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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

New Article: Finding the Right Divorce Lawyer

Hiring the right divorce attorney is one of the most important decisions you will make in the entire divorce process. This is the 2nd article in the divorce series “The Great Divide,” created by OSBA Certified Specialist and family relation…

Thursday, December 01, 2022

2022 ACTEC Great Lakes Regional Meeting

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell partner, Lisa Monihan, will participate in a panel discussion at the 2022 ACTEC Great Lakes Regional Meeting occurring December 9-11, 2022, in Chicago , Illinois. The panel will address "Interesting State Tax a…

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

New Article: How to Approach a Will Contest

The process of a will contest will vary depending on what you suspect is wrong with the Will, so here we are going to describe a few common scenarios and how one would approach them. This is the 4th article in the series “What to Expect Wh…

Thursday, November 17, 2022

David Lenz Elected as a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)

We are proud to announce that David Lenz, managing partner of Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP, has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Lawyers and law professors are elected to be Fellows b…

Thursday, November 03, 2022

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP has been ranked in the 2023 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" List

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP has been ranked in the 2023 "Best Law Firms" list regionally in 10 practice areas. Firms included in the 2023 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with p…

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell Welcomes New Attorney – Geoffrey Wills

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP is pleased to announce that attorney, Geoffrey Wills has joined our trusts and estates practice group. He focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, and taxation.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

New Divorce Article Series: The Great Divide

This is the first article in the divorce series “The Great Divide,” created by OSBA Certified Specialist and family relations law attorney, Ryan Nowlin, who will offer facts and insights to consider as you navigate the divorce process.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Judicial Candidate Ratings From Judge4Yourself.com

Judge4Yourself.com is a service of the Judicial Candidates Rating Coalition (JCRC). Their goal is to help Cuyahoga County voters elect good judges. These ratings tell voters, in simple language, whether members of the JCRC think that a cand…

Monday, October 03, 2022

University Hospitals 2022 Distinguished Advisor Awarded to Jennifer Savage

The winner of the Distinguished Advisor Award, recognizes the community leadership and personal commitment of one advisor to promoting UH’s vision and mission. This year's honor went to Jennifer A. Savage, partner at Schneider Smeltz Spieth…

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell Welcomes New Attorney - Jenna Bird

Jenna is joining us through the merger of Connick Law, LLC. She has experience assisting clients in all phases of litigation, ranging from simple proceedings to more complex matters. In addition, she is adept at assisting clients with their…

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Ryan Nowlin to Speak at the AAML Ohio Chapter – 2022 Harold R. Kemp Annual Family Law Symposium

October 9th & 10th – Attend this advanced live interactive webinar and an in-person update on family law in Ohio. Among the presenters will be Ryan Nowlin and Amy M. Keating, speaking on – Interstate Love Song: UCCJEA and UIFSA in Your Prac…

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Connick Law, LLC Merges with Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

Tom Connick has established a reputation as one of the top litigators in Cleveland, Ohio during the past 15 years. This merger will further expand Tom’s growing practice and complement Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell’s full-service law firm by…

Friday, September 09, 2022

Veronica Garofoli to Present at the 2022 National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) Annual Convention

Veronica will identify the daily task of a probate and estate planning paralegal and how paralegals support attorneys in these areas. Learn more about the convention and how to attend.

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Northern Ohio Charitable Gift Planners’ Annual Planned Giving Day to be held on Friday, September 16, 2022

Planned Giving Day is Northern Ohio’s premier educational event for professionals involved with charitable gift planning, featuring expert speakers on timely gift planning topics & strategies. Among the presenters will be Schneider Smeltz S…

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Join Us at the Marvin R. Pliskin Advanced Probate and Estate Planning Institute - CLE

The Marvin R. Pliskin Advanced Probate and Estate Planning Institute - Live Interactive Webinar will be held on September 16, 2022 and for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Pliskin Institute returns to…

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Kyle Gee Joins Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell's Trusts & Estates Practice Group

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP is pleased to announce that Kyle Gee has joined our trusts & estates practice group. As an elected Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Kyle has years of experience counseling…

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

SSSB is Proud to Support Tennis In The Land 2022

The Tennis In The Land event brings the world’s most-watched women’s sport (tennis) to Cleveland. As part of the U.S. Open Series, and taking place a week prior to the U.S. Open (a Grand Slam event), the event is an important week on the WT…

Thursday, August 18, 2022

5 Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell Lawyers Recognized in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ 2023 Edition

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP is proud to have 5 lawyers recognized in the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ 2023 edition. Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America recognizes associates and other lawyers who are earlier in their car…

Thursday, August 18, 2022

14 Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 Edition

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP is proud to have 14 lawyers listed in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Only the top 5.3% of all practicing lawyers in the U.S. were selected by their peers for inclusion in this edition of T…

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Lisa Monihan was Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2023 Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" in Cleveland, Ohio

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell is proud to announce that Lisa Monihan was recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2023 Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" in Cleveland, Ohio. This award is bestowed to only one lawyer with the highest average o…

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP Recognized in Chambers High Net Worth 2022 for Private Wealth Law in Ohio

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP is honored that the firm and three of our attorneys are recognized and ranked in Chambers High Net Worth 2022 for Private Wealth Law in Ohio. Congratulations to: Charles Adler, Elizabeth Monihan, and Jennif…

Monday, June 27, 2022

CLEVELAND.COM AND THE PLAIN DEALER RECOGNIZE SCHNEIDER SMELTZ SPIETH BELL LLP AS A TOP WORKPLACES FOR 2022

For the third year in a row, Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP has been recognized as a Top Workplaces 2022 honor by Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer. The list is based on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administere…

Friday, June 24, 2022

In Memory of J. Donald Cairns

It is with a heavy heart that we share this news with you. Our friend and former colleague, J. Donald Cairns passed away on June 15, 2022. A memorial service will be held on July 22 at 11 AM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2747 Fairmount Bo…

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Veronica Garofoli has been Admitted to the William K. Thomas American Inn of Court

American Inns of Court (AIC) and the William K. Thomas Inn of Court are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. The Inn of Court is an amalgam of judges, lawyers, and in some cases, law professors an…

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

49th Charitable Tax Seminar

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP is proud to be a sponsor of this event. The event organized by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland's Professional Advisory Council, is designed for attorneys, accountants, and financial and insurance professi…

Tuesday, June 07, 2022

CMBA CLE Event: 2022 Litigation Institute: Anatomy of a Jury Trial from Criminal and Civil Perspectives

This upcoming CMBA Event will be held on Tuesday, June 14th, 2022 | 8:55 AM - 4:30 PM | 6.0 Hours of CLE | Online via Zoom | In-Person at the Cleveland Metropolitan Conference Center.

Monday, June 06, 2022

Justin Stark Selected as Head of Membership for the CMBA Estate Planning Section

We are proud to announce Justin's role in supporting the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's Estate Planning Section.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

CMBA CLE Virtual Program: Pandemic Continues: Supreme Court of Ohio Marches On

Tuesday, May 24th, Your Ohio Supreme Court Update. Despite COVID-19 dominating the news over the past year, the Supreme Court of Ohio continues to hear and decide cases of importance to Ohioans. Please join Aanchal Sharma and Mark Mikhaiel…

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Ohio Civil Justice Committee Meeting

On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell partner, Alex Campbell, testified as the Chair of the Nonprofit Corporations Subcommittee of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Corporation Law Committee. His testimony was in support of…

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Role of the Board: Nonprofit Board Training Virtual Event

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell attorney, Alex Campbell, will be participating on this seminar’s expert panel that will share their experience, discuss the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit board members, and consider challenges and oppo…

Friday, April 22, 2022

Upcoming Online CLE Seminar: Advanced Custody and Support Issues in Ohio

Ryan Nowlin will be presenting at this National Business Institute (NBI) course on Thursday, May 5, 2022. Gain Real-World Practice Strategies and Tools You Can't Find in the Books.

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

The State of the Court - CMBA Event

Nick Vento is a Moderator for this CMBA annual State of the Court program for updates from Cleveland's local courts.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

News Alert: Okta Inc. Data Breach

On March 22, 2022, Okta confirmed that it had experienced a data breach caused by a hacking group known as Lapsus$, which potentially affected as many as 366 Okta customers. If you use an Okta platform and/or owned any Okta, Inc. shares as…

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Ryan Nowlin Appointed as a Delegate to Attend The 25th Judicial Conference of The Eighth Judicial District

Ryan Nowlin was appointed by Judge William T. McGinty as a delegate. The focus of this conference is lessons learned during the pandemic and the future of the practice of law.

Monday, February 28, 2022

M. Elizabeth Monihan Recognized in Crain’s 2022 Notables in Law

Congratulations to Elizabeth Monihan on being recognized in Crain’s 2022 Notables in Law. The attorneys selected are a collection of diverse, forward-thinking individuals whose belief in doing things the right way transcends their practices…

Friday, February 25, 2022

SSSB Welcomes Our Newest Attorney

We are happy to announce our newest attorney – Patrick Anzevino

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Brittany Payne Selected to FDCC Ladder Down Class of 2022

The program is dedicated to leadership empowerment, business development, and mentoring – each of which is critical for women lawyers to better position themselves for success.

Monday, January 03, 2022

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP would like to Congratulate our 10 Lawyers on the 2022 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars Lists

Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achiev…

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Giving Back at Frontline Services Holiday Party Twinkle Shop

We are very happy to give back to the community through Frontline Services holiday party called Twinkle Shop for families who are homeless or have recently left an emergency shelter for housing and are receiving support from FrontLine. Vene…

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Private Wealth Law – Meet the SSSB Attorneys Ranked in Chambers High Net Worth

Chambers and Partners is an independent research company operating across 200 jurisdictions delivering detailed rankings and insight into the world's leading lawyers.

Friday, November 05, 2021

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP Ranked in the 2022 "Best Law Firms"

Firms included in the 2022 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of qu…

Monday, October 04, 2021

SSSB Welcomes Our Newest Attorneys

Ashton Bizzarri and Veronica Garofoli, featured in Crain's Cleveland Business People on the Move!

Friday, August 27, 2021

Aanchal Sharma has been admitted as a Member to The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)

The FDCC is composed of recognized leaders in the legal community who have achieved professional distinction, is dedicated to promoting knowledge, fellowship, and professionalism of its members as they pursue the course of a balanced justic…

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Five Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP lawyers named to 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP is pleased to announce that 5 lawyers have been included in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognizes associates and other lawyers who are earlier in their ca…

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Thirteen Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP lawyers named to the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP is pleased to announce that 13 lawyers have been included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definit…

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Charles F. Adler named 2022 Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" in the Cleveland area

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP attorney Charles F. Adler was recently recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" for Trusts and Estates. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is hono…

Friday, August 06, 2021

CDC Issued a New Moratorium on Residential Evictions

On August 3, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) issued a new 60-day moratorium on residential evictions for failure to make rent or housing payments, due to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the United Sta…

Friday, July 23, 2021

Nick Vento Appointed as Chair of the Litigation Section for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

The CMBA Litigation Section, which has 350+ members, sponsors an annual Litigation Institute, hosts regular CLE programming and supports the CMBA's Mock Trial program.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Alex Campbell Selected as a Member of the Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2022

The new Bridge Builders class comprises 61 mid-career professionals from a variety of public, private, nonprofit and governmental organizations.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell Named as a Top Workplaces 2021 Winner by The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer honor 175 companies, nonprofits, schools and organizations in the 2021 Top Workplaces rankings. The list is broken into 22 large workplaces (with 500 employees or more), 48 mid-size (with 150 to 499 emplo…

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Aanchal Sharma Appointed as Chair of the Judicial Ratings Committee for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

In cooperation with Judge4Yourself.com, the Judicial Ratings Committee conducts confidential interviews to evaluate judges and judicial candidates seeking judicial office in Cuyahoga County in order to assist the public in making an informe…

Thursday, April 29, 2021

REVIEW OF OHIO’S NEW LLC STATUTE – CLE WEBCAST

Jim Gianfagna will be the speaker at this Ohio State Bar Association CLE Live Interactive Webinar which will be held on May 4, 2021 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Ohio’s Revised Limited Liability Company Act: Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1706

For the first time since its adoption in 1994, Ohio is completely restating its limited liability company act by way of the “Enact Ohio Revised Limited Liability Company Act”. The New Act strikes a delicate balance between incorporating mo…

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

The Legal Ins And Outs Of Nonprofit Formation

Join Alexander Campbell, Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell and Dave Holmes, Candid who will be the speakers at this CMBA live webinar on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Ryan P. Nowlin Accepted into the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

The AAML is an organization of the most dedicated professional family lawyers who are recognized and respected by the bench and the bar as leaders in their field. The Academy Fellows are highly skilled negotiators and litigators who repres…

Monday, March 22, 2021

Ohio Reduces Statute of Limitations for Contract Claims

On March 16, 2021, Governor DeWine signed into law Senate Bill 13, shortening the statute of limitations period for lawsuits based on breach of contract.

Monday, February 01, 2021

The Attorney Client Privilege: Three's A Crowd - CLE Webinar

Attorney Mark Mikhaiel will review the best practices to ensure attachment of the attorney-client privilege in instances where a client identifies an “agent” to act on their behalf.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Leases, Evictions and More: Landlord-Tenant Law 2021 – NBI CLE Webinar

Aanchal Sharma (Insurance Coverage Issues and Answers) and Amanda Barreto (Lease Drafting 2021) will be among the instructors presenting at this seminar on February 2, 2021.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Meet Our Newest Partner

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell is pleased to announce Mark M. Mikhaiel as its newest partner with the firm. Mark focuses his practice on litigation, business/commercial litigation, employment litigation, and trust, estate, and probate litigat…

Monday, January 04, 2021

Amanda Barreto Selected to the 2021 Ladder Down Cleveland Program

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell would like to congratulate our attorney, Amanda Barreto on her selection to the 2021 FDCC Ladder Down Cleveland class! We would also like to congratulate the entire 2021 class of women lawyers!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Jennifer A. Savage and M. Elizabeth Monihan Published in Crain's Cleveland 2020 Estate Planning Edition

“The Inside Scoop on Choosing an Estate Planning Lawyer” - Good estate planners provide peace of mind, help achieve tax savings, and serve as trusted advisor for your family. Here is advice on selecting a skilled attorney...

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP Ranked in 2021 "Best Law Firms"

Firms included in the 2021 U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of qua…

Friday, September 18, 2020

29th Annual Planned Giving Day on Thursday, September 24, 2020

Join David Lenz, Managing Partner & Katherine Collin Moore, Associate at Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell, LLP as they present: Decoding your Donors – Proposing the Right Gifts from Limited Information.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Join the Cleveland Foundation for a virtual Continuing Education Seminar on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

A panel discussion - The Unprecedented New Normal: How Professional Advisors Can Navigate Through the Current Environment

Monday, September 14, 2020

Congratulations to David Lenz on Being Selected as a Crain’s 40 Under Forty Honoree

Crain’s 40 Under Forty honorees are, in a word, leaders. They are making a difference in their companies and their communities.

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

The Marvin R. Pliskin Advanced Probate and Estate Planning Seminar

Join J. Paul Fidler, Esq.; Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell as he presents: "Who Cares About Being Secure: SECURE, CARES and the New World of Planning for Qualified Plans and IRAs". Date: September 11, 2020

Monday, August 24, 2020

10 Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Kimberly Stein Included in the Inaugural Edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP is pleased to announce that Kimberly Stein has been included in the 2021 Inaugural Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

David Lenz to Speak at AICPA 2020 ENGAGE +

Is the Cloud Finally Lifting? Recent Developments in Planning for and Administering Digital Assets. Increasingly our communications, our management of assets, and even the assets themselves are moving from the physical world to the digital…

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”)

The CCPA went into effect on January 1, 2020 and given the nature of e-commerce and the expansive definitions in the CCPA, the CCPA will impact businesses based outside of California.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Introducing Our Newest Partner

We are delighted to welcome Alexander C. Campbell to the firm. He brings insights which will help our clients advance their mission and objectives while improving the communities in which they live and work.

Friday, June 26, 2020

The Plain Dealer Names Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell a Winner of The Cleveland Top Workplaces 2020 Award

The Top Workplaces 2020 honor by The Plain Dealer is based on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organizatio…

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Ohio Community Associations – Swimming Pools & Covid-19

Attorney Amanda Barreto, provides insights for community associations on Ohio Governor DeWine allowing swimming pools to re-open so long as a laundry list of precautions are followed.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

J. Paul Fidler Published in the Probate Law Journal of Ohio - May/June 2020

Check out his article, "Who Cares About Being Secure? Estate Planning with Retirement Plan Assets in A Rapidly Changing Legal Environment."

Friday, May 22, 2020

Coronavirus Stimulus Check and Divorce FAQs

Many of you have received or are expecting to receive the coronavirus stimulus check from the federal government, and if you are divorced or in the process of divorce, you may wonder how that will affect your check. Read more...

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Community Associations COVID Q&A

Community Associations in Ohio are being affected by the Governor’s “stay safe Ohio” orders, so how do associations continue operations during the COVID crisis and social distancing?

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

FAQ Regarding Commercial Leases in These COVID Times

Because of the COVID crisis commercial landlords are seeing their tenants having difficulties continuing business operations, being forced to lay off employees or ...

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Jennifer Savage Quoted in Forbes Article - Low Values And Record Low IRS Interest Rates: A Perfect Opportunity For Estate Planning?

The IRS has announced the new §7520 rates for certain gifts. The rate has a huge effect on the value of certain gifts, notably, gifts to...

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Mark M. Mikhaiel Published in the Ohio Probate Law Journal March/April 2020

The Attorney-Client Privilege: Three’s A Crowd? The attorney-client privilege provides the client with the power to refuse to disclose, and to prevent others from disclosing, confidential communications made between the attorney and client…

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

David Lenz Featured in Crain's Cleveland Business - Legal Industry Survey

In the April 6th issue of Crain's Cleveland Business, regional law firm leaders were asked to weigh in on a legal industry survey intended to collect a range of perspectives on how firms are viewing some of the top trends and challenges the…

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Changes to Ohio’s Statute of Limitations | House Bill 197

On March 27, 2020, Governor DeWine signed into law House Bill 197, which immediately tolled, retroactive to March 9, 2020, all statutes of limitation, time limitations, and deadlines in the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code…

Friday, March 20, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (UPDATE)

On March 18, 2020 President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).  The FFCRA goes into effect within 15 days and no later than April 2, 2020.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Legal Update

In light of the House of Representatives passing the Families First Coronavirus Response Act granting coronavirus related leave on March 14, 2020, we wanted to provide a quick overview of the proposed legislation as it relates to employee l…

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

David Lenz to Present at the March 2020 Education Meeting of the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) of Northeast Ohio

Dave's topic will be: Is the Cloud Finally Lifting? Recent Developments in Planning for and Administering Digital Assets. Join us on March 19, 2020 at the...

Friday, March 06, 2020

Attorney Spotlight

Our latest spotlight features Joe Gibbons. Read some fun facts about Joe.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Aanchal Sharma Selected to the FDCC Ladder Down Class of 2020

The program is dedicated to leadership empowerment, business development, and mentoring – each of which is critical for women lawyers to better position themselves for success.

Friday, January 10, 2020

The New SECURE Act

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (“SECURE”) Act was enacted on December 20, 2019 and went into effect on January 1, 2020. Among other changes to laws pertaining to retirement accounts, the Act makes multiple changes…

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

David M. Lenz Named Managing Partner of Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

David M. Lenz has been elected Managing Partner, effective January 1, 2020. Dave succeeds James D. Vail who served as Managing Partner for 23 years. We look forward to Dave’s leadership and to Jim's continued contribution as an active Part…

Monday, December 23, 2019

Dave Lenz Referenced in 44691 Magazine November/December Article Titled: What happens to Our Digital Footprint After We Die?

David Lenz interviewed in the article by Melanie McMillan about the legal issues concerning digital accounts after the owner’s death. Read more...

Monday, December 23, 2019

We are Proud to Announce that Amanda A. Barreto has been Admitted to Practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

On November 18, 2019, Amanda along with 35 alumni from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law were congratulated by Justices Roberts and Ginsburg after the ceremony.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

10 Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell Lawyers Named to the 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars Lists

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP congratulates 10 of our lawyers who have been included in the 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars lists.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Justin L. Stark Published in Crain's Cleveland 2019 Estate Planning Edition

Justin's article "Changing environment may necessitate trust revisions" looks at the timing of death and the tax environment in effect at one’s death are not certain at all. For example...

Monday, November 04, 2019

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP ranked in 2020 "Best Law Firms"

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP has been ranked in the 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" list regionally in 8 practice areas. Firms included in the...

Monday, October 28, 2019

Congratulations

We are proud to announce that Brittany M. Payne and Michael W. Schauer have passed the Ohio Bar Exam.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

12 Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell lawyers named to 2020 Best Lawyers list

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP congratulates 12 of our lawyers who have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

David Lenz has been Elected to Serve on the National Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The ELCA, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States with nearly 4,000,000 members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States.

Monday, August 05, 2019

SSSB Welcomes Our Newest Attorney - Amanda A. Barreto

We are excited to share that Amanda A. Barreto has joined our firm and will focus her litigation practice in the areas of:

Friday, June 07, 2019

J. Paul Fidler published in the May/June issue of the Probate Law Journal of Ohio

The May/June issue of the Probate Law Journal of Ohio, features J. Paul Fidler’s article titled, “Effectively Using Beneficiary Designations on Retirement Accounts.”

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Mark M. Mikhaiel published in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal - June 2019

Mark’s article is titled: “A Solution to Access to Justice: Pro Bono Requirement for Admission to the Ohio Bar”

Friday, May 17, 2019

Todd K. Masuda to present at the June 6th NBI Seminar: “Business Contracts in 10 Simple Steps”

Get Real-World, Practical Tools from Seasoned Experts. In this comprehensive seminar on business contracts, you'll get real-world pointers on how to draft, review and negotiate business contracts in 10 simple steps. Acquire the skills you n…

Monday, April 15, 2019

DAPTs Under Attack? How Courts and Lawmakers Are Pushing Back Against Domestic Asset Protection Trusts

In 1997, Alaska became the first state to enact legislation authorizing the use of domestic asset protection trusts (DAPTs). In the years that followed, a steady flow of states enacted similar legislation and authorized the use of DAPTs, wi…

Friday, April 05, 2019

DOL PROPOSES NEW OVERTIME EXEMPTION RULE

Employers should be aware that overtime exemption law updates are likely to take effect next year. Earlier this month, the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule that would affect many employees who are currently classified a…

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Todd K. Masuda Appointed to Serve on Human Rights Commission

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP is proud to announce that Todd K. Masuda was appointed to serve on Cuyahoga County’s first Commission on Human Rights.

Monday, March 04, 2019

Joseph Gibbons appointed as Secretary of The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland Board

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland (SOCF) welcomes three new board members in 2019, as well as the board’s 2019 officers:

Monday, January 14, 2019

Joseph P. Gibbons Appointed as New Law Director for City of Fairview Park

On Monday, January 7th, Joseph Gibbons was appointed by the Fairview Park City Council to become the city's new Law Director.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Jim Vail Elected as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Community Solutions

The Center for Community Solutions is a nonpartisan think tank focused on solutions to health, social and economic issues. Community Solutions’ efforts are critical to the work and effectiveness of direct service organizations in Northeast…

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Aanchal Sharma Becomes Partner

Aanchal Sharma joined Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell in 2016 and throughout her tenure has consistently demonstrated her commitment to delivering excellent client service.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

SSSB Welcomes Our Newest Attorney - Nicholas M. Vento

We are excited to share that Nicholas M. Vento has joined our firm and will focus his litigation practice in the areas of:

Monday, October 15, 2018

James D. Vail will be Speaking at a Seminar in November for Nonprofit Organizations

Jim will be speaking on a panel discussing nonprofit mergers/acquisitions/affiliations.

Monday, August 27, 2018

David Lenz and Kim Stein Present at the 43rd Annual National Trust Closely Held Business Association (NTCHBA) Conference

On September 18th & 19th, our Partners will present topical programs at the NTCHBA education conference which is designed for individuals in corporate fiduciary, trust and estate industries.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP is Pleased to Announce 12 Attorneys Included in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers® in America

We would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to the 2019 Best Lawyers in America list...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lisa Monihan and Kim Stein Participate in the Estate Planning Council July Roundtable

On July 26, 2018, the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland hosts a webinar featuring nationally recognized estate planning lawyer and author, Natalie B. Choate, Esq, AEP® (Distinguished), who will be presenting "What the Estate Planner Need…

Monday, July 16, 2018

Welcome to Our Newest Attorneys

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell is proud to announce that Kyle Mordew, Mark Mikhaiel and Justin Stark have recently joined our firm.

Friday, June 08, 2018

David Lenz receives the EPC Exceptional Service Award

The purpose of the award is to recognize David’s substantial impact on the estate planning community locally, statewide, and nationally.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Kim Stein - Program Chair for The Jewish Federation of Cleveland's 46th Charitable Tax Seminar

The Charitable Tax Seminar, organized by the Federation’s Professional Advisory Council, is designed for attorneys, accountants, and financial and insurance professionals who advise their clients on estate planning, tax, and charitable issu…

Monday, May 21, 2018

Congratulations to our Partners Recognized as Crain's Notable Women in Law

Rising to the Top. Some of the most influential leaders at Northeast Ohio´s law firms -- and in the legal community in general -- are women.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

David Lenz video from the Ohio State Bar Association Law You Can Use: Estate Planning & Digital Assets

These days, much of our business and personal lives are conducted electronically, bringing a whole new category of assets into the estate planning process....

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Seeking two associate positions in our trusts and estates practice

We have the need to fill two associate positions in our trusts and estates practice in our law firm. Learn more...

Friday, April 20, 2018

Kyle B. Gee’s article featured in the Primerus Paradigm Magazine, Spring 2018 issue

In the Spring issue, Kyle’s article titled: Paper and Pen No Longer Required: Electronic Wills and Recent Legislative Activity...

Monday, April 16, 2018

Kyle Gee published in the Probate Law Journal of Ohio, March/April 2018 Issue

Gee’s article is titled, The “Electronic Wills” Revolution: An overview of Nevada’s New Statute, The Uniform Law Commission’s Work, and Other Recent Developments.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Maryann Fremion Thomas is a featured speaker at an upcoming seminar entitled, "The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017: What you Need to Know Now"

This special event will be held on March 10, 2018 at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Moot Courtroom and is co-sponsored by the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association (CMLAA) and the Cleveland Clinic Allied Partners in Philanthropy…

Monday, January 29, 2018

Kimberly Stein presented a Tax Update at the Estate Planning Council Westside Breakfast

On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Kimberly Stein presented a tax update at the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland Westside Breakfast...

Monday, January 22, 2018

Crain’s Cleveland Business publishes article by James D. Vail and James M. Gianfagna

James D. Vail and James M. Gianfagna authored an article, "Making earnouts work," in the Crain’s Cleveland Business ACG Cleveland Corporate Growth & M&A issue.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Kimberly E. Stein is now a Partner at Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

We are delighted to have Kim as our newest partner. She is a valuable contributor to the firm's Trusts & Estates and Taxation departments.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Kyle B. Gee featured as Attorney of the Month

Kyle B. Gee, is featured as the December 2017 Attorney of the Month in Attorney at Law Magazine.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 Tax Act: Client Alert

Tax Reform Becomes Law - On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed H.R. 1, enacting a sweeping tax reform bill into law. In light of the many changes going into effect on January 1, 2018, taxpayers should consider, with their advisors...…

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Congratulations to our Attorneys for their Recent Recognition

As we start the New Year we would like to take the opportunity to congratulate our attorneys who have been named to the 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers list.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Jim Havach presented at the National Business Institute (NBI) seminar

On November 28, 2017, Jim Havach presented at the National Business Institute (NBI) seminar on Negotiating Indemnification, Reps, Warranties and More in Business Contracts.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Gregory A. Thompson in the News

Gregory A. Thompson speaking engagements in November and participation in one of the country's premier mock trial tournaments.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Lorain County Bar Association's Fall 2017 Probate Seminar

On November 9, 2017 Ryan Nowlin, Scott Robinson, Aanchal Sharma, and Greg Thompson presented, "Common Problem Areas in Probate Litigation," at the Lorain County Bar Association's Fall 2017 Probate Seminar.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Lisa Monihan and Colleen Meredith's article, The 'Art' of Inheritance, was published in Crain's Estate Planning Issue

Be sure will and trust address inheritance rights associated with assisted reproductive technology. Has your family been touched by Assisted Reproductive Technology?

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Kyle Gee and David Lenz presented at The Estate Planning Council of Cleveland’s East Side Breakfast event on Wednesday, October 25th

Their interactive presentation – Digital Assets and Electronic Wills: Tomorrow’s Estate Planning Is Here Today, used hypotheticals to illustrate how new technologies are presenting challenges to the traditional paper-based trusts and estate…

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Kimberly E. Stein and James R. Bright present at The CMBA’s 44th Annual Estate Planning Institute 2017

The most popular Institute of the year, will provide a full day of advanced topics in Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Kyle Gee, participated in the first meeting of the Uniform Law Commission’s newly formed Electronic Wills Committee

Partner, Kyle Gee, participated in the first meeting of the Uniform Law Commission’s newly formed Electronic Wills Committee, held in Philadelphia on October 13-14, 2017.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Aanchal Sharma assisted in hosting this year’s South Asian Bar Association-North America Leadership Retreat

Congratulations to Aanchal Sharma who successfully assisted in hosting this year’s South Asian Bar Association-North America Leadership Retreat on September 23, 2017 in our very own Cleveland, Ohio.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Congratulations to Kim Stein who was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland

Congratulations to Kim Stein who was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland. She will be serving this highly-regarded organization throughout the 2017-2018 term.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Jim Gianfagna was elected to the Associate Board for University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Foundation

We are proud to share that Jim Gianfagna was elected to the Associate Board for University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Foundation. The attorneys at Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell appreciate Jim's commitment to UH and to our communi…

Monday, June 19, 2017

Kyle Gee is named Trustee of the Strongsville Education Foundation

Kyle Gee is named Trustee of the Strongsville Education Foundation. Mr. Gee is honored to support the students, teachers and administrators of the Foundation.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Ryan P. Nowlin elected as Vice President of Membership, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Ryan P. Nowlin elected as Vice President of Membership, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Friday, April 07, 2017

CMBA Litigation Section Breakfast & CLE Presentation

Aanchal Sharma, Ryan Nowlin and Scott Robinson to present at the CMBA Litigation Section Breakfast & CLE Presentation on Wednesday, April 26th.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

M. Elizabeth Monihan and Maryann Fremion Thomas Published in Probate Law Journal of Ohio

M. Elizabeth Monihan and Maryann Fremion Thomas co-authored an article entitled, "Increase in Value and Number of Vehicles Which May be Selected By Surviving Spouse. Their article was published in Probate Law Journal of Ohio, Volume 27 |…

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Members of Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell’s Trusts & Estates Department present, "Modern Estate Planning: Digital Assets, Electronic Wills, and More"

This course will address Estate Planning in a time where assets are often digital and wills are drawn up electronically.

