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Monty L. Donohew is an attorney concentrating his practice in the areas of estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, succession planning, real estate, and wealth advisory law.
Licensed to practice law since 1987, Monty has been admitted to practice in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois and currently practices in Ohio and Missouri. Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, and before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, he is a member of several state and local bar associations, among them being the Ohio State Bar Association, Stark County Bar Association, Portage County Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, and St. Louis County Bar Association.
Monty is a peer-rated attorney, with a Very High General Ethical Standards rating, and a Distinguished Legal Ability rating, as determined by Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™.
Monty received his Juris Doctorate from Washington University Law School in St. Louis, where he served on the Washington University Law Quarterly, Washington University's most prestigious law journal. Monty received his B.A. in political science from Eastern Illinois University, where he attended on a full academic scholarship. While at Eastern, he was an annual award winner in the social sciences writing competition, and received a coveted appointment to the Student Legal Services Board.
Monty is a frequent speaker at seminars and workshops. He has conducted “in-house” estate planning classes for several insurance agencies, brokers, and senior service organizations and groups. He presents bi-annually a twenty-hour educational seminar approved for continuing professional education credit entitled, Estate Planning and the Insurance Professional. He is also a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs sponsored by the National Business Institute, including most recently, contributing to the program entitled Planning for Retirement and Long Term Care, in Cleveland, Ohio. Monty is also a frequent guest lecturer at Summa Western Reserve Hospital, where he teaches at Grand Rounds on a variety of subjects, such as privacy under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, medico-legal documentation, and deposition strategies.
Monty has numerous publishing credits, including having contributed to the Ohio State Bar Association “News You Can Use.” He has contributed articles relating to drafting trusts and estate planning documents to materials published by the National Business Institute. Among his contributions are articles or outlines regarding long term care planning, retirement planning, non-qualified annuities, life insurance, reverse mortgages, drafting trusts, and the use of long term care insurance and modified endowment contracts in an estate plan. Understanding Long Term Care Options, assists professional advisors in considering the bewildering array of issues confronting the elderly when selecting from long-term care alternatives.
Monty’s list of publishing credits include:
Estate Planning Learning Center, www.donohew.com, Monty L. Donohew, LPA (2006-2012);
Estate Planning Information Center- The Blog, http://estateplanningcenter.blogspot.com/ (2004-2012);
“Beware of Direct Transfer Designations- TOD's, POD's, and Simple Beneficiary Designations,” Ezine @rticles, http://ezinearticles.com/?Beware-of-Direct-Transfer-Designations---TODs,-PODs-and-Simple-Beneficiary-Designations&id=3684882 (2010);
“Does Your Trust Discourage Guardianship? Most Don't Do Enough!” Ezine @rticles, http://ezinearticles.com/?Does-Your-Trust-Discourage-Guardianship?-Most-Dont-Do-Enough!&id=3703234 (2010);
“Funding Your Trust with Bonds,” Ezine @rticles, http://ezinearticles.com/?Funding-Your-Living-Trust-With-Bonds&id=3735638(2010);
“Avoiding Sham Trusts and Trust Schemes- Part I- Sham Trusts”; Ezine @rticles (2010);
“Avoiding Sham Trusts and Trust Schemes- Part II- Trust Schemes”; Ezine @rticles, http://ezinearticles.com/?Avoiding-Sham-Trusts-and-Trust-Schemes---Part-I---Sham-Trusts&id=3750756(2010);
“Powers of Attorney Fail to Prevent Guardianship,” Ezine @rticles http://ezinearticles.com/?Powers-of-Attorney-Fail-to-Prevent-Guardianship&id=3805104 (2010);
Multi-State Guide to Buying and Selling Real Estate, Covenenat Title Agency, Ltd. (2005);
Outliving Your Money: A Fate Worse Than Death, Senior Legacy Publishing, 2003;
“Understanding Long-Term Care Options,” Ohio Estate, Financial and Health Care Planning for Elder Clients, National Business Institute, Inc., 2003;
“Creating Asset Protection Tools,” Paralegals, Planning, and the Mature Client in Ohio, National Business Institute, Inc., 2002;
“Drafting Revocable Living Trusts,” Estate Planning for Paralegals, National Business Institute, Inc., 2001;
Online Estate Planning Learning Center, Schumacher Publishing, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007;
Your Estate Matters, Monty L. Donohew & Associates, LPA, 2003 and 2004; Monty L. Donohew, LPA, 2006-2009.
