Charles F. Adler

Charles F. Adler

Partner

216.696.4200 x1121
cadler@sssb-law.com

“Charles Adler is knowledgeable and good with clients… and is very intelligent with good people skills." – Chambers HNW


Biography

Chuck Adler joined the firm in 1993 and became a Partner in 1995. He has a special interest in planning for individuals, families, and closely held businesses. Chuck counsels individuals and families on complex estate, charitable, financial, and retirement planning matters; on estate, gift, and generation-skipping taxes; and on the organization and operation of private foundations. He also works with owners of closely held and family businesses on succession planning.

Before joining the firm, Chuck was an associate attorney with Thompson Hine and Flory and a senior accountant with Price Waterhouse. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland (Former Trustee) and a Certified Public Accountant (Ohio, inactive). He is admitted to practice law in both Ohio and Florida.

In addition to years of professional expertise, Chuck is active in the Cleveland community. He was on the Board of Regents of St. Ignatius High School and is a past president of the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Chuck also served as a Trustee of the Alzheimer’s Association and Catholic Charities and is a current Trustee of the Dorn Family Foundation.

Licensed to Practice

Ohio,Florida

Education

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1983
  • Miami University, Accountancy, 1979

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • State of Florida
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
  • Estate Planning Council of Cleveland, Member
  • Ohio Certified Public Accountant (inactive)

Professional Involvement

  • The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow

ACTEC Fellow Badge

Awards & Honors

  • Certified Specialists Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law - Ohio State Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist badge

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent®

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Badge

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2013 for Practice Areas:
    • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
    • Tax Law
    • Trusts and Estates

Best Lawyers Badge

  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
    • Trusts and Estates, Cleveland 2022
    • Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Cleveland 2019
  • Ranked in Chambers High Net Worth: Private Wealth Law, 2017-present

Chambers HNW 2024 Badge

  • Selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers® list: 2004-present

Super Lawyers badge for Charles F. Adler

Community Activities

  • St. Ignatius High School, Board of Regents
  • Cleveland-Akron Chapter of the Society of FSP, Past President
  • Cleveland Catholic Foundation, Estate Planning Board
  • Frederick W. and Janet P. Dorn Foundation, Trustee
  • Alzheimer's Association, Former Trustee
  • Case Western University, Estate Planning Advisory Council
  • Cleveland State University, Estate Planning Advisory Council
  • American Red Cross, Cleveland Chapter, Estate Planning Advisory Council
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Planned Giving Council
  • Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, Estate Planning Advisory Council
  • CSU Law Alumni Association, Executive Committee and Trustee

Articles & Presentations

  • Donor-Advised Funds Gain Popularity, Legal Update, 2018

  • There's No Place Like Home...Ohio Becomes One of the Nation's Top Destinations for Asset Protection Planning, March 2013

  • Rules of Engagement: Ethical Challenges for Estate Planners, Probate Law Journal of Ohio, March/April 2012

Areas of Practice

Licensed to Practice

Ohio,Florida

Awards & Recognition

Charles F. Adler
Charles F. Adler
Partner
216.696.4200 x1121
cadler@sssb-law.com

Biography

Chuck Adler joined the firm in 1993 and became a Partner in 1995. He has a special interest in planning for individuals, families, and closely held businesses. Chuck counsels individuals and families on complex estate, charitable, financial, and retirement planning matters; on estate, gift, and generation-skipping taxes; and on the organization and operation of private foundations. He also works with owners of closely held and family businesses on succession planning.

Before joining the firm, Chuck was an associate attorney with Thompson Hine and Flory and a senior accountant with Price Waterhouse. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. He is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland (Former Trustee) and a Certified Public Accountant (Ohio, inactive). He is admitted to practice law in both Ohio and Florida.

In addition to years of professional expertise, Chuck is active in the Cleveland community. He was on the Board of Regents of St. Ignatius High School and is a past president of the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Chuck also served as a Trustee of the Alzheimer’s Association and Catholic Charities and is a current Trustee of the Dorn Family Foundation.

Licensed to Practice

Ohio,Florida

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Business Tax
  • Charitable Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Foundations
  • Fiduciary Representation
  • Gift, Estate, and GST Tax Planning
  • Income Tax Planning
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Retirement Distribution Planning
  • Taxation
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Trusts and Trust Administration
  • Trust, Estate, and Probate Litigation

Education

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 1983
  • Miami University, Accountancy, 1979

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • State of Florida
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
  • Estate Planning Council of Cleveland, Member
  • Ohio Certified Public Accountant (inactive)

Professional Involvement

  • The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow

ACTEC Fellow Badge

Charles F. Adler
Partner
216.696.4200 x1121
cadler@sssb-law.com

Awards & Honors

  • Certified Specialists Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law - Ohio State Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist badge

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent®

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Badge

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2013 for Practice Areas:
    • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
    • Tax Law
    • Trusts and Estates

Best Lawyers Badge

  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
    • Trusts and Estates, Cleveland 2022
    • Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Cleveland 2019
  • Ranked in Chambers High Net Worth: Private Wealth Law, 2017-present

Chambers HNW 2024 Badge

  • Selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers® list: 2004-present

Super Lawyers badge for Charles F. Adler

Community Activities

  • St. Ignatius High School, Board of Regents
  • Cleveland-Akron Chapter of the Society of FSP, Past President
  • Cleveland Catholic Foundation, Estate Planning Board
  • Frederick W. and Janet P. Dorn Foundation, Trustee
  • Alzheimer's Association, Former Trustee
  • Case Western University, Estate Planning Advisory Council
  • Cleveland State University, Estate Planning Advisory Council
  • American Red Cross, Cleveland Chapter, Estate Planning Advisory Council
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Planned Giving Council
  • Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, Estate Planning Advisory Council
  • CSU Law Alumni Association, Executive Committee and Trustee

Articles & Presentations

  • Donor-Advised Funds Gain Popularity, Legal Update, 2018

  • There's No Place Like Home...Ohio Becomes One of the Nation's Top Destinations for Asset Protection Planning, March 2013

  • Rules of Engagement: Ethical Challenges for Estate Planners, Probate Law Journal of Ohio, March/April 2012