Estate Planning Lawyers Focused on Quality in Service

Ziegler Metzger LLP has provided Counsel of Good Value since 1952. We provide comprehensive estate planning services for professionals, business executives, entrepreneurs, professional athletes and other individuals throughout Ohio.

With offices in Cleveland and Painesville, Ohio, we are one of the leading estate planning law firms in the region, listed among the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Our lawyers also take referrals and provide local counsel for estate planning matters involving out-of-state property and individuals outside of Ohio who have property in the state.

Diligently Addressing Your Estate Planning Needs

We provide a full range of services to meet the specific estate planning needs of our clients and to minimize income, gift, estate and generation-skipping taxes. Our estate planning attorneys have experience in a wide range of estate planning techniques. From simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills and health care directives to more complex A-B trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), generation-skipping trusts, qualified domestic trusts (QDOTs), special-needs trusts and asset protection vehicles, our experience makes us uniquely qualified to handle the estate planning needs of any client.

Our attorneys work closely with clients and charitable organizations in many charitable giving techniques, such as charitable remainder unitrusts and annuity trusts (CRUTs and CRATs), charitable lead trusts, private foundations and donor advised funds.

We provide clients with a wide range of estate planning services, including:

  • Standard estate planning services: We can help you create a comprehensive estate plan that includes wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills and health care powers of attorney and incorporates an intelligent, strategic approach to tax and charitable considerations in estate planning.
  • Care for incapacity and guardianship: One of the most important purposes of creating an estate plan is to prepare for long-term care in case of incapacity in the future.

You may be responsible for providing care for someone who is unable to live independently or you may be considering the possibility of needing such care yourself in the future. In addition to the legal help we provide in estate planning, we offer life-care services from our experienced client care manager, Margaret Mendenhall, who is also a registered nurse.

  • International estate planning: Individuals who live in the United States but who are not citizens face unique challenges in estate planning. In addition, U.S. citizens who own property overseas need to take specific measures in planning their estates.

Individualized Service

As a midsized law firm, we deliver personal, individualized services to each client. Clients work directly with the lawyer or lawyers handling their estate plan. Our attorneys work continually with clients and their families over a period of years and even decades as each estate matures and develops.

We come to know our clients well, and we work to stay sensitive to the nuances that make each estate different. Our clients come from across the nation. Our firm has many clients who are Florida residents or spend significant time in Florida, and we have an attorney, Lori Kilpeck, licensed to practice in Florida. We are able to serve both local and out-of-state needs for all of these clients.

To schedule an initial consultation with a lawyer at our firm, call 216-273-6726 or contact us online today.