Independence, Ohio Estate Planning Lawyers

Robert G. Stiefvater
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Comprehensive estate planning and probate services. Free consultation. Call now!

I’m an experienced estate planning attorney and serve clients throughout Cleveland. I provide personalized representation and handle all types of cases, including wills, trusts, living wills, and powers of attorney. Read More »
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Robert G. Stiefvater
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(440) 457-8272 6100 Oak Tree Blvd.
Suite 200
Independence, OH 44131
Independence, 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.
Christine Tobin Esq
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Seven Hills, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 37 years experience
(216) 369-0100 4141 Rockside Road
Seven Hills, OH 44131-2537
Estate Planning
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Independence, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(216) 573-6666 6060 Rockside Woods Blvd
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Personal Injury
Independence, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(216) 643-6991 5005 Rockside Rd
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning
Independence, OH Estate Planning Lawyer
(216) 642-3342 6055 Rockside Woods Blvd
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning, Real Estate and Tax
Independence, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(216) 674-7056 5990 W Creek Rd
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning, Business, Family and Tax
Independence, OH Estate Planning Lawyer
(216) 642-5810 4700 Rockside Rd
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning, Criminal, Elder and Tax
Independence, OH Estate Planning Lawyer
(216) 884-8000 4700 Rockside Rd
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Divorce
Independence, OH Estate Planning Lawyer
(216) 642-8002 6200 Rockside Rd
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning, Elder, Medical Malpractice and Tax
Independence, OH Estate Planning Lawyer
(216) 642-3342 6055 Rockside Woods Blvd
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
Scott W. Paris
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Ohio Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience

Attended the Ohio State University receiving a B.A. in Political Science. Graduated with a J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law in 2003. Admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2003 and licensed in the Northern and... Read More »
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Independence, OH Estate Planning Lawyer
(216) 642-3342 6055 Rockside Woods Blvd
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Tax
Independence, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(216) 696-5297 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning, Business, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Independence, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(216) 642-3342 6055 Rockside Woods Blvd
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning, Elder and Tax
Independence, OH Estate Planning Lawyer
(216) 642-8604 6611 Rockside Rd
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Independence, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(216) 503-5055 3 Summit Park Dr
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning, Business, Education and Insurance Defense
Independence, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(216) 447-4496 5005 Rockside Rd
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Independence, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(216) 642-0797 6393 Oak Tree Blvd
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Tax
Independence, OH Estate Planning Lawyer
(216) 573-3752 5005 Rockside Rd
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning, Criminal and Real Estate
Independence, OH Estate Planning Attorney
6055 Rockside Woods Blvd
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Tax
Independence, OH Estate Planning Lawyer
(216) 447-4070 6480 Rockside Woods Blvd S
Independence, OH 44131
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Daniel Seink Esq
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Cleveland, 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...
Allison Mantz McMeechan
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Cleveland, 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-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...
Alan Boyd Forrest Esq
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Brecksville, 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
Laurie Ann Malone Esq
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Brecksville, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
(440) 526-6411 8748 Brecksville Road
Suite 130
Brecksville, OH 44141
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Family
Cleveland State University
Eric Valente
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Brecksville, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 7 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...
Denise Rini Esq
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Cleveland, 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...
Howard Steven Rabb Esq
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Cleveland, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 33 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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Cleveland, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
(216) 228-4791 12511 Madison Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44107-5004
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
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.
Erika Flynn Apelis
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Cleveland, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 9 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,...
Lindsay K. Nickolls
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Cleveland, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 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.
Melvyn Resnick Esq
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Cleveland, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 51 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...
Jeffrey W. Krueger
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Strongsville, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 34 years experience
(440) 732-2100 11925 Pearl Road
Suite 201
Strongsville, OH 44136
Estate 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...
Denise Marie Cook Esq
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Macedonia , OH Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(216) 236-3605 8210 Macedonia Commons Blvd #68-190
Macedonia , OH 44056
Estate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Cleveland State University
Denise M. Cook is committed to helping her clients navigate the difficult process of domestic relations and family law issues. As such, she strives to provide professional, competent and personal representation of her clients during what, for most people, is the most stressful time in their lives. Her goal is to obtain the best possible result in a timely and cost effective manner. Attorney Cook has been practicing law for over 10 years exclusively in the area of domestic relations and family law matters. She has practiced in various courts throughout Northeast Ohio, including the counties of Cuyahoga, Summit, Lake, Geauga,...
Kyle Gee
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Cleveland, 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...
Martin Bielat
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Cleveland, 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...
Sherry Pidala Esq
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Bedford, 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...
Brian Richard McGraw Esq
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Cleveland, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(216) 574-2516 1370 Ontario St. Suite 2000
Cleveland, OH 44113
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Elder
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Karen S Ireland-Phillips Esq
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Beachwood, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 23 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.
Michael Reardon Esq
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Middleburg Heights, 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-Marshall College of Law
Lori Ann Zocolo Esq
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Cleveland, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(216) 621-6138 815 Superior Ave E
Cleveland, OH 44114
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Abel & Zocolo Co., L.P.A. has over 75 years of family law, probate, and personal injury experience in Northeast Ohio.
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Planning your estate?

Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


Fiduciary: A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.

Personal representative: The person who administers an estate. If named in a will, that person's title is an executor. If there is no valid will, that person's title is an administrator.