Elder Law

Aljoe, George O.

George O. Aljoe joined the northeast Ohio law firm Hickman & Lowder Co., LPA in December 2020.  His practice concentrates on elder law, particularly Medicaid planning, as well as general estate planning, asset protection, guardianships and probate.

Aljoe joined Hickman & Lowder with several years of elder law experience, where he successfully helped clients navigate the Medicaid application process and ensured they received the dignified long-term care they needed. George graduated from Ohio University in 2005 with a degree in History and earned his law degree in 2015 from the University of Akron School of Law.

George is a member of the Stark County Bar Association Elder Law Committee, and he lives in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with his wife Ellyn and daughter Rose.



Hickman & Lowder Co., LPA
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1300 E 9th Street, Suite 1020
(216) 861-0360
Cameron, James

James Cameron Law, LLC, is a small boutique law firm that helps clients with elder law planning, special needs planning, general estate planning and probate matters.

You will work personally with Attorney, James Cameron, to get the attention and help you deserve as you move forward through life.

James Cameron Law, LLC, can work with you to develop an effective plan no matter what your circumstances happen to be. Whether you are interested in planning for your own future, planning for your family's future, or planning for a loved one with declining health, we can help you accomplish your goals.

Let us work with you to do all we can to help you and your family. Please contact us today to learn more about the legal services we provide throughout Central Ohio including Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union Counties.

James Cameron Law, LLC
40 Grace Drive, Suite 340
(614) 369-4866
(614) 369-4867
Durnell-Maier, Elizabeth A.

Elizabeth Durnell-Maier, founder and owner of Durnell Maier Law, LLC, 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.

804 West Russell Road
(937) 507-9004
(800) 507-0386
Estess, Kim

Kim Estess, Esq., is dually certified as a specialist in elder law by the National Elder Law Foundation and the Ohio State Bar Association and certified as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law by the OSBA.

Her practice focuses on estate planning, estate administration, elder law, asset protection, Medicaid, special needs planning and guardianships.

"I firmly believe that providing outstanding service requires more than just excellent legal work — it also involves taking the time to establish a strong relationship with each client in order to truly understand their unique family situation and goals," she says.


O'Diam & Estess Law Group, Inc.
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8039 Washington Village Drive, Suite 110
(937) 458-0574
French, Gregory S.

Practice limited to persons needing help to prevent or solve problems relating to aging, disability, or special needs:
*Retirement & retirement housing planning.
*Nursing homes.
*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.
*Decision-making capacity.
*Elder abuse.
*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.

Law Office of Gregory S. French
1244 Paddock Hills Ave.
(513) 641-4692
(513) 242-5542