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Christopher Lavin

Elder law Attorney at Lebanon, OH

5.0   19 reviews
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  • State Years
    Kentucky - KY 18 years
    Ohio - OH 25 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State KY
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    55%
    Practice exclusive to Elder law with a primary focus on Nursing Home Planning and the prevention of Medicaid spend down.

    26 years, 925 cases

  2. Medicaid and medicare
    20%

    26 years, 925 cases

  3. Trusts
    15%
    Draft and execute both revocable and irrevocable trusts, to assist clients with disability planning, Medicaid planning, and tax planning.

    26 years, 694 cases

  4. Estate planning
    10%
    Specific to the ideas of securing proper family distribution, minimizing the Ohio and Federal estate taxes, and avoiding the Probate process.

    26 years, 590 cases

EXPERIENCED ELDER LAW ATTORNEYS DEDICATED TO PROTECTING SENIOR CITIZENS. FREE CONSULTATIONS

I want to take this space to thank my wonderful wife and children for all of  their support, which has molded me into the husband, father and attorney that I am today. Outside of the practice of law my family keeps me busy.  Sometimes I think they work me harder than my staff, but I love every second of it.  I can never coach enough soccer games, go on enough dates with my wife, or enjoy too many Cincinnati Reds baseball games on a summer eve.  I enjoy it all and will continue to work hard for my family and my clients.

