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James J. Lanham - Chief Operating Officer

Education & Experience


  • The University of Akron School of Law, J.D.
  • Member of the Akron Law Review
  • The College of Wooster, B.A.

Notable Experience:

  • Argued In re Atkinson, C. A. No. 06CA0041 , COURT OF APPEALS OF OHIO, NINTH APPELLATE DISTRICT, WAYNE COUNTY, 2007 Ohio 765; 2007 Ohio App. LEXIS 711, February 26, 2007.
  • Charter member as Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the Ohio State Bar Association
  • Licensed Ohio Title Insurance Agent

Bar and Court Admissions/Memberships:

  • Wayne County Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Publications & Lectures

  • "Conflicting Redundant Laws: the Probate Practitioner's Oxymoron (Reconciling Supreme Court Probate Rules and the Revised Code)," 22 PLJO 235 (May/June 2012, co-author Matthew R. Hochstetler).
  • “The New Recording Statute’s Impact on Estate Planning and Administration,” 20 PLJO 12 (Sept./Oct. 2009).
  • “Three Pets Named “Peeve”: Ohio’s Annual Exclusion Parts 1 and 2, and TODs for Stuff,” 19 PLJO 159 (March/April 2009).
  • “Ambiguity in the New Medicaid Estate Recovery Statute of Limitations: Who’s Kicking Whom?,” 14 PLJO 27 (Nov./Dec. 2003).
  • “Estate Tax Loophole Closed for Summary Release,” 13 PLJO 42 (Jan./Feb. 2003).
  • “Did They Mean What They Said and Say What They Mean? Did Our Legislature Already Eliminate Ohio Estate Taxes?,” 13 PLJO 13 (Sept./Oct. 2002).
  • “Reconsidering Ohio’s Memorandum of Trust Statute,” 5 PLJO 39 (Jan./Feb. 1995).
  • "Considerations for Collecting Assets" NBI Seminar presentation
  • "Ethical Challenges in Estate Administration" NBI Seminar presentation
  • "The New Uniform Power of Attorney Act and other SB 117 Law Changes" Heart of Ohio Estate Planning Council presentation
  • “IRS OKS DSUE QTIP IN REV PROC 2016-49,” 27 PLJO 1 (Nov./Dec. 2016).
  • “Catch-22 for Ohio Incompetents:  In re Cicchella,” 25 PLJO 5 (Jan./Feb. 2015).
  • “Fixing Ohio’s Obsolescent Law for Decedents’ Safe Deposit Boxes,” 24 PLJO 250 (Mar./April 2014).

Community Involvement

  • Past President, Wooster Kiwanis Club
  • Wayne - Holmes Estate Planning Council
  • Board Member, Past President of Goodwill Industries of Wayne and Holmes Counties 
  • Treasurer of Pee Wee Hollow, Inc. Scout Camp
  • Serves as area delegate to the Ohio State Bar Association Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section
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