Elliott Stapleton

Cincinnati, Ohio – Attorney – Partner

Phone: 513-334-0099

Email: Email Elliott

Attorney’s Areas of Focus

  • Estate Planning
  • Trust & Probate Administration
  • Business Formation & Commercial Transactions
  • Real Estate Transactions

As an attorney with the law firm of CMRS, Elliott’s focus is on helping clients protect what they earn, avoid unnecessary risk, and plan for success. His legal services include Estate Planning, Asset Protection, Probate, and Business law in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Elliott works with clients on putting clear, concise estate plans in place. This includes representation during the administration of the Trust or Probate Estate. Elliott advises business owners on how to start and maintain legally sound businesses.

To provide clients with certainty, most legal services are based on flat rates. The flat rate for services is based on each client’s specific goals and the options selected to achieve those goals established in the initial consultation.

Estate Planning

Elliott advises clients on Estate Planning, Probate, Trust Administration, and other forms of asset protection in Cincinnati, Ohio. He helps each client develop the best planning based on a review of the family’s goals. Most clients have questions such as:

What is an Estate Plan?

The word Estate is commonly associated with extreme wealth. But the word Estate simply means “all of your assets” no matter what the size.

An Estate Plan outlines how your property will be distributed upon your death and who will make important decisions if you are disabled.

How do you select the right Plan?

Your specific needs determine what services will need to be provided. Our goal is to ensure that the individuals or charities you select receive the correct assets.

To achieve this goal, we help you balance options that limit taxation, ensure that the assets are used for their intended purpose, and avoid probate. This is the benefit of working with an Estate Planning attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio.

What does the planning process include?

During the planning process, we explain the purpose and effect of each step involved. With advice on the risks and implications, you decide which plan you prefer. Feel free to follow this link to see a summary of Trust and Estate Planning.

Examples of services include:

  • Will;
  • Durable Power of Attorney;
  • Health Care Power of Attorney;
  • Living Will;
  • Revocable Living Trust;
  • Irrevocable Trust;
  • Medicaid Asset Protection Trust;
  • Special Needs Trust; and
  • Transfer-on-Death Deeds or Designations.

Elliott also provides concise checklists to assist families in the event of an emergency. This includes guidance to executors, trustees, and powers of attorney. In addition, he supplies clients with flowcharts on estate planning and tax planning related to trusts and estates.

Probate Attorney

If your family member or loved one passes away with only a Will (or dies without a Will), we can help with Probate administration. The administration process can take between six to twelve months and involves filings with the local county court.

Elder Law Attorney

An Elder Law Attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio would help clients with Estate Planning relative to Medicaid asset protection and nursing home expense. Elliott regularly educates clients on the process of asset protection planning to avoid all assets being spent down to pay for nursing home expenses. Feel free to view his four-part video series on Elder Law asset protection.

Business Law

Elliott’s clients range from single-member, start-up businesses to large, privately-held companies. These business owners seek Elliott’s guidance on matters such as:

Selecting Business Entities

The purpose of entity selection is to determine which option would be best for your business in order to minimize liability and maximize tax advantages.

Examples of entities include Limited Liability Companies (LLC), S-Corporations, and C-Corporations.

Creating, Reviewing, & Negotiating Contracts

The purpose of a company’s contract is to provide protection for the business owner. To this end, it is important to create contracts using language that can be understood by all parties involved. When all sides understand the terms of a contract, the likelihood of litigation is diminished.

Some examples of contracts include:

  • Sale of Goods Agreements;
  • Operating Agreements;
  • Purchase Agreements;
  • Residential or Commercial Lease Agreements;
  • Supply Agreements;
  • Independent Contractor Agreements;
  • Employment Agreements;
  • Asset Purchase or Sale of Business Agreements;
  • Buy/Sell Agreements;
  • Licensing and Software Agreements;
  • Non-compete Agreements;
  • Residential or Commercial Construction Agreements;
  • Shareholder Agreements; and
  • Security Agreements.

Protecting Intellectual Property

A business’s name and its work product are important factors in distinguishing it from the competition.

Protecting your intellectual property involves filing Trademarks, Servicemarks, and Copyrights, as well as advising you on issues regarding enforcement of these filings.

Protecting Real Property and Personal Assets

Business owners should always limit their exposure to potential liabilities. This includes business ventures which are susceptible to significant damages. We help insulate risk to avoid business damages affecting personal assets.


