David Lenz joined Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond P.L.L. in 2006 and became a partner in 2013. Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond P.L.L. became Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP in 2016, as two of the oldest and most established law firms in Cleveland combined. His practice focuses on planning for and administering wealth transfer for individuals and families as well as advising family foundations and other nonprofit organizations on tax and governance issues. David helps families develop comprehensive plans including complex charitable, retirement, and tax planning strategies while paying attention to often-overlooked items such as planning for digital assets or pets. He also has experience handling many different types of estate and trust litigation matters including will contests, will and trust construction cases, and claims of breaches of fiduciary duty.
David is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law.
David has served for several years as a team captain for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s 3Rs program and now the Chair of its Steering Committee. He is also a leader at Advent Lutheran Church in Mentor, where he is a past president of the congregation council and currently leads its Service Outreach Team. He is the Secretary of the Northeastern Ohio Synod Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which oversees and coordinates efforts of the region’s churches of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
David resides in Mayfield Village with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughters.
Tax Changes and Planning Opportunities as a Result of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017, Key Private Bank Estate Planning seminar, May 2018
Digital Assets and Electronic Wills: Tomorrow’s Estate Planning Is Here Today, The Estate Planning Council of Cleveland sponsored East Side and West Side breakfast meetings, October 2017 and January 2018
Modern Estate Planing: Digital Assets, Electronic Wills, and More, Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, March 2017
"Is the Cloud Finally Lifting? Planning for Digital Assets," articles published and presentations delivered:
"Afterlife on the Cloud: Creating a Heavenly Plan for Digital Assets," presentation delivered:
“Fiduciaries and Digital Assets: Is the Cloud Finally Lifting?,” Probate Law Journal of Ohio, Jan./Feb. 2016
“Use of Technology in the Estate Planning Practice,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, March 2015
"Was That Really Necessary? The 'Vain and Unnecessary Act' Doctrine and a Surviving Spouse's Unlimited Power of Withdrawal as Trustee-Beneficiary," Probate Law Journal of Ohio, Sept./Oct. 2013
"Death and Downloads: The Evolving Law of Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets," Probate Law Journal of Ohio, Sept./Oct. 2012
"Afterlife on the Cloud - Creating a Heavenly Plan for Electronic Assets," CMBA Bar Journal, June 2012
"Estate Planning and Administration for Digital Assets," presented at CMBA's Hot Topics for Estate Planners Seminar, June 2012