I am a Certified Specialist in Elder Law Attorney as well as certified by the VA to handle VA benefits applications. I have spent my entire legal career trying to help people navigate the legal maze of estate planning, especially planning for asset protection and use of governmental benefits. I practice in the areas of Elder Law, Life Care Planning, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Disability, and Probate.
My legal career really started many years before law school. After obtaining my BA degree, which was a great education, but didn't qualify me for anything specific, I ended up as a Paralegal in a law firm in Canton, Ohio. I worked in various areas of the law over my five years there, ending up in the Probate and Estate Planning area. I loved being able to help people through a very upsetting time. Eventually, I decided that I should probably go back to school and get my law degree. I did this even though I vowed never to set foot back in school after completing my undergraduate degree at the College of Wooster in 1979.
I enrolled in Cleveland Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University and took every course I could in the Estate Planning and Taxation areas so that I could practice law in Estate and Trust Planning. I even was voted the Editor-in-Chief of the Cleveland State Law Review (a plum job in Law School). After graduation in 1986, I began my life as a lawyer at a large law firm in Cleveland, Ohio--Hahn Loeser Parks. It was a great experience to learn from and practice with many distinguished estate planners. I was there from graduation until August of 1993.
When the opportunity presented itself to leave that firm to help form a small boutique law firm, I jumped at the chance. On September 1, 1993, Budish & Solomon was born, concentrating in Estate and Trust Planning and Corporate law. I became a partner in 1997 and in 2006, the name of the firm became Budish, Solomon, Steiner & Peck, Ltd. Effective January 1, 2015, the name of the firm is Solomon, Steiner & Peck, Ltd.
My practice evolved so that I spend the majority of my time in Elder and Disability Law. I am a Certified Specialist in Elder Law, and an Accreditied Attorney for VA claims. I am committed to assisting clients navigate their way through the maze of planning options for payment of long term health care. I also love to help average, middle class people plan to avoid probate and protect assets for their families.
My legal background has helped in my personal life as well when I needed to care for my infirm, elderly parents. It was an emotional time in my life, and helps me to really understand and assist the families of my clients. I have been there so I can really give first hand advice.
More recently, my son has been diagnosed with various mental disorders. I have become much more involved in disability and special needs planning as a result. I love helping families that have a special needs child plan for the future care of the child. it is very satisfying to help put the family at ease when we solve their planning burdens.
In my free time, I am busy with my husband and three children. We enjoy watching movies and just relaxing as a family
Hourly ($175-350/hour), Fixed (always), Retainer (always)
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Laurie is an outstanding professional and advocate for her clients. I am so confident in Laurie's ability that I personally refer my own clients to her when it comes to complex Medicaid and Medicare issues. She is a true pleasure to work with!
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Specialist in Elder Law||Ohio State Bar Association||2014|
|Certified Elder Law Attorney||National Elder Law Foundation||2012|
|Accredited Attorney for VA claims||Veterans Administration||2011|
|Torch Award for Integrity in Business||Better Business Bureau||2005|
|Partner||Solomon, Steiner & Peck, Ltd.||1993 - Present|
|Associate||Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP||1989 - 1993|
|Paralegal||Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co. LPA||1981 - 1986|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Veterans Administration||Accredited Attorney||2011 - Present|
|Academy of Special Needs Planners||Member||2007 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Ohio Chapter||Member||2006 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||1992 - Present|
|Cleveland Estate Planning Council||Member||1991 - Present|
|Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Estate Planning Probate and Trust Section||Member||1989 - Present|
|Akron Bar Association||Member||1989 - Present|
|Ohio State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section||Member||1989 - Present|
|American Bar Association ,Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section||Member||1989 - Present|
|Medicaid Eligibility||We saved a family a lot of money!|
|Medicaid Estate Recovery Thwarted||We saved a client's home from Estate Recovery|
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|50 Something Magazine||Numerous on various legal topics||2011|
|Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude||1989|
|College of Wooster||Business Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1979|
|various in-person and web based seminar||Medicaid Planning||2011|
|Planning to protect Assets from Catastrophic Nursing Home Costs||Medicaid Planning||2011|
|Health Care Reform 101||Federal Health Care Reform||2011|