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Tonya Shur VanBenschoten

Wills and living wills Attorney at Cincinnati, OH

5.0   13 reviews
  • State Years
    Kentucky - KY 5 years
    Ohio - OH 11 years
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State KY
    Acquired 2018
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Tonya

Learn Tonya’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Trusts
    We handle all different types of trusts, including revocable, irrevocable, and special needs trusts.

    4 years, 15 cases

  2. Wills and living wills
    Final Wills and Testament which include the designation of which executor you want and who you want to benefit from your estate

    11 years, 300 cases

  3. Estate planning
    Flat rates for all needs

    11 years, 350 cases

  4. Probate
    Wrapping up the estate of a decedent.

    4 years, 15 cases

  5. Bankruptcy and debt
    Chapter 7 and 13

    11 years, 100 cases

  6. Divorce and separation
    Extensive experience in all aspects of divorce and dissolution. Settlement through litigation.

    11 years, 150 cases

  7. Elder law
    Elder law includes Medicaid planning and trust planning

    4 years, 15 cases

  8. Power of attorney
    Designating who will take action on your behalf (financial and medical)

    11 years, 300 cases

  9. Uncontested divorce
    Low flat rates available for uncontested divorces and dissolutions

    11 years, 100 cases

I am married and have three sons and four daughters.  I graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2006 with a major in Sociology and double minor in Psychology and Criminology.  I obtained my law degree from Chase College of Law in 2011.

In 2001, I joined the Kentucky National Guard.  I spent the next seven years as a military police officer.  During this period I deployed into Baghdad, Iraq where I performed route security missions.  In 2008, I commissioned into the officer ranks.  As an officer I have served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Company Commander, and Informtion Systems Officer.  For the last six years I have worked as a Judge Advocate and have assignments as trial counsel, Deputy Brigade JA, Brigade JA, Cyber Law Chief, and State Deputy JA.  I will be retiring from the military in 2021.

From early in my life I have understood the importance of family and the need to keep those relationships strong.  My parents raised four daughters and 37 foster children.  I have continued my parents mission by placing a focus on children in my practice.  I previously served as a Guardian Ad Litem and currently focus on mediation and collaborative options.  My goal is to help families sort through their legal obstacles while maintaining their family unity and hopefully reducing any negative impact upon their children.  

In addition to family law, I have extensive experience in Estate Planning, Administration and Bankruptcy. I primarly practice and assist clients with estate planning needs. In 2021 I received a certification from the National Institute of Certified Estate Planners as a Certified Estate Planner. I am currently working on my Master Certified Estate Planning Designation. I have additionally enrolled in a masters level program with the American College to recieve the Accredited Estate Planner designation.

Shur Law assists clients in all aspects of estate planning ranging from basic wills, powers of attorneys, and transfer documents to complex medicaid planning, charitable giving planning, and business planning.

