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Paul J. Stano

Elder law Attorney at Parma Heights, OH

4.7   7 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 30 years
    Ohio - OH 42 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 33 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1993
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1981
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1990
    Retired No misconduct found

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

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Elder law

    29 years, 4,000 cases

  2. Estate planning

    39 years, 5,000 cases

Today's seniors step into a healthcare and financial system that is infinately more complex than any other generation of Americans has ever experienced.  I see it as my calling to help them get all the information that they need to set and adjust their financial and healthcare goals. 

I concentrated in elder law nearly twenty years ago when I saw so many of my clients losing their life savings to nursing home care - all because they weren't aware of the benefits that were available to them such as Veterans Benefits for those who served during times of war.

As a second generation advocate for seniors,  I have helped older Americans and their families design Estate and Life Care Plans that assure that loved ones are taken care of while saving as much of their hard-earned money as possible. I have taken a great deal of time and effort to pull together a team of people who share his passion for helping seniors. Each member of my team has a special talent or expertise that helps clients accomplish their goals.

Every family deserves the right to control what happens to them and to their estate.  I see it as my duty and obligation to provide my community with information and education so that they can take advantage of every option that is available to them.


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The Stano Law Firm
6650 Pearl Rd
Parma Heights, OH, 44130


4.7 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Cheryl | March 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Paul Stano Helped Me Keep My Husband in Our Preferred Nursing Home
My husband Allen is currently at Mt. Alverna and I wanted to make sure that he could stay there.  The pandemic has made this such a stressful time as I’ve not been able to see my husband in about six months!  Paul Stano and his staff were very helpful and got my husband on Medicaid.  Everyone at the Stano Law Firm office is so nice that I have already recommended people and will continue to tell others.  
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Posted by Tommy | April 10, 2017
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One of the best
He saved us a ton of money.If you don't hire him you are going to lose a lot of money.Paul did a great job
Posted by Pat Graf, Olmsted, OH | March 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A Real Treasure
“I’m so glad I found out about Paul Stano. He was very warm and kind to me, working to get Medicaid for my mother who was in a local nursing home. Paul was there for my mother and me. He was a very good listener, hearing what my mother’s situation was, and what was required to get things successfully accomplished. Paul then went to work on our behalf, explaining to me what was needed to be done. I’ve seen what happens when you don’t receive this kind of expert help and know of a situation where the home was lost to help pay for nursing home care. Thank God I found Paul by going to one of his free seminars. He made it possible for me to sleep well at night, knowing that my mother was well taken care of.”
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Posted by Bruce Keenan, Cleveland, OH | November 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Paul Stano made a complex process simple while honoring my parent's wishes
I’ve known Paul Stano for many years, and still use his services to this day. He’s helped my family and me in so many ways. He’s done living wills and estate planning for me. Then as my parents got up in years, I called upon Paul to help develop a game plan to help pay for future long-term care expenses for them if needed, and he remained their attorney for the rest of their lives. Paul was involved every step of the way drawing up wills and trusts for them, and then assisting with things like Medicaid and obtaining VA benefits. When both my parents required long-term care, Paul was a master at making sure these costs were covered, plus he was able to make sure there was some money left in their estate to be left to my sister and I, which my parents wanted very much to occur. The entire process was very complex. If you’re not careful, you can lose a lot of money paying for healthcare costs. You need someone by your side to help figure everything out, and to be able to successfully navigate through the process. Paul Stano was that man. He handled everything from A-Z and did it in expert fashion. It’s great to know he’ll be there for me when I need him again in the future.
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Posted by Ivana | November 10, 2015
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Stano Law Got Me The Results I was After -
My parents who lived out of state were dealing with a big dilemma around their estate and elder care planning. They had worked for decades, saved as much as they could so that they would not be a burden on their children and so that they would be prepared for any challenges that came up (such as needing nursing home care). I felt completely unprepared for this and had no idea how I could help my parents deal with this. Another concern I had was getting the information and education I needed knowing that I would NOT be able to hire a local attorney- since my parents are in another state. I was so impressed! I got an appointment the week I called and Paul took nearly an hour to ask me questions so that he would have a good understanding of what my parents' goals might be. I learned so much more than I can even share in this short space. I can only tell you that he was extremely caring and generous with his time and information. Not only that, but he referred me to a colleague in the state where my parents lived! I feel like I have a real advocate in Paul and his team at the Stano Law firm and I would highly recommend them to anyone who is seeking answers and results in this very confusing and overwhelming space. Two things he told me that I will never forget and that I will pass on to you -- 1. When you're out of money, then you're out of options -- so you never want to be of either. 2. There is a law for the informed and a law for the uninformed -- you definitely want to be INFORMED. Paul and his team will help you achieve your elder and life care goals. He did for me and my family. When it's my turn (and that won't be long) I'll be coming to Stano Law.
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Posted by Suzanne | August 3, 2015
Paul and his staff are very on top of everything and very friendly and kind. He is top notch.
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Could have been better
Attorney Paul Stano is obviously well-versed and quite experienced. However I found him arrogant and smug. Our elderly family member was quite hard of hearing, and at one full-family meeting when we were frustrated with loud repetition and crosstalk, Mr. Stano laughed -- not with us but AT US -- and said the family would be perfect for a funny broadcast on YouTube or America's Home Videos. Utterly disrespectful and unprofessional given Mr. Stano's specialty in Elder law.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Stano Law Firm
  • 1981 - Present


