Barry H. Zimmer founded THE ZIMMER LAW FIRM in June 1993, to practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Business Succession Planning. His goal was and continues to be helping clients understand and de-mystify the often confusing world of Estate Planning in an ever-changing society, and to implement effective Estate Planning with minimal effort and time investment. The firm works from the belief that planning should always be driven by purpose. As a result, there are no “canned” or pre-set planning solutions. Instead, Zimmer helps clients identify their goals first and then builds estate and business plans based on that understanding.
Barry has been in private practice since receiving his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1979. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from U.C. with Honors, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1976. He was profiled in the 1990-1991 edition of Who’s Who in American Law for contribution to the betterment of contemporary society, and has lectured numerous times on legal topics, and authored several articles and Special Reports on Estate Planning. He is a former guest columnist on Simply Money, on 91.7 FM, WVXU. He makes occasional guest appearances on radio about estate planning topics, and has been quoted in newspaper articles and columns on Estate Planning matters.
In Mr. Zimmer’s perspective, excellence in implementing trust-based estate plans is but one aspect of his responsibility to clients. Providing reliable guidance and service to families of clients who pass away is just as critical as sound planning at the front end. Zimmer and his staff have successfully handled hundreds of trust estate and probate cases, and are experienced in settling and distributing a wide variety of estate assets to heirs.
Mr. Zimmer also believes strongly in continuing education. He devotes substantial time and resources to staying up to date on the latest laws, trends and techniques.
Barry is also a founding member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. The Academy is a limited membership organization that provides continuing legal education to members, and practice management support and training. The goal of the Academy is to help foster excellence in attorney member services to their clients. Zimmer has been actively involved in the Academy since its inception in 1993, including service on the Academy’s first Board of Governors and Education Advisory Board. He regularly attends specialized and advanced training by the experts in the Academy Education Department several times a year. This includes two national conferences sponsored by the Academy for its members, where Zimmer also networks with Estate Planning Lawyers from across the country.
In addition, Mr. Zimmer attends numerous local and regional estate planning training courses each year on state and federal laws and developing techniques. He is certified to present Continuing Legal Education programs for financial professionals and CPA’s about estate planning issues and laws.
Mr. Zimmer is a member of the Cincinnati and Ohio State Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in all Ohio courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Federal District Court of the Southern District of Ohio, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. He is married with two children, and lives in Symmes Township. When Mr. Zimmer isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and reading.
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Barry is a very knowledgeable and ethical attorney in all areas of his practice. Barry specializes in estate planning and is competent in this area as I have worked with him for several years with the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys in training and practice. Very will go to the wall for your cause because that's what he does.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peak Performer||American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys||2015|
|Fellow||American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys||2007|
|Estate Planning & Elder Law Attorney||The Zimmer Law Firm||1993 - Present|
|Partner||Zimmer, Kapor, and Simon||1989 - 1993|
|Partner||Zimmer and Kapor||1984 - 1989|
|Partner||O'Connor, Acciani, and Zimmer||1982 - 1984|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||2013 - Present|
|Ohio Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||2013 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys||Document Language Committee||2008 - Present|
|American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys Attorneys||Board of Governors||1999 - 2001|
|American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys||Education Advisory Board||1999 - 2001|
|Better Business Bureau||Accredited Business||1995 - Present|
|American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys||Member||1993 - Present|
|Ohio State Bar Association||Member||1980 - Present|
|Cincinnati Bar Association||Member||1980 - Present|
|White Paper||Choosing an Ohio Medicaid Managed Care Plan||2015|
|White Paper||Why Would I want a Revocable Living Trust in Ohio||2015|
|White Paper||Understanding the Many Powers of Attorney in Ohio||2015|
|White Paper||Truths Every Family with Special Needs Children Need to Know||2015|
|White Paper||Medicaid and Medicare in Ohio: Understanding Differences||2014|
|White Paper||What is an Elder Law Attorney in Ohio?||2014|
|Booklet||Protecting Your Family and Leaving a Legacy||2014|
|University of Cincinnati College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|University of Cincinnati||Economics - Honors Phi Beta Kappa||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1976|
|36 + Hours of Continuing Education every year||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Veteran's Benefits & Mediciad||How to Prevent the High Costs of Nursing Care from Destroying Your Retirement and Family Wealth||2015|
|Trust Positions||Trustee and Power of Attorney School||2015|
|Estate Planning||Estate Planning to Protect your Family's Future||2015|
|Ohio State Bar Association||Elder Law||2013|
|Zimmer Law Firm Continuing Education||Estate Planning for Financial Planners and Agents||2006|
|Radio Broadcast||Estate Planning - Will's and Trusts||2006|