About Our Staff
Mark T. Coulter, J.D.
Mark T. Coulter is an experienced Pittsburgh attorney with an extensive record of success solving his clients’ legal issues, with a focus of interest in Estate Planning and Elder Law issues. In over two decades as an attorney in the Monroeville/Pittsburgh area, he has represented thousands of clients in dozens of states across the country in need of assistance with their legal problems. He currently serves as the Director of the Estate Planning Centers, at The Coulter Law Offices LLC, based in Monroeville, PA and his primary focus is to help families in Southwestern Pennsylvania avoid probate, protect their assets, and provide for the security of their loved ones with a well-crafted estate plan. Probate services for estates and executors are certainly available to help families facing the probate process under a Will following the death of a loved one. If a family prepared in advance with a trust, he can assist the family with trust administration, whether simple or complex. In addition to providing timely and high quality legal services, Mr. Coulter is dedicated to educating local families and conducts seminars for the Pittsburgh community about important estate planning issues and pitfalls to avoid.
Mr. Coulter received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988, and earned his Juris Doctor degree with honors from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1993, with Honors. Mr. Coulter was selected as a published member of the Duquesne Law Review, an honor reserved for legal scholars performing at the highest level. He continues to take classes every year to remain up to date with the latest legal developments and strategies for his clients.
Mr. Coulter was granted admission to the legal bar of multiple states, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Florida, and Indiana. Currently, Mr. Coulter limits his practice to clients here in Pennsylvania, and he no longer maintains the foreign licensures. Mr. Coulter was honored to be granted admission to the esteemed Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 2002. He has also been admitted to practice before The United States Courts of Appeals, the last level of appeal before the United States Supreme Court, covering 14 states. His Federal Court practice also included representing clients before the federal District Court Judges in many jurisdictions.
Mr. Coulter was granted Life Membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, based upon his substantial achievements on behalf of his clients. The courts have recognized his ability, even to the point appointing him to represent large groups of individuals with legal issues to be resolved. He was inducted as a Life Member of the National Registry of Who’s Who in 2001. Mr. Coulter was also selected to the prestigious SuperLawyers national list for 2021, a peer-selected group consisting of the top 5% of attorneys.
Mr. Coulter is the author of The Estate Planning Companion; A Practical Guide To Your Estate Plan (Borders Publishing 2009), conveniently available at BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com and most other book retailers online. This book shows you a method to approach estate planning in order to manage your assets in life and thereafter, while bringing peace of mind to you and your family. Intended to bridge the communication gap between lawyers and their clients, The Estate Planning Companion explains in straightforward language a full range of topics every responsible adult should consider about their life, assets and affairs. His book includes discussions of Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Letters of Instruction, Wills, Trusts, Life Insurance, Living Wills, Long Term Care Insurance, Medicaid nursing home planning, Probate and more.
Mr. Coulter has been married for over 25 years, with 6 children. He and his family live in Monroeville Pennsylvania, where he enjoys spending time with his family, researching, writing and attempting to carry his share of the housework. He is a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area, having been raised in Wexford before moving to Monroeville to raise his family.
Colin B. May, J.D.
As a partner with the Estate Planning Centers at the Coulter Law Offices, LLC, Colin focuses on Estate Planning and Elder Law issues. He began as an associate with the firm after completing a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Dale M. Fouse of the Beaver County Court of Common Pleas and has worked as an attorney in the areas of oil and gas rights, federal tax, and retirement and health plan compliance. With the firm, he works to craft estate plans that meet family needs with an emphasis on issues unique to the region of Southwestern Pennsylvania. In addition to estate planning, he is available to assist clients with matters of probate, trust funding and estate administration. Along with Mr. Coulter, he is committed to educating local families on estate planning issues and conducts seminars around Pittsburgh.
Colin serves as a board member of the charitable Monroeville Foundation which provides services and programming to the local community. He is also a member of the Pittsburgh Estate Planning Council, the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) Probate and Trust Section and Elder Law Committee.
Education and Honors
Colin received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Clarion University in 2012, and earned his Juris Doctor degree with high honors from the Duquesne University School of Law in 2015. Colin served as a Production Editor for the Duquesne Law Review, a distinction for high performing legal scholars, and he is the recipient of two CALI Awards for Federal Income Taxation and Constitutional Law. He was granted admission to the Pennsylvania bar in 2015, and continues to remain up to date with state-of-the-art techniques through continuing education courses for estate planning professionals. Colin was also selected to the prestigious SuperLawyers Rising Starts national list for 2021, a peer-selected group consisting of the top 2.5% of eligible attorneys.
Colin lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Brianna, and their dog, Bobbi. In his free time Colin enjoys spending time outdoors, playing guitar, and writing. He was born and raised in Monroeville, Pennsylvania and remains close with his family there.
