Winter 2020
Welcome to our Winter Newsletter!

Embracing each other in these challenging times is what it's all about, and we are here for you. We've put together our Newsletter with you in mind, helping to expand your awareness, reduce your stress and redefine what is possible as you advocate for your loved ones.
Elder Law Talks - Caregivers in

Care Coordinator Janelle Leonard discusses how the role of caregiver has changed since COVID-19. She provides tips on how we can adapt to being long-distance caregivers, even if our loved ones live nearby. View Episode

If you listened to the Governor’s broadcast on Thursday, you heard him mention a new grant program offering $1,500 in free tutoring support for students with disabilities. I did a little digging into the website, and here is what I found… Read More
Estate Planning Misconceptions

Many people are under the misconception that “estate planning” is primarily drafting a last will and testament; however, it’s much more than that. As part of estate planning, you’ll consider durable general (financial) powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, living wills, guardianships and more. Read More
Special Needs Insights -Retirement Planning

Attorney Ethan Welch provides tips and guidance on long-term care, as well as planning for retirement when you have an adult child with a disability.
In The News

We are pleased to have been included once again among the the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms for 2021. This year, the firm was recognized in the following areas: Cleveland Tier 1: Elder Law, Education Law, Cleveland Tier 2: Litigation – Trusts & Estates, Trusts & Estates Law.
Welcome Attorney George O. Aljoe

We are pleased to announce that Attorney George O. Aljoe will be joining the Hickman & Lowder team. He focuses his practice on elder law and Medicaid planning, as well as asset protection and general estate planning, guardianships and probate. Welcome George!
2021 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

We are proud to announce that three Hickman & Lowder attorneys have been named as 2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Attorney Franklin J. Hickman has been honored as a Super Lawyer in Schools and Education, and Attorney Janet L. Lowder has been honored as a Super Lawyer in Estate and Probate, as well as Top 25: 2021 Women Cleveland Super Lawyer. Attorney David S. Banas has been honored as a Rising Star in Elder Law.

Attorney David Banas was featured in the CJN article Lawyers are Useful Resource Following a Deathwhere he provides guidance on what to do when you lose a loved one. “A good lawyer understands that the days, especially immediately after a death, are emotionally wrenching, the first advice we give is to lean on your friends, family and attorney so you aren’t overwhelmed by everything.”

Wishing you a season of joy, and a happy, bright
New Year
Coffee & Conversation
Planning for Long-Term Care
Saturday, December 19th

Join Elder Law Attorneys David Banas and Ethan Welch over a good cup of coffee, where we’ll discuss protecting your assets, the Medicaid application process and what to do if a spouse or parent needs nursing care.