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Erwin D. Apell, Esq.

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Erwin.ApellAfter serving in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964, Erwin D. Apell then established his law firm in Wrightstown, NJ. He later created a partnership with the late Dayton G. Hopkins, Esq. The new firm, named Hopkins, Apell and Forman, opened a second office in New Egypt, NJ.

In 1989, Mr. Apell welcomed a new partner to the practice, Paul C. Detrick, Esquire and subsequently his son Jeff.  Until his firm merged with McDowell Posternock Apell & Detrick, PC in August of 2014, Mr. Apell served as his firm’s president. Apell & Detrick P.C. has long represented clients in a wide range of legal matters including real estate, estate planning, family law, personal injury accident cases and bankruptcy.

Mr. Apell was admitted to the NJ Bar in 1961, after graduating that year from the Case West Reserve School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree from  Widener University in Chester, Pa. in 1958.

Practice Areas:


  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association – NJBA Board of Consultors of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section – former Chairman and current Member
  • Burlington County Bar Association
  • Federal District Court of New Jersey
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Community Involvement:

  • North Hanover Township, Springfield Township, Southampton Township and Plumsted Township, NJ – Mr. Apell is the Former Prosecutor and Planning Board Attorney.
  • An active member of the New Jersey Bar Association.
  • Mr. Apell serves as a member of the Board of Consultors of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and is a former Chairman of that section.
  • Mr. Apell lectures, writes and is frequently quoted on topics relating to real estate and planning. He has also been featured on television as an expert on wills.  He has also been retained as an expert witness in many court cases.

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Our Awards

McDowell Posternock Apell & Detrick attorneys have received recognition from various groups and publications. Specific awards are noted on our attorney bios. More information about each of these awards and the methodology used for selection can be found on the following links. Super Lawyers, Awesome Attorneys, South Jersey Biz Best Attorneys in Business. No aspect of these accolades has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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