Practice limited to persons needing help to prevent or solve problems relating to aging, disability, or special needs:
*Retirement & retirement housing planning.
*Obtaining and paying for long-term care while maximizing quality of life.
*Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
*Medigap & long-term care insurance.
*Living trusts & special needs trusts.
*Financial & health care powers of attorney.
*Living wills & end-of-life decision-making.
*Planning for child with disabilities turning 18.
*Planning for child with disabilities when parents no longer available.
*Ohio STABLE accounts.
*Personal injury settlements.
Statement on Practice by Attorney
My role is to prevent and solve the legal problems of older persons and persons with disabilities or special needs so as to maximize their independence and quality of life and to ensure that they receive any help or care they may need.
What I love about my practice is that it is intensely personal, a one-on-one relationship with my client and my client’s family to maximize my client’s independence and quality of life and to ensure that my client receives the help or care he or she needs. If you call my office, you talk with me and no one else.
My key accomplishment is meeting my client’s needs. In addition, I chaired the Professionalism and Ethics Committee of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys during the drafting of both the First and the Second editions of the Aspirational Standards for the Practice of Elder Law and Special Needs Law.
I went to law school because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. My practice has allowed me to do that in numerous areas of the law: long-term care, retirement planning, estate planning, special needs trusts, Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, etc.
I am totally dedicated to meeting the needs of my clients. To do so, I in 1995 was certified as an Elder Law Attorney in the first class of 29 attorneys from across the country to be certified. I also became accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs, served as President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and chaired the Elder Law committees of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association.
The biggest change in law during my 43 years as an attorney has been how complicated and specialized it has become. That is why I limit my practice to persons who need help to prevent or solve problems relating to aging, disability, or special needs and why I became certified by the Ohio State Bar Association and the National Elder Law Foundation to do so.
Maggie L. Sutton has worked with Richard Taps since 2011. She is a graduate of Indiana University Kelley School of Business with a degree in Accounting. Maggie received her law degree from Capital University in 2011, cum laude, where she was both Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of the Women’s Law Association. She is a volunteer with the Legal Aid Society, helping elderly and low-income individuals with their estate planning needs.
Prior to law school, Maggie worked in Chicago as a tax accountant for a large accounting firm. She has experience preparing business and individual tax returns for high net worth individuals.
Maggie is certified in elder law by the National Elder Law Foundation. There are only 30 attorneys in Ohio who are certified in elder law.
Maggie grew up in Worthington and lives there with her husband and children. She enjoys reading, exercising, running half marathons, and sewing. She also enjoys rooting on the Buckeyes and Colts during football season and the Hoosiers during basketball season.