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Thom Loyal Cooper

Elder law Attorney at Centerburg, OH

4.4   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1983
    Active No misconduct found

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About Thom

Learn Thom’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Elder law

    27 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Estate planning

    32 years, 10,000 cases

  3. Trusts

    37 years, 10,000 cases


I began my Elder Law journey long before I went to law school and became an attorney.  In fact, I grew up in a household fishing alongside my grandfather, cooking alongside my grandmother, laughing with my uncle and aunt, and being disciplined by my father and mother. My earliest memories are of these times spent listening to stories of how my grandparents lost their home during the depression and how my grandmother walked along the railroad tracks collecting coal to heat the house where my mother was raised.  My family lived knowing what it is to work for something, only to lose it when financial times are tough.  It was our struggle that inspired me to focus my law practice on Elder Law as a way to help families like mine and the people I know.

Even after I got married and had children of my own, I kept up the tradition of living in an extended family, but this time, I was the one responsible. Caring for older family members meant seeing more and more problems that demanded attention as they got older: dealing with my mother’s desire to leave a financial legacy; facing a potential catastrophic healthcare situation with my mother-in-law; and attempting to help my grandmother as her hearing and her memory slowly faded, making it impossible for her to effectively communicate.

For so many of us, aging means coming face-to-face with challenges that are frightening to us and to our families – our friends die, our health begins to fail, our memory slowly seems to fade…  As we age, we realize that our families may be forced to place us in a care facility and we grasp at a way to maintain our dignity.  For the first time, we are facing our own mortality and we feel the need to make sense of our lives and to leave some type of legacy.  This is where an experienced, thoughtful Elder Law attorney can help.  It is where I can help and it is my passion and commitment to do so everyday.

I started Thom L. Cooper Company, LPA with the goal of representing my clients in a way that maximizes their independence and minimizes the stress and burden placed on loved ones.  For the past thirty-plus years, I’ve been doing just that and time has seen my practice grow to a multi-attorney firm representing clients all across the state of Ohio. Our clients come to us from all walks of life.  We have some wealthy clients and some not-so-wealthy clients, but most are somewhere in the middle.  We have clients in crisis and some who are just approaching retirement; however, all of our clients have one thing in common: each and every one of them was smart enough to develop a plan to preserve and protect their wealth… “to get their ducks in a row.”

Our firm’s goal today is to find public benefits that may be available to help our clients, and we devote part of our practice to educating Veterans about coordinating the benefits that may help them remain independent longer.  We are ever aware of conflicts that arise because one benefit program has different rules and qualifications than another, and we help our clients explore options to reduce the risk of outliving their money.  We help clients to protect their homes, to protect their assets, and to ensure that their estate will pass to their heirs without the hassles and delays of probate.  We keep our eyes open for opportunities to reduce or eliminate death taxes that diminish their legacy.

Getting your ducks in a row is more important now than ever for the millions of individuals who today can expect to live well into and beyond their 80s.  It is our mission and our fortune to serve the older clients with whom we work and we are committed to serving this community today, tomorrow, and into the future.  Thank you for reading our story.  

