William J. Browning, CELA and Richard F. Meyer, Esq., founding partners, established Browning & Meyer Co., LPA in 1996.
Mr. Browning and Mr. Meyer have a combined 55 years of experience in the firm's specialized areas of practice, which include estate planning, elder law, estate administration, probate administration, trust administration, asset preservation, tax planning, guardianships, special needs planning, and Medicaid eligibility planning and litigation. With an office conveniently located in Columbus, Ohio, we have the ability to offer a wide array of legal services to assist you and your family as you move through the stages of life.
Welcome to Browning & Meyer Co., LPA
William J. Browning, CELA and Richard F. Meyer, Esq., founding partners, established Browning & Meyer Co., LPA in 1996 after many years in practice. We have one office centrally located in Columbus, Ohio. At Browning & Meyer Co., LPA, we offer a wide array of legal services for you and your family as you move through the stages of life. The premier focus of our firm is Estate Planning, Wills and Probate, Elder Law, Estate and Trust Administration, Asset Preservation, Guardianship, Special Needs Planning and Medicaid Eligibility Litigation.
Browning & Meyer Co., LPA is well known for their commitment to the community. Mr. Browning and Mr. Meyer are natives of Ohio, having been born and raised in Columbus and Springfield, respectively. They continued their education in their home state attending and graduating college in Ohio, with each subsequently earning a Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School in Columbus. Through the years, they have continued to support their community and its citizens through active participation in a number of organizations including Knights of Columbus State Council, Knights of Columbus Charity Foundation, Neoacacia Masonic Lodge, Ancient and Accepted Order of Scottish Rite, Aladdin Shrine Temple, Bellevue Hospital Foundation, and the Endowment Fund of the Immaculate Conception Church in Bellevue, Ohio.
Nationally Recognized Elder Law Firm
Our attorneys are involved on both a local and national level in efforts to bring forth reforms to Medicaid and estate planning policies. Richard F. Meyer, Esq. is a frequent speaker in the estate planning and probate related fields for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, National Business Institute, and the Professional Education Systems Institute. William J. Browning, CELA has authored numerous articles on Elder Law topics including Medicaid planning, long-term care, and planning for the disabled. His respected peers honored Mr. Browning with his election to President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys in 2003.
The strength of our firm can be found in our customer relationships. At Browning & Meyer Co., LPA, we believe that it is important to take the time to learn about you, your needs, goals and desires. We know that a comprehensive understanding of our clients' unique situation is paramount in enabling us to custom tailor legal services to better serve you. Mr. Browning and Mr. Meyer have been helping seniors, the disabled, and their families for their entire professional careers.
We are proud of the counsel we have provided to our disabled and senior clients through the years. Our assistance has been instrumental in allowing our clients an improved quality of life. The families of these clients also have a heightened understanding of the importance of being better prepared to deal with aging issues, and many of them have asked Browning & Meyer Co., LPA to help them with their own long term planning needs.
It is with a coordinated team approach that we are able to offer caring, compassionate, competent, and quality representation, now and as you age. We have a dedicated legal team eager to assist you with any needs you may have.
300 W. Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 250
Worthington OH 43085
At Browning& Meyer Co., LPA, estate planning is more than simply drafting a Will.
We are committed to developing a comprehensive plan to assure that:
-Your estate plan is designed to your particular family circumstances.
-You and your family are protected should you become permanently disabled.
-Your heirs receive the maximum amount of your wealth post mortem, privately and without undue governmental complication.
-Estate taxes paid to the state and federal governments are minimized.
-Your financial and medical decisions are made by your designee if you are unable to do so.
There are five basic planning documents:
-Durable Power of Attorney. This enables you to designate someone to handle your finances if you are seriously injured or disabled.
-Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. This instrument allows someone to make medical decisions for you in the same circumstances.
-Living Will. This document instructs your family and physician as to your wishes if you are terminally ill or comatose and unable to make your own end of life decisions.
-Last Will & Testament. This instrument appoints an executor to manage your estate, a guardian to "attempt" to manage your minor children, and outlines the general distribution plans of your assets.
-Living Trust. This document is optional. It helps you avoid probate and minimizes or eliminates estate taxes.
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PRACTICE AREA AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE
William J. Browning is a partner of Browning & Meyer Co., LPA, in Columbus, Ohio.
-Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation since 1996
-Focuses practice on elder law, probate, customized estate planning, including special needs trusts and plans and asset protection planning
-Past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), former board member for the Arthritis Foundation of Central Ohio and the Central Ohio Area on Aging
-Guest lecturer for The Ohio State University College of Law and the Capital University Law School.
-Made presentations at several national conventions of NAELA, presented a program on Medicaid reform at the 1992 Joint Conference on Law and Aging in Washington, D.C., participated in a debate in 2002 at the LTC, Inc Conference in St. Louis, participated in presentations at the 2003 Conference on Law and Aging in Washington D.C. and numerous state level legal conferences throughout the US
-Martindale-Hubbell Rating of AV, which indicates very high to pre-eminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar.
-Ohio Super Lawyer
-Amicus Brief for US Supreme Court on behalf of Ohio State Bar Assoc. & NAELA for the Wisconsin Dept. of Health & Family Services v. Irene Blumer
-Ohio Lawyer, Nov. 97; "Trusts and the Young Case, Planning for Disabled Beneficiaries"
-NAELA Quarterly, Spring 95; "Medicaid Treatment of Retirement Plans Revisited"
-Estate Planning Magazine, Nov. 92; "The Impact of Retirement Plans on Medicaid Eligibility"
-Ohio Bar Briefs, Winter 2003, "Estate Planning for the Elderly-Consider Divorce?"
-Quoted in publications including: USA Today, LA Times, AP articles, Columbus Monthly, Columbus CEO & Columbus Dispatch
-Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio (J.D., 1983)
-Capital University, Columbus, Ohio (BA, Political Science, 1979)
COURTS & BAR ASSOCIATIONS
-U.S. Supreme Court (2001)
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1996)
-U.S. Tax Court (1985)
-U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio (1984)
-Ohio Bar (1983)
-Supreme Court of Ohio (1983)
-Member: Columbus & Ohio State Bar Association
PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS
-Past-President: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys 2003-2004
-Former Chair, Ohio State Bar Association Disability Law Committee & Elder Law Committees
-Fellow, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
-Neoacacia Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite & Aladdin Shrine
-Browning featured in NAELA news: The Man with the Common Touch
-Browning to Speak at NAELA conference
-Browning Presents Masters Program at Stetson University Law School
-Oral Arguments to the Ohio Supreme Court: Pack v. Osborne
-Elder Law Attorney, Bill Browning, Featured on Fox News Show
-William Browning in Chicago Tribune: "Living trusts can mean a will isn't the only way"
Capital University Law School