Wayne C. Buckwalter: Lawyer with Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC

Wayne C. Buckwalter


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Practice Areas

  • Wealth Preservation
  • Non-Profit
Contact InfoTelephone: 215.564.1700
Fax: (267) 238-4424
University Villanova University, B.A., cum laude
Law SchoolVillanova University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
Admitted1980, Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Supreme Court


•Philadelphia Estate Planning Council (PEPC)
•Chester County Bar Association (CCBA) - Previously served as chairman of the Judicial Evaluation and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees, Participant in the Probate and Trust Law Section
•Philadelphia Bar Association - Probate and Trust Law Section
•Caron Foundation - Development Board
•Habitat for Humanity of Chester County (HFHCC) - Solicitor
•Pennsylvania Home of the Sparrow - Solicitor
•Good Works, Inc - Solicitor
•Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce (SCCCC)


WAYNE C. BUCKWALTER is a Partner in the Firm and Chair of the Wealth Preservation Group. Wayne's practice emphasizes innovative estate and business succession planning, including the creation of revocable living trusts, life insurance trusts, wills, charitable trusts and gifts, private annuity plans, qualified residence trusts and family limited partnerships. It also involves the structuring of asset ownership, life insurance and retirement plans to creatively achieve optimal income and estate tax savings. This frequently involves restructuring existing business entities, the creation of new business entities and real estate issues. Wayne's practice includes the settlement of trusts and estates including all required tax preparation and filings. In addition, he regularly advises and forms non-profits.

Wayne is a a regular seminar presenter on the topics of income, gift and estate taxation, wealth transfer and business succession planning, including planning for Marcellus Shale gas leases.

His interests include biking, catamaran sailing, golf, and a lifelong dedication to the Philadelphia Eagles. Wayne lives in Downingtown, Pennsylvania with his wife.

News & Publications

•Choosing Your Destiny: Estate Planning Tips
Construction in Brief: 2015 Volume 2
•NJ's Estate Tax: An Expensive Oversight for the Unprepared
New Jersey Law Journal - December 17, 2014
•Leaving the Legacy You Choose
Breaking Ground Magazine - May/June 2014
•Bitcoin: Yet Another Source of Revenue for the IRS?
The Legal Intelligencer - February 4, 2014
•Cohen Seglias Partner Wayne C. Buckwalter Named Five Star Wealth Manager
Client Alert - December 20, 2013
•Best Options To Give Financial Help to Family and Friends
Client Alert - September 18, 2013
•James Gandolfini's Will and Lessons for the Rest of Us
Client Alert - August 1, 2013
•Inherited IRA Rules - What You Don't Know Will Cost You
Client Alert - July 25, 2013
•Managing Tax and Liability Consequences Surrounding Marcellus Shale Land
Construction In Brief: Fall 2011
•Wayne Buckwalter Selected as One of Philadelphia's 2011 FIVE STAR Wealth Managers
November 2011
•How To Create a Successful Succession
Dynamic Business Magazine - April 2011
•How Will the Tax Relief Act of 2010 Impact Your Estate Plan?
Client Alert - January 9, 2011
•An Important Family Matter
Addiction Professional - January/February 2011
•Trust Planning for Beneficiaries with Addictions (PDF)
Wayne Buckwalter authors article entitled Trust Planning for Beneficiaries with Addictions, which appeared in the New Jersey Law Journal. - November 9, 2009
•Top 10 Common IRA and Retirement Plan Mistakes (PDF)
Wayne Buckwalter authors article entitled Top 10 Common IRA and Retirement Plan Mistakes.
•When A Client Dies (PDF)
Wayne Buckwalter is quoted many times in an article entitled, When A Client Dies written by Steven A. Meyerowitz. Wayne comments on instances where having a plan are crucial to a client's family and business. Learn more about what steps you need to take in this informative article. - March 1, 2009
•CSPG&F Announces Six Attorneys as Partners
January 1, 2008
•How do I Sell My Company Without Firing Myself? (PDF)
Wayne Buckwalter authors article entitled How do I Sell My Company Without Firing Myself? - November 26, 2007


•Marcellus Shale Leasing
May 16, 2012 - Wellsboro, PA
•Do You Have Questions About New or Existing Marcellus Shale Gas Leases or Managing Royalty Income?
October 17-18, 2011 - Towanda, PA
•Preparing for Generations of Success (PDF)
October 21, 2008 - Newark, DE
•Understanding Estate & Retirement Planning Tax Strategies
April 23, 2008 - Chadds Ford, PA
•GBCA - Succession Planning Breakfast
November 8, 2007 - Philadelphia, PA
•Understanding Estate & Retirement Planning Tax Strategies
October 3, 2007 - Kennett, MO


•Wayne recently received IRS approval for conversion of a private foundation, which has been in existence for 30 years, to a Public Charity, resulting in future income tax savings and in the ability to receive grants that were not otherwise available.
•Wayne recently obtained a court decision removing an administrator who had used fraud to be appointed, preventing the estate from being diverted to the lawful heirs.
•Wayne obtained IRS approval of an Offer in Compromise which resulted in the client paying 5% out of pocket of the total amount due.


•Wayne has been named a FIVE STAR Wealth Manager in the area of estate planning by Philadelphia Magazine for six consecutive years, from 2010 - 2015.
•Wayne is designated AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings provides reviews of lawyers and law firms for consumers and professionals.
•Wayne was elected as one of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Top Rated Lawyers in Trusts & Estates by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell.
•Wayne was selected as one of Philadelphia's Legal Leaders: Top Rated Lawyers by The National Law Journal, Corporate Counsel, and the American Lawyer. (Also at Exton Office)


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Choosing Your Destiny: Estate Planning Tips
Wayne C. Buckwalter,Shawn R. Farrell, July 9, 2015
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Wayne C. Buckwalter

30 South 17th Street
PhiladelphiaPA 19103


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