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  13 customer reviews
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Posted by BC | September 8, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highest recommendation for estate planning
My parents were long over-due for estate planning and Tonya VanBenschoten made the process of explaining how a living trust and a will is created and executed extremely painless. Though having a living will and trust is something we should all do as soon as we are adults and have assets, my parents, like so many people, put it off for fear that it would be a cumbersome process. In light of the pandemic we are experiencing, having a living trust in place gives my parents some comfort if something unexpected occurs. Tonya VanBenschoten is professional and her services made us realize that not only is the process fairly straight forward, but it lifted a huge psychological burden off my parents' shoulders--that of worrying about the future and the complication that can arise from probate, etc. Tonya has my highest recommendation for anyone in need of an estate planning attorney.
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Posted by LAURIE | July 26, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
happy customer
My situation was heart-wrenching for me and my family, Tonya was professional yet sympathetic to my situation. Tonya was available whenever I needed her, resolved all of my concerns in a timely manner.
Response from Tonya VanBenschoten August 14, 2020
Thank you Laurie for taking the time to write a review.
Posted by Miranda | April 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
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I feel so blessed to have had Tonya represent me during one of the most impactful experiences of my life. She's knowledgeable, down to earth, compassionate, hard working, and dedicated. I wouldn't change a thing about how my case turned out thanks to her. Putting my case in her hands and feeling confident that she would do what is best for me felt like the weight of the world being lifted off of my shoulders. Very highly recommended!!!
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Posted by Anna | April 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Tonya was fabulous. She made our experience incredibly easy, very straight forward and as professional as possible. I am grateful for her expertise.
Posted by Andrew | December 5, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Expert of her craft
Tonya is a well educated and talented lawyer. She has exceeded my expectations and is a wealth of knowledge. Her reputation as a divorce lawyer and for her dedication to her clients is well earned. I would highly recommend to hire her
Posted by Carman | December 7, 2013
Excellent Experience
Words cannot express how I feel about Tonya Shur. Getting a divorce after 19 years of marriage was a nightmare, but she made a very nice experience. She walked me thur it, and I knew I made the right decision. The staff was very pleasent. I am so happy with the choice of picking her as my lawyer.
Posted by Isaac | August 30, 2013
Great Lawyer to hire
Lawyer Tonya is one of the best lawyers.Her office helped me file my chapter 7 bankruptcy.They were so professional.She doesn't care about your race.She is just there to help anyone who brings his case before Her.I will really recommend her to anyone seeking to file bankruptcy.Her price for filling bankruptcy is also reasonable.Thank YOU Lawyer Tonya for ur help.
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Posted by Ron | June 28, 2013
Professional and Trustworthy
Tonya is very professional and understanding. She walked me through the process and gave me options on how to procede. I would definitely reccomend her to anyone!
Response from Tonya VanBenschoten June 29, 2013
Thank you Ron for taking the time to review my services.
Posted by Gabriel | April 25, 2013
Child Support Case
Tonya, was an amazing lawyer. She kept me very informed and was quick to get back to me with any questions I had. She explained the case and what was going to hopefully happen in court in terms that I understood. I would hire Tonya again in a heartbeat and recomend to anyone else looking for someone to help with them with family law.
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Posted by Ellen | March 1, 2013
Exceptional Attorney, Highly recommend
I had an excellent experience with Tonya Van Benschoten at Shur Law. She's very knowledgeable and she did an amazing job of keeping me informed along the way. Even better, it was clear to me that she did everything she possibly could to keep her fees as low as possible for me, knowing that I'm a single mother. I loved that she had various office locations, making it easy to meet with her when necessary and at whichever location is convenient for me.Tonya is extremely easy to talk to, and I always felt very comfortable with her. I highly recommend Tonya Van Benschoten as an attorney!
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Response from Tonya VanBenschoten March 3, 2013
Thank you Ellen! I really appreciate you taking the time to write such a nice review.
Posted by Heather | February 25, 2013
Great lawyer
Tonya was great! I feared the worst when I realized I would have to file for divorce, which is generally a very painful process. She explained the process to me & left little room for worry. She was straightforward, kind, and quick to answer any questions I had. Made the process easier to handle. Would definitely recommend her to friends & family in the future.
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Response from Tonya VanBenschoten March 3, 2013
Thank you Heather! I really appreciate you taking the time to review my services.
Posted by Chris | February 24, 2013
Great experience.
She's just not a lawyer she's also a veteran of United States military. Very knowledgeable! Glad to have work with her, would recommend her to anybody. Would look forward to workig with her again.
Response from Tonya VanBenschoten March 3, 2013
Thank you Chris! I really appreciate you taking the time to write a review and I look forward to working with you in the future.
Posted by Matt | October 26, 2012
Aggressive and Attentive Attorney
I initially hired this attorney to incorporate my business. She got the paperwork done and filed quickly and thoroughly. Since then she has filed a lawsuit to recover money due to us (which we won) and has drafted demand letters on my business's behalf. Not only would I recommend her, I continue to use her for my legal needs.
Response from Tonya VanBenschoten March 3, 2013
Thank you Matt!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 315-315 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Shur Law
  • 2012 - Present
  • Judge Advocate
  • Us Army Jag Corps
  • 2015 - 2021
  • Military Police/ Signal Officer
  • US Army
  • 2001 - 2013