Long Term Care Planning and Real Estate Titles, Presentation before the Cuyahoga Board of Realtors, 2004.
Institutionalized Against Your Will: Advanced Estate Planning to Prevent Guardianships for the Elderly, 2009;
Monty was the developer and producer of, and was a frequent guest on a radio program entitled For Your Ears Only, which aired for two years on WNIR Radio100.1 FM, and explored a variety of issues important to seniors and their families. Monty has also written workbooks and articles on asset preservation techniques for businesses, including the following subject matter: Mechanic's Liens; OSHA Inspections: Strategies and Tactics; Employee Handbooks: Strategies for Limiting Liability; Avoiding Liability for Workplace Sexual Harassment; Strategies and Tactics for Balancing Bonding Requirements and Estate Planning Needs; Qualified Disclaimers and Business Succession Planning; "Estate Freeze" Techniques for Small Businesses; and Section 1031 Exchange Trusts. Monty is also a lifetime member of Strathmore’s Who’s Who and is profiled in the Millennium Edition.
Monty is blessed with a wife, Christine, and their three children, Leah, Joshua, and Jeremy. Monty and his family reside in North Canton, Ohio.
|IL||Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice||1988||10/05/2021|
|MO||Good Standing, Active||1987||11/08/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rated Very High Both Legal Ability &Ethical Standards||Martindale-Hubbell®||2020|
|20 Year Rated Distinguished||Martindale-Hubbell®||2018|
|30 Year Serving the Community||Martindale-Hubbell®||2017|
|Top 5% Most Honored Professionals||American Registry||2016|
|15 Years- Very High Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards||Martindale-Hubbell®||2014|
|Peer Review Rating™ BV Distinguished||Martindale-Hubbell®||2012|
|Doing the Most Good||Salvation Army||2010|
|BV-Rated Attorney- Very High Ability and Ethical Standards||Martindale-Hubbell®||2009|
|Attorney/President||Monty L. Donohew, LPA||2001 - Present|
|Partner||Ross, Kendig, Donohew & Arnold, Ltd.||1995 - 2000|
|Associate||Robertson, Ross, Zeglen & Pidcock||1992 - 1995|
|Associate||Krugliak, Wilkins, Grifiths & Daugherty||1991 - 1992|
|Assistant Division Counsel||National Super Markets, Inc.||1987 - 1991|
|Law Clerk||National Super Markets, Inc.||1985 - 1987|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Stark County Bar Association||Member||2002 - Present|
|Ohio State Bar Association||N/A||1992 - Present|
|Missouri Bar Association||N/A||1987 - Present|
|Estate Planning for Paralegals||Drafting Revocable Living Trusts||2011|
|Ezine @rticles||Powers of Attorney Fail to Prevent Guardianship||2010|
|Ezine @rticles||Beware of Direct Transfer Designations- TOD's, POD's, and Simple Beneficiary Designations||2010|
|Ezine @rticles||Does Your Trust Discourage Guardianship? Most Don't Do Enough!||2010|
|Ezine @rticles||Funding Your Trust with Bonds||2010|
|Ezine @rticles||Avoiding Sham Trusts and Trust Schemes- Part I- Sham Trusts||2010|
|www.donohew.com||Estate Planning Information Center||2000|
|Washington University||Juris Doctorate||1987|
|Eastern Illinois University||B.A.||1984|
|"Dirty Little Secrets" Workshop||Estate and Financial Planning in 2015||2015|
|Dirty Little Secrets" Workshop||Estate and Financial Planning in 2015 and Beyond: What your Lawyer, Financial Adviser, Insurance Agent, Banker, and Government Can't or Won't Tell You!||2015|
|"Dirty Little Secrets" Worksho||Estate and Financial Planning in 2014 and Beyond: What your Lawyer, Financial Adviser, Insurance Agent, Banker, and Government Can't or Won't Tell You!||2014|
|"Dirty Little Secrets Workshop"||Estate and Financial Planning in 2014 and Beyond: What your Lawyer, Financial Adviser, Insurance Agent, Banker, and Government Can't or Won't Tell You!||2014|
|MICHAEL OYLER ET AL. VS MARK D LANCASTER ET A.L||Case settled favorably|
|TODD A. LISY, et al. v. MAYFAIR ESTATES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.||Judgement in favor of Plaintiff/homeowner; upheld on appeal|
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