PRACTICE AREA: Estate Planning & Probate
Mr. Musial is a member of the Estate Planning and Probate Department. He is licensed to practice in Ohio and Florida and has over 35 years of experience in estate planning, long-term care planning, and wealth preservation. He focuses his practice on estate planning, including income tax, estate tax, gift tax, generation-skipping transfer tax, charitable, family and business succession planning; estate administration; drafting of wills, trust agreements, powers of attorney and associated documents, elder law, probate law, and real estate.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business from Miami University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Capital University Law School (graduating with the Order of the Curia, an academic honors society).
Mr. Musial is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and Florida State Bar Association (including membership in each Association’s respective Probate and Estate Planning Section), the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and other related organizations.
He has been a frequent lecturer on long-term care planning, Medicaid, trust and probate administration, and estate planning topics for Continuing Legal Education, professional organizations, clubs, and schools. He is a co-author of Avoiding Probate in Ohio and Ohio Estate Planning.
Mr. Musial has been an active member of many community, church, and charitable organizations, including the Vermilion Rotary Club and the North Olmsted Foundation.
Tell us a little bit about your history and how you came to be at Wickens Herzer Panza.
My father and I had developed a very active law practice. After he passed away, and my sister had set her roots in Florida, I realized the problems that could occur for my clients and my family upon my untimely death. I had met with a number of different law firms and individuals, and felt that the people here at Wickens Herzer Panza were most similar to my staff and how we operate, and would be the best fit for me, my staff, and clients.
Why did you begin practicing this area of law in the first place?
As a child, I would often see my father (also an attorney) meet with clients around our dining room table, and how he always seemed to make them feel better. I wanted to help people in the same manner that he had done.
Tell us about your most recent big "win".
My big wins seem to happen almost weekly. It occurs every time that a client comes in worried and confused, and leaves feeling better about things. Most notably, it occurs when I watch their body language change from being tense to almost being relaxed. For example, they come in thinking that they are going to lose everything because their spouse is now in a nursing home for long-term care, and they then realize that they will be OK.
What is your passion? What are you passionate about? What makes you tick?
What one quote resonates with you, either personally or professionally (or both)?
I have two:
Why do/should people want to and choose to work with you?
They know that I care, and I seem to have a way of explaining in terms that they understand.
1985 – Capital University Law School (J.D., Order of the Curia)
1982 – Miami University (B.S., General Business)
State of Ohio
State of Florida
Ohio State Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section
Florida State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Section
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Vermilion Rotary Club
North Olmsted Foundation
Author – Books:
Musial NT, Musial MN. Ohio Estate Planning. PAM Pub Co.; 1988
Musial NT, Musial MN. Avoiding Probate in Ohio. PAM Pub Co.; 1986
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