Andrew J. Cevasco


Andrew J. Cevasco has established himself as an experienced and successful personal and business advisor. He has handled a broad array of matters over his 30 year career ranging from transactional matters to a variety of trials in both the Law and Chancery Divisions of the N.J. Superior Court for business and individual clients. He appears regularly in Court in will contests, trust litigation and probate matters. He prepares Wills, Trusts and related estate planning documents, and is experienced in the administration of estates and trusts. He also represents clients with regard to guardianship and elder law issues. He lectures often in the areas of estate and tax planning and estate litigation. He has been appointed by the Court to represent minors and allegedly incapacitated persons in both contested and uncontested matters.

Anthony R. La Ratta


Tony concentrates his practice in the area of commercial litigation, with an emphasis in litigation involving probate matters, estates, trusts, guardianships, and fiduciaries. Tony has represented institutions and individuals in a variety of contexts, including banks, corporate fiduciaries, executors, trustees, beneficiaries of estates and trusts, incapacitated persons, surviving spouses, and intestate heirs. He has handled cases involving will contests, undue influence, diminished capacity, contested guardianships, breach of fiduciary duty, and accountings of estates and trusts

Denis J. Lawler


Denis Lawler has spent his entire career trying cases. Most recently, those matters have involved: the defense in arbitration of a supplier who had terminated a long-term supply contract on the grounds of impossibility, resulting in a defense verdict and the award of $1,000,000 in attorneys’ fees under a fee-shifting provision in the contract involved; the defense of a seller of a business against claims of breach of warranties and representations in the sale; the liability phase had been lost by predecessor counsel; in the trial of the damages phase, plaintiff’s $30,000,000 claim based on an economist’s report was thrown out, resulting in a minimal award, which in turn led to a filing by the plaintiffs of new actions in federal court under RICO; and most recently, the defense of corporate fiduciaries in trust matters before Pennsylvania Orphans’ Courts. Mr. Lawler has received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Donald P. Craig


Don concentrates his practice in the area of estate litigation, including will contests, disputes between fiduciaries and beneficiaries, guardianship matters and accountings. Prior to joining Archer & Greiner, Don served for 25 years as counsel to the Surrogate of Camden County. Don reviewed wills for submission to probate in the Camden County Surrogate’s Court. Don reviewed all probate pleadings filed in the Superior Court in Camden County, including the audit of all fiduciary accountings filed during his 25-year tenure.

Frank Demmerly


Frank R. Demmerly, Jr. is a Stockholder in the law firm of Archer & Greiner, P.C. He provides estate planning, estate administration and estate and gift tax advice. Taking into account client’s personal and tax objective, he provides Wills, Trusts, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (“ILIT”S”), Power-of-Attorney, Healthcare Proxies, Living Wills, planning and implementation of simple and complex gifting programs (which may use GRAT’S, QPRT’S and other complex techniques), Charitable Remainder trusts, Charitable Foundations, and other estate planning services. He assists clients with the complexities of administration of estates including probate, the preparation and filing of estate tax returns and estate and trust funding and distributions .

Gregory J. Palakow


Greg has an active and diverse Litigation practice with focus in trust and fiduciary litigation, estate disputes, nursing home and long term care facility representation, and representation of offices of county government. Greg has handled estate litigation in multi-million dollar estates, and is regularly appointed by the court to study Probate Part disputes and make recommendations to the court. In these areas of practice, Greg regularly handles cases in the Law Division, Chancery Division, Probate and General Equity Parts, the Office of Administrative Law, the Appellate Division and the Department of Health and Senior Services Departmental Appeals Board. In these venues, Greg has over 15 years of experience litigating matters to successful resolutions and verdicts.

Lawrence C. Wohl


Following Law School, Mr. Wohl served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the New Jersey Appellate Division serving with The Honorable Neil F. Deighan, Jr., The Honorable Patrick King and The Honorable Lawrence Bilder. Following his clerkship, he was then associated with Katzenbach, Gildea & Rudner of Lawrenceville, New Jersey and a partner with the law firms of Rubin & Wohl, P.C. and Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman, before joining Archer & Greiner. Mr. Wohl’s practice focuses on the areas of Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts and Probate, Complex Estate and Trust Litigation, Complex Real Estate Transactions, and Environmental and Land Use Litigation. Mr. Wohl has substantial experience in drafting estate planning documents, including Wills, Insurance Trusts, Personal Residence Trusts and Grantor Trusts. He provides counsel to both fiduciaries and beneficiaries in all aspects of the probate and estate administration, including the litigation of contested estates. Mr. Wohl’s real estate practice focuses on contracts for purchase and sale, leases and environmental issues related to real estate and land use.

Melissa Osorio Dibble


Melissa Osorio Dibble is an associate in the Litigation Department. She concentrates her practice in the area of Estate and Trust Litigation. Melissa has handled all varieties of probate matters including will contests, actions against fiduciaries, and matters involving New Jersey's Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act.

Sarah Cranston


Sarah L. Cranston is an associate in the firm’s Estate and Trust Litigation Group as well as the Estate and Trust Services Department Group. She focuses her practice on assisting families and individuals with their estate and trust planning and administration matters, as well as protecting the interests of clients, including individuals, banks, and universities, though estate and trust litigation. Sarah began practicing law after a career as a writer and editor for ten years. Sarah’s strong writing background contributes to her skill in communicating effectively and persuasively with clients, the courts and other counsel. Prior to joining Archer, Sarah was an associate at a well-respected boutique estate planning and litigation firm where she refined her planning and litigating skills. Sarah’s broad experience in estate planning informs her choices and advice when handling estate or trust litigation, and vice versa. She regularly confronts issues in court that are the result of poor planning or planning that was not honored, and can better help her clients strategize to avoid those same kinds of issues. Her experience as a planner informs the decisions she makes and the advice she gives as a litigator.

Steven K. Mignogna


Steven K. Mignogna, Esquire, is a shareholder in the Litigation Department of Archer & Greiner, A Professional Corporation. He specializes in commercial litigation, with a concentration on litigation involving probate matters, estates, trusts, gifts, fiduciaries, guardianships, and real estate. He is also Chair of the firm’s Estate and Trust Litigation Group. Steve has represented both institutions and individuals. The institutions include banks, corporate fiduciaries, investment companies, educational and charitable institutions, real estate firms, and title insurance companies. The individuals include the beneficiaries of estates and trusts, executors, trustees, guardians, incapacitated persons, surviving spouses, investors, realtors, and persons having an interest in real estate. He has handled an assortment of cases in the state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels.

Tara Hagopian Zane


Tara’s estate planning services include lifetime and end-of-life planning and related document preparation such as Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Directives, as well as lifetime giving, charitable planning, and business succession matters. Tara’s estate administration services are equally diverse. She represents families with complex estate and trust administration issues, which often includes complex post-mortem tax planning. She also represents individuals and corporate fiduciaries who serve as Executor, Trustee, and Guardian.