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Neil H. Spike

Estate planning Attorney at Avon, OH

5.0   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 25 years
    Ohio - OH 26 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Neil

Learn Neil’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    45%
    Wills, Medicaid Planning, Asset Protection, Powers of Attorney, Deeds, Special Needs Planning, Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Medicaid Payback Trusts, Supplemental and Special Needs Trusts, Qualified Personal Residence Trusts

    27 years, 2,500 cases

  2. Probate
    40%
    Estate and Trust Administration, Guardianships, Adoptions, Will Contests and other Probate Litigation

    27 years, 2,500 cases

  3. Business
    5%
    Formation and Dissolution of Corporations, LLC's, Partnerships, Severance Agreements, Buy-Sell Agreements

    27 years, 350 cases

  4. Elder law
    5%
    Asset Protection, Medicaid Planning, VA assistance, Medicaid Payback Trusts

    27 years, 700 cases

  5. Trusts
    5%
    Special Needs Planning, Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Medicaid Payback Trusts, Supplemental and Special Needs Trusts, Qualified Personal Residence Trusts

    27 years, 350 cases

Licensed to practice in Ohio, Florida, US District Court, and US Tax Court.  Born and raised in Lorain County Ohio. Our firm has been serving the community for over 45 years.

Location

The Spike Legal Group, LLC.
35651 Detroit Road
Avon, OH, 44011

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Reviews

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Posted by Al | April 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service!
I have had a great experience with Mr Spike with set up my LLC. He is very educated on what is best for me and my business and very easy to talk to. Thanks for all your help and understanding Mr. Spike!!
Posted by Akta | April 2, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Estate planning attorney
I consulted Neil with will planning and what considers a valid will. He provided very specific guidance and information. It helped me understand what a will is and clear some misconceptions
Posted by D.K. | January 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Administration
Mr. Spike was very thorough from start to finish in explaining the probate process when my father passed away. He and his staff took a huge burden off our shoulders during a very difficult time.
Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2015
Dedicated and thorough
I retained Mr. Spike's services after a referral from a friend, and I was extremely impressed with his willingness to explain all of the legal processes in layman's terms for me to understand. He was very patient with me, and gave me complete confidence in his ability to get me the best settlement possible. He was personable, punctual, and worked around my unorthodox schedule to see me. I could tell that he had the respect of the judge, and the opposing counsel, and I was very pleased with his work. I will not hesitate to hire Mr. Spike again when the time arises, and recommend him highly.
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Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2015
Very professional attorney.......
Neil has settled several domestic legal matters for me over the last few years. Family members of mine have also hired him to handle their estate planning needs. He is a very confident and knowledgeable attorney with an exceptional reputation. Neil has always been straightforward with me regarding answering any questions that I may have. His staff is friendly and very helpful as well. I highly recommend his legal services!
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Posted by JSP | April 25, 2015
Unprecedented Guardianship Case/ Expert Attorney
I have been so fortunate and blessed to find the attorney of a lifetime!!! Most of my experiences with attorneys from the past have been to pay quite a bit of money and not receive the services in return that I may have had expectations of or hoped for in many past legal battles. I have to say, this experience with Mr. Spike and his Law Firm has renewed my faith in legal arenas and attorneys overall. I found someone who literally has worked the last 2 years, day and night on my mothers guardianship case, a person who is not only well versed in the law but a man of high integrity and high morality. We never knew going into this in the very beginning, that this would become not only an unprecedented Probate case but involve other Courts such as Domestic and Criminal Courts which has thrown us for a loop most days. The countless conversations I continue to have with Mr. Spike, almost daily of what to do and how to do it, occurs more often than not and he never makes me feel like I am bothering him (thank you!!). Mr. Spike has and continues to handle every situation, every phone call, every text, every email with KID gloves and continues to always exceed our highest expectations!!! Honestly, I am not sure how Mr. Spike does it some days because I ALWAYS feel like I am the only client he has and I know he runs a very busy law practice, KUDOS to you Mr. Spike for not only being a decent attorney but a great human being, someone who really CARES about his clients and getting it done with a high level of skill and finesse. This case has presented many legal twists and turns that only seasoned attorneys and Judges can handle, actually it has been a very perplexing case to many and I know today, if I would have retained anyone else, they may have not made it this far. It really has been a case to set all other cases apart, if you know what I mean! Many things have impressed us along the way, but one thing that continues to always leave a marked impression on us as clients, is that we always receive a return call and we always get more than an explanation, we get the Law explained to us in layman's terms which has been absolutely PRICELESS!!! If you are looking for someone who KNOWS Probate Law, cares about you as a client and will do their very best by you and your family, please contact Mr. Neil Spike. The LEVEL of expertise, respect, timely responses and consideration far surpasses anyone else out there today.
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Posted by Jerry | April 23, 2015
Common sense approach
I have worked with Neil and his firm for several years now for 1 simple reason...A commons sense approach to issue resolution. There are moments during every dispute that require everyone involved to take a step back and assess the situation. Neil has always taken a very pragmatic and direct approach to settling cases. I highly recommend Neil and his firm to anyone who needs sound advice and counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2009
restauranteur
My husband and I have known Mr. Spike for many years and have never once felt that maybe we should have gone with someone else. We have COMPLETE trust and faith in knowing that Mr. Spike has our best interest at heart. He is a brilliant attorney and we feel very blessed to have him.
Posted by Ann | October 15, 2009
Very good lawyer
Very knowledgable and answered all of our questions. Very personable and patient, too.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • The Spike Legal Group, LLC.
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Spike & Meckler Law Firm, LLP.
  • 1998 - 2020
  • Law Clerk
  • Stockwell & Cooperman
  • 1994 - 1995

