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Thomas Taneff was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1988 and has been practicing law for 25 years.  He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and CapitalUniversityLawSchool.  Mr. Taneff was a Judicial Law Clerk and Franklin County Probate Court Magistrate.  He practices in the areas of estates, probate, estate planning, guardianships, adoption and surrogacy throughout the State of Ohio, including interstate and international adoptions.  He has handled more than 2,000 adoption cases and was awarded the United States Congressional Adoption Award in 2005.  He was chosen as an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2011 through 2016 and has won Columbus C.E.O. Magazine's Best of Business Award (for law firms under 50) for 2010 and 2011.  Macedonian Honorary Consul to the  United States (Ret.).


Languages spoken: English, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian

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Practice areas


  1. Probate: 50%
    28 years
  2. Adoption: 20%
    28 years
  3. Wills: 10%
    28 years
  4. Trusts: 10%
    28 years
  5. Estate Planning: 10%
    28 years



Hourly ($135-275/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Kevin Roger Bacon

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  • Christopher Schmitt Vonau

    Tommy mentored me as a new attorney and gave me a good deal of legal and practical advice that has helped shape the attorney I am today.


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Contact info

Thomas Taneff Co., LPA

250 Civic Center Drive
Suite 210
Columbus, OH, 43215


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
2014 Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers Magazine2014
2013 Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers Magazine2013
2012 Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers Magazine2012
Best of Business Winner of Best Law FirmColumbus C.E.O. Magazine2011
2011 Ohio Super LawyerOhio Super Lawyers Magazine2011
Best of Business Winner of Best Law FirmColumbus C.E.O. Magazine2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Adoption AwardU.S. Congress2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Finance ChairProbate Judge Robert Montgomery Campaign2010 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
State of Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral DirectorsBoard Member2014 - Present
International Visitors CouncilTrustee2005 - Present
New Albany & Plain Township Franklin County Republican Central CommitteeMember2000 - Present
Columbus Bar AssociationFellow Member1998 - Present
Columbus Bar AssociationFellow Member: Probate1988 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Ohio State Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law SectionMember1988 - Present
Voinovich Ohio Adoption Task ForceFormer Committee MemberN/A
Board of AdvisorsFormer Board MemberN/A
Dave Thomas Center for Adoption LawFormer Committee MemberN/A
Voinovich Ohio Adoption CommissionFormer Committee MemberN/A
Adoption Task ForceFormer Committee MemberN/A
Franklin County Children ServicesFormer Committee MemberN/A
Judicial Screening Committee of Franklin County Republican Central CommitteeFormer MemberN/A
Rob Montgomery for Probate JudgeFinance Chair2010 - 2011
Macedonian Honorary Consul to the United States (Ret.)Macedonian Honorary Consul to the United States (Ret.)2008 - 2011
Jewish Family ServicesFormer Trustee2007 - 2009
Ohio State Board of CosmetologyBoard Member2005 - 2017
New Albany Village CouncilFormer Councilman1996 - 2006
Publication nameTitleDate
Thomas Taneff Co., LPA WebsiteThe Prince Without A Will2016
Thomas Taneff Co., LPA WebsiteEstate Planning After A Divorce2016
Thomas Taneff Co., LPA WebsiteGuardianships Gone Sour2016
Thomas Taneff Co., LPA WebsiteChoosing the Best Executor2016
ABC6/FOX28 NewsSupreme Court Ruling Could Make Same-Sex Adoption Easier in Ohio2015
Ohio State Bar Association, Law You Can UseOhio's Adoption Law Now Allows Advertising2015
Fox 28 NewsCentral Ohio Couples Warning Families About Adoption Hoax2014
Fox 8 ClevelandFacebook Status: Social Media Baby Boom2014
Mail OnlineCouple Adopt Baby Using Facebook2013
Taneff Law Website2013 Ohio Super Lawyer2013
Columbus CEODeath in the Digital Age2013
Taneff Law WebsiteEstate Planning for Frozen Eggs2013
Taneff Law WebsiteCan A Man's Sperm Be Used After He Dies?2013
Ohio News NetworkSheriff Jobs Password Protected2012
Taneff Law WebsiteAdoption Tax Credit Will Expire2012
Taneff Law WebsiteShould I Really Have a Living Trust?2012
The Columbus DispatchCouples Eager to Adopt Make Appeals on Social Media2012
Taneff Law WebsiteUsing FaceBook to Locate Babies for Adoption2012
Taneff Law WebsiteDoes Your Loved One's Odd Behavior Require A Guardianship?2012
Taneff Law WebsiteThe Reasons to Avoid a Guardianship2012
Taneff Law WebsiteThe Silent Crime of Elder Abuse2011
Taneff Law WebsiteCommon Questions About Estate Planning2011
Marietta TimesAdoption Methods Raise Some Eyebrows2011
Taneff Law WebsiteSurrogate Will Help Mother Create Grandchild Using Deceased Son's Sperm2011
Taneff Law WebsiteEstate Planning for Same Sex/Non-Traditional Partners2011
Taneff Law WebsiteHouse Bill 922011
Taneff Law WebsiteEstate Planning For Pets2011
