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I have been in practice 32 years with the last 23 years focused in the area of Elder Law, seeking to assist families with the sometimes daunting questions while also protecting as much of the family nest egg as possible.

Proper planning can require execution of the right legal documents, structuring assets, making gifts to ultimately benefit the children or other heirs, assisting in finding a proper Nursing Home, maximizing the assests and lifestyle of the "well" spouse at home, protecting assets from Medicaid Estate Recovery after Medicaid is acheived and planning for other end of life issues.

It is almost always better to plan early but it is also never too late to plan even if the individual is about to enter the Facility or has already entered the facility. Generally speaking at least half of the "Over-Resourced" amount can be protected, if not more, through the right techniques.

It is a rewarding area to guide families through the maze of Medicaid and to protect as much of their hard earned wealth as possible.

Benjamin B. deForest

Attorney at Law


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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 70%
    23 years
  2. Medicaid & Medicare: 10%
    23 years
  3. Probate: 10%
    32 years
  4. Estate Planning: 10%
    32 years



Hourly ($210-220/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Robert Daniel Maguire

    Benjamin is a very competent probate practitioner. He has been opposing counsel on a few cases and he is knowledgeable.


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Contact info

Benjamin B deForest

8161 Athens Ave. N.W.
Massillon, OH, 44646


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV Peer Rating Distinguished Very High Legal AbilityMartindale-Hubbell Lexis Nexis2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBenjamin B. deForest ESQ.2010 - Present
PartnerKrugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty Co. L.P.A.2002 - 2010
AttorneyBenjamin B deForest1999 - 2001
AttorneyStark & Knoll Co., L.P.A.1991 - 1999
AttorneyPhillips and Sheehan Co. L.P.A.1986 - 1991
Trust AttorneyMahoning National Bank1984 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2016 - Present
Accredited Attorney - Dept. of Vet. AffairsMember2011 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2002 - Present
Stark County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
ALS Care ProjectPast President of The Board2009 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In the Matter of Patricia L. Perez, State Hearing, Ohio Dept Of Job and Family ServicesAppeal Sustained
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Wooster Daily RecordWhat Everyone needs to know about Advance Directives2014
The Wooster Daily RecordThe Simple Power Of Attorney May Not Be So Simple2014
Senior Citizens GuideThe Ubiquitous Power of Attorney2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio Northern University - Claude W. Pettit College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Talk Radio call in programMedicaid Answers2016
Mercy Hospital Planning for End of Life MattersEstate Planning and Asset Protection2016
Mercy Hospital Planning for End of Life MattersEstate Planning and Asset Protection2015
Planning for your ParentsMedicaid Planning2014
Northwest Stark Senior Citizen Center Canal Fulton OHElder Law2014
Mercy Hospital Planning for End of Life MattersEstate Planning and Asset Protection2014
ALS Care Project Canton OHEstate Planning and Asset Protection2013
Stone Crossing Care Center, Canton OHMedicaid Planning2012
Northwest Stark Senior Citizen Center Canal Fulton OHMedicaid Planning2012
Diebold Corporation, Canton OHEstate Planning2012