About Dianne

Please review my resume via the download link below for the complete overview of my education, professional and community service experience and qualifications. Continue scrolling down the page to learn more about me.

Dianne with her two children, Katie and Kevin.

I am the very proud mother of two adult children, Katie and Kevin, who grew up enjoying all of the educational and cultural opportunities Bucks County has to offer. Katie and Kevin attended public school in Central Bucks School District and were competitive swimmers in Central Bucks and throughout college. Katie, age 29, works in marketing for a German medical device company and lives in Oakland, California.  Kevin, age 25, is a Peace Corps volunteer in an elementary school in the Dominican Republic. Both of them share my commitment to service to their communities and to others.

Integrity

My life – both personally and professionally – reflects my core values:  social justice; strong support for women, children, seniors and the environment; a respect for the dignity of all human beings, and a recognition that government serves a vital function to protect us all.

I have become known among my law colleagues and my clients as the “go-to” person in Bucks County for Orphans’ Court and elder law issues.  Other attorneys refer their clients to me with great confidence that I will serve their clients with the utmost professionalism and respect.  In addition, I have written chapters in the Orphans’ Court practice manual published by the Bucks County Bar Association as a guide and aide to practitioners, attorneys and lay people.

For the last 25 years I have been a frequent speaker on Orphans’ Court matters, estate and elder law topics at seminars and conferences for attorneys throughout the state and the local community.  I have also been called upon to prepare written materials and articles relating to my practice areas for professionals and the community. I frequently make myself available to attorneys and everyday citizens to answer their questions and address their concerns about numerous estate, elder law and Orphan’s Court matters. 

Experience

Early in my legal career, I worked for the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas, where for over 11 years, I served as the law clerk to the late Honorable Leonard B. Sokolove, the administrative judge of the Bucks County Orphans’ Court and a highly respected Orphans’ Court judge throughout the state.  During the last three and a half years of that tenure, I also served as the Orphans’ Court administrator, where I was in charge of the processes for the Orphans’ Court and reviewed virtually every document filed with that Court during that time.  Through my work in the Orphans’ Court I became extremely knowledgeable and proficient in matters relating to trust and estate law, including probate or surrogate’s court, non-profit organizations, guardianships for minors and incapacitated persons, the oversight of powers of attorney and living wills, including end-of-life decision making, the termination of parental rights, adoptions and the Older Adult Protective Services Act.  

For the past 19 years I have served as the head of the estate law department at the Perkasie firm of Grim, Biehn & Thatcher (established 1895). My practice has been focused on estate planning, estate administration, Orphans’ Court litigation, including guardianships of minors and incapacitated persons, elder law and adoptions.  A significant part of my job has been serving as the Solicitor for the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging. As Solicitor, I appear in Court for the Agency on Aging about 40 to 50 times per year.A

My background and my legal practice have been diverse, but I have spent most of my legal career right here in Bucks County, advocating for and serving to protect our most vulnerable citizens, including children, the disabled and the elderly; and helping families in times of crisis, when a loved one is ill or has died.  What I enjoy most about my law practice is listening to people, hearing their stories, explaining the law to them, and helping them to resolve their problems in practical and efficient ways. I understand the real-world ramifications and consequences of the law and litigation and how one decision by a judge can change, for better or worse, many people’s lives.   I have always viewed my profession as one of service and I would like to continue to serve Bucks County as a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas.

Service

I have volunteered extensively for professional and charitable organizations throughout Bucks County.  I am the immediate past president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County, where I have served on the board of directors for the past 10 years.  I currently serve on the board of the Bucks County SPCA and served for many years on the board of the Bucks County Women’s Fund. I also served as president of the Bucks County Estate Planning Council, and have been a member of the board of directors of the Bucks County Bar Association, where I have chaired committees and a section and was a trustee of its foundation.

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