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Abernethy and Hagerman Elder Law

Jay Hagerman

I am an attorney that makes the headaches created by life disappear. The basis of my practice includes transactional law encompassing estate planning, estate/trust administration, elder law, real estate transfers, business startups and governance, contracts, and tax law. Whether it’s dealing with the grief caused by the passing of a loved one, the stress of selling a house, or winding through the red tape of starting a new business, my job is to minimize any anxiety caused by those events and allow the client to obtain some peace of mind. 

I was born and raised in the north hills of Allegheny County in Hampton Township. I fell in love with American history and decided to pursue a degree in that field at Gettysburg College. During that time I was fortunate enough to work in the White House office of Correspondence in Washington, D.C. I attended Duquesne University School of Law focusing my time learning about laws relating to wealth creation and preservation. I began clerking at a law firm in my second year of law school and worked there as an attorney thereafter. I decided to move to my hometown of Hampton Township and open my own practice Hagerman Law, LLC in order to serve the community that I love so dear.  I currently reside in Hampton Township with my wife and family, which allows me to serve clients throughout Western Pennsylvania.  

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Christopher M. Abernethy

Chris Abernethy established his law office in Allison Park, Pennsylvania after graduating from Duquesne University School of Law. Through his years of experience, Chris has developed winning strategies to effectively handle all manner of estate planning and probate , real estateand business law issues.  His experience and integrity have been recognized by the independent national attorney peer review service, Martindale-Hubbell, which in 2013 granted Chris the rating of "A-V Preeminent," a rating held by only 5% of the nation's attorneys.

Named a Five-Star Professional Estate Planning Attorney by Pittsburgh Magazine in both 2014 and again in 2015 He has been a certified member of the AARP Legal Services Network and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, both of which require extensive experience and strong legal skills in those areas.

After graduating from Shady Side Academy, Chris earned a B.A. from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, and received his J.D. from the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, PA.  Outside of his law practice, Chris is a past-president and life-long member of the Rich-Mar Rotary Club, co-founder and past-president of the Hampton Soccer Club and former chairman of the Hampton Government Study Commission. He is married with two grown children and two grandsons. He enjoys gardening, golf and travel.


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Philip D. Luciano II

Phil studied at Messiah College, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Studies in 2008. Before attending law school at Duquesne University School of Law in 2011, he lived in his hometown of Altoona, Pennsylvania, working as a grant writer to rebuild and rehabilitate a community center in an abandoned church building. Ultimately, through some of the grants he was able to secure, the sidewalks in the neighborhood were rebuilt, and several community parks and programs were built.

While at Duquesne, Phil gained extensive real estate experience working with the Urban Redevelopment Practicum and as an intern with Rice Energy. That internship opened up doors after graduation, and he was able to work in the energy industry, further developing his legal and real estate skills. Later, after relocating his family to the North Hills, he decided that he wanted to refocus his legal practice on the community in which he was now located.



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