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CL Huddleston III

Estate planning Attorney at Columbus, OH

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Charles Lawrence Huddleston, Larry

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  • Licensed for 46 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1977
    Active No misconduct found

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About CL

Learn CL’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    "Life's a Journey. We have the Maps."® Comprehensive client-centered "Health & Wealth" planning for individuals, families, professionals and private business owners. Our planning recognizes that, in the modern medical world, the biggest planning challenge is not "What happens when I die." Rather it is "What happens when I don't die." Aging and declining capacity must be addressed. Services also include asset protection and the minimization or elimination of estate tax.

    33 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Business
    Business planning and succession for family and private business owners and professionals. Asset protection and income tax planning for individuals and businesses.

    33 years, 100 cases

  3. Trusts
    Dozens of types of trusts, from foundational revocable living trusts to highly complex trusts that can accomplish dozens of client goals, both tax and non-tax. We have created client trusts not only in Ohio, but for specialized purposes in Wyoming, Alaska, Delaware and the Isle of Man, and understand the advantages of other jurisdictions such as Nevada, South Dakota, Kentucky and Nevis.

    33 years, 1,800 cases

  4. Probate
    Professional probate and trust administration. Skilled and empathetic staff to help grieving clients through all the complex issues resulting from the loss of spouse, parent, child or other loved one. Most of estates we administer are Trust plans that are not required to be administered publicly in Probate Court.

    33 years, 200 cases

  5. Wills and living wills
    Wills alone are never sufficient. Even our "simple" Will plans are complemented by a variety of health-related documents that anticipate loss of capacity (or declining capacity) during lifetime.

    33 years, 2,000 cases


Larry Huddleston ("C L" to his golf and fishing buddies) was admitted to the Bar in 1977, and has been an estate planning attorney for more than 25 years. He was in the first class of Certified Ohio Specialists in Trust, Probate and Estate Planning. He has taught estate planning in almost half the states in America to attorneys, accountants, physicians, and many others in groups from 10 to 1,000. He participates actively in several professional organizations from trade associations to "think tanks." He is enthusiastic about his work, and intends to keep at it for many years. He carries a single digit golf handicap at Scioto Country Club, is a pretty fair fly fisherman, an almost-passable trap and skeet shooter, an active pilot, downhill skier, and sings bass in the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church choir.

He is a graduate of Portsmouth (Ohio) High School, Muskingum College and Capital University School of Law.  Prior to starting his estate planning career, he was a general practice attorney, litigator, financial regulator, expert witness in "banker misbehavior" cases, and a financial institutions merger-and-acquisitions consultant.  He lives in Dublin with Debbie, his patient wife of 40 years.  They have two grown daughters of whom he is very proud, and two rambunctious grandsons.


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I don't always fish in a starched shirt and suit pants. Driving from client appointment in NW Ohio to Columbus one late Winter day, stopped to fish for an hour at the Zanesfield Rod & Gun Club.  Caught this 4lb rainbow trout on first cast!


CL Huddleston III
3650 Olentangy River Rd
Suite 210
Columbus, OH, 43214-3464
Huddleston Law Group LPA
7925 Paragon Road
Dayton, OH, 45459-4019
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Posted by Phil | December 9, 2011
Client & Family Friendly Estate and Asset Protection Planning
I have worked with Mr. Huddleston for over two years. He has customized my estate planning to suit my family’s needs while providing me with innovative new tools to protect my assets so I may pass as much of my estate as possible to my children when that time comes. Larry is easy to work with, for both me and my wife, and he interacts very well with all of my other advisors. In fact, I have asked him to assume the lead role in all wealth planning activities and he is fully engaged with my financial advisors, accountants and other lawyers. His staff is equally attentive and responsive to our needs. I highly recommend the Huddleston Law Group to anyone who desires excellent professional advice in a relaxed and highly personalized setting.
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Posted by Stan Miller | January 11, 2012
A True Professional
I have know Larry and worked with him for almost 20 years. No one I know works harder to stay current on the latest developments in the law. He is warm and caring and communicates with clients about estate planning and post-death settlement issues with passion and sensitivity.
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Thanking you for an quick and reliable answer.
Mr. Huddleston, Thank you so much for your quick responded. I really did not have any money to seek a lawyer and I am a senior that need an question answered. Your answer was quick and helpful. Sincerely,
Posted by Rhonda | November 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The legal services provided by Mr. C.L. Huddleston and his staff exceeded my expectations. Not only is Mr. Huddleston customer-oriented and a professional expert in his field, he is personable and caring toward his clients. After taking the time to patiently listen to my questions and goals, Mr. Huddleston provided a thorough and in-depth consultation, to ensure my understanding of the legal and financial options available to me. Paying close attention to detail - re: my personal needs, he developed a legal (and financial plan) which fully addresses my concerns. Mr. Huddleston demonstrated his commitment to recommending - only that which is in my best interests - throughout our attorney/client relationship. I would be remiss if I did not commend Mr. Huddleston's legal staff, and their prompt and efficient services. For anyone in need of an Outstanding Attorney, I highly recommend the legal services of the C.L. Huddleston Law Group.
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Posted by Timothy | November 13, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
A Rare Gem
Honest,Caring,Compassionate,and understanding. A Class Act! Can't say enough kind words.
Posted by James | September 28, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Recomendation
Mr. Huddleston was kind enough to answer one of my questions I had posted on this website. It is clear he professional and has a lot of expertise in the business.
Posted by Melody | July 22, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Asking a quetioon about a California Trust
Even though this attorney is in Columbus he took the time to respond and he was the most thorough of the responders. Very wise information.
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Work Experience

