Dianne C. Magee, an attorney with Grim, Biehn & Thatcher and solicitor for the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, has announced her candidacy for judge for the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas.
Magee is running for one of three vacancies on the court.
Magee has been a staunch advocate for the most vulnerable members of our communities – the elderly, disabled, children and families in crisis. An authority on elder law issues, and recognized by community leaders and attorneys statewide, Magee would be the first judge in Bucks County with this background, gained through the experience of a lengthy career spent helping the elderly and their families with their legal issues.
For the past 19 years Magee has served as solicitor for the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, the County agency which protects residents aged 60 or older from physical abuse, financial exploitation or neglect and abandonment. Performing all of the Agency’s Older Adult
protective services litigation (which has expanded nearly two-fold in the last year), has given Magee a firsthand perspective on the growing needs and concerns of an aging population. “A rise in the aging population brings about an increase in associated problems, disputes and related matters that will come before and be decided by the courts,” she said.
Magee notes that the Orphans’ Court, a division of the court addressing the needs of ordinary people, may become overburdened. She believes that her experience and skills will be an asset to the court and a benefit to the citizens of Bucks County.
Magee’s life – both personally and professionally – reflects her core values: social justice; strong support for women, children, seniors and the environment; a respect for the dignity of all human beings, and a recognition that government serves a vital function to protect us all.
Magee heads the estate department at Grim, Biehn & Thatcher in Perkasie.