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A Director in Houston Harbaugh's Estates and Trusts Group, Heidi Rai Stewart assists individuals in the creation of estate plans, probate, and estate and trust administration. Her work in these areas extends to Special Needs planning and Long Term Care planning, including Elder Law. As a natural outcome of her practice, she has gained significant experience in Orphans’ Court matters such as Will contests, guardianships, and actions relating to undue influence, and breaches of fiduciary duty. Heidi also represents both individual and corporate fiduciaries, including Executors, Trustees, Guardians, Agents serving under a Powers of Attorney or Health Care Agents serving under an Advance Directive/Living Will. She also is accredited to represent clients in Veteran’s Administration proceedings.

She has earned several pro bono awards for her efforts in developing materials for Neighborhood Legal Services’s Older & Wiser series, and for her pro bono service on the Legal Advisory Board of the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force.

Heidi has spoken on estate planning, probate, advance directives, special needs planning, long-term care planning, elder law, and related topics on behalf of the Allegheny County Bar Association, the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Passavant Hospital Foundation, Quality Insights Renal Network 4 and Neighborhood Legal Services Association, with whom she presented nationally at the Equal Justice Center’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas. Heidi has also presented a course on Act 169 – Pennsylvania’s Advance Directive Statute for medical professionals through the Western PA HCQU Community Health Connections.

Location

  • Three Gateway Center, 22nd Floor
    401 Liberty Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Languages

  • English

Education

  • Carlow University, B.A.
  • Duquesne University, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Affiliations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association - Elected Member - Probate and Trust Council
  • Allegheny County Bar Association - Member - Probate & Trust and Tax Sections as well as the Elder Law Committee, chaired 2003-2005)
  • American Bar Association - Member - Real Property, Probate & Trust Law and Tax Sections)
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys - Member
  • Passavant Hospital Foundation - Board Member
  • Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys - Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association - Member - Commission on Women in the Profession
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association - Member - Probate & Trust and Elder Law Sections
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Women in the Profession Committee - Member - Women in the Profession Committee
  • Pittsburgh Aids Task Force - Legal Advisory Board Member
  • Senior Action Coalition - Former Board Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Elder Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Elder Law, Pittsburgh (2019)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Elder Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Awards:

  • AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating System
  • Pro Bono Award Winner, Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, 2011
  • Jane F. Hepting Individual ProBono Award, Allegheny Bar Foundation, 2004 and 2009
  • Making a Difference Award, Pittsburgh AIDS Taskforce, 2009

Publications

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