Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has elected Nicole M. Hawks to the firm’s membership effective January 1, 2024.
“We’re very proud of Nicole and are pleased to welcome her to the membership of the firm,” said Amy L. Demlow, Critchfield’s Managing Member. “She is a tremendously hard worker and is truly dedicated to her senior clients, looking out for their welfare through every step of planning in their later years.”
Hawks is a member of the firm’s Estate Planning and Elder Law practices. She has extensive experience working with seniors and their families to address the myriad concerns of older Americans and has completed the examination process to earn certification as a specialist in Elder Law from the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF). She is one of only 38 attorneys in the State of Ohio to have earned the NELF certification. She is also a Certified Specialist in Elder Law by the Ohio State Bar Association. Hawks assists clients in estate and retirement planning, powers of attorney, and Medicaid planning strategies, as well as working with Veterans in navigating VA pension benefit programs.
Hawks is a frequent speaker on elder law issues and presents informative seminars regularly to local organizations that represent the concerns of seniors, as well as to retirement and senior communities across Northeast and Central Ohio.
A graduate of Capital University Law School and Ohio University, Hawks is based in the firm’s Ashland, Ohio, office.
Outside the office, Hawks and her husband Robert have two children and reside in Ashland. She is a very skilled baker and cook. Hawks is famous both inside and outside the office for her custom cookies and cakes. Hawks grew up in Washington and Idaho but loves living in Ohio, particularly spending as much spare time as possible at Cedar Point.