  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Western Kentucky University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • Hamilton County Juvenile Court
  • Case Dismissed
  • Objections to DV Order
  • Sustained, in part
  • Ch.7 Bankruptcy
  • Discharge
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  • National Institute of Certified Estate Planners
  • Certified Estate Planner
  • 2021 - Present
  • Cincinnati Association of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Academy of Northern Kentucky Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 2012 Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • N/A
  • Client Choice Award 2013
  • Avvo
  • N/A


Speaking Engagements

  • KY JA Annual Conference - CLE
  • Cyber Law Updates
  • 2019
  • KYNG Annual Legal Update - CLE
  • Intro to Cyber Law
  • 2018
  • Business Networking International
  • Divorce
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (19)
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Family Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Her published answers on are accurate and to the point and show that she cares about making sure that consumers get accurate and timely advice that they need. With a great web site too, frankly, if you have a Family Law problem or need a will and her office is anywhere near you, I recommend her to you. She knows the law and she cares and that is exactly what people need when they need a lawyer's help."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear from her responses here on Avvo that she is a zealous advocate and dedicated to her profession. She demonstrates that she is quite knowledgeable in the law and provides detailed answers to inquiries. Often she will provide the users of this forum a second option or information in addition to that which was provided by other counsel - which demonstrates her thoughtful consideration of the problems the individual is attempting to confront. I respect her as a colleague and a valued member of our profession. You would do well to hire her to assist with your legal issues. She will get you results through skilled and intelligent advocacy."
Family Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tonya has been a god send in my life. She has taught me so much and has made me a better lawyer and advocate."
Trusts Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Tonya is an expert in Estate Planning, Probate, and Family Law. In addition to her extensive training and experience she has a heart of gold! She cares about her clients and will go to whatever lengths necessary to ensure each person who comes through her firm is advocated for to the greatest extent possible."
Family Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tonya has extensive knowledge with family, bankruptcy, and estate law and has been practicing in these fields for many years. She is hardworking, dedicated to her client's needs, and has a very good eye for detail. I highly recommend Tonya!"
Family Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tonya is an incredibly well-versed lawyer in the field of Family Law. She possesses a plethora of knowledge on divorce and support matters. Tonya gives concise, spot on advice about legal issues in a way that confers confidence to her clients. She is also very knowledgeable in Trusts & Estates. Tonya provides the highest quality representation to all her clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse Tonya because she is a great boss! I have learned so much about Bankruptcies and Wills/Trusts from her. I am grateful our paths crossed and I am part of her team."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tonya's professional and military background speaks for itself in the way she diligently advocates for clients with the utmost of professionalism. Tonya has the rare ability to respond to a client's specific needs all the while negotiating complex matters, sometimes high conflict. Tonya is a true professional with extensive knowledge of the law. I have a great deal of respect for Tonya and would highly recommend her to anyone dealing with divorce or any other family law matter."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Tonya for a long time and feel confident recommending her to clients outside my practice area. She is of high character and seeks the best result for her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Other
"Ms. VanBenschoten is highly respected in the community and I recommend her to take care of your legal needs."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Tonya. She is a great choice for representation and is highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I proudly endorse this lawyer. Attorney VanBenschoten is highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. VanBenschoten. As evidenced by the number of questions she has answered on Avvo, she has a great understanding of the law. One can deduce through her many work experiences that she is a stellar attorney."
Family Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Based upon Tonya's dedication in providing accurate and timely responses to quesions posed on AVVO I recommend Tonya for those in her community."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
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