Awards

Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
2015

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Location

Lavin Law Group LLC
Lavin Law Group LLC
240 J.E. Bohanan Drive
Vandalia, OH, 45377
Lavin Law Group LLC
106 East Main Street
New Albany, OH, 43054
Lavin Law Group, LLC
832 N Fort Thomas Ave.
Fort Thomas, KY, 41075
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Hali | January 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helpful and Affordable
Mr. Lavin was extremely helpful in setting up our family trust. We had special circumstances and he addressed all of them with knowledge, as well as compassion. Sherry prepared our trust and went over the whole thing with us. The cost...unbelievably affordable! We would definitely recommend this law firm.
Posted by Patty | March 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy and Top of Field
Mr. Lavin has not only worked with my husband and I to put together a family trust but about four years ago he helped us with the finances of Grandma. The Lavin Law Group treats clients with utmost care and strives to give professional and productive options to family concerns. Wes Hensley, as Director of Operations and Public Relations, at the firm, makes sure from start to finish that your experience is a smooth one. It was important to my husband and I to have a legal expert in the area of Elder Law. Chris Lavin is thoughtful and a wonderful listener. He is a man and a lawyer that you can trust with your most sensitive family information. It is a pleasure to recommend Christopher Lavin to you.
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2019
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Assistant with Medicaid Application
Mr Lavin and Christie Doss were instrumental in helping my mother work through the complicated process of obtaining Medicaid. We definitely could not have done it anywhere as quickly as they did and the money we saved more than made up for the expense.
Posted by Melissa | April 10, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Mr. Lavin and his staff worked with my family to get Medicaid benefits, and drafted all necessary legal documents for my Aunt. We are grateful for the hard work and organizational skills of the entire Lavin Law Group. Mr. Lavin’s knowledge and experience is evident. We had the pleasure of working with Wes Hensley, who did an amazing job at keeping us on track and getting us through the Medicaid process for my Aunt. We would certainly use this firm again and will refer family and friends in the future.
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Posted by Sheila | December 9, 2016
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Recommend
We met Mr Lavin at a seminar he presented at our civic center...We met with him and his staff and everyone was wonderful! We couldn't be more pleased with the trust fund they set up and all the help that they were doing this process...
Posted by GORDON & SHERLEY | October 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
ELDER LAW & TRUSTS
WE MET CHRIS INITIALLY AT ONE THE SEMINARS HE CONDUCTED 7 YEARS AGO. WE CONSULTED WITH HIM AND HIRED HIM TO DO OUR TRUST. HE AND HIS STAFF ARE PROFESSIONAL, COURTEOUS AND VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE. WE RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYONE LOOKING FOR ELDER CARE INFORMATION OR TRUSTS.
Posted by Jim | September 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The BEST lawyer every!
My wife was diagnosis with Alzheimer at a young age and we still have children at home. It has been an extremely difficult situation, but Chris and his team have been a God send! They help me through the entire process to get the help we needed for my wife and get all my legal affairs in order. Chris's team not only guided me through the legal process with great skill and knowledge, but I could also see and feel that they cared about me and my family. You won't find a better group then Chris's team! I am very thankful and blessed to have found them! - Jim
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Posted by Curtis | December 15, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
great visit
Thank you for your services. Our visit was comforting and professional. As a senior citizen, I felt it was time to seek legal counsel. Mr. Lavin answered all my questions (living will and power-of attorney). The process went smooth and simple. I will tell others of my experience and hope they use your services. Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2015
Information on elderly law.
I highly recommend Lavin Law Group. They very knowledgable , prompt and very efficient to meeting my needs for my mother. They made the transition for my mom from her home to the nursing home so easy and affordable. Their financial advice was excellent. They jumped all the hurdles for our family and we just listened and followed their advice. I don't think we could have accomplished this transition without their help and financial advice. I might also add that their staff was also efficient and prompt handling the situation.
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Posted by Elaine | April 3, 2015
Couldn't Ask For Any Better!!
Chris Lavin Law Group and staff members are all great!! My sister and I dealt with them during our mother's illness and nursing home experience until her death. Everything was explained to us in language we could understand!! Our experience was so good that when my husband's mother became ill - we again called on Lavin Law Group. They are so helpful, they return your calls or emails promptly. Working with Wes is fantastic!! So professional and pleasant - and takes care of everything! You give him the information and he takes it from there!! We have also set up our Medical Power of Attorney, Last Will and Testament and other documents with them. We couldn't ask for any better! Thanks Chris, Wes, Bill and Judy!
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Posted by Pam | March 4, 2015
What a relief to have Chris Lavin and company to assist us !
My father was faced with not only my mother's care but the financial implications of her needing to be placed in a care center. Mr. Lavin was referred to me by a co-worker who was very pleased her interactions with him on behalf of her parents. From the minute we entered the office, we were treated with the utmost concern and care. We relayed our concerns to Chris and he had answers and suggestions for us, meanwhile showing genuine compassion for my father's situation. All aspects were given to us up front and there was nothing hidden from us, either now or then. The staff is unbeliveable, they go above and beyond. From Wes who guided us through the processes to the young lady that met me at an out of office location, when I was unable to make it to the office before closing. She took her time to go the extra to make things easy for me. That is something you don't see very often in the today's world. I could go on and on, but there is not enough space or words to express how happy we are that we found this practice to hlp us during this stressful time. I have already passed on the practice contact information and our experiences to many others. My friends, co-workers and I are in that age where we are becoming the caregivers and Lavin Law office has been a god send for us all. Thanks !!
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Posted by Melissa | March 4, 2015
Lavin Law Group Gives Families Peace Of Mind
My parents were products of "The Greatest Generation." They worked hard and raised six children. They were always very private about their finances and such. My siblings and I had no visibility to their "financial situation" until they became ill and needed our help. Thankfully, a friend of ours had just gone through a similar situation with her parents and referred us to Chris Lavin. When we made the appointment, we were told everything we needed to bring with us to the initial meeting. Attorney Lavin sat down with us and reviewed all of the documentation professionally and efficiently. He and Wes Hensley took care of all the paperwork so we could focus on our parents' long term healthcare needs. Lavin Law Group understands and provides solutions to the estate planning and legal aspects of elder care that is overwhelming to a family trying to support their loved ones through the final stages of life. They guided us through every step of the way. My family and I are grateful to LLG for giving us peace of mind during a very emotional process.
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Posted by Diane | March 3, 2015
Eldercare Attorneys you Can Rely On
We had an amazing experience with the Lavin Law Group. We didn't know where to begin or how to protect our aging parents. Chris Lavin and his team helped guide us through every step of the way. it's nearly ten years since we put the estate in order with their help, and we still call Chris and Wes for guidance. They are always responsive and knowledgable in their advice.
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Posted by Sherry | March 3, 2015
Excellent
Christopher and his staff did an excellent job explaining estate planning. I feel like I have a much better understanding of the financial side of aging. My calls or eMail is always answered in a reasonable time.
Posted by Barbara | January 31, 2013
Review from client
I have found Chris to be a person of Intelligence and Integrity . Handling my Estate Planning, Medical Power of Attorney, Last will and Testament as well as other services with knowledge and sensitivity, givng attention to all my concerns. I have recommended Chris to family and friends and they have been extremely pleased with his performance, I feel confidant that all subsequent services will be handled by Chris and his staff with the professionalism and care I have come to expect.
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Posted by Barbara | January 30, 2013
Took good care of us
My family met with Mr. Lavin in regards to our current legal plan and he took the time to review all of our existing documents and explained to us the plan we had in place. He didn't try to sell us a whole new plan and even advised that we continue our relationship with our previous attorney. We appreciated the honesty and chose to work with Mr. Lavin specifically to protect our home from a nursing home situation. We are pleased with the work of his firm..
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Posted by Ruth | August 26, 2010
Great Job
Chris helped me set up a trust to protect my home from Nursing Homes costs. I will recommend hom to my friends and family. He was very easy to work with and very knowledgable.
Posted by Teri | August 24, 2010
Lavin Attorney Review
I met Chris several years ago. I was impressed with his knowledge of estate planning and his willingness to explain the laws in a manner I could understand – it’s all so complicated. I have also found him courteous, honest, friendly and willing to answer any questions I have. Chris prepared my new will and trust and other important legal papers, such as our HIPPA form, Medical Power of Attorney and Directive to Physicians and Family. I am very pleased with his and his staff’s efficiency to complete the work in a timely manner. Chris continues to keep me informed of changes in the law by his seminars and a yearly client meeting. Chris’s staff is friendly, willing to answer questions and return calls. I feel comfortable that my estate is in order and in good hands to protect, not only me, but my family for the future.
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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2010
Estate Plan Review
Chris is an excellent estate planning attorney. We were extremely pleased with the work Attorney Lavin performed for us and we found him to be intelligent, professional and extremely personable. The staff was more than helpful and always answered our questions. We would highly recommend Chris to anyone looking for an elder law attorney.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Lavin Law Group LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Managing Attorney, Lebanon Office
  • Thom L Cooper Co. L.P.A.
  • 2001 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Pro Seniors Inc.
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Hamilton County Public Defenders Office
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Hamilton CountyPublic Defenders Office Law Clerk
  • Hamilton County
  • 1995 - 1998
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Education

