Elder Law Attorney
Since graduating from the University of Dayton College of Law in 1998, Attorney Lavin has focused his practice in the area of Elder Law serving the needs of senior citizens, including but not limited to, a dedication to the areas of estate planning, retirement planning and asset protection with a specific concentration towards nursing home qualification, comprehensive use of trusts, wills, probate issues and durable powers of attorney. Attorney Lavin previously worked for Pro Seniors, Inc. in Cincinnati, where he assisted seniors with diverse Elder Law issues, including nursing home planning. Attorney Lavin now serves as the managing partner of the Lavin Law Group LLC, which was founded on the idea that estate planning is for everyone, and that an educated client will make the best decision for themselves and their families. We all have options. In addition to his law degree, Attorney Lavin holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree from Xavier University. Attorney Lavin is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio as well as the State of Kentucky, and has been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Wealth Counsel. He also serves on the Elder Law Committee of the Cincinnati Bar Association. Attorney Lavin is a frequent lecturer for various professional groups on legal issues affecting seniors including the Warren County Alzheimer’s Association, the Ohio Parkinson’s Association, The Dayton Chapter of the Ohio Tax Society, and the Wright-Patterson AFB Retiree Support Squadron. Attorney Lavin has also taught Medicaid to attorneys and other professionals for the National Business Institute, and co-authored 101 Questions about Living Estate Planning and Living Trusts.
Elder Law Attorney
Christopher Orr is an elder law attorney who works with families and individuals to create and administer estate planning solutions. Christopher knows that you deserve to keep the assets you have worked your life to build, and he works with you to create strategies that let you do exactly that. You can expect 100% transparency, no horror stories, and reasoned answers for your questions when working with Christopher to create your estate plan.
In addition to estate planning, Christopher has contributed to the legal field through his legal writing. Christopher’s legal research in the area of GPS tracking and the 4th Amendment continues to be cited as authoritative, and the decisions he wrote during his time in the Ohio appellate court have been identified and quoted as models in their fields.
Christopher is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio, as well as the federal courts in the Northern District of Ohio and Southern District of Ohio. Christopher is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and Columbus Bar Association. Christopher received his Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo.
When he isn’t practicing law, Christopher is an avid runner that has completed both 50 mile and 24-hour races and is currently working on qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Christopher lives in Newark with his wife Stacy, their son CJ, and two dogs Leo and Bailey.
Wesley Hensley, CES
Director of Operations
Wes is a Certified Estate and Trust Specialist and one of our most seasoned staff members. As Operations Manager for the firm he supervises our legal support team and manages the day to day operations. He also oversees Public Relations for the firm, which includes marketing, speaking engagements, events and social media. In addition, Wes is our Client Liaison and is in constant contact with various facilities and institutions, and is a member of professional clubs and organizations in the community.
Need assistance finding a senior-related facility or service? Christine has the answer. Her role as Outreach Coordinator is to introduce the Lavin Law Group to the community at every level. Christine meets with the staff and residents at care facilities across the area, gathers with community groups and networks with all other types of senior-related organizations. She represents our firm and our unique services to local senior organizations and regional and national meetings of attorneys from all over the U.S. Christine is also a Board Member for several different senior-care related networking/marketing groups, including Cin-Day Seniors and the Butler County Hospital Extended Care Council (BCHECC).
Don’t let her title fool you, Sherry is truly the “utility player” of the office. With experience in Medicaid, wills, trusts, veteran’s benefits planning, and estate administration, Sherry is an extremely valuable resource who provides input in almost every area of the firm’s practice.
Rachel West has been working in the legal field as a Paralegal since obtaining her Certificate in 2009, and despite her full time employment she found time to continue her education and received her Lexis Nexis Paralegal Certificate of Mastery in 2011. After growing up in a military family she settled in Lebanon to raise her family, and can be seen around town keeping stats at her boy’s baseball games, four wheeling, or walking the dog. She is a critical member of our Trust department, and her primary responsibility is to assist the team with the assembly and preparation of Trusts and all related documents. She prides herself on her organization skills and attention to detail.
Cynthia is the most important associate that most clients will never get the pleasure to meet. Cynthia largely works behind the scenes and is responsible for most of the drafting and production of the legal documents. She has over fifteen years of customer service and has very technical clerical and administrative skills. Cynthia has served as a care provider and has a personal understanding of the use and need of the legal documents she helps to create.
Medicaid/Senior Healthcare Planning
Case Manager/Certified Paralegal
Annie has been a Certified Paralegal (a designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants) since 2004 and has worked as a paralegal since 2001. She’s an all-around team player for Lavin Law with extensive experience in Trusts, Estate Administration, and Medicaid Case Management. Her organization skills and sense of humor are well known with our clients, who appreciate her open communication, efforts to meet their needs, relationships with County Medicaid workers throughout Southwest Ohio, and ability to answer questions on almost any matter relating to Medicaid or Estate Planning.
With more than fifteen years of assisting families with the Medicaid process, she is one of the best in the state. She prides herself on knowing every aspect of a client’s file and her organizational skills are mind-boggling. Jennifer’s ability to take a client’s crisis and make it a smooth transition for a family makes her extremely popular with the clients. Although she keeps most of her thoughts to herself, her quick wit keeps the rest of the staff on their toes.
Christie is a Medicaid specialist with over thirteen years of experience with the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. Her experience in assisting families with the Medicaid application process for the state has given her a unique inside perspective that is invaluable to our clients. Her knowledge helps to ease the stress of applying for government benefits. She has sweet and caring disposition but is not afraid of a motorcycle ride on a sunny afternoon.