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Angela G. Carlin

Partner Angela Carlin is the Co-Chair of Weston Hurd’s Estate, Trust and Probate Practice Group.  Angela focuses her practice on estate, trust and probate administration, probate and trust litigation, and tax matters. Angela has written articles and made numerous presentations to bar associations and community groups on topics such as probate, trusts, guardianships, adoption and antenuptial agreements. In addition to authoring the Merrick-Rippner Probate Law publication, which is the recognized authority in Ohio on probate law, Angela has written articles for the Probate Law Journal of Ohio and serves on its Editorial Advisory Board. She has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Female Ohio Super Lawyers (2005) and has received the Ohio Bar Association Nettie Cronise Lutes Award as the outstanding woman lawyer in Ohio (1996), and is an AV-Preeminent® rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell.

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  • Bowling Green State University, A.B., cum laude, 1952
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1955

Press, Publications and Presentations

2015 -
Home is Where the Intent Is, Probate Law Journal of Ohio - March-April, Volume 25, Issue 4
2014 -
Expansion of Probate Court Jurisdiction and "IIEI" Cases, Probate Law Journal of Ohio - March-April, Volume 24, Issue 4
2012 -
"Firestone v. Galbreath Revisited: The Swank v. Swank Saga
2011 -
"Win Some - Lose Some" - The Belardo Case and the New Anit-Lapse Statutes
2010 -
Shriners Hospital for Children v. Bauman - Illinois Supreme Court distinguishes interplay between a Will Contest and Tort of Intentional Interference with Inheritance
2009 -
Shriners Hospital for Children v. Bauman - Interplay between a Will Contest and Tort of Intentional Interference with Inheritance
2008 -
Probate Litigation and the Savings Statute - "Patch or a Cure"
2007 -
Hembree v. Mendenhall - RC 2117.12 and 2305.19
2007 -
Tomasik v. Tomasik - Second Warning to the Wary, RC 2107.76
2006 -
Harrold v. Collier - Grandparent Visitation
2006 -
Vitantonio v. Baxter - Twilight Zone Two
2005 -
"Grandparent Rights in Ohio," Cleveland Bar Association
2005 -
Allen v. McBride: From a Twilight Zone to Frenzy in Will Contests
2004 -
Intentional Interference with an Expectancy of Inheritance - Revisited
2003 -
"Legislative and Case Law Updates," Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association
2003 -
New Inheritance Limitation for Persons Adopted as Adults
2002 -
Cox v. Saadeh: A Warning to the Wary in Will Contests
2001 -
The Vaughan Case - Inheritance Rights of Legitimated Children in Ohio
1999 -
Acknowledgment of Paternity - Changes in Statutes and Forms
1998 -
When Silence of an Executor is not Golden
1997 -
In re Davis, Pitfalls re Trust Modifications by a Will
1995 -
A Revisit to Firestone v. Galbreath Case
1994 -
Firestone v. Galbreath; The Tort of Intentional Interference with an Expectancy
Merrick-Rippner Ohio Probate Law, First Through Seventh Editions, Banks-Baldwin Law Publishing Co., (1960-1996); West Publishing, (1997-2002); Thomson-West, (2003-2011); Annual Pocket Parts (1960-2012); Seventh Edition (October 2008) and annual supplements (1960-2015)
Probate Law Journal of Ohio - Numerous articles relative to Probate, Trust, Case, and Statutory Law (1991-2015)

Representative Matters

Represent individuals with their individual concerns including protecting property during their life and distributing property at their death.

Counsel businesses owners on succession planning to their heirs/beneficiaries.

Professional Associations

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Grievance Committee
Probate & Estate Planning Committee

Ohio State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Justinian Forum

Honors, Awards and Civic/Community Involvement

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Rating
Leading Lawyer, Trusts and Estates - Inside Business Magazine
Ohio Super Lawyer, Estate Planning and Trusts (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), Law & Politics Media, Inc.
Recognized as one of the Top 50 Female Ohio Super Lawyers (2005).
Society of Benchers, Case Western Reserve University School of Law (1991 to present)
Nettie Cronise Lutes Award - Outstanding Woman Lawyer, Ohio State Bar Association (1996)
Accomplished Graduate, Bowling Green State University (1989 and 2005)
Recipient, Ursuline College's Cornerstone Award (2008)
Founding Member, Estate Planning Advisory Council at Case Western Reserve University (2002)
Board of Directors and Officer, Catholic Charities Corporation
President's Club, Bowling Green State University and Ursuline College
Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Probate Law Journal of Ohio
Member of the Diocesan Finance Council of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland (2002-present)
Estate Planning Council, Cleveland Art Museum
Diamond Advisory Group, University Hospitals of Cleveland
Diamond Legacy Society, University Hospitals of Cleveland

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
United States Tax Court

Published Cases

Hook v. Hook (1982), 69 Ohio St.2d 234, 431 N.E.2d 667
Stevens v. National City Bank (1989), 45 Ohio St.3d 276, 544 N.E.2d 612
Society National Bank v. Jacobson (1990), 54 Ohio St.3d 15, 560 N.E.2d 217
Firestone v. Galbreath, 895 F. Supp. 917 (S.D. Ohio 1995)
In re Soeder (1996), 7 Ohio App. 2d 271, 220 N.E.2d 547
Stevens v. Radey (2008), 117 Ohio St.3d 65
Belardo v. Belardo, 187 Ohio App. 3d 9, 2010-Ohio-1758
Deming v. Smith, 2010-Ohio-4134
Swank v. Swank, 2011-Ohio-6920