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Jacob Aaron Estes

Criminal defense Attorney at Bellefontaine, OH

5.0   39 reviews

About Jacob

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Jacob A. Estes concentrates his areas of practice to criminal law, domestic relations, estate planning and all areas of probate. Jacob has over twenty years of experience working in the criminal justice system and he is passionate about helping others during their time of need. He spent ten years as a State Parole Officer prior to becoming an attorney and he has worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer and Juvenile Detention Officer. Jacob is also an Adjunct Instructor with The Ohio State University. 

Jacob is a native of Lima, Ohio and graduated from Pilgrim Christian School in 1996. He completed his Associates Degree in Corrections at the Lima Technical College (now James A. Rhodes State College) in 1999. In 2001, he graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. In 2013, he graduated with honors from Capital University Law School. He is a partner at the MacGillivray, Estes & Harvey, LLP in Bellefontaine, Ohio. 

Jacob resides in West Liberty, Ohio with his wife and three children.

Licensed for 9 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 11/17/2022

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Macgillivray, Estes & Harvey, LLP
325 N Main St
Bellefontaine, OH, 43311-2290

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Posted by Jon | September 28, 2022
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Excellent attorney
Mr. Estes was very professional and detailed. It was obvious from the beginning that his knowledge and experience are second to none. He also responded to calls and emails very quickly. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Conley | August 11, 2022
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Perfectly amazing
We needed help with a domestic relations matter and Jacob was hands down the right fit!!
Posted by Mary Lou | May 2, 2022
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Hand gun charge-Jacob Estes
Jacob Estes was a very good lawyer he helped me to get my gun charges dropped. I originally had a felony charge and when he was done with my case I didn’t get a felony or misdemeanor. He told me exactly what he wanted to happen and also told me what I was most likely going to get. A very honest man and he didn’t give me false hope on anything. He was also very easy to talk to and it was easy to get ahold of him when I needed to. Through my case he kept me up to date with everything and did not leave me in the dark about anything. I was very satisfied with the way my case turned out.
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Posted by Courtney | March 3, 2022
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Best of the Best
Hands down the best attorney. He explained things to me so I understood and was always on top of everything. Not once did I ever feel like he didn't want to help. If I ever need an attorney again I will always go to Jacob.
Posted by Tyler | February 11, 2022
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An outstanding professional
I hired Mr. Jacob Estes based off of his record and personality. I had contacted a few different lawyers for my case and he was the first one willing to actually talk with me as a person and not a potential client. He was understanding about what I went through, and kept contact with me all the way through the end. He was able to secure the outcome of the case I preferred, while always communicating facts not promises. If I were to ever need another lawyer, he would be my pick.
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Posted by anonymous | December 29, 2021
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Best attorney there is
Jacob Estes is the best attorney there is. He is straight forward and tells you like it is. He is dependable, caring, listens, asks questions, and takes lots of notes. Jacob stays up on the progress of your case and keeps you informed of that progress. He returns your phone calls promptly, He is well informed on the law. Jacob was there for us start to finish when we needed help and did not know where to turn. Jacob Estes is just the best you can get.
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Posted by Ben | November 9, 2021
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Amazing
Very pleasant experience with Jacob and Gregory. listened to what I wanted and my expectations, and explained the process very well to me and we received great results.
Posted by Tiffany | November 5, 2021
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Professional, Personable, Accommodating
Attorney Jacob Estes was extremely kind, professional and accommodating. When I reached out to his office he was very transparent and straight forward with me about many things from the beginning. And although he usually, very rarely takes on cases for the county in which I reside but he made an exception for me and I am thankful he did. My case went on for a year and he was patient with the process, took on things the other Attorney should have and didn't complain. I would recommend him to any of my friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2021
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Best lawyer ever!!!! Highly recommended!!!!
(2) F2’s (2)F5’s against me and my fiancé so looking at 18 years. All charges dismissed. Went from 250,000 bond on just me to OR bond… Win! A separation order gone… Win! Finally everything dismissed Win! We won ever hearing we went to! He is very detail orientated, brutally honest, and truly cares about his clients. Just a fantastic guy in general. I’m not saying every case will be as successful as mine but if you want a shot and if you need a hope in your life then call Jacob.
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Posted by Ginger | September 1, 2021
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Would 10/10 Recommend
I needed an attorney and saw great reviews for Jacob Estes on AAVO. I was able to get an appointment quickly and had an overall great experience with his staff. Jacob is very personable, confident, and put me at ease right away. I felt that he was honest about what my options were and that he would tell me if I didn't have a good chance for the outcome I wanted. He also moved quickly and filed motions right away (and when he said he would). I would recommend him to anyone who needs an attorney for any of the areas he specializes in.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2021
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Honest and professional
Thank you, Jacob Estes, for your excellent representation!! Your attention to detail, creativity and willingness to work with me at my level of legal understanding was invaluable. You always maintained fairness and honesty in negotiations. Thank you, thank you!!
Posted by Justin | April 18, 2021
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Amazing man. Amazing attorney.
