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Max S Ciolino

Estate planning Attorney at New Orleans, LA

5.0   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State LA
    Acquired 2015
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Max

Learn Max’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Max Ciolino assists individuals and families with planning their estates, and designing important documents to provide stability and security during challenging times.

    8 years

  2. Probate
    Max Ciolino helps clients open the estate of someone who has passed away, when they have an interest in the estate.

    8 years

My greatest joy as an attorney is helping my clients find comfort and security during challenging times. I provide this support through both estate planning and probate legal services. When my clients need estate planning or probate services, they are often struggling with issues of death, loss, aging, fear, and uncertainty. It is my job to help them achieve certainty, clarity, and calm by guiding them through the choices and processes at hand.

As an Estate Planner, I help my clients evaluate the roles of their family and friends, and their assets and debts. I then advise them regarding key decisions involving who should be entrusted with certain responsibilities and obligations, and how property should be distributed.

When clients need succession or probate assistance, I counsel my clients through gathering the necessary information, working with creditors and heirs of an estate, and navigating the opening and closing of the succession. My goal is to provide clarity, efficiency, and support to an otherwise overwhelming process, so that a family can focus on overcoming grief and emotionally supporting their loved ones.

We know that legal services can be expensive, so we have developed a range of offerings that are designed to help our clients get the legal services they need, at a cost they can afford. To achieve this goal, we offer several different levels of estate planning services, and payment plans for succession and probate matters.

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Ciolino & Onstott
400 Poydras Street
Suite 2145
New Orleans, LA, 70130


5.0 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Amy | June 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Grateful nonprofit
The Max Ciolino Law Firm, has been an essential part of Groovin' Again's establishment. Max Ciolino and his firm have been attentive, knowledgable and provided high quailty legal service. We're extremely grateful for this partnership and help becoming established as a 501c3 charity. We highly recommend The Ciolino law firm and will continue to use them in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2017
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I would highly recommend Max to anyone looking to handle matters important to you, big or small. Max was efficient, thorough, and kept my needs and desires in mind throughout our time together as client and attorney. After a very stressful period in my life, I found out that I had inadvertently missed an important court date for a simple traffic matter, which created a more complex issue for me to resolve. I was nervous and unsure of how to proceed, but Max stepped in at the very last minute, eager and willing to help me resolve the problem. Not only did he jump at the first court date available (only 3 days after I had contacted him!!), he was able to arrange for the penalties and charges to be reduced, greatly improving my chances at keeping my insurance rates low. If I ever have need for an attorney in Louisiana again, he will be the man I turn to. Thanks, Max!
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Posted by Maria | April 11, 2017
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Excellent experience
Max Ciolino listened to all of my concerns and addressed my issue with professionalism and compassion. He explained to me in detail the law as it applied to my case and offered various courses of action. The matter was resolved thoroughly and efficiently. His intelligence, quick wit, and strong sense of ethics were factors in my decision to work with him. I recommend Mr. Ciolino without reservation.
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Posted by Jamie | March 28, 2017
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Personal, attentive service
Max was so great to work with. He provided a high level of customer service on writing our wills, and transferring our property into LLCs. He was accessible, informative, and affordable. We will definitely be working with Max again!
Posted by Mindaugas | March 3, 2017
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We recommend Max as a good attorney
My family had problems with a lessor of our rented apartment in New Orleans. There were some safety issues for our 2 years old son; the owner of the apartment also failed to fulfil some necessary repairs. Max helped us to manage the situation in a very professional and supportive manner. Thanks to Max, we could feel confident in our communication with the landlord and take all the necessary precautions to manage the risks of the situation.
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Posted by Robert Giglio | February 27, 2017
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Great Service and assistance
Max help me setup my LLC . He explained what a LLC is and why is was a good choice for me. He took time to answer all my questions ( I ask a lot of questions ) He obtained My EIN# Setup the LLC , Reviewed a Franchise Contract , Explained in detail what was in the contract . He always got back to me quickly when I contacted him . He wrote a contract I needed . A few questions I had he had to research and got back to me quickly . I believe Max truly Likes to Help People to setup a business and in general like to help people Upon completion of my business with Max he sent me a detailed bill . He was Very reasonable in his setting his fee I Would Highly Recommend Max for any services he offers.
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Posted by Jennifer | February 15, 2017
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Start-up business legal needs
Max took the time to find out all the details of my business needs and make sure I get started on the right foot. I really felt like he personally cares about the success of my start-up and was thorough in helping me set up my LLC and liability waivers/disclaimers as well as work through some other confusing red-tape regarding local rules/regulations/taxes.
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Posted by emily | February 6, 2017
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Clear, accommodating & accessible legal guidance.
Max is the first attorney I've worked with as a new business owner, so naturally I was a bit nervous (it's intimidating!). Luckily, he could not have been more helpful or accommodating of my needs. He was careful to walk me through every step of the process of registering my LLC and even offered suggestions of what my next moves should be for the health of my new business. Additionally, he never pressured me, and made certain to be considerate of my limitations as someone just starting out. The whole process was painless and Max was a pleasure to work with-- I'd recommend him to anyone (even the most hesitant business newbie) and will certainly be using his services again in the future.
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Posted by Kirsten | August 10, 2016
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Amazing for new businesses & start ups!
I had NO idea where to start when I was setting up my new company. I had just moved to a new city and knew there were legal implications but legalzoom and google had left me feeling pretty overwhelmed. I met Max when he was working on his policy degree at Penn, and was thrilled that he was able to help me get everything set up. I sat down with Max and we discussed my goals for the company and my needs, and he completely demystified the legal process for me (and filed everything necessary to get me set up as an LLC!). With Max as an attorney, the process was quick and painless. I learned a lot and it was great to work with someone who was invested in the success of my company and willing to take the time to answer every little question I had (in a clear way!).
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Posted by Rossana | July 31, 2016
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Excellent Professional
Max Ciolino helped me with a traffic violation reducing the severity and ensuring it remained off my record. He was not only effective in solving my problem timely, but he was also very attentive.
Posted by Paul | July 26, 2016
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Power of Attorney and Living Will
Max Ciolino prepared and notarized end of life documents for me. He was helpful in explaining how the documents worked, made the process simple and easy, and asked for a reasonable fee. I would recommend him to others and also would use his services again in the future should they prove necessary.
Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2016
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excellent and expedient
Within a few business days of my request Max had drawn up all necessary documents and filed them with the State, saving me both time and headache, as I was working within a tight deadline. Also very personable and attentive to his clients needs.
Posted by Emily | July 14, 2016
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Business Law
Max demonstrated foresight, thoroughness and patience throughout a challenging asset purchase. Our legal issue was time sensitive and required assistance over the weekend and a holiday. Max understood this and made sure we met our deadline regardless of the standard schedule. That absolutely made all the difference for our case. We'd recommend Max without hesitation to small business owners in the New Orleans area. In fact, we will be using his services further for our business and personal legal matters. Our next order of business is to have our wills done.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Ciolino & Onstott
  • 2015 - Present


