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With more than 25 years of experience, Butcher Elder Law has built a distinguished practice in the Greater Cleveland area focused on:

  • Wills and trusts
  • Powers of attorney documents
  • Probate and trust administration
  • Medicaid eligibility, application and planning
  • Veterans benefits eligibility and planning
  • Estate planning
  • Asset protection
  • Special needs trusts and planning
  • Guardianships
  • Business succession planning

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Special Needs

Butcher Elder Law works to provide resources for those with special needs. We understand that families would like to have a plan of action in place to care for their loved one. It is important to coordinate all of the legal, financial, and special needs care for children with disabilities, now and in the future. We can assist you through the process. Public Assistance Benefits – Individuals with disabilities may be eligible for public assistance benefits including Medicaid, Medicaid Home and [...]

Veterans Benefits

If you or your spouse are a veteran who served at least 90 days of active service, of which one day was during wartime (World War II, Korea, Vietnam, or Gulf War), you may be eligible for benefits of up to $2,054.00 per month to help pay medical expenses. If you are a surviving spouse of a veteran, you may be eligible for benefits of up to $1,114.00 per month. These benefits do not require you be in a nursing [...]

Medicaid Planning and Qualification

Medicaid planning involves taking the necessary steps now to ensure that if the need for long-term care (nursing home or assisted living) arises for you or your spouse or a loved one, they will be eligible for Medicaid to pay for that care. The Medicaid system is a maze of complex rules and special exceptions that are unique and inconsistent with other areas of the law. The application process can be overwhelming for the family member assisting the Medicaid [...]

Comprehensive Estate Planning

Estate Planning Services – Butcher Elder Law counsels clients on the identification, design and execution of individual client estate plans. Our comprehensive estate planning services include: Traditional Planning: Handling all matters regarding wills, revocable and irrevocable living trusts, financial powers of attorney, healthcare powers of attorney, and living wills. Modern Planning: Handling all matters specific to single people, unmarried couples, blended families, LGBT, and planning for pets. Estate Planning for Blended Families: In today’s world, the concept of his, mine and [...]

Asset Protection

Asset protection ensures that the assets you build over your lifetime are not susceptible to being lost to the government, nursing homes, lawsuits, divorce, bankruptcy, or other predators. Asset protection is broken down into two key considerations; protection while you are alive (even if you suffer a disability or become incompetent), and protection after your death. If protection during one’s lifetime is sought, the question becomes whether you want to protect from creditors and predators or nursing [...]

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Samuel V. Butcher, Esq, RPh

Samuel V. Butcher is an esteemed elder law attorney 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. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University and continues to keep his pharmacy credential active with the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy. He has extensive knowledge of medical illnesses, conditions, and diseases, as well as, prescription and non-prescription medications. Sam, while practicing pharmacy, was further motivated to study law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law of Cleveland State University, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree. He was subsequently admitted to the bar in Ohio, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Sam began his legal career as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Cuyahoga County, Ohio. He further developed his legal skills as a staff attorney with the house counsel office of the Allstate Insurance Company in Cleveland, Ohio. Stewart and DeChant Co., L.P.A. then sought Sam’s medical and legal expertise in a civil litigation practice focused on medical negligence, wrongful death, and personal injury. During his tenure with Stewart and DeChant, first as an associate and then as a partner and shareholder, Sam became intimately familiar with the needs and concerns of the firm’s many clients. Those concerns included, most notably, the effect on families [...]

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