I know attorneys. Been there, Done that. Jacob is an amazing man and just as impressive of an attorney. I wish I knew him years ago but no one can change the past. He's a fighter and he is also respectable. No worries he's gonna be too "Hollywood" for your case. And no worries he's a local pushover making deals on the side apart from your case. Jacob has integrity. He is a family man. He understands sometimes people in the right don't get treated right. He's seen and understood that life isn't all rainbows and unicorns. And he's fair. You won't catch him padding his bills.i don't know his upbringing. But he seems to come from a working class background. Sure, getting that attorney bill is always discouraging, but knowing you are being truly and fairly represented is comforting. I'd give him more than 5 stars if I could. And to be completely honest, my case wasn't decided exactly how I wished it would have been...still I'm more than satisfied with Jacob's performance.
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Posted by Thadeus | April 1, 2021
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Great lawyer!
I hired Mr. Estes for a custody case. The case end with and i was more than satisfied with the results. He is very professional and knowledgeable. He definitely knows what hes doing. I would recommend Mr. Estes to anyone in need for an attorney.
Posted by Cassandra | December 11, 2020
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Professional, honest lawyer
We found Jacob through a referral from a different attorney. The attorney said "if I ever needed someone to represent me, this is who I would hire" which was good enough for me! We hired Jacob in February of 2019 and due to an ex husband who was reluctant to compromise, magistrates quitting on short notice the day before one of our hearings, a judge also stepping down, covid and the maternity leave of the new magistrate (congratulations to her btw) we just finally wrapped it up in November 2020! Throughout the entire process Jacob was so understanding and helpful. He always gave us his honest opinion of the circumstances we were about to face and he did not give false hope. We had a lot of long waiting periods without any news from the court and no movement with the case (due to circumstances beyond Jacobs control) but he would always reach out to let us know what was going on and to touch base on any concerns we have. Our case was one where 'if it could go wrong, it would' and in the end everything went just right. In the future if I ever need a lawyers services (which I really hope I will not) Jacob is the first phone call I would make without hesitation.
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Posted by Lori | November 17, 2020
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Attorney
Jacob Estes is a wonderful attorney. When I contacted him he didn’t hesitate to take the case. Within hours he had made multiple essential contacts and was ready to be at the hearing that afternoon. I can’t say enough good things about his knowledge, skills, and professionalism.
Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2020
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Thank you!
I was approached by authorities for questioning on a case I was involved with & I felt like my life was over. I went through several consults before finding Jacob, & Thank GOD I did. He was very positive & reassuring from the start. I felt like he was really fighting for me to get the lowest possible charges. He guided me to make the right decisions and always kept me up to date every stretch of the case. With Jacob's council & a ton of Prayers, I came out of it with no charges.
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Posted by Connie | August 19, 2020
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Want Jacob In Your Corner
My husband and I retained Jacob based on a recommendation from a court officer. Jacob's professionalism, his sincere intent to represent you in your best interest, his thoroughness, the respect that he shows you, and his kindness are all reasons we will look to Jacob for future needs. His knowledge in the law and his experiences are all reasons you would want him in your corner to represent you. Thank you Jacob for everything.
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Posted by Kristin | July 30, 2020
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Top notch in every regard!
I had absolutely no experience with attorneys and chose Jacob solely based on one recommendation. I was being charged with contempt and I was an anxious mess. Upon entering his office, I was instantly put at ease. He was professional while still being sensitive to my concerns. I felt that he was completely honest with me and didn't just try to tell me what I wanted to hear. The case was drug out longer than expected and it caused a financial bind for me. Jacob agreed to accept payments so I wouldn't be under excessive financial stress. He was a complete contradiction of what I had envisioned a lawyer to be. He passionately fought for me while being sympathetic to my situation. He was not only an excellent attorney, but I also believe he is genuinely a good person as well.
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Posted by Katherine | June 18, 2020
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Thank you Jacob Estes
I can't say enough about how happy I was with the outcome of my case. Jacob Estes did an amazing job. I'm very happy
Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2020
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Awesome lawyer
Jacob helped me seal my felony record, what to expect from Jacob as a attorney, someone who is compassionate shows real passion, treats you as a human being not just a number! Shows a real commitment to helping you get the outcome you would like. Just one conversation with this attorney and you will feel relieved and the weight of the stress from what your dealing with will be minimized. He will do the work and work relentlessly to cover all aspects of your case. Great lawyer and all around person!!
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AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Faculty
  • The Ohio State University
  • 2014 - Present
  • Partner
  • MacGillivray & Estes, LLP
  • 2014 - Present
  • Parole Officer
  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
  • 2003 - 2013

Education

  • Capital University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 2001
  • Lima Technical College
  • Associates of Applied Science
  • 1999

Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Ohio Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (7)
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I will certainly endorse Jacob Estes. I've worked on cases with Jacob and I've worked as opposing counsel against Jacob. No matter what the situation, Jacob is always professional and respectful. It's a pleasure to work with Jacob because he is the kind of attorney who tries to get people to agree instead of build tension between them. Keep up the good work!"
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Bellefontaine Criminal defense Lawyer Jacob Aaron Estes
Jacob Aaron Estes
Criminal defense Attorney
Bellefontaine, OH
Licensed for 9 years