  • Tulane Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
  • MA - Masters
  • 2012
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2011

Legal Cases

  • Succession of Georgia Haynes
  • Client's goals were fully met.
  • Succession of Gloria Dean Faulkner
  • Client's goals were fully met.
  • Succession of Roger Asher
  • Client's goals were fully met.
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  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Spirit of Geimenschaft for Leadership and Community Service
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • 2011


Speaking Engagements

  • Sierra Club Group of New Orleans monthly meeting
  • "Common Sense Solutions to Waste, Pollution, and Litter at the City Level"
  • 2016
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference
  • "Voices from the Classroom: New Orleans Recovery School District Teachers on Education Reform in New Orleans"
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (7)
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Estate planning Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Max is a competent and empathetic attorney. He listens to his clients and strives to provide realistic solutions that will not break the bank."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Max and I were opposing counsel on a matter. I found him to be thoughtful, professional, and prompt when it came to returning calls and emails. When opposing counsel can work together professionally and efficiently like Max does, it helps both parties save money. I look forward to working with Max again in the future."
Probate Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Max is hardworking and shows great attention to detail in rendering client services."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've known Max since law school, and we have worked together for over 3 years. He has a strong moral compass and will work tirelessly to accomplish the goals of his clients. He builds strong bonds with clients and co-counsel and provides competent, professional service with a more personal touch than most other attorneys. Because of the relationships he builds with clients, he always goes above and beyond to represent their interests."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Max is a kind, caring, and thorough attorney, who finds solutions without judgment. Throughout my time working with Max, he has continually made decisions that positively influence his community and his clients. I highly recommend his services!"
Probate Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Ciolino on a number of issues, including litigation and succession matters. I also was once a client of Mr. Ciolino when I had a legal issue of my own. Throughout the years that I've known him, he has always been a professional, kind, and persistent advocate for myself and for my clients. I would recommend him without hesitation to my clients, family, and friends."
Probate Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Having worked with Max on more than one complex and contested successions, I can recommend him as someone with the experience and knowledge to handle a probate matter, be it simple or complex. More importantly he has a quality too many of us lack: the patience to explain to our non-professional clients the law that applies, the options that might be available under the law, and the legal reasons for a particular course of action. With this patience he is able to make his clients knowledgeable participants in the probate process rather than just passive observers."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I uncondititionally refer clients to Max for their estate planning needs. I also routinely will seek Max's learned input on other legal matters due to his thorough and analytical approach to the practice of law. I endorse Max wholeheartedly."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Ciolino is smart, thoughtful and hardworking attorney. He is a great resource for anyone needing assistance with estate planning or probate, and an excellent attorney committed to helping his clients. I choose to refer potential clients looking to develop their wills to him, knowing he will make sure they are taken care of."
Family Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Max Ciolino is a genuine and capable attorney who delivers for his clients. My experience in working with Max in the past assures me of his passion and determination for those he advocates for. Max will get the job done all the while keeping his clients abreast of their legal situation along the way."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Friend
"Max is a perfect embodiment of when knowledge of the law meets passion and commitment to the community. He is a natural leader and compassionate individual. As a law student at Tulane, he worked diligently to represent the student body and obtain necessary changes. As a scholar and advocate, he has worked diligently toward improving environmental and educational policies and improving life for the residents of New Orleans."
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New Orleans Estate planning Lawyer Max S Ciolino
Max S Ciolino
Estate planning Attorney
New Orleans, LA
Licensed for 8 years