MIAMI VALLEY — Durnell-Maier Law LLC recently opened offices in Sidney and Troy. The firm was founded by Elizabeth Durnell-Maier and is dedicated to advising clients on a wide range of elder law matters. This includes assisting seniors and their families with avoiding probate, minimizing taxes, protecting assets from nursing homes, and more.
Durnell-Maier studied at Xavier University and the Florida Coastal School of Law. She has 12 years of experience and is a certified specialist by the National Elder Law Foundation and the Ohio State Bar Association in Elder Law. Durnell-Maier is also licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for Veteran’s Claims in addition to receiving accreditation from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“When you ask most attorneys why they became lawyers, they will say because they want to help people,” Durnell-Maier said. “As a Certified Elder Care Law Attorney, I actually get to help people.”
She continued, “The uncertainties of modern life make estate planning all the more important. Setting up a proper estate plan will ensure your wishes are known for the medical care you wish to receive, will outline how you wish to dispose of your property, and allows you to choose someone you trust to act on your behalf if and when you’re unable to manage your own legal affairs and health care decision making. Doing this when you’re not under pressure to make life-altering decisions will be one of the best things you can do for your spouse, for your children, and for yourself.”
Durnell-Maier has assisted hundreds of individuals in a nursing home crisis situation. Services offered by the firm include Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, VA Aid and Attendance, Probate, Special Needs Trusts, and Farm Trusts.
The offices are located at 804 W. Russell Rd., Sidney, and at 45 Robinhood Lane, Troy. Sidney hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. Troy is by appointment only. The firm can be contacted by phone 937-507-9004 or on their website www.durnellmaierlaw.com. Initial consultations are at no charge and can be done in person in their offices, by phone, or by zoom meetings.
Durnell-Maier is a member of the Ohio NAELA chapter, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Shelby County Bar Association, the Sidney Kiwanis Club and sits on the New Choices Board of Directors, where she is currently the president. She is also a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Newport, where she serves as a lector. Durnell-Maier and her husband Wes live in Hardin.