J. Paul Fidler

J. Paul Fidler


Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP

Recognized since 2016

Cleveland, Ohio

Practice Areas

Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Trusts and Estates

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Paul Fidler joined the firm in 1996 and became a Partner in 2003. His practice emphasizes estate planning and administration; trust administration; income taxation of estates, trusts and individuals; planning for charitable gifts and foundations; and business succession planning.

Paul is a frequent speaker and author on a wide range of estate planning topics. Paul has a particularly strong expertise in qualified retirement plans and IRAs, which often are a client’s most valuable asset. In 2012, while Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law Section, Paul had the opportunity to coordinate and host the “Hot Topics for Estate Planners” seminar. His presentation at the CMBA Estate Planning Institute entitled, “Spendthrift Provisions: Wouldn’t You Like to be a Spendthrift Too?” was also published in the Probate Law Journal of Ohio.

Paul is an active member of the Broadview Road Church of Christ, where he currently serves as Treasurer, a Trustee, and on various service-oriented committees.

Paul enjoys playing soccer in adult soccer leagues. Paul lives in Olmsted Falls with his wife, Katie, and two children.

Location

  • One Cleveland Center, Suite 900
    1375 East Ninth Street
    Cleveland, OH 44114

Education

  • Ohio State University College of Law , J.D., graduated 1996
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S., graduated 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, State of Ohio

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association - Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Member
  • Estate Planning, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Former Chairman

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Tax Court

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Trusts and Estates

Certifications

  • Accredited Estate Planner®

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