  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Bowling Green State University
  • B.A
  • 1978


  • Catholic Lawyers Guild
  • 2010 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • National Organization of Veterans' Advocates
  • 2007 - Present
  • Veterans Benefit Institute
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • 1995 - Present
  • Cleveland Bar Association
  • member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Parma Bar Association
  • member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Sustaining Member
  • Bar Association of Ohio
  • 2011
  • Accredited Attorney/Veterans Benefit Institute
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 2008
  • Marcom Gold Winner for Best Book
  • Marcom
  • 2007
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  • Book
  • Protect Your Family! What You Really Need To Know for the Second Half of Life
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Social Workers CE Class
  • Government Benefits for Senior Americans
  • 2010
  • Social Workers CE Class
  • Stumbling Blocks Facing Social Workers and Administrators
  • 2010
  • Parma Bar Association CLE Luncheon
  • 10 Stumbling Blocks to Avoid in Elder Law
  • 2010
  • Parma Bar Association
  • How the OBAMA Health Care Plan will affect the seniors
  • 2010
  • Medina County Senior Luncheon
  • Medicaid and Veterans Benefits
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (9)
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Elder law Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul is a true professional and is among the top estate planning and elder law attorneys in the stat of Ohio. He is am an among men and one of the first sources I would go to for advice on matters in his fields."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Paul for almost 10 years. He is an excellent elder law attorney who has helped many families in the community. If you need help protecting your families assets and creating a legacy Paul is the Attorney in Cleveland area that I would go too."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Paul Stano for over ten years and without hesitation would recommend him to anyone needing an elder law attorney. His knowledge is deep and he keeps up with the latest trends in the law."
Elder law Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the privilege of knowing Paul Stano for over five years. We belong to the same skills couching group and practice the same type of law known as "Elder Law." Anyone in the Cleveland area, or for that matter, northern Ohio, would be fortunate to have Paul accept their case. He is tops when it comes to protecting assets both during a nursing home crisis or in advance of a nursing home need when the waters are calm and there's time to plan for the future. One meeting with Paul and you'll know what I mean."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Paul Stano for more than a decade. He is a tireless advocate for his clients and he has dedicated his practice to serving seniors and their families. In the past, when I have come across difficult legal issues that require the input of an experienced and innovative legal mind I have asked Paul for input and guidance. I am always impressed by the breadth of his knowledge in the challenging area of elder law. If my own parents lived in the Cleveland area and had an elder law or Veterans benefits issue, Paul is the attorney I would turn to for help. Having practiced in the elder law area myself for the last 15 yeats I can think of no higher compliment. I give Paul Stano my unqualified endorsement."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Over the years, Paul Stano has become a friend of mine. He has been at the forefront of elder law for nearly 20 years. When he speaks, it is obvious that he is passionate about helping and protecting seniors and their families. Not only is he an excellent attorney, he also listens and connects with his clients. He gets it! Paul's law firm team work together like a well engineered machine. Their attention to detail is a reflection of Paul's dedication to superlative service. Rick L Law, Law ElderLaw, LLP, Chicago metro"
Elder law Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer.Paul has been a well known elderlaw attorney for many years.He reguarly attends advanced courses in the practice area throughout the country.As an elder law attorney in NJ I consult with Paul on unique national issues affecting our aging population.Paul would be a great fit for persons seeking an experienced elder law attorney."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul and his team are on the cutting edge of the constantly changing practice of Elder Law. Paul is a vigorous advocate on behalf of his elderly and frail clients. Lawyers from around the country look to Paul for guidance on how to effectively represent seniors and those who love them. I highly recommend Paul and his team. Bill Siebers"
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Parma Heights Elder law Lawyer Paul J. Stano
Paul J. Stano
Elder law Attorney
Parma Heights, OH
Licensed for 42 years
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