President

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.

ADMISSIONS
Supreme Court of Ohio, 2011
Supreme Court of Indiana, 2013
Accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs

BAR ASSOCIATIONS
Columbus Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association

MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Women Lawyers of Franklin County
Worthington Estate Planning Council
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), current Secretary of the Ohio chapter
Community Fund Management Foundation, currently on the Board of Trustees

Vice President

Allan P. Sweet

Allan P. Sweet

Allan P. Sweet is founder and managing partner of the Sweet Legal Group in Akron. He is an estate planning and elder law attorney who works to help individuals and families navigate the complexities of Medicaid planning, preparation of wills and trusts, and the administration of estates.

He helps guide clients through the maze of available public benefits to obtain necessary care while generally preserving assets for a spouse, children, family, or charities. When possible, he works to plan with clients before needs arise because to provide the best opportunity to meet their goals. When that isn’t possible, he works to make the best of the adversity that aging sometimes presents unexpectedly and help them to obtain public benefits.

Sweet works with clients regardless of age in preparing key documents such as wills, powers of attorney, advance directives, and, when appropriate for their goals, trusts. Being a parent of two young daughters, he is sensitive to the estate planning needs of clients with minor children and counsels them on documents to name guardians and provide structure for transferring their property in the event of an untimely death.

EDUCATION

Sweet grew up in Northeast Ohio, graduating from Akron’s Firestone High School. He then made his way to Mount Union College where he earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Business Administration and Spanish. After that, he attended the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University to earn his Juris Doctorate.

“My journey through law school was not traditional—I went in the evening while clerking at a law firm during the day. That practical experience gave me a much broader legal education that I use every day to serve my clients,” he said.

 

BAR AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

PERSONAL

Sweet lives in Akron with his wife and two daughters. The family likes to spend time outdoors by hiking and traveling. He loves access to parks here in the region and volunteers his time to help keep local parks strong. He is the current board president and co-founder of the Akron Parks Collaborative. He also has served as a board member and past president of Friends of Metro Parks.

Treasurer

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Richard F. Meyer

Attorney Richard F. Meyer is the founding partner of R.F. Meyer & Associates LLC in Worthington, Ohio. Serving individuals and families throughout Franklin County and all of central Ohio, Mr. Meyer devotes his practice exclusively to estate planning, elder law and probate, and he has nearly 40 years of experience helping his clients establish and enforce their final wishes and create lasting legacies for their loved ones.

Certified as a specialist in estate planning, trusts and probate law by the Ohio State Bar Association, Mr. Meyer provides customized solutions to those seeking to protect themselves, their assets and their heirs for the future. Handling all areas of estate planning, he has extensive experience helping his clients establish special needs trusts and other instruments for their unique circumstances and goals, and he finds great reward in being able to help so many throughout his community discover the peace of mind that comes from a well-planned estate.

A 1977 cum laude graduate of Marietta College, Mr. Meyer attended Capital University Law School, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1980. The Ohio State Bar Association admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the U.S. Tax Court and the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Widely regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Meyer has written extensively and conducted lectures before various professional legal organizations on a variety of topics related to estate planning and administration and elder law.

He is also highly active in his legal community, as evidenced by his memberships with several local, state and national bar associations. He currently serves as treasurer of the Ohio Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and he is the past chair for the elder law and special needs committee of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Recognized for his professionalism and service, Mr. Meyer holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received top ratings from Avvo and other client and peer review sources, as well as numerous other awards and accolades.

Secretary

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Elizabeth Durnell-Maier

Elizabeth Durnell-Maier founded Durnell Maier Law, LLC, to be a caring and knowledgeable elder law practice dedicated to helping seniors and their families with the many legal challenges they face, including paying for the care they need and protecting their beneficiaries. Elizabeth is a Certified Elder Law Attorney through the National Elder Law Foundation and the Ohio Bar Association.

Over the past decade of working in elder law, Elizabeth has assisted hundreds of families qualifying for government benefits they didn’t realize were available to them, along with preserving a portion of their assets at the same time. She has also helped hundreds in setting up the proper documentation to ensure that their loved ones didn’t have the hassle, publicity, or expense of probate before opening Durnell Maier Law.

After seeing so many worst-case scenarios over the years of clients facing probate and losing their assets, Elizabeth has led countless seminars educating Ohioans on the importance of having a proper plan in place. She is passionate about teaching clients how to avoid all of them, creating the best-case scenarios for their future instead.

Elizabeth belongs to the Ohio NAELA chapter, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Shelby County Bar Association, the Sidney Kiwanis Club and sits on the New Choices Board of Directors, where she is currently the President. She is also a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Newport where she also lectors.

Outside of the office, Elizabeth can be found exploring local restaurants and at a game cheering on the Xavier Musketeers along with her hometown Houston Wildcats!

EDUCATION

  • BS, Xavier University (2005)

  • JD, Florida Coastal School of Law (2007)