Frank D. Jacobs

Frank D. Jacobs

Eastman & Smith Ltd.

Recognized since 1989

Toledo, Ohio

Practice Areas

Trusts and Estates

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Service to clients and to his life-long community are Mr. Jacobs' focus and passion.

Frank D. Jacobs concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, general tax planning, charitable planned giving, business structuring, business succession planning and planning for qualified retirement plan beneficiary designation payouts. Mr. Jacobs is admitted to the bar of Ohio and to practice in the federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Additionally, he holds a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate (now inactive). Mr. Jacobs has been a member of the Firm since September 1, 1984.

Mr. Jacobs is accredited by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law and is currently a member of the Specialty Board which develops and administers the specialty test. He has presented at a number of business and professional society meetings covering tax, business, charitable gifting and estate planning subjects as well as written various articles in his areas of expertise. Mr. Jacobs is a former adjunct professor in the College of Law, University of Toledo, in tax subjects.

  • Assisting clients in planning their estates in order to minimize estate taxes and probate costs and to address such issues as potential remarriage of a surviving spouse, caring for minor children, asset management and protection for beneficiaries.
    • Advising clients on formation of new businesses and in what form they should be operated with special emphasis on who should own the business, particularly on who will control the business.
      • Structuring beneficiary designations for retirement plans in such a manner as to maximize the beneficiary's ability to stretch out distributions and defer taxes.
        • Assisting clients in carrying out planned giving charitable goals and objectives including the formation of private charitable foundations, and the creation of sophisticated split interests trusts such as charitable remainder trusts and charitable lead annuity trusts.
          • Assisting clients in implementing sophisticated estate tax reduction strategies such as creation of grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs); creation of irrevocable generation-skipping dynasty trusts; gifts and sales to a grantor dynasty trust; creation of irrevocable life insurance trusts in order to exclude life insurance from the taxable estate of both husband and wife; and creation of qualified personal residence trusts (QPRT).
            • Assisting business owner clients in succession planning to pass the business down to future generations, to address the transition to the next generation and to assure receipt of fair market value at the business owner's demise.


  • One Seagate, 27th Floor
    550 North Summit Street
    Toledo, OH 43604

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  • Trusts and Estates

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