Jillian F. Zacks

Director
P:(412) 281-5423
F:(412) 281-8264
E:jzacks@smgglaw.com

Biography

Jillian F. Zacks, a director of Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, represents professionals, business owners and other individuals of varying levels of net worth in the preparation of tailored estate plans. Ms. Zacks has a concentration in the area of special needs planning providing comprehensive services which may involve the preparation of supplemental or special needs trusts, powers of attorney or becoming a guardian of an adult disabled individual through an Orphans’ Court proceeding. Ms. Zacks also provides analysis of the use of life insurance products within estate and business succession plans, including irrevocable life insurance trusts.

In addition to her estate planning practice, Ms. Zacks represents both individual and corporate fiduciaries and beneficiaries in litigation matters. She administers estates from death through estate closing, ranging from high net worth estates to insolvent estates.

Ms. Zacks is active in the community providing educational seminars on topics such as special needs planning and transition to adulthood for individuals with a disability. She has addressed Autism Connection of PA, Woodlands Foundation, Arc of Westmoreland County, Allegheny Valley School, Office of Intellectual Disabilities, Allegheny General Hospital and the Watson Institute.  Due to her efforts and commitment to the autism community, Ms. Zacks was awarded the prestigious Temple Grandin Award in 2013 by the Autism Connection of Pennsylvania.  She serves on the Board of Directors of ARC of Greater Pittsburgh, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh and The Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh.

Professional Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association - Committee on Law and Disability, Probate and Trust Law Section and Tax Law Section
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association - Past Co-Chair of Statewide Mock Trial Competition (2003-2005)
  • Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh

Community Activities

  • Arc of Greater Pittsburgh, Vice- Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Pittsburgh, Secretary of the Board of Directors
  • Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh, Board Member
  • The Pittsburgh Foundation, Professional Advisory Committee
  • United Way of Allegheny County 21&Able, Member - Advisory Committee and Working Group
  • Center for Women, Mentor and Volunteer Professional Speaker
  • Temple Grandin Award of Autism Connection of PA, 2013 Recipient
  • Athena Award, 2015 Nominee

Practice Areas

Education

  • J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 1993
  • A.B., Washington University in St. Louis, 1990

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania