Cuyahoga County Estate Planning Lawyers

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Robert G. Stiefvater
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Eric Valente
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(440) 792-6777 7650 Chippewa Road
Suite 214
Brecksville, OH 44141
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Family
University of Toledo
Eric Valente, JD, MBA, is an attorney and founding member of Valente Law, LLC. He studied business administrations and earned his MBA while attending law school at the University of Toledo. Eric began his career doing business litigation at J.W. Krueger & Associates, LLC, where he still maintains an office. Eric has always had a creative, entrepreneurial spirit, and estate planning and business counseling provides him with the opportunity to engage these interests while helping clients achieve their goals. Eric's focus areas are estate planning (Wills, Trusts, Healthcare Planning), Probate Administration and Business Law. Eric is a...
Mark Martin Turner
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(216) 310-3495 1783 Cadwell Ave
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatCuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 17 years experience
Estate Planning, Business, Consumer and Probate
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
I began practicing law in 2002. I spent over 13 years with the Cleveland firm of Gallagher Sharp, primarily as a litigator, before venturing on my own and then landing at The Gertsburg Law Firm in 2017 before choosing to restart my own practice in 2020. Before becoming an attorney, I worked as a financial manager for a small business after earning his MBA. My experience allows me to understands the challenges facing small business owners, allowing me to advise, as well as provide valuable legal information. With over 20 years’ experience in the business and...
Robert G. Stiefvater
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(440) 457-8272 6100 Oak Tree Blvd.
Suite 200
Independence, OH 44131
Offers Video ChatCuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Probate
Cleveland State University
Limited Clients. Proven Results.

I limit the number of clients that I represent because I understand that when you need a lawyer you need someone who is available and can dedicate their time to your legal issue.

I represent individuals and fight to defend their rights and reputation. Call for a free consultation. Even if I am not currently accepting new clients I will make sure that you understand the process in which you are involved.
Susan Miller Weaver Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 40 years experience
(216) 373-2555 21380 Lorain Road, Suite 201
Fairview Park, OH 44126
Estate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Family
Cleveland State University
As a Cleveland divorce attorney, Susan M. Weaver has over 30 years of experience in the Northeast Ohio county court systems. This experience, coupled with a prior career in social work has given Susan the insight and sensitivity to understand her client’s needs. Whether you are looking for a divorce attorney, a seasoned child custody advocate, or you simply need help with parenting, visitation and support issues, Susan has the expertise to help you. Divorce and custody battles are emotionally charged issues for everyone involved. Susan is a skilled advocate who can cut through the emotional fog and help you...
Daniel Seink Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
(800) 393-2324 8180 Brecksville Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44141
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Administrative, Elder and Probate
Cleveland State University
I am dual certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, and as a Specialist in Elder Law by the Ohio State Bar Association. I am one of twenty-three attorneys with this dual certification. I devote my practice to those issues uniquely affecting the elderly, the disabled and their families. Having been raised by a parent with early onset Parkinson's Disease, and having witnessed a grandparent spend over sixteen years in a nursing facility suffering from Alzheimer's, I gravitated early in my career towards the practice of elder and disability law. I established my Law...
Jeffrey W. Krueger
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 34 years experience
(216) 586-2721 25201 Chagrin Blvd.
Suite 350 C
Beachwood, OH 44122
Offers Video ChatEstate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Bowling Green State University
Jeff has represented individuals and business entities ranging from sole proprietorships to multi-national corporations.

Jeff held a number of positions as an attorney in both the public and the private sector including positions with small, mid-sized, and large law firms. Jeff’s practice areas cover a wide-ranging spectrum, but he primarily focuses on real estate law, commercial law, business and civil litigation matters.

Jeff was raised in Summit County, Ohio and he and his wife have resided in Strongsville, Ohio since 1992. They have four children and three grandchildren. He is an avid football fan and a...
Howard Steven Rabb Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 34 years experience
(216) 861-4211 1468 West 9th St.
Suite 135
Cleveland, OH 44113
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy and Business
Cleveland State University
Howard Rabb concentrates on estate, general business and bankruptcy matters. He regularly advises clients on business, estate and debt strategies. A lifelong Clevelander, he has a “Superb” AVVO rating.

Estate Planning: Howard’s practice involves an analysis of the goals of the client, an understanding of all relevant family relationships, and a comprehensive list of all of the clients assets. After obtaining this information, he will advise his clients as to whether a living trust or testamentary trust makes sense in order to address probate, distribution, or tax concerns. Typically, the estate planning will include wills, health-care power of attorney, living...
Maria Shinn Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
(216) 228-4791 12511 Madison Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44107-5004
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Maria strongly believes that every couple and family, both traditional and non-traditional, deserve the same quality legal services and the same legal protections for themselves and their loved ones. Maria specializes in estate planning, probate administration, elder law and legal services for non-traditional families.
Denise Rini Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 years experience
(440) 668-9209 600 Detroit
Cleveland, OH 44145
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Juvenile
Cleveland State University
I was elected in November 2012 and was seated on January 1, 2013. A lifelong resident of the Cuyahoga County area, growing up in Maple Heights until the age of 12, and moving to Lyndhurst where I reside today. I attended public school, graduating from Brush High School in 1975.
I have a daughter, Michelle, and understands how difficult raising a child can be as a single parent.
After Michelle graduated from college, I pursued a degree at Baldwin Wallace University and earned a degree in Human Services while working as a private investigator and a freelance designer in advertising.
I worked as...
Lindsay K. Nickolls
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(440) 710-0988 4785 Memphis Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44144
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
Cleveland State University
The Nickolls Law Firm, LLC is a Northeast Ohio Family Law Firm dedicated to advocating for families and resolving complicated and unique family issues, including divorce, child custody, alimony, property division, child support, prenuptial agreements, guardian ad litem services, mediation services, and post decree litigation.
Anna M. Petronzio Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 26 years experience
(216) 381-3400 5001 Mayfield Rd, Ste. 201
Cleveland, OH 44124
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce and Family
Suffolk University Law School
Anna emphasizes her practice in the areas of divorce, family law and estate planning. Anna is a founding member of The Cleveland Academy of Collaborative Professionals and a member of the Collaborative Practice Group of the Center for Principled Family Advocacy. Anna is also a certified family law mediator. Anna practices in the courts of Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake Counties.
Erika Flynn Apelis
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(216) 716-5637 1375 East Ninth Street
29th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Probate and Social Security Disability
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Erika provides estate planning counsel to families and assists families in various aspects of elder law, including long term care planning and Medicaid planning. Erika has now translated that global experience into advocating for and counseling individuals and families in Northeast Ohio. Erika received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2005 and her J.D. from the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2009. She is an active member of the Latvian community, participating in various local and national Latvian social and cultural organizations. She resides locally with her family in Chagrin Falls,...
Erin C. Eurenius
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 4 years experience
(440) 253-8800 7017 Pearl Road #3
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Social Security Disability
Cleveland State University
Erin C. Eurenius is delighted to help seniors, individuals with disabilities, and their families at Butcher Elder Law. Her passion for elder law stems from her personal experiences with her grandmother, Helen. Erin’s grandmother helped to raise her while living with the family. Around the age of 84, Helen was diagnosed with dementia and a few short years later suffered from a stroke. Erin watched the repercussions of not planning ahead for these devastating occurrences in life. Erin went to doctor’s visits and hospital calls at 3:00 A.M. and visited the nursing home. She saw the guardianship and Medicaid process...
Erin Adams Armstrong Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience
(216) 385-2519 17407 Lorain Avenue
Suite 207
Cleveland, OH 44111
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Gregory Alan Gordillo Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(440) 333-7330 21055 Lorain Rd
Fairview Park, OH 44126
Estate Planning, Business and Employment
Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – M. Gandhi

I was 23, uninsured, and injured on my stagehand job. To fight for getting my hospital bills paid, I hired a lawyer. He inspired me, and for the next seven years, I worked and saved for law school.

When I graduated, a big law firm hired me to fight for businesses in court. But I wanted to fight for employees, and eight years later, I opened my own firm and became a small business owner myself. I learned, however, that lawsuits rarely have real “winners.” Real...
Martin Bielat
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 1 year experience
(216) 308-1906 2121 Euclid Ave.
A092
Cleveland, OH 44115
Estate Planning, Collections, Environmental and Real Estate
Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Martin Bielat LLC was founded on the idea of providing valuable legal solutions for environmental and real estate issues. The firm, started in 2019 by Martin Bielat, Esq., focuses on two key areas of law – environmental and real estate – but also takes clients in a wide variety of other practice areas like collections, business management, and estate planning.

Nestled in the innovative Cleveland-Marshall Solo Practice Incubator near Playhouse Square, Martin Bielat LLC prides itself on working conjunctively with its clients in order to illuminate the best solution. The firm recognizes that all cases are unique and that sometimes arriving...
Margaret Michele Pauken
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 29 years experience
(440) 468-0003 8401 Chagrin Road
Suite 10-B
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
Offers Video ChatEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Planning for all the seasons of life.

I provide practical, forward-thinking estate planning services for individuals and families who want assurance that their wishes will be honored and their families will be cared for.

I provide compassionate, wise legal counsel to senior citizens, veterans, and their loved ones who are worried about how to pay for nursing home care without losing everything they have worked for, and who do not want to become a burden to their families.

I provide assistance for families that include loved ones with diminished capacity, who might require special needs trusts, conservatorships, or guardianships.

My practice arose out...
Allison Mantz McMeechan
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(216) 574-2053 600 East Granger Road
Second Floor
Cleveland, OH 44139
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Social Security Disability
Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Allison M. McMeechan received her Juris Doctor degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Dayton. Allison's practice areas focus on elder law, life care planning, long term care planning, and special needs planning. Allison has published articles and has spoken in the areas of probate, estate planning, government benefits, and special needs trusts. Her audiences include bar associations, non-profit organizations, and other professional organizations. Allison is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys National and Ohio Chapters, as well as the Ohio State Bar...
Anthony M Rifici Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 years experience
(440) 899-7710 28025 Clemens Road
Suite 4
Westlake, OH 44145
Estate Planning, Elder, Real Estate and Social Security Disability
Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Mr. Rifici limits his practice to the areas of Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Probate matters, which include: preparing Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Deeds, and related planning documents; advising clients on efficiently transferring family wealth to younger generations; administration of Probate Estates, Guardianship Estates, and various types of Trusts; Probate Court litigation of contested Wills, Trusts, and related matters; and, assisting clients with long-term health care needs like care planning, asset preservation, veteran's benefits, and Medicaid applications.
Kimberly K. Yoder Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(216) 767-5055 20525 Center Ridge Road, Suite 133
Rocky River, OH 44116
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Divorce and Probate
Cleveland State University
Providing comprehensive legal services to individuals and small businesses in the greater Cleveland area. Areas of practice include divorce and dissolution, small business, probate and estate planning, personal injury, and general civil law
John James Ready Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 31 years experience
(440) 871-4000 905-A Canterbury Rd
Westlake, OH 44145
Offers Video ChatEstate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
John J. Ready is a Certified Specialist in Family Relations Law, a charter member of The Center for Principled Family Advocacy, a member of the Cuyahoga County Guardian Ad Litem Program, and a frequent lecturer on continuing legal education topics. John J. Ready & Associates is a result-oriented firm that understands the nature of the financial, emotional, and relationship issues that arise during, and after, the termination of the marriage and offers a variety of services, including mediation, collaborative divorce, parent coordination, arbitration, and litigation to achieve realistic and optimal goals for their clients. Mr. Ready is admitted...
Theresa Noreen Turk
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(440) 719-9111 549 East Washington Street
Suite 100
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
Theresa N. Turk received her B.A. degrees from Ohio University in 2002 in Political Science and Economics. She received her J.D. degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 2006. Ms. Turk is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Association of Specialists on Aging. Ms. Turk is also a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association, and the Geauga County Bar Association. Ms. Turk concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, elder law, guardianships, and probate matters. Ms. Turk currently oversees the northeast...
Kyle Gee
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(216) 696-4700 925 Euclid Ave.
Suite 2000
Cleveland, OH 44115
Estate Planning and Probate
The University of Toledo College of Law
Kyle Gee is a trusts and estates lawyer licensed to practice law in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. His primary focus includes estate planning, trusts & trust administration, probate & estate administration, representation of fiduciaries, and tax law & planning. Mr. Gee, a Cleveland native, joined Spieth, Bell, McCurdy & Newell after clerking as an attorney advisor for the Judge of a Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court (Probate Court). During his two-year judicial clerkship, he closely assisted the Court in resolving a variety of matters, including: will contests, objections to fiduciary accounts, petitions to modify and terminate trusts, contested incapacity...
Michael Drain
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 49 years experience
(440) 479-1238 147 Bell St Suite 202
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatEstate Planning, Business, Criminal and Divorce
Case Western Reserve University
Amy Lynn Papesh Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer
(800) 355-6446 6105 Parkland Blvd
Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44124
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Amy is an associate at Elk & Elk in Ohio and concentrates her practice on estate planning, guardianships and estate administration. Amy has been recognized as an "Ohio Rising Star" by Super Lawyer's magazine from 2010-2013. In addition, she also earned a spot on the Top 50 Women Ohio Super Lawyers and the Top 25 Women Cleveland Super Lawyers lists.
Melvyn Resnick Esq
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Lake County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 52 years experience
(216) 861-4211 1468 West 9th St.
Suite 135
Cleveland, OH 44077
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Melvyn E. Resnick earned his undergraduate degree in Business and Accounting with honors from Ohio University. He was awarded his law degree from Case Western Reserve School of Law and admitted to the Bar in 1966. Mr. Resnick is a member of the Lake County Bar Association. He is a past president of Tau Epsilon Rho Law Fraternity. He is licensed to practice in all Ohio courts as well as U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, since 1968 and the U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit. Mr. Resnick's practice emphasizes real estate, commercial litigation, general business, corporate banking, estate...
Todd Welles Bartimole Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer
(216) 464-9999 23240 Chagrin Blvd
Beachwood, OH 44122
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Laurie Ann Malone Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 years experience
(440) 526-6411 8748 Brecksville Road
Suite 130
Brecksville, OH 44141
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Family
Cleveland State University
Michael Fortney
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 5 years experience
(330) 807-3403 488 Sherwood Dr.
Bay Village, OH 44140
Estate Planning, Business, Employment and Workers' Comp
Cleveland State University
I work to provide great estate planning services to individuals all over the Northeast Ohio area. I live on the west side and can come to you if needed to draft wills, trusts, powers of attorney and any other estate planning instruments. I can also help with employment or worker's compensation issues. I am also experienced at drafting and reviewing contractual agreements. Additionally I have ADR experience and can help with arbitrations and mediations.
Sherry Pidala Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 34 years experience
(440) 232-1900 650 Broadway Ave
Bedford, OH 44146
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Sherry A. Pidala is a sole practitioner and has been an attorney for over 25 years. She serves clients in most all communities of the tri-county area of Cuyahoga, Portage and Summit. Sherry provides a broad range of legal services to individual clients, families and businesses in matters of family law, including divorce, dissolution, restraining orders, custody, visitation, shared parenting plans, child support, alimony, and asset division, post decree divorce issues such as modifications, and contempt proceedings, criminal matters, DUI / DWUI's, driving under suspension, and other traffic matters, personal injury cases including auto accidents and...
Lynn Ann Kriessler
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(440) 884-8881 6674 Pearl Road
Parma Heights, OH 44130
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
Alan Boyd Forrest Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(440) 792-4647 8221 Brecksville Road
Suite 201
Brecksville, OH 44141
Estate Planning, DUI, Family and Tax
Seton Hall University School of Law
Michael McNamee
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
24610 detroit road ste 150
westlake, OH 44145
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Probate and Tax
Cleveland State University
Charles J. Van Ness Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 29 years experience
(440) 461-4433 6181 Mayfield Road
Suite 104
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Foreclosure Defense
Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
Founded in 1991, we have been engaged in the serious practice of bankruptcy and business law for nearly 20 years. With over 25 years of legal experience, Van Ness Law, Ltd. has the knowledge and compassion to insure you will get your fresh start with dignity.
Benjamin F. Farah Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 years experience
(440) 331-0801 1154 Linda Street
Suite 175
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Karen S Ireland-Phillips Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(216) 696-5530 P. O. Box 22604
Beachwood, OH 44122
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Probate
Cleveland State University
Tenacious and practical attorney dedicated to working with you to fulfill your legal needs. Free initial consultation; just call to schedule.
James A. Vargo
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 36 years experience
(440) 842-6717 P.O. Box 30778
Cleveland, OH 44130
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
Cleveland State University
Michael Reardon Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 26 years experience
(440) 239-1109 7251 Engle Rd Auite 401
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Collections
Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Patricia McKay Esq
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 17 years experience
(440) 543-6790 17477 Chillicothe Rd
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Jeffrey J Lutz
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Cuyahoga County, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 28 years experience
(440) 572-2102 Albion Place, Suite A-2
10950 Pearl Rd
Strongsville, OH 44136
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Family
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