William W. Erhart

Bill has over 30 years of law experience, focusing on elder law, estate planning, family trusts, veterans benefits, Medicaid planning and probate. A native of Delaware, Bill’s character and demeanor set the tone for the entire Estate and Elder Law Services team. His practice is welcoming, serves clients with compassion and helps people make decisions for protecting their assets, families and themselves.

After completing high school Bill joined the Marines, an experience that provided the foundation for his personal and professional beliefs and values. Following his service, Bill entered the Reformed Episcopal Seminary, earning his Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1979. After graduation from Rutgers Law School and his admission to the Delaware Bar, Bill began his legal career as a prosecutor and, after several years moved into his current practice in estate planning and elder law. He sees this work as a ministry because he is helping the elderly and others whose worries are eased by the services he and his team provide.

Bill and his wife, Gail, have a daughter, Julie. In addition to the many activities Bill is involved with in the community, he is an avid outdoor sportsman who delights in the time spent with family, friends and colleagues.

 

Practice areas

  • Asset Protection
  • Crisis Planning
  • Elder Abuse
  • Elder Financial Abuse
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Limited Partnerships
  • Family Trusts
  • Medicaid Law
  • Irrevocable Trusts
  • Living Trusts
  • Long-Term Care
  • Revocable Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Trust Estate
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Probate
  • Probate Court

Honors

  • Rated AV® Distinguished™ Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Named Top Elder Law Attorney by Peers, 2012-2015
  • Client-Peer Rated 10.0 Superb from AVVO
  • Top Wealth Manager 2010-2014

Bar admissions

  • Delaware, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, District of Delaware, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit

Education

  • Juris Doctor, 1982, Rutgers University
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1979, University of Delaware
  • Bachelor of Divinity, 1979, Reformed Episcopal Seminary

Professional associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Trust & Estate Section
  • Delaware State Bar Association
    • Elder Law Section (Chair, 2010-2012)
    • Trust & Estate Section
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • St. Thomas More Society
  • Estate Planning Council of Delaware
  • Elder Counsel Member
  • Wealth Counsel Member
  • National Elder Law Foundation

Military service

  • U.S. Marine Corps, 1971–1973

Other professional experience

  • Deputy Attorney General, Delaware Department of Justice, 1983–1988
  • Service in both Criminal and Civil divisions.
  • Law Clerk, Delaware Superior Court, 1982–1983

Personal Affiliations

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Delaware Senior Resource Network
  • Saint Catherine’s Church, Wilmington, DE