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Sarah B. Baker - Member

Contact

Phone
330.264.4444
Fax
330.263.9278
Location
225 North Market Street Wooster, Ohio 44691

Education & Experience

Overview:

Sarah Baker, a Member with the firm’s Estate Planning practice group, prides herself on getting to know her clients. She finds that many legal issues are missed by practitioners in the area of estate planning due to a failure to fully understand clients’ relationships, assets, family structures, and family dynamics. With a Master’s Degree in psychology, Sarah believes that her innate ability to connect with clients on a more personal level enables her to more effectively assist them through the process of planning for the transfer of wealth and assets after death. Dependent upon a client’s needs, Sarah drafts wills, powers of attorney, trusts, and other estate planning documents, as well as provide education on the process itself to help clients understand the purpose and effect of their estate plan. In addition, she advises clients on real estate, probate, and employment-related matters.

Sarah is a Critfchield fixture, having clerked at the firm during law school and started her legal career at the firm as a litigator following graduation from law school in 2009. While she transitioned her practice from litigation to estate planning years ago, Sarah still uses the knowledge gained as a litigator to help her clients avoid litigation in the areas of estate planning, real estate, and employment law.

Education:

  • The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law; J.D. 
  • University of Akron; M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology 
  • Baldwin-Wallace College; B.S., Psychology 

Admissions:

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Experience:

Estate Planning
• Revocable Trusts
• Charitable Planning Using Trusts
• Decanting Trust Agreements
• Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts
• Irrevocable Income Only Trusts
• Qualified Personal Residence Trusts
• Wills
• Powers of Attorney

Litigation
• Argued numerous cases in the Ohio District Courts of Appeals
• Argued employment discrimination case in the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
• Argued property valuation case in the Ohio Supreme Court

Recognitions:

  • Wayne County Women’s Network, Young Professional ATHENA Award, 2019
  • Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame, 2014
  • Baldwin-Wallace College, Athletic Hall of Fame, 2013
  • Wooster High School, Sports Hall of Fame, 2011
  • Daily Record, Top Ten Female Athletes of the Century
  • Baldwin-Wallace College, Clyde Lamb Scholar-Athlete Award, 2003
  • Baldwin-Wallace College, Best Senior Female Athlete, 2003

Professional Affiliations:

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

 

Publications & Lectures

Speaking Engagements:

  • Ten Simple Steps to Creating an Effective Estate Plan, Cochrell Financial, 2019 

 

Blog Posts:

Community Involvement

  • Wooster Rotary Club, 2010 – Present
    • Board of Directors
  • Wooster YMCA, 2010-2015
    • Board of Trustees
    • Board Secretary
  • STEPS Risers, 2010-2011
    • Board Member
  • Wayne and Holmes County United Way, 2010
    • Allocations Committee
  • Wooster Montessori School, 2010 - Present
    • Board of Directors
    • Board Secretary
    • Board President
  • First Presbyterian Church, 2010 - Present
    • Faith & Practice Committee Member
    • Resource Development Ministry Member
  • College of Wooster Women’s Advisory Board, 2017 – Present
    • Executive Committee
  • Foundation for Hospital Art, 2012 - Present
    • Advisory Board Member
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