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Nicole M. Hawks


Nicole Hawks in an associate 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 35 attorneys in the State of Ohio to have earned the NELF certification. Nicole assists clients in estate and retirement planning, powers of attorney, 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, and enjoys traveling around the United States.


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
  • Ashland County Bar Association

In the Community

  • Ashland Area YMCA, Board of Trustees (2020 – present)
  • 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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