Anne Sweeney McGrath, J.D.Education
Anne Sweeney McGrath graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies in 2000. Anne served as the Vice President of the Delta Phi Epsilon, with a vision to empower women to engage in a lifetime of leadership and service. After graduation, Mrs. McGrath moved to New York City where she earned her Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in 2004. At NYLS, Anne was active in the Irish Law Students Association, which provided her with insight into this vibrant local community. She continues her constant mission to remain on top of developing legal issues through legal conferences, seminars, and courses every year. Anne is admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association.Experience
Since returning to her roots in the Pittsburgh area in 2004, Anne’s legal practice involves estate planning and administration for local families, as well as her 15 years of service as Municipal Solicitor representing Township, Boroughs and Home Rule Charter Municipalities in Allegheny, Beaver and Butler Counties.
Through the Estate Planning Centers, Anne has been able to focus her practice on helping individuals and families identify estate planning concerns and risks, developing comprehensive solutions using a variety of modern estate planning strategies, and counseling families as they confront the problems that arise during periods of illness, incapacity and death.
As a parent of a loving child with special needs, Anne has a unique eye for identifying and resolving opportunities and challenges for growth and security facing local families.Personal
Anne and her husband Neal were married in 2011 and have 3 young children. Anne and her family are residents of Ben Avon Borough in the North Boroughs of Pittsburgh, where they enjoy spending time with their large extended family and traveling with the children.
Sarah is a Paralegal at the Estate Planning Centers at the Coulter Law Offices, LLC. With several years of experience in Estate Planning and Elder Law, she provides support to the firm’s attorneys and clients during the estate planning, trust funding, and estate administration processes. Sarah administers great attention to detail and prides herself on being able to meet and exceed client satisfaction.
Education and Honors
Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors from Clarion University in 2016. Her senior year, she was awarded the Gilbert Hill Award for graduating as top student in her degree program.
Sarah was born and raised in Clarion, now living in Pittsburgh with her husband, beloved cat, and lizard. When she is not working or visiting family, Sarah enjoys jogging, camping, and reading.
Jake is a Law Clerk at the Estate Planning Centers at Coulter & May, P.C. As a candidate for J.D. at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, he has focused his studies on the areas of Estate Planning and Estate and Gift Taxation. Jake diligently researches legal issues to assist our attorneys in providing clients the highest quality legal service.
Education and Honors
Jake graduated summa cum laude from Washington & Jefferson College in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics. At W&J, Jake was awarded the James Clyde McGregor Prize in Political Science and the Walter Hudson Baker Prize in Economics for academic excellence in both fields. Jake was a member of the Washington Fellows Honors College and Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Jake was also an active member of Delta Tau Delta social fraternity and Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, through which he volunteered for service projects throughout the Washington community. Currently, Jake is a student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Jake grew up in Murrysville and in 2015 earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 211 in Delmont. He now lives in Forest Hills with his wife, Frances, and their four cats. An avid football fan, Jake loves rooting for the Steelers and playing fantasy football, but when football is out of season, he also enjoys chess, hiking, and biking.
Taylor J. Johns, J.D.
Taylor Johns earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Westminster College as part of a 3+3 pre-professional program that led her to the Duquesne University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor.
After her admission to the Pennsylvania Bar, Taylor began practicing law in Mercer County, PA, where she focused on estate planning and estate administration in addition to gaining experience in the areas of real estate, litigation, and business. Taylor then moved to Monroeville where continues to craft estate plans and guide families through the estate and trust administration process as an associate attorney here at the Estate Planning Centers at Coulter & May, PC.
When Taylor is not in the office, she loves spending time with her husband and mini golden doodle, Warby. She also enjoys to cook and bake, golf, travel, and endeavors to keep her house plants alive.
Hope is the Client Care Coordinator and Assistant to the Paralegal at the Estate Planning Centers at Coulter & May, P.C.. She has rapidly expanded her skillset to support the attorney and paralegal services for all of our clients. Hope enjoys being able to help our clients with whatever they need whether that be scheduling/rescheduling, relaying messages to our attorneys and paralegal, or answering general questions.
Education and HonorsHope is finishing her bachelor’s degree program, having received most of her education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Criminology/Pre-Law. Once finishing her degree, Hope plans on going to Law School to further her education in the field of Law.
Hope grew up in Murrysville and has lived in the Monroeville/Pittsburgh area her whole life. She has three amazing younger siblings, one of which whom lives with her. Hope likes to cook for her family and loved ones, is a vigorous Steelers/Pittsburgh sports fan and loves to watch her teams with her boyfriend and friends whenever the teams play.