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The attorneys in Calfee’s Estate and Succession Planning and Administration group help individuals and families make some of the most important decisions of their lives.

From the owner of a family business dealing with corporate succession issues, to a CEO planning for retirement, to a couple handling their sometimes-competing responsibilities for children and parents, we assist our clients in developing and implementing comprehensive estate plans that carefully balance personal goals with tax and administrative concerns.

We also provide comprehensive probate and trust administration, litigation services, and asset protection planning counsel.

Our representation always begins with a thorough analysis of your unique needs and goals. Innovative and sophisticated techniques ensure that the needs and goals are achieved in a way that makes personal and economic sense. We design estate plans that achieve maximum tax reduction but recognize that it is only one of many considerations. The key is striking an appropriate balance. It is always our goal to help articulate and achieve what is most important to our clients.


Chambers USA Ranked Calfee as "Leading Law Firm" in Private Wealth Law — Ohio

Calfee's Estate and Succession Planning and Administration group has been ranked as a "Leading Law Firm" in Private Wealth Law (Ohio) in Band 2 in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide from 2018-2020. Chambers HNW is the only independent directory specifically aimed at the private wealth market that ranks law firms according to their private client disciplines.

Chambers HNW 2020 researchers noted the following by commentators: "The 'personal and very responsive' team is 'outstanding and does a good job,' and has a 'strong reputation' in this area of practice."

Prior years' Chambers HNW Researchers describe Calfee’s attorneys as “thorough, efficient, timely and experienced.”

“Their depth of knowledge serves our mutual clients' needs in a very high manner," says a source, adding: "Calfee lawyers are available on an as-needed basis. They are well represented in the business community also, involving the firm in many civic and charitable matters."

"Their depth of knowledge and expertise has always been first-rate, but the quality that I most appreciate is responsiveness," comments one interviewee. Another reports that "they are a fine group with a firm reputation. You really do feel comfortable with them and they instill confidence."

"Best Law Firms" Ranked Calfee for Trusts and Estates Law 2020

Calfee was selected for inclusion in Trusts and Estates Law as a "Best Law Firm" by U.S.News–Best Lawyers in America 2020 (Metropolitan Tier 2 Cleveland).




Personal Estate Planning

  • Wills and living trusts
  • Probate avoidance
  • Powers of attorney (financial and health care)
  • Irrevocable insurance trusts
  • Minors’ education trusts
  • Family gift trusts
  • Generation-skipping trusts
  • Grantor retained interest trusts
  • Intentionally defective grantor trusts
  • Lifetime gifts
  • Ohio Legacy Trust/asset protection planning
  • Ohio Private Family Trust Companies
  • Domicile planning
  • Guardianship matters

Charitable Planning

  • Charitable lead and remainder trusts
  • Gift annuities
  • Private foundations
  • Pooled income funds

Corporate Succession Planning

  • Ownership control and management of closely held businesses
  • Analysis/implementation of gift or sale of closely held stock
  • Family limited partnerships/limited liability companies
  • Subchapter S trusts

Estate and Trust Administration

  • Post-mortem income and estate tax planning
  • Probate court filings
  • Estate tax return preparation
  • Estate accounting and bookkeeping
  • Fiduciary income tax returns
  • Asset transfers

Probate Litigation

  • Individual and corporate fiduciaries
  • Beneficiaries

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The "personal and very responsive" team is "outstanding and does a good job" and has a "strong reputation" in this area of practice.

Chambers High Net Worth Commentators

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