Stanley A. Smith


  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Lycoming College, B.A., summa cum laude


  • Pennsylvania

Practice Area


  • Best Lawyers, 2015 Harrisburg Trust & Estates "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2019, Trusts & Estates, Non-Profit Charity Law


  • Income Tax Deduction for Gift of Right to Develop Real Estate
  • Does a Family Foundation Fit in Your Planning?
  • Governor Corbett Signs House Bill 1950 into Law


  • "Estate Planning After the 2010 Tax Act", McKonley & Asbury webinar

Community Involvement

  • Salvation Army -- Harrisburg, board member
  • John G. Williams Scholarship Foundation, board member
  • ARC of Dauphin County, former board member
  • The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, former member of gift planning committee
  • Messiah College Board of Trustees, former member of gift planning committee
  • Pinnacle Health Foundation, former member of gift planning committee
  • Lycoming College, former member of gift planning committee
  • Estate Planning Council of Central Pennsylvania, former board member
  • Volunteers of America, former board member
  • Dauphin County Bar Association, past president of the Probate Section

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Stanley A. Smith

Partner(717) 231-6628
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Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America® under two disciplines (Trusts & Estates, Non-Profit Charity Law), Stan has a statewide reputation for developing individualized estate plans that preserve and protect clients’ assets during their lifetime and insure that those assets ultimately pass to the clients’ heirs in a tax-efficient fashion. He responds to each client’s unique needs and desires in crafting and implementing estate plans. Through his years of practice, Mr. Smith has overseen the administration of many estates to the successful completion of the plans he had previously developed.

Stan routinely advises individual and corporate fiduciaries in the administration of wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, charitable and non-charitable transfers, all within the context of the federal and state tax environments. This representation includes assisting with the preparation and presentation of fiduciary accountings, the negotiation and drafting of non-judicial settlement agreements among fiduciaries and heirs and petitions to the Orphans’ Court where appropriate

He provides business owners with solutions for the smooth transfer of ownership to younger generations. He structures and has administered numerous buy-sell agreements and partnerships, LLC and limited partnership agreements, all designed to facilitate the succession of family businesses. Stan provides general counsel to various non-profit corporations including public charities like colleges, universities and hospitals, as well as numerous private foundations.

Having advised clients on wealth transfer strategies for decades, Stan has been well suited to advise clients with unique issues created by the emergence of wealth generated by the development of the Marcellus Shale.