  • University of Dayton
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Xavier University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts, BS-Bachelor of Science
  • 1991
  • Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas
  • High School Diploma
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Miesse v. ODJFS Fairfield County Appeal #1819482
  • Appeal was affirmed and the agency was ordered to remove the restricted coverage.
  • Kennard v. Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Appeal#1612088
  • The agency was incorrect and should have reduced the restrictive coverage, resulting in eligibility for Medicaid, and they must accept the past unpaid medical expenses allowing the use of income to pay back outstanding medical expenses.
  • Liette v. Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Appeal #1617610
  • Prevailed on appeal and the hearing officer agreed that the assets in the trust were not available and Medicaid benefits were approved.
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Associations

  • U.S. Association of Accredited Business
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Cheering for Charity
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • The National Advocates
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • ElderCounsel
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State of Ohio Department of Education
  • Adult Education Permit
  • 2012 - Present
  • The Elder Law Attorney Practice Croup (ELAP)
  • Memeber-Linkedin
  • 2011 - Present
  • Catholic Order of Foresters
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Elder Law/Elder Care Planning
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Elder Law and Disability Planning Network
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • US Court of Appeals of Veterans Claims
  • Accredited Attorney
  • 2009 - Present
  • Elder Law Answers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Elder Law Attorney Ohio
  • American Jurist Institute
  • 2019
  • Recognizing Excellence in Elder Law
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2018
  • Recognizing Excellence in Elder Law
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys, Client Satisfaction, Elder Law
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys, Client Satisfaciton, Elder Law
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2017
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers Wills, Trusts, and Estates Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers Wills, Trusts, and Estates Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Elder Law Division
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2016
  • Helen Miller Giving Heart Award
  • Cheering for Charity
  • 2016
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Lead Counsel Verification
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers In Ohio
  • American Lawyer Media
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers
  • Columbus C.E.O. Magazine
  • 2016
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo Inc.
  • 2015
  • Who' Who in Greater Cincinnati Law
  • Cincinnati Business Courier
  • 2015
  • Lead Counsel Rated
  • Lead Counsel Verification
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers Wills, Trusts, and Estates Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyers in Ohio
  • American Lawyer Media
  • 2015
  • Rated 10.0 Superb
  • Avvo Inc.
  • 2014
  • Who's Who in Greater Cincinnati Law
  • Cincinnati Business Courier
  • 2014
  • Accredited Business
  • U.S. Association of Accredited Business
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers Wills, Trusts, and Estates Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2014
  • Honoring 15 years of Service to the Community
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyers in Ohio
  • American Lawyer Media
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Promoting Hope Sponsor
  • Alzheimer's Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter
  • 2011
  • Adult Education Permit
  • State of Ohio Department of Education
  • 2011
  • Special Tribute for New Business
  • Ohio House of Representatives Peter A. Beck District 67
  • 2010
  • Citation of Appreciation
  • National Association of Retired Federal Employees
  • 2010
  • Accredited Attorney
  • US Court of Appeals of Veterans Claims
  • 2009
  • Honoring Ten Years of Experience to the Community
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation
  • Butler County Alzheimers Association
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Completion-Ed Slott's Exclusice IRA Workshop
  • Ed Slott, CPA
  • 2006
  • Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation
  • Butler County Alzheimers Association
  • 2006
  • Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation
  • Butler County Alzheimers Association
  • 2005
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Bellbrook Lions Club
  • 2004
  • Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation
  • Butler County Alzheimers Association
  • 2004
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Publications

