Joe Monte’s counsel is sought extensively in the areas of estate planning and business matters and for general legal advice. Clients value his effectiveness, reliability, and thoroughness. His demeanor is empathetic and gentle. His reassuring nature helps reduce the stress often times found in legal affairs. He is open and accessible and assures clients that he will efficiently bring their legal issues to conclusion. Many clients have praised him for his responsiveness both in the simple act of returning phone calls to quickly and efficiently following through on their concerns.
Joe specializes in estate planning and estate administration and is highly qualified to prepare sophisticated estate plans. He has successfully handled numerous federal estate tax audits. Joe takes pride in guiding families as they transfer businesses from the older generation to the younger.
His focus in business, from small to large, includes everything from the formation of various business entities to the preparation of business agreements and documents and to the representation of buyers and sellers in the purchase and sale of businesses. Business clients rely on Joe for his advice and experience. Clients have put their confidence in him for over four decades, often times as the business transitions to the next generation.
Joe graduated magna cum laude from Saint Joseph’s University in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School on full scholarship, graduating in 1963. Before beginning his law practice he worked in the Tax Department of Arthur Anderson in Philadelphia. He earned a Master of Laws degree in Taxation in 1976 from Temple University School of Law.
Joe Monte has been practicing law with Eckell, Sparks since 1964 and has been a partner since 1967. With a strong accounting background he has been the chief financial officer for over 35 years and maintains a vital role in the management of the firm.
- 2016 – Civil Litigation – Selected by Main Line Today as the Number 1 Civil Litigation Lawyer in the Region
- 2016 – Torts – Selected by Main Line Today as one of the Region’s Top Lawyers
- 2016 – Selected as one of the County’s Best Zoning and Land Use Lawyers by the Readers of the Daily Times
“As a business owner I very much value trustworthy legal assistance. I have found this in Eckell Sparks. For over 40 years, the firm has provided me with legal counsel that has not only provided ironclad protection for my business, but which has also helped me avoid making mistakes. I heartily recommend Eckell Sparks to anyone seeking reliable, ethical and effective legal services.”
“Joe has done my legal work for over thirty-five years. He has represented me in estate planning and in all aspects of my corporate business. In all matters he is good counsel and it is reassuring to know that he is only a phone call away.”
“In today’s fast paced society, we are hurried with demanding decisions, both personal and business. Every opportunity and issue presents a need to know and understand the best decision. Joe always demonstrates a sound effective decision-making process to encourage the correct strategy and decisions.
He has handled both personal and business affairs for me. His innate ability to communicate and convey his expert knowledge is invaluable. If you are looking for a long-term or short-term inquiry and conclusion, Joseph L. Monte Jr. is your go-to person. His loyalty and dedication are second to none. You will not be disappointed.”
“Always a prompt response is what I appreciate most from Mr.Monte. In addition to his expertise, he is accessible, straight-forward, and thorough. I know that he will cover all of the bases. In my experience, not all attorneys are expeditious so I value this most of all.”
Admitted to Practice
- Pennsylvania (1963)
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court (1964)
- Tax Court of the United States (1968)
- Supreme Court of the United States (1969)
- University of Pennsylvania, Juris Doctorate, 1963
- Temple University, LLM in Taxation, 1976
- Undergraduate, St. Joseph’s University, B.S. Accounting, magna cum laude
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Delaware County Bar Association
- Attorney/CPA Forum of Delaware County