Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

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Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell has a very good reputation for its private wealth expertise. Its trust and estate team advises private clients on business succession, charitable planning and family foundations. The firm also has a trust, estate and probate litigation practice.

"They have a large estate planning practice in Cleveland, with an unusually good number of top-notch people," states a source. Another notes that "it is a collaboration of very highly skilled estate planners who have a long history with substantial Cleveland families."

Notable practitioners

Charles Adler is "a fine attorney who is very thoughtful and keeps up on current changes in the law," says an interviewee, adding: "I have high regard for him. He knows his stuff and is very practical." Adler frequently works with wealthy business owners on business succession matters and also advises on charitable giving strategies and wealth transfer plans.

Elizabeth Monihan is an experienced estate planning practitioner who counsels clients on succession planning, philanthropic giving and the administration of trusts and estates. "She has a sterling client list and reputation," notes a source; "she is immensely talented, astute and can deal with sophisticated matters." Another source says: "She is a very careful, competent, thorough practitioner, a good listener and a thoughtful person. She will approach clients from an individual point of view based on their needs."