  • Founding Principal
  • Huddleston Law Group LPA
  • 2007 - Present
  • Partner
  • Dundon & Huddleston LLP
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Principal
  • Huddleston Law Offices, PC
  • 1995 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Miller Dye Huddleston & Knapp
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Ohio Financial Services Corporation
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Merger Consultant
  • Meuse Rinker Chapman & Brooks
  • 1985 - 1987
  • Superintendent
  • Ohio Division of Savings & Loans
  • 1984 - 1985
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  • Capital University Law School
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1977
  • Muskingum College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State ex rel Carver v. Hull 70 OH St 3d 570
  • Created new law in Ohio - Happy Client
  • McCullough v. Bill Swad Chrysler Plymouth, Inc. 5 OH St. 3d 181
  • Created new Ohio law - Happy Client


  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Committee
  • 2005 - Present
  • Esperti Peterson Institute for Advanced Wealth Planning
  • Fellow
  • 2003 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Founding Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Ohio Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Past Chairman
  • 1999 - Present
  • The Columbus Foundation
  • Professional Advisory Committee
  • 1998 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Committee
  • 1977 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Elder Law Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Leave-A-Legacy Award
  • Central Ohio Planned Giving Council
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • WealthCounsel Annual Convention
  • Mom, Pop & the Hardware Shop: Strategies for Working with Small Business Owners and their Successors
  • 2011
  • Community Foundation of Lorain County
  • Maximizing the Prospects for Success of Family & Private Business
  • 2011
  • WealthCounsel Annual Convention
  • How to Engage Clients in 2010
  • 2010
  • From national conventions to small groups
  • Virtually every estate planning topic
  • 2010
  • National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • The Alphabet Soup of Qualified Retirement Plans
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (31)
Given (9)
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Estate planning Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Huddleston are consistently accurate, full of analysis, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Other
"Larry’s 20+ years of experience in estate planning and asset management shine in the knowledge he bestows upon his clients and colleagues. He’s patient, caring, compassionate, and sensitive to the needs of his clients and their loved ones. I whole-heartedly endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Huddleston provides great advice to those in need. He takes time out of his day to answer questions on AVVO and point people in the right direction."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"CL is that rare professional who both knows the substance and procedure and has the unique skill to communicate it effectively to both clients and other lawyers. I have been favored with learning from him, collaborating with him, and enjoying a fine glass of Tennessee whisky next to him. I heartily endorse him. He has the unusual ability to distill the complex and communicate it with the expertise that makes it memorable. You will know why you are doing what he is advising you to do, and you can be confident that his advice is of the highest caliber, has been tested and proven in the crucible of experience, and will serve you and your family beyond your expectations both now and for many generations into the future. You will not find a more qualified attorney to guide you through the estate planning process, and I strongly urge you to atop procrastinating and contact him today."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Larry is one of the most well-respected attorneys in the legal community and is always willing to share his knowledge and wisdom with others. I highly recommend him as an attorney who practices with compassion and integrity."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"CL is an excellent attorney who brings knowledge, wisdom and experience to the estate planning process for clients. I highly recommend him."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I respect Mr. Huddleston's contributions to this site and his insightful comments and responses to inquiries. I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very knowledgeable within his area of expertise, offering the best advice and counsel."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Larry for the better part of two decades and he has consistently impressed me as being an outstanding attorney. He is both a published author and gifted speaker. Larry has a strong command of estate planning law. I highly endorse him."
Business Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles is a dedicated & skillful attorney that brings his considerable experience & integrity to the service of his clients in one of the most critical periods of their lives. I enjoy seeing him answers on Avvo & know his insights are practical & helpful. He is a credit to the legal profession & I am proud to endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lawyers who serve the avvo community as much as Mr. Huddleston are few and far between. It takes passion, concern and dedication to devote so much time. You have my endorsement and kudos."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse CL Huddleston as the "go-to" attorney for Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills, Asset Protection, Special Needs Trusts and Probate. I endorse this lawyer without reservation. Highest character and integrity."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Do to my own interests, I end up reading a number of Mr. Huddleston's posts on Avvo. Those responses and his resume demonstrate significant knowledge and experience in his practice areas."
Probate Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've been following Mr. Huddleston's comments and answers in Avvo for some time now. His responses are always well thought out, insightful, and helpful. Kudos!"
Probate Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Huddleston. As a family law attorney who also contributes to the Avvo forum, I find myself answering some of the same questions that Mr. Huddleston responds to. Often, after reading the response he had provided, I find that there is seldom anything that I can add to his well reasoned and legally accurate response. This tells me that he is not only possesses extensive legal knowledge, but also possesses the desire to help those in need of his services. His willingness to provide assistance to unknown persons on the forum demonstrates his appreciation for his responsibility to those in need of legal assistance. I am confident that his clients receive superior support and guidance and I will be referring clients to him when their situation exceeds my area of expertise."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Huddleston gives very complete and thorough answers on AVVO. I would recommend that anyone in his community consult with him for advice."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.This lawyer posts very concise and well thought out answers on Avvo. He seems to have a very high level of legal knowledge and expertise."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known CL and his wife for 30+ years. He is has been a friend, business partner, and competitor. I have the highest regard for his skill, creativity, knowledge and honesty."
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Columbus Estate planning Lawyer CL Huddleston III
CL Huddleston III
Estate planning Attorney
Columbus, OH
Licensed for 46 years
Virtual consultation available