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4.4 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2014
My Family Trust
People in your organization are very friendly and have provided excellent service. Can't say enough about them. Keep up the good work. Thanks in advance for your ongoing support.
Posted by George | August 27, 2013
Elder Law is Valuable for Senior Citizens
Thom Cooper and his firm were recommended to us by friends for the purpose of setting up a Trust to protect our assets. Everyone connected with the firm with whom we had contact were very helpful, knowledgeable and gracious. We feel they are extremely competent and did a fantastic job.
Posted by Bill | May 6, 2013
Our Ducks are lining up!
Our experience with the Cooper Law Firm is still in the initial stages; however, to date we are well satisfied with the apparent professionalism and attention to details that have been demonstrated in the compiling of our documents.
Posted by Elaine | May 1, 2013
Appointment with Thom Cooper...Elder Law Attorney
My husband and I were met by professional, yet friendly staff. Our Trust which had been created By Mr. Cooper in 1998, was completely updated for no charge! Complete with changes we Had requested! We additionally requested current information on present laws that could Affect the preservation of our assets for our children and grandchildren. We were given a wealth Of information which was most helpful. Thanks to this detailed explanation of options we are Now ready to plan the next step which should better protect our family. Every question and concern Was handled to our satisfaction. These people know their business and the law. We will be Meeting with them soon to implement their suggestions.
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Posted by sue | February 26, 2013
to set up a trust
he answered all of our questions and told us some information that was important to us He told us ways to make our estate better
Posted by john&sue | February 20, 2013
elder law trust
he told us things that we did not know and did not think was important but found out were very important . he is very knowledgeable when it comes to elder law we are very grateful for the job he did for us would recommend him to others
Posted by Chuck | November 8, 2012
Thom and company have proven to be an amazing resource
My brother needed help sorting out the crushing blow of his wife's Alzheimers condition. He was too emotionally strained to take the steps to prevent likely/potential financial destruction. I contacted an attorney friend of mine in Columbus who gave Thom Cooper and his organization an unqualified endorsement. Yesterday was my second visit to the law offices in Centerburg and what was unveiled and accomplished in a two-hour family meeting was amazing. Now a clear path is laid for my sister-in-law's institutional health and my brother's ability to survive, both emotionally and financially. I believe we have met six of Thom's staff in this short process and each one has proven to be of the same, high standard of knowledgable professionals. On behalf of my brother and family I extend a tremendous thanks.
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Posted by Mary | September 27, 2012
Both side of the table
Paul and I have had the opportunity to work with Thom and his staff on both ends. Paul's mother had Thom set up her family trust in 2001. When she passed away, our agent Mary Roberts, helped us step by step so that Paul, as trustee, could fulfill his mothers wishes. Mary is a blessing and a true asset to Thom Cooper. Since we were able to see the necessity of a family trust and how it worked so efficiently; Paul and I decided to get one of our own. Thom met with us and explained how important and vital it is to protect oneself and the family. The rest of his staff painted a clear picture of how it all works and the benefits of each program they offer. Questions were answered and help given whenever needed. After the settling of Paul's mother's estate - we realized the importance of having someone with an incredible reputation and work ethic. Someone that does not cut corners but keeps everything in the highest regard to legal standards. We are so grateful to have our trust and know that our family will also be protected. Mary Roberts gave us peace of mind because she knew that Thom Cooper only does what is legally right and upholds all that is true. Thank you Mary from the bottom of our hearts and God Bless both you and Thom for all that you do to help in those trying times. Sincerely, Paul and Mary West
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Posted by Margaret | September 23, 2012
Thom Cooper, Elder Law Attorney
My husband and I needed help putting our finances in order as we got older. Mr. Cooper was understanding, supportive, pro-active, and professional with us. We definitely recommend him!
Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2012
Estate planning
Mr. Cooper was very straight forward about what he wanted to accomplish as far as protecting our assets and making recommendations for our future financial planning. We were treated with respect and with a regard for our personal satisfaction with his suggestions. We were given a one-time quote which covered everything that would be done to accomplish the work that was needed. I have recommended Mr. Cooper to family and friends.
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Posted by Mitch | January 19, 2011
I am an attorney myself practicing in Columbus, Ohio. I have used Thom to set up trusts for my family, my parents, and have referred my clients to him for elder law, estate planning, and trusts. I find Thom to be extremely knowledgeable, hard working, and conscientious. It is well worth the short drive to Centerburg, Ohio to consult him. His staff is well trained and attentive to detail. Thom is also very easy to talk to and can easily explain his recommended plan of action in understandable terms. He is the one-stop shop in his area of expertise, and well thought of in the legal community.
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Posted by Lana | January 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Preservation Trust
Did not realize the difference between executor and trustee or trustor,l’m worried abt our future
Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
You don't want your wife shopping for food in rhe cat food aisle do you?
Someone else said: "He talks a good talk". Almost convinced me too... The threat about my wife having to shop in the cat food aisle if I didn't let him prepare the papers was an insult. I later spoke with a high school friend that told me that she thought that it was a good thing I didn't do it. She used to work in the office. Enough said. I despise the thought of people preying on the fears of others. It seems like old people are too trusting, and no one today is looking out for them or for their interests.
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Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2011
Talks a great deal about protecting Elderly parents assets, but failed miserably
Had a family trust prepared with alot of promises made about moving assets to avoid large tax problems and long term care issues. Paid up front of course 4 years ago. Family member moved to a nursing home and discovered nothing was done during this time. We have a "family trust" that is worthless! Have called numerous occasions to schedule meeting only to be constantly postponed. Now I have to watch our family assets disolve due to this lawyer's lack of doing anything in spite of all those promises.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Thom L. Cooper Company
  • 1983 - Present


