Email: Email Elliott
Attorney’s Areas of Focus
- Estate Planning
- Trust & Probate Administration
- Real Estate Transactions
- Business Formation & Transactions
As an attorney with the law firm of CMRS, Elliott’s focus is on 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 each client’s specific goals and the options selected to achieve those goals established in the initial consultation.
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 choose 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:
- Durable Power of Attorney;
- Health Care Power of Attorney;
- Living Will;
- Revocable Living Trust;
- Irrevocable Trust;
- Medicaid Asset Protection Trust;
- Special Needs Trust;
- 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.
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 helps clients with these planning decisions and is a member the legal association Elder Counsel.
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.
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,
- Business 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 Agreements,
- Non-compete Agreements,
- Residential or Commercial Construction Agreements,
- Shareholder Agreements,
- Franchise 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, Service marks, 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.
- The State of Ohio
- The Commonwealth of Kentucky
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Ohio Bar Association
- Cincinnati Bar Association
- Kentucky Bar Association
- Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers
- C-Change Class 7
- Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
- Gamma Xi 21, Inc.
- Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
- Co-Founder of Linkinnati
- Chairman of La Terza Coffee
- Delta Tau Delta
- Phi Alpha Delta
- Order of Omega
Overall Rating / 191 Total 1st-Party Reviews
Elliott Stapleton, Attorney with CMRS Law
We are very thankful to Mr. Stapleton for helping us with our Estate Plan. The experience working with him has been very pleasant. Mr. Stapleton explained to us all the details, for us laymen, legal terms are sometime difficult to understand – but, he walked us through so well. Mr. Stapleton attended to our needs with responses to our questions so promptly. Our meetings with him were very informative. Again, we are very appreciative of Mr. Stapleton's help, his knowledge and everything that is involved.
Elliott, I was very impressed at the professional way you handled the trust. You made us feel welcome and at home. I have already mentioned you to a number of my friends in the event they would like to make a trust. Thanks for your help
We are very satisfied with the assistance received by Elliot and his team. They were always available to answer our questions and patiently guided us through the process while working on legal matters.
Very nice gentleman. ..we would return to his office for any further legal work.
We could have not expected more,you took the time needed to answer all of our questions and concerns. At no time did we feel that you were tring to rush us, so you could get back to other work.We would be happy to refer any one to you. Thanks for your time and heip in creating our trust
I so appreciate the help and professionalism offered to my family by your firm during this very difficult time. Thank you so very much. I don't know what we would have done without you all.
Elliott Stapleton did a fantastic job on our estate planning. He is a great teacher as we went through all of the documents as well as very detailed to make sure all our requests were included. We highly recommend him!
Elliott did an excellent job. The process was communicated well and executed flawlessly.
It has been great working with Elliott and his staff. Always responsive and understanding when additional clarification or review is requested.
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