Rocky River, Ohio Estate Planning Lawyers

Robert G. Stiefvater
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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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Kimberly K. Yoder Esq
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Rocky River, 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
Benjamin F. Farah Esq
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Rocky River, 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
Stacey Ganor
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Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
(440) 331-0801 1154 Linda St. Ste. 175
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(440) 356-5700 20525 Center Ridge Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning, Business, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Lawyer
(440) 331-9990 20525 Center Ridge Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Criminal
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(440) 895-4000 20800 Center Ridge Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Lawyer
(440) 331-8850 2600 Wooster Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning and Tax
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Lawyer
(216) 965-3786 20525 Center Ridge Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(440) 331-2478 20525 Center Ridge Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Immigration
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(330) 630-5077 21330 Center Ridge Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Collections
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Lawyer
(216) 356-1219 20220 Center Ridge Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning, Business and Medical Malpractice
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(216) 241-4270 20800 Center Ridge Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning, Business, Construction and Personal Injury
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(440) 356-1700 2639 Wooster Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Elder
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(440) 331-9599 20800 Center Ridge Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Tax
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(440) 888-2552 2639 Wooster Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Elder and Tax
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(440) 333-2211 21761 Gatehouse Ln
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning and Tax
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(440) 821-3242 19885 Detroit Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Personal Injury
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(440) 356-9400 20325 Center Ridge Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and DUI
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Lawyer
(440) 409-0300 20220 Center Ridge Rd Ste 320
Rocky River, OH 44116-3501
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Juvenile
Rocky River, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(440) 331-8850 2600 Wooster Rd
Rocky River, OH 44116
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Tax
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.
Gregory Alan Gordillo Esq
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Fairview Park, 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...
Erin Adams Armstrong Esq
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Cleveland, 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
Susan Miller Weaver Esq
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Fairview Park, 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...
John James Ready Esq
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Westlake, OH Estate Planning Attorney with 32 years experience
(440) 871-4000 905 Canterbury Rd
Westlake, OH 44145
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation 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...
Anthony M Rifici Esq
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Westlake, 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-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.
Elizabeth L. Perla
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Highland Heights, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(440) 333-2503 840 Brainard Road
Highland Heights, OH 44143
Estate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Probate
Elizabeth L. Perla is the owner and attorney with The Perla Law Firm, LLC where her main areas of practice are estate planning, elder law, probate, and family law. She has an overall client rating on Martindale.com of 5.0 out of 5.0. She is a frequent speaker for local groups as well as NBI at continual education seminars on issues of estate planning and probate. Elizabeth served on the Steering Committee for the Young Lawyer’s section of NAELA, the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys. Elizabeth is a member of the Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law sections of the...
Tiaon Michele Lynch
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Lakewood, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
(216) 226-5090 13317 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Probate
Cleveland State University
Michael McNamee
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westlake, 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
Patricia Mobberly Esq
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Westlake, OH Estate Planning Attorney
2156 Walter Rd
Westlake, OH 44145
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Real Estate
Howard Steven Rabb Esq
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Cleveland, 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...
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.
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...
Erika Flynn Apelis
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Cleveland, 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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Strongsville, OH Estate Planning Lawyer with 4 years experience
(440) 268-8284 11565 Pearl Road
The Hannah Rose Building, Suite 301
Strongsville, OH 44136
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...
Melvyn Resnick Esq
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Cleveland, 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...
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...
James A. Vargo
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Cleveland, 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
Lynn Ann Kriessler
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Parma Heights, OH Estate Planning Attorney
(440) 884-8881 6674 Pearl Road
Parma Heights, OH 44130
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
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...
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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.