  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Planning for Long-Term Care
  • 2017
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Elder Law and Medicaid Planning
  • 2017
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Speaking Engagements

  • Lunch and Learn
  • Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
  • 2019
  • Senior Health Fair
  • Asset Protection
  • 2018
  • Special Needs Planning. What happens when you are gone?
  • Special Needs PLanning
  • 2017
  • Senior Health Care Fair- Emphasis on Alzheimer's/Dementia Resources
  • Elder Law and Crisis Planning
  • 2017
  • Planning for Long-Term Care
  • Advance Planning and VA Benefits for LTC
  • 2017
  • Elder Law and Medicaid Planning
  • Obtaining Veteran Benefits
  • 2017
  • Parkinson's Association Support Goup/ St Mary's Church, Franklin, Ohio
  • Leagl Coping with a Long Term Illness
  • 2016
  • NBI Continuing Legal Education for Professionals
  • Retirement Assets in Estate Planning and Elder Law
  • 2014
  • Cin-Day Seniors Educational Series
  • Ohio Waiver Application Process
  • 2014
  • NBI Confrence/ Medicaid: Qualifying Clients to Applying for Benefits
  • Medicaid Planning
  • 2013
  • Wright Pat Air Force Base
  • Vetrans Benefits
  • 2012
  • Waren County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Planning for Adult Disabled Children
  • 2012
  • Vandalia, Nazarene Church Senior Group
  • It Is Never Too Late To Plan
  • 2012
  • Wright Pat Air Force MOAA
  • Veterans Benefits
  • 2011
  • Greater Cincinnati Alzheimer's Associaiton meeting at Bethesda Medical Center at Arrow Springs
  • Planning in Crisis
  • 2011
  • Alzheimer Community Education Programs
  • Legal ways to protect a loved one with Alzheimer's
  • 2011
  • Vandalia Senior Safety Day
  • Safety first is being prepared
  • 2010
  • National Association for Retired Federal Employees
  • Welcome to Retirement
  • 2010
  • Christ Hospital Continuing Education Units
  • Medicaid Resource Requirements
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Christopher
Elder law Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris for almost 15 years, first as a law school classmate and subsequently as a colleague in the legal profession. I have found Chris to be an excellent lawyer with a strong grasp of the intricacies of elder law while commanding the respect of his peers and his clients due to his hands-on, personal approach to the practice of law. Recently, when one of my close family members required the services of an attorney that practices in the area of elder law, I didn't have to think twice before referring my family member to Chris. We were extremely pleased with the eventual outcome and the manner in which Chris made a difficult situation easier for us."
Elder law Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I am impressed with the amount of compassion and understanding Attorney Lavin brings to his clients. Attorney Lavin is able to make his clients and their families feel comfortable during some of the most difficult times in their lives. Attorney Lavin's level of knowledge in the elder law field is extraordinary and one of the best in Ohio. I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Attorney Lavin has become known by his clients and his peers as one of the most knowledgeable elder law attorney's in Ohio. His high technicality is only outdone by his innovation and creativity in his field of practice. Only satisfied when exceeding his client's expectations, I feel Attorney Lavin strives do go beyond what's "customary" or "regular" and is constantly trying to better himself and the outcome for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."