A Certified
Elder Law Attorney

Butcher Elder Law offers more than sound legal advice. We educate our clients so they can make informed decisions based their values and their wishes for the future. Certified Elder Law Attorney and Registered Pharmacist, Samuel V. Butcher, partners with you to help you achieve your long-term vision, keep you in control, and protect your legacy through personalized estate planning.  The firm also specializes in Medicaid planning and qualification to pay for long-term care, special needs planning and trusts, planning for veterans’ benefits, guardianships, probate, and trust administration.

Serving Clients Throughout Cleveland and Northeast Ohio including Cuyahoga, Medina, Lorain, Summit, Portage, Geauga, and Lake Counties

Why Choose A Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)?

The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) is the only national organization accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to certify practitioners of elder and special needs law. Certification from NELF, designates that an attorney has achieved a high level of expertise in elder law and special needs law and demonstrates a serious commitment to helping seniors. CELAs have specialized skills, knowledge, and experience in each of the twelve areas that comprise the specialty of elder law. 

The certification process for the National Elder Law Foundation is rigorous. Attorneys who wish to hold a CELA distinction must demonstrate years of experience, participate in a higher level of commitment to their clients, and continuing legal education in the field of elder law, have stellar peer recognition and pass an exam.

This elevated qualification process ensures that clients of Butcher Elder Law will be working with an attorney who will help them with their legal concerns and ethical issues from long-term care, asset protection, to Medicaid planning, housing, and retirement concerns.

Attorney Samuel V. Butcher, Esq., RPh, CELA, is dual certified in pharmacy. Sam’s pharmacy background gives him an enhanced understanding of the medical challenges faced by many clients and caregivers. His legal advocacy features the resources of a much larger firm, but with the personalized attention of a smaller firm. He puts a primary emphasis on educating clients so they can choose the right estate plan based on their values and their wishes for the future.

Distinguish Your Legacy

You have worked a lifetime building your assets for you and your family but sudden life-changing events could result in uncertain financial circumstances. Estate planning can help you create legal strategies to help you protect what you have today for yourself, and for your loved ones tomorrow.

Attorney Sam Butcher can help you understand the importance of long-term care planning, planning for a child or adult with special needs, qualifying for Medicaid, applying for veterans benefits, preparing basic estate planning documents to assist in any situation, and business succession for the next generation.

Sam’s practice is distinguished by an education process that assists his clients to choose plans based on their legal needs. What provisions do you need to include in your will? Is it best to also have a trust? What about the possibilities of disability and long-term care facilities? What about distribution of your assets after you die? Sam and his staff take the time to listen to your values so they can help you develop a customized legal approach that is best suited to fit your personal, business and professional circumstances.

A Strategic Plan Can Help

Samuel V. Butcher is Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) in Northeast Ohio. Having grown up in the area, Sam is familiar with the needs of the community. Sam started his lifelong service to the public through his work as a registered pharmacist before starting his law career.  After years of serving the community as an lawyer, Sam expanded his practice to include elder and disability law. In 2011, he made the decision to completely devote himself to the exclusive practice of elder and special needs law and estate planning and founded Butcher Elder Law. The law firm is located in Strongsville, Ohio and serves all of Northeast Ohio including the counties of Cuyahoga, Medina, Lorain, Summit, Portage, Geauga, and Lake, and the communities of Strongsville, North Royalton, Middleburg Heights, Berea, Parma Heights, Parma, Independence, all southwest suburbs, Brunswick, and Medina.  He is also AV Preeminent peer-review rated* through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

A Small Firm Offering Personalized Service

Create peace of mind: Contact Butcher Elder Law for help protecting your legacy with customized legal strategies for any life-changing event.