in Montrose, Pennsylvania, Attorney Michael J. Giangrieco together with his four associates brings several decades of professional legal experience to the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York. From Family Law and real estate law to estate planning, oil and gas planning and personal injury, the attorneys and staff at Giangrieco Law are experienced and prepared to exceed your expectations. You will be guided every step of the way from initial consultation all the way through the entire legal process.

Wilbur D. (Bud) Dahlgren, Esq., one of Michael’s associates and the attorney appearing on “Lawyers on Call,” joined Michael’s law firm in April 2012. He has been an attorney since 1984, and is licensed to assist clients in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. His practice areas include wills and trusts; estate planning and administration; elder law; oil and gas planning; LLC and partnership planning; business succession planning; and tax-exempt organizations.

Bud is a member of the Pennsylvania State Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, the Florida State Bar Association, the Susquehanna County Bar Association, and the New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Law Section and the Elder Law Section. He has been a frequent speaker for community organizations, local businesses and the state and local Bar on topics such as estate planning, long term medical care planning, elder law, planned giving and changes in the tax law.

Bud resides in Binghamton, New York with his wife Elizabeth, a recently retired economics professor, and his son Jeffrey is attending Syracuse University College of Law.

Bud’s educational background is as follows:

Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude- State University of New York at Cortland-1979

Jurist Doctorate, magna cum laude- Syracuse University- 1982

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    What is a Trust and what are Trusts used for?

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