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Butcher Elder Law offers more than sound legal advice. We are partners who can help you achieve your vision.

Butcher Elder Law creates peace of mind with customized legal strategies for any life-changing event, including 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. Located in Strongsville, Ohio, Butcher Elder Law features the resources of a much larger firm, but with the personalized attention of a smaller firm. We educate our clients so they can choose the right estate plan based on their values and their wishes for the future. Our flat-rate plans are tiered and affordable for every budget. We have specialized plans for each unique situation. The attorney, dual certified in pharmacy, becomes a trusted partner in some of life’s most important decisions. We serve clients throughout Cleveland and Ohio including Cuyahoga, Medina, Lorain, Summit, Portage, Geauga and Lake counties. Contact us to sign up for one of our free educational workshops on the basics of estate planning or planning for a loved one with special needs.

Elder Care Attorney and Registered Pharmacist Sam Butcher offers comprehensive estate planning services and counsels clients on the identification, design and execution of individual estate plans.

Fighting to Preserve Assets. Contact Us Today


You’ve worked a lifetime building your assets for you and your family. Now, trust your estate planning to an experienced professional who can help you protect what you have today for yourself, and for your loved ones tomorrow.

Estate planning and qualifying for Medicaid is not about merely safeguarding your assets after you pass away. Rather, effective estate planning ensures that you can control your assets while you’re alive and well; provide for you and your loved ones if you become disabled; and leave your assets to whom you want, when you want, and the way you want, without unnecessary cost or delay.

More and more people face the very real possibility of having their entire life savings consumed by nursing home costs. Through more than 25 years of practice, attorney Samuel V. Butcher, Principal of Butcher Elder Law, knows all-too-well the fear and anxiety expressed by clients over losing what they have worked so hard to attain. He has built a firm dedicated to helping clients prevent mistakes and preserve assets.

Experienced, insightful, thoughtful and accountable, Butcher Elder Law works hand-in-hand with clients to create estate plans that protect their assets during their lifetime, and pass assets on to their family in ways that shield them from nursing homes, lawsuits, divorce and, if necessary, their children’s own indiscretions.


Sign up today for one of our free educational workshops on the basics of estate planning or planning for a loved one with special needs.


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 [...]


Providing the expertise and resources of a large firm, while maintaining the personalized service and cost-effectiveness of a small firm.

Butcher Elder Law’s practice is distinguished by an education process that simplifies the complex area of estate and Medicaid planning for clients and allows them to choose plans based on clear value distinctions. Each client’s situation is unique, so our staff listens and learns; they develop a customized legal approach that is best suited to fit a client’s specific needs; and they help clients understand what the information in their estate plans really means.

Plans developed by Butcher Elder Law, including wills, trusts and Medicaid strategies, account for all potential estate issues up front – from the possibility of disability and the need for nursing home care to death and subsequent distribution of assets. These plans work for everyday people, as well as business owners and professionals.

Finally, Butcher Elder Law knows that flexibility and longevity are crucial, so they’re in this with you for the long run. That means you’ll always be able to make adjustments as your life changes.

Did you know that Sam Butcher and his team are available to speak to your group about Estate planning, Medicaid Planning and Qualifications, Veterans Benefits, and Special Need Planning? CONTACT US to book your event.

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