Attorney Valerie Kuntz joined the McDonald Group, LLP in November of 2016. After graduating Class Valedictorian from McDowell High School, she earned her B.S. in Accounting, summa cum laude, from Grove City College in 2005.
Attorney Kuntz earned her Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, in 2008 from Regent University School of Law, where she was the Law Review Managing Editor. She is licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and Ohio. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and focuses her practice in areas where federal or state tax issues are pertinent.
Attorney Kuntz devotes a large part of her practice to Estate Planning and Administration including: Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Health Care Directives, Trusts, and assisting Estate Executors and Trustees with required filings, estate and trust asset management, and distribution.
She also represents for-profit and non-profit business entities in their formation, application for tax exempt status, operation, and business succession planning. Her prior work experience as an accountant and auditor make her well qualified to deal with detailed business finance and tax issues.
Additionally, Attorney Kuntz’s practice includes representation of individual and business taxpayers before the IRS, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, and other taxing agencies.
She is an active member of the Erie County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on the executive committee of the Northwest Pennsylvania American Inns of Court.
Attorney Kuntz has published the following: Galloway, Split-Interest Trusts, and Undivided Portions: Does Disallowing the Charitable Contribution Deduction Overstep Legislative Intent?, Regent University Law Review, Fall 2007.
- Erie County Bar Association, 2008 – Present, Board Member & Treasurer, 2013-2016
- Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2008 – Present
- American Bar Association, 2005 – Present
- Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, 2002 – Present
- Northwest Pennsylvania American Inns of Court, 2009 – Present, Executive Committee Member & President 2015-2017
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