In November of 2007, Elliott joined the firm as an associate after graduating from law school. He worked as an associate until March of 2011 when he was made a partner of the firm at age 29.

Previously, Elliott clerked with the Formica Corporation’s in-house counsel. While in Formica’s legal department, he worked on the day-to-day legal needs of a multinational corporation with the company’s general counsel. This work included: internal contract review, fiduciary compliance, commercial transactions, trademark protection, employment-related issues, and assessment of international law.

As an extern with the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, Elliott resolved complex tax conflicts through negotiation, mediation, and administrative proceedings. In addition, he assisted in the drafting of appellant briefs and presented oral arguments on behalf of the United States Government in Tax Court.


Elliott received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville School of Law. While at Louisville, he focused on courses to better serve individuals in creating their estate plans and business owners in pursuing their goals. Some of the honors he received while at the University of Louisville include: Dean’s Scholarship, being named to the Brandeis Inns of Court, and representing the school in Securities Law Moot Court.

Elliott also attended the University of Cincinnati where he received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science. While at the University of Cincinnati, he was a member of multiple on-campus organizations and was tapped into the Honorary Order of the Omega.

Bar Admissions

  • The State of Ohio
  • The Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio

Professional Associations and Memberships

Fraternal Organizations

  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Order of Omega

Overall Rating / 316 Total 1st-Party Reviews

4.9 Out of
5 Stars

Elliott Stapleton, Attorney with CMRS Law

5.0 out of 5 stars
- March 25, 2019

Really enjoyed the experience with Elliot. He went through everything and explained the whole process every step of the way. We ended up walking away knowing that we made the right decision to set up a trust and that Elliot has our back with anything Legal that we may need. We were so pleased that we recommended his services to our family and friends in Cincinnati.

5.0 out of 5 stars
- March 23, 2019

Elliot was extremely helpful throughout the process of filing a trademark and registering an LLC. His explanations were clear and concise, and he never tried to sell me on unnecessary services. Ultimately, he saved me both time and money.

4.5 out of 5 stars
- March 22, 2019

Rachael Rolfsen was fantastic, she answered all our questions,polite and a cheerful person to deal with. She completed our family trust.

5.0 out of 5 stars
- March 15, 2019

Prompt, courteous, professional service. Thank you

5.0 out of 5 stars
- March 14, 2019

Everything went exactly as planned! All options and terms explained fully. Mr. Stapleton very helpful and professional.

5.0 out of 5 stars
- March 13, 2019

I was very pleased with your professional behavior at all times. Immediate response if I had any questions. Answering all my questions. I personally felt you treated me very respectful. Elliott and Rachael were both extremely helpful to me. The timeline you provided for the process of probate was a great help. I would gladly return to your firm if I had any legal needs and I would refer you to anyone who needed legal assistance. Gwendolyn Johnson

5.0 out of 5 stars
- March 8, 2019

Elliott was very professional and answered all of our questions about setting up our trust and made it painless and straight forward. We would gladly refer him to others and have already. Thanks!!!

4.5 out of 5 stars
- March 7, 2019

Elliott did an excellent job explaining complicated things in a simple way. That allowed us to make decisions that were in the best interest of our family.

5.0 out of 5 stars
- February 28, 2019

You met all of our expectations in a friendly and professional manner.

5.0 out of 5 stars
- February 17, 2019

Friendly, professionally and courteous

5.0 out of 5 stars
- February 9, 2019

Very thorough, very professional. We are well pleased.

5.0 out of 5 stars
- February 3, 2019

Very good experience. Nice timeline with good steady progress, but we didn’t feel rushed. Our individual needs were definitely addressed in a thorough manner - not a boiler plate experience. Pleasant efficient staff. Good location with ample parking.

5.0 out of 5 stars
- January 30, 2019

My experience was very positive. Attorney Stapleton was thorough and answered all of my questions. He and his staff were efficient and courteous.

5.0 out of 5 stars
- January 23, 2019

Very positive. Finding explanations highlighted in the draft was so helpful. The folder was the best I have received and since this is my fifth time having to redo wills and trusts due to moves and aging, I have had some experience Thank you

5.0 out of 5 stars
- January 18, 2019

Excellent experience! Elliott & team are top-notch.

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