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     Whenever someone asks me how I'm doing, I reply "I'm grateful!"  I always hope they'll ask me what makes me grateful, so that I can tell them -- God has been remarkably good to me.  Through an incredible web of "coincidences", I found the most wonderful woman in the world late in my life, and now I'm able to spend the rest of it deeply in love with my soul mate.  Together, we have five of the most wonderful children, and seven of the most wonderful grandchildren a person could have.  Each of them brings joy to our lives in a special way.  I have a remarkable setting in which to practice my profession.  The Lane Alton attorneys and staff are supportive, likeable, smart, and motivated to be the best they can be.  My work with community service organizations has been profoundly gratifying, including the Columbus and Ohio State Bar Associations, Legal Aid Society of Columbus, The Society of Financial Service Professionals, My Very Own Blanket, Divine Mercy Ministry, The Catholic Foundation, and my parish church.  I have been blessed with some of the best clients any lawyer has ever had, both business and personal.  Many of them uplift me and inspire me to keep serving.


So, if you care to know how I'm doing ---- I'm grateful!!! 


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 35%
    45 years, 400 cases
  2. Business: 30%
    45 years, 300 cases
  3. Contracts: 20%
    45 years, 600 cases
  4. Real Estate: 15%
    45 years, 200 cases


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Contact info

Lane, Alton & Horst, LLC

Two Miranova Place.
Suite 220
Columbus, OH, 43215


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Forrest Sharrock Alumni AwardSt. Francis DeSales High School2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Best Lawyers in Central OhioBusiness First2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Vice President, Secretary, and General CounselCardinal Realty Services, Inc.1989 - 1996
Lecturer - Pension and Profit Sharing PlansThe American College1974 - 1976
Tax Return ProcessorUnited States Department of Treasury1966 - 1968
Association namePosition nameDuration
Delaware County Foundation Professional Advisors GroupMember2004 - Present
Catholic Foundation Professional Advisors GroupMember2002 - Present
Columbus Bar FoundationFellow2000 - Present
Columbus Bar Association, Business Tax CommitteeMember1971 - Present
Columbus Bar Association, Real Property CommitteeMember1971 - Present
Columbus Bar Association, Estate and Gift Tax CommitteeMember1971 - Present
Catholic Foundation Professional Advisors GroupBoard of Directors2009 - 2011
Ohio State Bar AssociationSecretary, Banking, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section2006 - 2007
Columbus Bar AssociationChair, Securities Law Committee2004 - 2005
New Albany Area Chamber of CommerceBoard of Trustees1999 - 2003
American Corporate Counsel Association, Central Ohio ChapterBoard of Directors1995 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Cardinal Industries, Inc. and AffiliatesSuccessful reorganization and NYSE listing
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Publication nameTitleDate
Columbus Bar AssociationNotarizing Deeds and Other Conveyance Instruments2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1971
Xavier UniversityHistoryBS - Bachelor of Science1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate Planning Beyond the Documents -- All the Other StuffEstate Planning2014
Real Property Law InstituteReal Estate2013
Ohio Real Estate ConferenceReal Estate2013
Taxes Affecting a Decedent's EstateProbate2011
Sauter Estate Planning ConferenceFederal and Ohio Estate Taxes2011
Notary WarsNotary Public2011
Estate Planning for Intellectual PropertyEstate Planning2011
Certification Exam Review CourseEstate Planning2008
The Amazing ESOPBusiness2007
Keeping the "Fun" in FuneralsProbate2007
Is an LLC Right for YouEntity Selection2007
Asset Protection StrategiesAsset Protection2007
Overcoming Title and Bankruptcy Obstacles During ForeclosureEthics2006
Drafting LLC and LLP Agreements in OhioEntity Selection2006
Drafting Effective Wills and TrustsEstate Planning2006
Better Investing National ConventionEstate Planning2006
Adding Asset Protection to Your PracticeAsset Protection2006
Demystifying Asset Protection VehiclesAsset Protectin2005
Counseling the Small BusinessBusiness2005
State and Federal Securities ConferenceSecurities2004
Ohio Estate Planning FundamentalsEstate Planning2004
Family Limited Partnerships and LLCsEstate Planning2002
Effective Estate Planning for the Small EstateEstate Planning2002