  • Ohio State University, Columbus
  • PhD
  • 1985
  • Capital University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Allegheny College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Rorick v. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
  • The Court ruled that a spouse of a Medicaid recipient can turn a portion of their assets into income without creating a penalty.


  • American Association of Estate & Elder Law Attorneys
  • Past President
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Elder Law Foundation
  • Charter Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Attorney Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1983 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Ohio chapter
  • 2014
  • Ohio Certified Elder Law Attorney
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2014
  • 30 Year Anniversary
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2013
  • CELA
  • National Elder Law Foundation
  • 1995
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  • Word Association Publishers
  • Over the Hill & Under Obamacare
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • American Association of Trust, Estate and Elder Law Attorneys
  • Practice Management
  • 2012
  • American Association of Trust, Estate and Elder Law Attorneys
  • Practice Management
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (8)
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Trusts Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I HIGHLY endorse this lawyer. Thom and his legal team are different than most other firms because they go beyond the standard estate planning strategies. They expertly combine estate planning with longevity income and tax planning because they care about the outcome for their clients."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Thom for several years through an invitation only national estate and elder law planning group. At our semi-annual meetings I am always amazed by his knowledge and his approach to working with his clients. His caring and knowledge make him my top choice for attorneys I turn to when I need a second opinion."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I give Thom Cooper my highest endorsement in the area of Elder Law. Thom is totally committed to bringing the absolute best service possible to his clients, and cares about improving the situation of each one. Thom has been a pioneer in this area and has come up with more creative solutions that anyone else I know. I highly recommend Thom Cooper for anyone with an Elder Law issue."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Thom Cooper is one of the most creative attorneys that I know. He is adept at combining financial products with knowledge of the law to create unique asset protection solutions for his clients. And he is a pioneer at applying technology to provide expanded services to clients and prospects."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Thom for over 5 years. He is most knowledgeable about elder law in Ohio and a great resource to train other professionals in this field. He helped my elderly relative and was most helpful. I highly recommend Thom Cooper to help retired persons and their families."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Thom Cooper is one of the top elder law attorneys I have ever met. I have had the pleasure of visiting Thom's offices in Centerberg, OH and seen personally how he works with clients to protect their assets and give them comfort in times of crisis. I recommend Thom's services as an attorney without reservation."
Estate planning Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Thom is hands down one of the most brilliant estate planners I've met. If you need advice or assistance in estate planning, administration, or elder law, calling Thom is one of the best decisions you can make. I endorse him without hesitation."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Other
"Thom Cooper's knowledge and creativity as an elder law attorney never cease to amaze me. He has assisted me in several matters involving clients of mine in Ohio. I've recommended him to several people. They have all thanked me for the referral."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Thom Cooper has designed a law firm that should serve as the model for all elder law attorneys. First and foremost, I have been most impressed with the systems developed by Thom's firm to ensure clients receive the best possible care. Client meetings are streamlined, data is meticulously organized, and clients remain completely informed throughout the process. I know of no other elder law firm that has devoted as much time and effort to perfecting the total client care "process." Thom is also one of the most "creative" and "restless" attorneys that I've ever met. Quite simply, he is never satisfied with standard solutions -- constantly striving to improve the results he is able to achieve for clients. Thom Cooper leaves no stone unturned, and, consequently, receives my unqualified endorsement."
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Centerburg Elder law Lawyer Thom Loyal Cooper
Thom Loyal Cooper
Elder law Attorney
Centerburg, OH
Licensed for 40 years
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