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About me

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
twenty 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 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 elderly 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.  


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
    25 years, 10 thousand cases
  2. Elder Law: 40%
    20 years, 5 thousand cases
  3. Trusts: 20%
    30 years, 10 thousand cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Anna M. Eckert Byrne

    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.


    Anna Byrne Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    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.


    Howard Neiswender Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Thom L. Cooper Company

36 West Main Street
Centerburg, OH, 43011

30 Overbrook Drive, Suite D
Monroe, OH, 45050

2190 Wapakoneta Ave.
Sidney, OH, 45365

2530 Western Avenue, Suite A
Chillicothe, OH, 45601



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Elder Law AttorneyNational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Ohio chapter2014
CELANational Elder Law Foundation1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderThom L. Cooper Company1983 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association of Estate & Elder Law AttorneysPast President2007 - Present
National Elder Law FoundationCharter Member1995 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysN/A1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rorick v. Ohio Department of Job and Family ServicesThe Court ruled that a spouse of a Medicaid recipient can turn a portion of their assets into income without creating a penalty.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio State University, ColumbusN/APhD - Doctorate1985
Allegheny CollegeN/ABS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Capital University Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Association of Trust, Estate and Elder Law AttorneysPractice Management2012
American Association of Trust, Estate and Elder Law AttorneysPractice Management2011