James E. Spoden
  • Bankruptcy, Business Law, Estate Planning ...
  • Illinois, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed by L. Tsakos Smith March 16, 2022
Astoundingly bright!
Attorney Spoden has done legal work for me in the past four years on three occasions. He exceeded my expectation in his capacity as a trusts and estates attorney. His tax expertise in finding an obscure tax inheritance law that was set to expire, and applied to my situation, was extremely impressive. On our initial visit, he listened, absorbed all pertinent info and on our second visit he counseled me and had found and printed out a copy of a tax law, which was expiring within a couple of months. He filed all the necessary documents and executed everything in a timely and accurate manner. As well, he was extremely compassionate. I highly recommend him. His knowledge of tax, business, and trusts and estates law is superior.
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Biography

Mr. Spoden is a senior partner at MacDonald Illig. He concentrates his practice in the area of corporate, commercial and business law, with a special emphasis on taxation and estate planning for small business owners. He is also active in the area of business formation, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

Mr. Spoden is experienced in small business counseling including industrial, professional and service corporations.

Mr. Spoden is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Practice Areas
    Bankruptcy
    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Tax Law
    Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Estate Tax Planning, Income Taxes, International Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Audits, Tax Planning
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
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Pennsylvania
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U.S. Tax Courts
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United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
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Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Education
DePaul College of Law
LL.M.
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DePaul College of Law
J.D.
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John Carroll University
B.S. B.A.
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Professional Associations
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member
Current
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American Bar Association
Member
Current
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Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member
Current
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Erie County Bar Association (Business Counseling and Tax Section)
Member
Current
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Illinois Bar Associations (Business Counseling and Tax Section)
Member
Current
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Certifications
Public Accountant
Certified
Websites & Blogs
Website
James E. Spoden's Website Profile
Website
MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton Website
Blog
MacDonald Illig Articles
Contact & Map
MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton
100 State St
#700
Erie, PA 16507
Telephone: (814) 870-7710
Fax: (814) 454-4647
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