Education

  • The University of Miami College of Law Coral Gables, FL
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1998
  • The University of Toledo College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Cleveland State University
  • Master of Arts
  • 1994
  • The Ohio State University
  • Master of Arts
  • 1991
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Collins v. Collins
  • JUDGMENT ENTERED IN FAVOR OF PLAINTIFF AND AGAINST DEFENDANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $739,276.99, PLUS $50,000.00 IN PUNITIVE DAMAGES, FOR A TOTAL JUDGMENT OF $789,276.99.
  • Borer v. Cordova
  • JUDGMENT ENTERED IN FAVOR OF PLAINTIFF AND AGAINST DEFENDANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $116,279.00

Associations

  • Lorain County Bar Association
  • Chairman, Probate & Trust Section
  • 2015 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • 1999 - Present
  • Lorain County Bar Association
  • 1998 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • 1998 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section
  • 1997 - Present
  • Lorain County Boys & Girls Club
  • President
  • N/A
  • Lorain County Boys & Girls Club
  • President, Board of Directors
  • 2005 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Lorain County Boys & Girls Club
  • 2012
  • Inns of Court
  • University of Toledo Chapter
  • 1997
  • Governors Award
  • American Bar Association, Law Student Division
  • 1997
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • University of Toledo College of Law
  • 1996
  • Charles W. Fornoff Best Team
  • University of Toledo Moot Court
  • 1996
  • Charles W. Fornoff Best Oralist
  • University of Toledo Moot Court
  • 1996
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • National Association of Retired Veterans
  • Estate Planning for Veterans
  • 2014
  • Elder Legal Clinic
  • Basic Wills and Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Bankers Life & Casualty
  • Fundamentals of Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Resolving Will & Trust Contests
  • Probate Rules of Procedure
  • 2012
  • Oddities and Challenges in Probate
  • Contested Claims and Contingent Liabilities
  • 2011
  • LCBA Annual Probate Seminar
  • Common Issues to be Prepared for in Litigation and Probate
  • 2011
  • Probate Process from A to Z
  • Estate Administration Procedure
  • 2009
  • Annual Probate Seminar
  • Antenuptial Agreements
  • 2009
  • Fundamental Probate Procedures and Practice
  • Ethics and Probate
  • 2008
  • Elyria Rotary Club
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2003
  • Family Law Update
  • Tax Aspects of Divorce
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Attorney Spike on many cases as a prosecutor. He always fought hard for his clients."
Real estate Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am a Florida lawyer and sought out Neil Spike's help to transfer my client's Ohio property. His firm was efficient and thorough. Service was excellent. We would use his firm again."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Spike is a hard working and knowledgeable attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A more tenacious advocate you will not find. A client can be assured Neil is doing everything possible to benefit that client."
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Avon Estate planning Lawyer Neil H. Spike
Neil H. Spike
Estate planning Attorney
Avon, OH
Licensed for 26 years