Maryann Fremion Thomas

Maryann Fremion Thomas




Maryann Thomas is an associate in the firm’s Trusts & Estates and Taxation practice groups. She works with individuals and families to develop estate plans using a range of simple and sophisticated estate planning methods. She also provides counsel to individual and corporate executors and trustees in the administration of trusts and estates, including probate administration. Part of her practice also includes the review and preparation of estate tax returns, gift and generation-skipping tax returns, and income tax returns for fiduciaries of trusts and estates.

What drew Maryann to her particular field was, in part, the ongoing challenge of keeping up with our country’s ever-changing tax laws and the continuing development of trust and estate law across the states. She particularly enjoys interacting with clients in order to achieve their goals, whether it is the creation of an estate plan, the administration of a trust, or estate or figuring out a difficult tax issue. Some of her most complex counseling has been given to individual and corporate trustees in the resolution of specific administration issues of ongoing trusts. To this end, she has worked with trustees in trust modification actions in probate court, private settlement agreements among trustees and beneficiaries, the decanting of one trust to another, the removal or resignation of a trustee in favor of a successor trustee, and advising on other methods to solve various administration issues.

Maryann spent her entire legal career at Spieth, Bell, McCurdy & Newell until it became Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP in 2016. She enjoys volunteering for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, working with the Women’s Committee at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and attending programs at the Union Club and City Club of Cleveland.

Licensed to Practice



  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 2010, J.D., cum laude
  • Heidelberg College, 2007, B.A., magna cum laude

Admissions & Associations

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Federal Court Northern District of Ohio


Professional Involvement

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Events Chair, Estate Planning & Trust Section
    • Young Lawyers Section
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • Estate Planning Council of Cleveland

Awards & Honors

Ohio Super Lawyers® Rising Stars 2018

Community Activities

  • Member of the Women's Committee, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Volunteered for 3Rs Program with Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Volunteered at Cleveland Legal Aid Society Clinics

Recent Articles & Presentations

  • The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017: What You Need to Know Now, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (March 2018)
  • Ohio Update, Modern Estate Planning: Digital Assets, Electronic Wills, and More, presentation, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (March 2017)
  • Increase in Value and Number of Vehicles Which May be Selected by Surviving Spouse, Probate Law Journal of Ohio (Jan/Feb 2017)
  • Ohio Update, 43rd Annual Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Estate Planning Institute (October 2016)
  • Creditor Protection, Crain's article (November 2013)
  • Essentials of an Estate Planning Practice, Lake County Bar Association (2012 Probate & Trust Seminar)

Areas of Practice

Licensed to Practice


Awards & Recognition

ACTEC Martindale-Hubbil Best Lawyers Primerus Super Lawyers