Mary M. Culley (Wilmington, Delaware)
Mary M. Culley (Wilmington, Delaware)

Mary M. Culley

Licensed for 31 years

Practice Area: Delaware Advantage Trusts, Elder Law and Disability Planning, Healthcare Industry Team 3 more areas of practice + 3 more

Mary M. Culley

Serving Wilmington, DE view address

About Mary M. Culley

Mary M. Culley has facilitated the decision-making processes of individuals, families, and fiduciaries in Delaware and Pennsylvania in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, and federal and state transfer taxation for over 25 years.

Estate and gift planning comprise a significant portion of Mary's practice. She assists clients with estate plans designed to accomplish their personal goals and preserve wealth by minimizing transfer taxes and probate fees. She designs estate plans with the flexibility to adjust to subsequent changes in the estate tax law and/or the clients' wealth.

Mary has extensive experience representing fiduciaries (executors, administrators, and trustees), and...

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Mary M. Culley has facilitated the decision-making processes of individuals, families, and fiduciaries in Delaware and Pennsylvania in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, and federal and state transfer taxation for over 25 years.

Estate and gift planning comprise a significant portion of Mary's practice. She assists clients with estate plans designed to accomplish their personal goals and preserve wealth by minimizing transfer taxes and probate fees. She designs estate plans with the flexibility to adjust to subsequent changes in the estate tax law and/or the clients' wealth.

Mary has extensive experience representing fiduciaries (executors, administrators, and trustees), and beneficiaries of estates and trusts. With the assistance of experienced paralegals, Mary guides even complex estates through the estate administration process in an efficient and timely manner.

Recent Matters

Counseled clients who appointed agents under powers of attorney and advance directives for health care as to their fiduciary responsibilities and the limits of their authority

Provided "family consultations" to assist the clients with informing interested parties about his or her responsibilities and the limits of the law

Represented clients in the Delaware Court of Chancery in proceedings for the establishment, maintenance, accounting and defense of guardianships

Represented clients in proceedings for the creation of special needs trusts to protect litigation and settlement awards payable to clients with disabilities

Assisted clients in the reformation of decedents' wills and trusts to protect inheritances payable to beneficiaries with special needs as well as maintain the beneficiaries' eligibility to receive needs-based governmental benefits

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Areas of Law

  • Delaware Advantage Trusts
  • Elder Law and Disability Planning
  • Healthcare Industry Team
  • Personal Tax Advice and Planning
  • Tax, Estates and Business Practice
  • Trusts and Estates

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Peer Reviews

  • 4.2/5.0 3 reviews
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  • Legal Knowledge

    4.3/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.0/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.0/5.0
  • Communication

    4.3/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.3/5.0
  • 4.6/5.0 by a Principal on 07/14/10 in Estate Planning

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      5.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      5.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      4.0/5.0
    • Communication

      4.0/5.0
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      5.0/5.0

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  • 4.2/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 07/14/10 in Government Agency Practice

    • Legal Knowledge

      4.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      4.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      4.0/5.0
    • Communication

      5.0/5.0
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      4.0/5.0

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  • 3.8/5.0 by a Member on 07/14/10 in Estate Planning

    • Legal Knowledge

      4.0/5.0
    • Analytical Capability

      3.0/5.0
    • Judgment

      4.0/5.0
    • Communication

      4.0/5.0
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      4.0/5.0

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Community Contributions

      Credentials

      Position
      Partner
      Admission Details
      Admitted in 1985, Delaware
      1985, Pennsylvania
      United States District Court, District of Delaware
      U.S. Tax Court
      Law School Attended
      Widener University School of Law
      Class of 1984
      J.D.
      cum laude

      Temple University Graduate School
      Class of 1988
      LL.M.
      University Attended
      Saint Mary's College for Women
      Class of 1968
      B.A.
      Birth Information
      Born in 1946
      Chicago, Illinois, December 12, 1946