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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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