Dedicated Elder Law Department

We are so pleased to announce that MMFL now has a dedicated Elder Law department to meet the ever growing and changing elder law needs for individuals and families throughout Ohio.

We are honored to have Victoria E. Schafer, Esq. as Special Counsel to manage our Elder Law Department which will also include our associate, Jacquelyn N. McCloud, Esq, along with Laura L. Mills, Esq. and paralegal support staff at our convenient locations in Canton and Uniontown: 101 Central Plaza S. Suite 200, Canton, Ohio 44702 330 456-0506 and 1790 Town Park Blvd, Suite B1, Uniontown, Ohio 44685 330 899-9335.

Victoria E. Schafer
Victoria E. Schafer
Jacquelyn N. McCloud
Jacquelyn N. McCloud
Laura L. Mills
Laura L. Mills

Victoria E. Schafer, Esq.

Victoria is a native of Ohio and has been in the estate planning practice for 37 years following her graduation from the University of Akron, School of Law in 1982. She has worked in the tax department of Touche Ross & Co. followed by 8 years in bank trust departments as trust officer and vice president. Victoria has also been an in-house consultant for an insurance/securities firm and is now in private practice in Akron, Ohio with clients state-wide.

She is a frequent speaker in the area of estate planning for civic and professional organizations as well as the general public. She has authored several articles on various topics in estate planning.

Victoria limits her practice to estate planning, trust administration, probate and Medicaid planning and has estate planning clients throughout the state of Ohio. Her areas include: Estate Planning, Probate Litigation, Trust Administration, Trust Asset Protection Trusts, Special Needs Planning, Medicaid Planning, Senior Advocate, Will, Durable Power of Attorney (for finances), Healthcare Power of Attorney, Living Will, Nursing home planning, Wholly Discretionary Trust, and Will Contest.

Victoria strives to achieve every client's goals. Victoria always works in concert with her clients' tax and financial professionals to create a comprehensive estate plan. Attorney Schafer has represented generations of families in the estate planning and elder law. She currently practices in the following counties: Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne, Medina, Portage, Carroll, Guernsey, Cuyahoga, Trumbull and Mahoning.

Elder law encompasses senior advocate, elder abuse, nursing home & Medicaid planning. Attorney Schafer works closely with a Certified Medicaid Planner, Christopher M. Slates, to protect a client's assets from nursing home costs. See Christopher Slates Bio below and his website at www.reverenceplanning.com.

Jacquelyn N. McCloud, Esq.

Jacquelyn is an attorney with MMFL and focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, and elder law. Jacquelyn is a member of the Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law Section of the Akron Bar Association. She is also a member of the Elder and Special Needs Law Committee and the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Jacquelyn received her J.D. cum laude from The University of Akron School of Law. While in law school, she served as a Judicial Law Extern at the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and as an Assistant Editor for the Akron Law Review. Prior to joining MMFL, she worked as a law librarian and adjunct lecturer at The University of Iowa College of Law and as an associate attorney at Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh, LPA. She earned her Master of Library and Information Science summa cum laude and her B.A. in Paralegal Studies magna cum laude from Kent State University.

Laura L. Mills, Esq.

For more than two decades, Laura has managed and provided a full-service litigation practice at MMFL throughout the state of Ohio. She is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators for 2017 and 2018 and has obtained the Highest Possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards from the Judiciary. She passionately advocates on behalf of her clients. She has been featured on multiple national networks for her cases.

Laura earned her J.D. from the University of Akron in 1993 and was a graduate of Mount Union College with a degree in Political Science with a minor in secondary education.

She has devoted her entire career to assisting individuals and families at MMFL and will assist our Elder Law clients with any probate matters, will contests, or other matters before the Court.

Christopher M Slates, CMPTM.

Christopher M Slates

Christopher is the financial expert at Reverence Planning. www.reverenceplanning.com.

Christopher has over 15 years of experience in the fields of insurance, Medicaid, financial and estate planning. Christopher currently holds three insurance and financial licenses and has been designated as a Certified Medicaid PlannerTM, also known as a CMPTM. This is a professional in the Medicaid planning field who has been awarded certification by the CMPTM Governing Board. Certification is granted based upon the qualified candidate demonstrating a mastery of the skills and knowledge of the subject matter. Christopher works closely with Victoria to better serve the needs of the clients facing nursing home costs.