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Volunteer Spotlight Published June 27, 2024

John S. Morabito

Volunteer of the Month: John S. Morabito

John S. Morabito first connected with VIP on the cusp of a career shift. After three decades working on corporate law and federal policy issues, he volunteered at VIP for an estate planning project. He has since opened his own estate planning and administration law firm in South Philly and maintains a strong pro bono practice along the way.

“My father was a general practice attorney in a small town,” John recalls. “He was an integral part of the community and I remember seeing him help our neighbors. I wanted to develop that skillset and serve individuals in need.”

John relied on VIP to handle his first pro bono matter: “VIP’s framework and resources made me feel comfortable learning a new area of the law.” Before long, he was ready to sign up for a complex probate case and resolve a tangled title (a situation where the family home is owned by a deceased person).

“In these cases, you really get to know the client, their family, and the family’s history. They look to you to answer questions such as, ‘how do I open an estate, how do I transfer title, and why do I have to pay an inheritance tax,’” John says. “Estate planning is all about helping families prevent problems, while estate administration, such as probate, is often about helping families resolve problems. Both services are invaluable to all families regardless of income.”

As John continues to build his own practice, he plans to reserve a chunk of his caseload for pro bono clients. So far, his pro bono work has paid off as a skill-builder: “VIP gave me the support, training, and resources to make my new practice possible.”