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Nicole M. Hawks


Nicole Hawks is a member with 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 successfully 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. Nicole 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. 

Nicole 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.

Outside the office

Nicole and her husband Robert have two beautiful children and reside in Ashland. She enjoys baking, cooking, and family time. Nicole loves having family over for holidays, birthdays, and just about any other event. Nicole grew up in Washington and Idaho but loves living in Ohio, particularly spending as much spare time as possible at Cedar Point.


Capital University Law School, J.D.

Ohio University, B.A., cum laude



United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Accredited Attorney


National Elder Law Foundation Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)

Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Elder Law


  • Ashland Young Professionals Award “4 Under 40,” Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce (2024)
  • Noted for Elder Law and Trusts and Estates in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2023-2024)


  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ashland County Bar Association

In the Community

  • United Way of Ashland County
    • Board Member (2022-current)
    • Board President (2023-current)
    • Allocations Committee (2022-current)
  • Ashland Area YMCA
    • Board Member (2020-current)
    • Board Secretary (2022-current)
  • Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member (2022-current)
  • Leadership Ashland – Class of 2020
  • Ashland Pro Bono work assisting Veterans in obtaining VA Improved Pension Benefits
  • Past lay Guardian ad Litem for CASA of Franklin County

Speaking Engagements

  • Frequent speaker on elder law issues (Veteran’s Benefits, Medicaid Benefits, Long-Term Care Counsel and Application Support)

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