Ann West is a lifetime resident of Western Pennsylvania. She obtained her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was awarded the Esther R. Teplitz Award for outstanding academic achievement in Health Law. Prior to attending law school at the University of Pittsburgh, Ann received her Master of Divinity Degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio.
Ann West was admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1988. After graduation from law school, Ann West’s work in the legal profession included positions as Law Clerk for the Honorable Paul R. Zavarella, then President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and as Law Clerk for the Honorable Peter O. Steege of the Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County, Pennsylvania. As a Law Clerk, Ann had invaluable experience from the perspective of the Judicial System and the Court and was the beneficiary of mentoring by two highly respected members of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Judiciary.
Ann’s experiences prior to Law School provided important foundations for her law practice. While a graduate student at Princeton Theological Seminary she was a Counselor at the Princeton Senior Resource Center in Princeton, New Jersey where she provided counseling and community-wide activity planning, and counseling including guidance regarding Medicare, Medicaid, and other public assistance eligibility and access issues. She also served as a Conference Coordinator at Princeton University where her responsibilities included the planning and organization of activities, housing, and public relations for 100 university professors selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities funded seminars at Princeton University. While an undergraduate at The College of Wooster, Ann served as an Intern and Lobbyist for Common Cause in Washington, D.C. There, she acted as the liaison between the National Office and the Pennsylvania State Office and her responsibilities included building telephone networks, assisting on a reapportionment bill, and grassroots lobbying.
Ann West’s Areas of Practice:
Ann West’s communication skills, compassionate approach to the problems of her clients, and her keen intellect suit her areas of practice:
Real Estate: Ann’s legal work in the area of Real Estate Law includes the representation of owners and purchasers of residential and commercial properties in the negotiation and drafting of Sale and Purchase Agreements and Deeds, and Landlords and Tenants in the negotiation and drafting of Leases. She has extensive experience in legal matters related to the renovation and construction of single and multi-unit residential properties. She also represents property owners in zoning and boundary issues.
Estate Planning and Administration: Ann Zuberbuhler West’s listening and communication skills, and her sensitivity to the unique situations of each of West & Zuberbuhler, P.C.’s clients best suit her in the area of Estate Planning. She is especially attentive to the legal needs of the firm’s elderly clients. Ann’s Estate Planning services include the drafting of Wills, Wills with Tax Shelter Trusts, Wills with Trusts for surviving spouses and children, Living Trusts, and the drafting of Financial and Medical Powers of Attorney and Living Wills. She is a regular attendee at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Estate Law Institute and Elder Law Institute continuing legal education seminars and works closely with clients and their accountants and financial advisors to tailor Estate Plans to the personal needs of her clients.
Divorce and Custody: Since 1993, Ann West and West & Zuberbuhler, P.C. have provided thorough, effective, and, when needed, aggressive representation to clients facing separation, divorce, and child custody issues. The firm has more than 40 years of combined legal experience. Their experience enables our attorneys to handle family law cases with sensitivity to the unique needs of each of our clients and the ability to resolve the difficult issues that arise when our clients are confronted with separation and divorce. We initially seek results through meticulously planned and creative negotiation. When necessary, we aggressively litigate our clients’ claims in court. Whether the issues in Divorce or Custody are simple or complex, we work with our clients to bring the appropriate resolution of all issues, as cost-effectively as possible.
Ann West’s Education and Personal Information:
Ann West is a 1988 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctor Degree. Prior to obtaining her law degree from Pitt, Ann obtained a Master of Divinity Degree at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio. She is a graduate of Blackhawk High School, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
Ann is married and she and her husband Jay West have three children. She is a member of Third Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she has served as a Deacon and Trustee. Her interests include reading, gardening, and cooking.
Ann West and West & Zuberbuhler, P.C. welcome the opportunity to serve you. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you.