J. Talbot Young, Jr.

J. Talbot Young, Jr.




Tal Young has practiced trust and estate law for more than forty years. He had been a Director and Shareholder of Spieth, Bell, McCurdy & Newell for 10 years when Spieth Bell combined with Schneider Smeltz in March of 2016. Prior to Spieth Bell, Tal had been a founding partner of Young and Dietsch for 11 years, which followed 19 years as an associate and partner with Squire Sanders & Dempsey.

His practice is focused on estate planning for individuals and family groups; probate and trust administration; charitable gift planning; estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning; and handling tax controversies, including audits and disputes involving estate, gift and fiduciary income tax issues. He also provides counsel to trustees of private foundations on initial formation and tax qualification, subsequent combination, separation and dissolution of foundations, and on-going legal and tax compliance issues.

For the past 24 years, Mr. Young has been a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Young is experienced in the full range of estate planning, from basic wills and revocable trusts to complex multigenerational estate and irrevocable trust planning, and in all aspects of estate and trust administrations.

Licensed to Practice



  • University of Notre Dame, 1975, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Notre Dame, 1970, B.A.

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Federal Court Northern District of Ohio
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Member, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Member, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Section


Professional Involvement

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

Awards & Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent®

  • Best Lawyers® 1993 - present
    • Trusts and Estates

  • Ohio Super Lawyers® 2006 - present

  • Cleveland’s Top Rated Lawyers
  • Who’s Who in American Law

Areas of Practice

Licensed to Practice


Awards & Recognition

ACTEC AV Peer Review Rated Best Law Firms Primerus Worlds Finest Law Firms Super Lawyers