COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) announced that 19 attorneys have been certified as legal specialists in elder law. The Supreme Court Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists accredited the OSBA to certify attorneys as specialists in elder law in 2013. The Supreme Court of Ohio established the Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists to identify specialties and set minimum standards for specialty certification.
OSBA-certified elder law specialists include Thom L Cooper of Centerburg. This group is also the first to receive dual certification, in that they were previously certified in elder law by the National Elder Law Foundation.
Elder law is the legal practice of counseling and representing older persons and their representatives about the legal aspects of health and long-term care planning; public benefits; surrogate decision-making; legal capacity; the conservation, disposition and administration of estates; and the implementation of decisions concerning such matters. Elder law attorneys also give due consideration to the applicable tax consequences of various actions.