Monday, February 13, 2017

David Lenz's article entitled, "Is the Cloud Finally Lifting? Planning for Digital Assets"

David Lenz's article entitled, "Is the Cloud Finally Lifting? Planning for Digital Assets," was published in the American Law Institute (ALI) CLE's Estate Planning Course Materials Journal.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Kyle B. Gee Becomes Partner at the Law Firm of Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

Cleveland, Ohio, January 1, 2017 - Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP is pleased to announce Kyle B. Gee has become a Partner in the firm, effective January 1, 2017.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Jim Havach presented at the National Business Institute CLE seminar.

Jim Havach recently presented on all aspects of deeds at the National Business Institute (NBI) CLE seminar entitled, "Handling Real Estate Transactions from Start to Finish."

Monday, November 21, 2016

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP is Pleased to Announce that Jamie E. McHenry has Joined the Firm

Jamie E. McHenry is our newest Associate Attorney at Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Probate & Trust Section of the Lorain County Bar Association invited David Lenz and Kyle Gee to present at their Fall 2016 Probate Seminar.

The Probate & Trust Section of the Lorain County Bar Association invited David Lenz and Kyle Gee to present their program, Technology Issues for the Estate Planning Practitioner, at their Fall 2016 Probate Seminar.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Aanchal Sharma Joins Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP is pleased to announce Aanchal Sharma has joined the firm’s litigation practice group as an Associate Attorney. She practices in the areas of business/commercial litigation, business law, and real estate law…

Monday, August 22, 2016

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP Welcomes James Gianfagna

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP (SSSB) is pleased to announce that James Gianfagna has joined the firm’s Business practice group as an Associate Attorney. Gianfagna concentrates his practice in the areas of, Commercial Contracting, Corpora…

Monday, August 08, 2016

Kyle Gee published in the Probate Law Journal of Ohio

Kyle Gee was published in the Probate Law Journal of Ohio. Gee’s article is titled “Beyond Castro’s Tablet Will: Exploring Electronic Will Cases Around the World and Re-Visiting Ohio’s Harmless Error Statute.”

Friday, June 10, 2016

What Employers Should Know About the New Overtime Regulations

Todd Masuda discusses The Department of Labor's recently updated regulations on overtime exempt status, a change employment lawyers have been anticipating for many months. The change was announced on May 18th, and the new regulations become…

Monday, May 02, 2016

Todd Masuda Published in International Magazine

Todd Masuda's article entitled, "Thirteen Ways to Look at Indemnification," was recently published in "Paradigm," a Primerus Magazine (an International Society of Primerus Law Firms).

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

We are pleased to announce that Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond PLL and Spieth, Bell, McCurdy & Newell Co., L.P.A. will combine our practices, effective March 1, 2016.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Two of the Best Combine

On March 1st, 2016 two century-old law firms combined to form Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP. The new firm brings together Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond PLL and Spieth, Bell, McCurdy & Newell Co., L.P.A.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

IRA Charitable Rollover Made Permanent

On December 18th, 2015, the President signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) act, which includes a permanent extension of expired tax provisions retroactive to January 1, 2015.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond Welcomes Gregory A. Thompson

Greg joined Schneider, Smeltz, Ranney & LaFond in 2015 as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice group.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Chuck Adler is this year's recipient of the CAFSP Financial Service Professional of the Year Award

Chuck Adler is this year's recipient of the CAFSP Financial Service Professional of the Year Award.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Phil Ranney recognized by Case Western Reserve University

It is with great pride that we celebrate the accomplishments of Phillip A. Ranney, our Partner, and Trustee of the Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

David M. Lenz Presented at the 2015 American Law Institute's Annual Estate Planning in Depth Conference in Madison, WI

David M. Lenz was among the country's top legal practitioners who presented at the 2015 American Law Institute’s Annual Estate Planning in Depth Conference in Madison, WI.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture elects Joseph P. Gibbons to serve as President of the Board

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is pleased to announce that its Board of Trustees has elected Joseph P. Gibbons to serve as President of the Board.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Lawyer of the Year and Best Lawyers Recognition

We are proud to announce that Thomas J. LaFond has been named Lawyer of the Year, Family Law, in Cleveland by his peers.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bright, Cairns, and Young listed in Best Lawyers® 2015

Spieth Bell Attorneys Jim Bright, Don Cairns, and Tal Young are listed as Best Lawyers® in America (2015). Best Lawyers® selects attorneys for its list as a result of peer-review surveys. Jim Bright has been included since 2006. Don Cairns…

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