Taneff Law WebsiteWhat Happens to Your Digital Stuff After You Die?2011
Taneff Law WebsiteWhen a Guardianship is Necessary2011
Taneff Law WebsiteWhat You Must Consider When Selecting A Guardian For Your Kids2011
Taneff Law WebsiteAdoption Tax Credit Expanded2011
Taneff Law WebsiteWhat is Gestational Surrogacy?2011
Taneff Law WebsitePayable on Death Accounts Can Avoid Probate But Watch Out!2011
Taneff Law WebsiteHouse Bill 279 To Expand Caretaker Authority To Other Relatives2011
Taneff Law WebsiteCouple Put Up Billboard to Locate a Baby for Adoption2011
Taneff Law WebsiteHow to Avoid A Guardianship2011
Taneff Law WebsiteThe Advantages and Disadvantages of a Probate Guardianship2011
Taneff Law WebsiteDon't Forget Your IRS Refund for Adoption!2011
Taneff Law WebsiteSuggestions Before You Draft A Will2010
Taneff Law WebsiteEstate Planning: The Differences Between a Will, a Living Will and a Trust2010
Taneff Law WebsiteContesting A Will2010
Taneff Law WebsiteWhen A Probate Attorney is Needed2010
Taneff Law WebsiteThe Reasons to Avoid a Guardianship2010
Taneff Law WebsiteThe Advantages and Disadvantages of a Probate Guardianship2010
Taneff Law WebsiteHow To Avoid Probate Litigation2010
Taneff Law WebsitePost Adoption Release of Information2010
Taneff Law WebsiteThe Surrogacy Alternative to Adoption2010
Taneff Law WebsiteSocial & Medical History: About Adoption Birth Parents2010
Taneff Law WebsiteThe Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning Documents2010
Taneff Law WebsiteHow To Avoid Adoption Scams2010
Columbus Business FirstUnderstand Creditors' Rights When Settling Estates Bogged Down By Debt2010
Taneff Law WebsiteReasons to Have a Will2010
Taneff Law OfficeAdoption Tax Credit Gets Better2010
Taneff Law WebsiteEstate Planning in the Digital World2010
Taneff Law WebsiteWho Will Take Care of Your Pets If You Become Disabled or When You Die?2010
Taneff Law WebsiteOpen Adoption2010
Taneff Law WebsiteWhen is Probate Necessary?2009
Taneff Law WebsiteAdoption Insurance2009
Taneff Law WebsiteHow to Avoid an Adoption Scam2009
Taneff Law WebsiteAdoption: Birth Father Issues/Rights2009
Taneff Law WebsiteAdoption is a Loving and Caring Choice2009
Taneff Law WebsiteAdoption for Birth Parents: What Will My Child Think of Me One Day?2009
Taneff Law WebsiteWhat is Open Adoption?2009
Taneff Law WebsiteAdoption Myths2009
Taneff Law WebsiteReform Bill Changes Adoption Law in Ohio2009
Taneff Law WebsiteAdoptions Raise "Right to Know" Questions2009
Taneff Law WebsiteDemystifying International Adoptions2009
Taneff Law WebsiteOhio Law Permits Adult Adoptions2009
Taneff Law WebsiteEstate Planning for Your Pets2009
Taneff Law WebsiteOhio Law Helps Prevent Funeral Disputes2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawProgram of Instruction for Lawyers1997
Capital University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Ohio State University, ColumbusBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLE Live WebcastThe Prince Without a Will2016
WBNS 10TVChanges to Adoption Law Will Allow Couples to Advertise for Children2015
WBNS TV10Couples turn to Social Media to Adopt2013
NBC4 NewsRussian Adoption Ban2012
Doctor's West HospitalAdoption In-Service2011
Whitehall-Yearling High SchoolAdoption A to Z2010
Summer Adoption Law InstituteAdoption Law2010
Retirement Planning SeminarEstate Planning Seminar2010
Parent SeminarsEstate Planning For Families with a Special Needs Child2010
NBC4 NewsIs Ohio's Adoption System Broken?2010
Doctor's HospitalAdoption In-Service2010
Riverside Methodist HospitalAdoption In-Service2009
Retirement Planning SeminarEstate Planning Lecture2009
Grant Medical CenterAdoption In-Service2009
Columbus South High SchoolAdoption In-Service2009
All Ohio High School Counselors ConferenceAdoption2009
Capital University Law SchoolAdoption2008
WOSU-AM Radio Talk ShowEstate Planning LectureN/A
WNCI-FM RadioAdoptionN/A
WMNI Radio AM/FMAdoptionN/A
WLVQ-FM 96 RadioAdoptionN/A
WCVO 105 FM RadioAdoptionN/A
Professional Education Systems, Inc.Probate/AdoptionN/A
Prenatal Caring-Improving Birth OutcomesAdoptionN/A
Ohio State HospitalAdoptionN/A
Ohio C.L.E. InstituteProbate/AdoptionN/A
New RootsAdoptionN/A
National Association of Retired Federal EmployeesEstate Planning LectureN/A
Multiple Sclerosis SocietyEstate Planning LectureN/A
Mount Carmel School of NursingAdoptionN/A
Mount Carmel East and West HospitalsAdoptionN/A
Mount Carmel East and West HospitalsEstate Planning LectureN/A
Madison County HospitalAdoptionN/A
FCCS - National Adoption DayAdoptionN/A
Elizabeth Blackwell CenterAdoptionN/A
Doctor's Hospital NorthAdoptionN/A
Columbus Public SchoolsAdoptionN/A
Columbus Public Library Linden BranchEstate Planning LectureN/A
Columbus Cancer ClinicEstate Planning LectureN/A
Columbus Bar AssociationProbate/AdoptionN/A
Columbus Assn. of Legal SecretariesProbate/AdoptionN/A
Columbus Alzheimer's Care CenterEstate Planning LectureN/A
Central Ohio Radio Reading ServiceEstate Planning LectureN/A
Central Ohio Diabetes AssociationEstate Planning LectureN/A
Central Ohio Community Senior CentersEstate Planning LectureN/A
Annual Region IV Perinatal Conference - OSUAdoptionN/A
American Red CrossEstate Planning LectureN/A
American Cancer SocietyEstate Planning LectureN/A
American Association of Retired PeopleEstate Planning LectureN/A