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Scott A. Williams is an attorney and counselor at law whose practice is limited to Estate Planning.  Mr. Williams received his B.A. from PurdueUniversity in 1987 and his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1990.  Shortly after graduating from law school, Mr. Williams founded his law firm Scott A. Williams & Associates, LPA. 


In addition to practicing law, Mr. Williams served as a senior manager with the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys, LLC, where he was responsible for the professional development of hundreds of attorneys throughout the country.  Mr. Williams has also been an active instructor with the National Network in their 24 month post-doctoral Practicum Programs.


Mr. Williams is a co-author of Legacy: Plan, Protect and Preserve Your Estate (1996) and Generations: Planning Your Legacy (1999), as well as several other legal treatises published for attorneys.  He is a frequent speaker to both the public, professional organizations, financial advisors and attorneys.


Mr. Williams is also a co-founder and principal of Advanced Planning Solutions, LLC, an innovative software company that provides cutting edge software tools for estate planning attorneys.  He is also the co-founder of the LifeSpan™ Legal Services program which develops new estate planning strategies for attorneys and the public.


He is an active member of Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland where he taught Sunday School, served as Youth Group Leader, and currently serves on the Finance Committee. 


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Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 50%
    24 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Estate Planning: 50%
    24 years, 3 thousand cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Joseph Michael Ferraro

    I began working as an associate attorney with Scott in 2014. It is impossible for me to overstate how important he has been in my career development both from a technical training standpoint and as a professional. Interacting with an incredible mentor like Scott on a daily basis has put me years and years ahead of where I would have been as an attorney had we never met. I look forward to a bright future working with Scott and the service team at Scott A. Williams & Associates.


    Joseph Ferraro Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Jesci Kay Norrington

    Scott is incredibly talented in all aspects of estate planning. His innovative approach to the practice of law creates a unique and special experience for all of his clients. I would certainly trust Scott and his team to take care of any family’s estate planning needs.


    Jesci Norrington Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Scott A. Williams & Associates, LPA

5700 Lombardo Center Drive
Suite 290
Seven Hills, OH, 44131


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Contribution to Annual Estate Planning EducationSouthwest Community Health Foundation1998
Outstanding Commitment to Children AwardBerea Children's Home and Family Services1997
Outstanding Street Law StudentCleveland Marshall College of Law1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalAdvanced Planning Solutions, LLC1997 - Present
PrincipalScott A. Williams & Associates, LPA1991 - Present
Director of Member ServicesNational Network of Estate Planning Attorneys2007 - 2010
Director of Platform DevelopmentNational Network of Estate Planning Attorneys2000 - 2007
Director of Professional MentoringNational Network of Estate Planning Attorneys1996 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Network of Estate Planning AttorneysMember1992 - Present
Estate Planning Council of ClevelandMember1992 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationProbate and Estate Planning Section Member1991 - Present
Ohio Forum of Estate Planning AttorneysPast Chair1997 - 1997
Ohio Forum of Estate Planning AttorneysMember1993 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Case Number 1994ADV1098566Jury found in favor of my client for the full value of the property.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trust Settlement SoftwareSettlementPro 20162015
Trust Funding SoftwareFundingPro 20162015
Southwest General Health Foundation NewsletterTwelve Common Estate Planning Mistakes2011
Trust Settlement SoftwareSettlementPro2004
Advanced Planning SolutionsTechnical Legal Requirements of Trust Funding2003
Trust Drafting SoftwarePlanningPro2002
Hard Copy BookGenerations; Planning For Your Legacy1999
Trust Funding SoftwareFundingPro1998
Hard Copy BookLegacy; Plan, Protect and Preserve Your Estate1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Purdue UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate Planning CollegiumTrust Drafting Day Camp2016
Two Day Continuing Legal Education CourseFunding A Revocable Living Trust2015
One Day Continuing Legal Education CourseSettling a Revocable Living Trust2015
Ohio Division of Insurance Continuing Education Program2015 Estate Planning Essentials for Financial Advisors2015
National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys Fall CollegiumEstate Planning For Gay & Lesbian Couples after Obergefell v. Hodges2015
Estate Planning CollegiumTrust Drafting Day Camp2015
Estate Planning CollegiumEstate Planning For Unmarried Couples2015
Two Day Continuing Legal Education CourseFunding a Revocable Living Trust2014
One Day Continuing Legal Education CourseSettling a Revocable Living Trust2014
Ohio Division of Insurance Continuing Education ProgramTwelve Cutting Edge Estate Planning Strategies (Every Financial Advisor Should Know About)2014
Southwest General Estate Planning SeriesOften Overlooked Estate Planning Traps2013
Estate Planning Education SeriesEstate Planning Fundamentals2012
Estate Planning CollegiumMarketing With Continuing Education Programs2011
Estate Planning CollegiumCreating Client Advisory Boards2011
Ohio Department of Insurance Continuing Education ProgramEstate Tax Law Update2010
Ameriprise Financial Advisors Annual Ohio ConferenceEstate Planning Using Lifetime Protected Trust Shares2010
Ohio Division of Insurance Continuing Education ProgramBack to Basics2008
Advanced Practicum Implementation ProgramTouching the Hearts and Souls of Clients2008
Summit County Bar Association MeetingEstate Planning Trends in 20072007
Advanced Practicum Implementation ProgramEstate Planning in the Era of Wealth Reception2006
Southwest General Estate Planning SeriesIntroduction to Estate Planning2004
Estate Planning CollegiumIrrevocable Life Insurance Trusts2004
Summer WorkshopRetirement Plans Under the New Regulations2001
Ohio Division of Insurance Continuing Education ProgramNut's N Bolt's of Estate Settlement1999
Ohio Department of Insurance Continuing Education ProgramZero Tax Estate Planning Strategies1999
Ohio Department of Insurance Continuing Education ProgramThe Retirement Plan Turnpike1999
Ohio Department of Insurance Continuing Education ProgramBasic Estate Planning For the Financial Advisor1999
LifeSpan Legal Services TrainingDeveloping Estate Planning Education and Maintenance Programs1999
LifeSpan Legal ServicesCreating a Three Step Strategy Estate Planning Practice1999
Estate Planning CollegiumDesigning an Automated Trust Funding Program1999
Two Day Continuing Legal EducationAn Estate Planning Workshop1997
Ohio Department of Insurance Continuing Education ProgramEstate Planning With Retirement Plans1997
Annual Summer ConferenceDisclosure Requirements in Planned Giving1997
Practicum 1 and Practicum 2Practicum Transformation Program1995