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Brian C. Layman

JD, CPA, M.Tax

As a principal with Layman Law Group, LLC, Mr. Layman provides significant tax, asset protection, estate planning, business succession planning, corporate law, and trust and estate administration expertise to the firm’s clients.  In addition to being admitted to practice law in Ohio and Florida, Mr. Layman maintains his CPA license in the State of Ohio.

Mr. Layman has been certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the Ohio State Bar Association.  This certification makes Brian one of a small group of attorneys in Ohio to have earned this distinction.  The Ohio State Bar Association has also appointed him to the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Council (Chair), which consists of approximately 80 attorneys who study and make recommendations regarding legislation in this area of the law.  Mr. Layman is a member of WealthCounsel, which is a national collaborative organization that provide cutting edge estate planning tools and techniques.

Mr. Layman has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America , has been designated a Super Lawyer, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel.  He also maintains an AV rating (very high to preeminent) in Martindale Hubbell.   Mr. Layman earned his B.S. in Accounting, Master of Taxation and Juris Doctorate (summa cum laude) from the University of Akron.  While attending law school, Mr. Layman served on Law Review as the Assistant Editor and as Editor in Chief of the Akron Tax Journal.  Mr. Layman’s published article on Dynasty Trusts has been cited on multiple occasions by the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Joint Committee of Taxation.

Mr. Layman and four of his colleagues crafted a comprehensive asset protection bill for Ohio and was present with Governor Kasich when he signed the bill, the centerpiece of the legislation was Ohio’s version of a Domestic Asset Protection Trust known as a Legacy Trust.  Mr. Layman co-authored, FOR OHIO DOCTORS: Shedding Light on Asset Protection, Tax and Estate Planning, the comprehensive resource for all of an Ohio physician’s wealth planning needs.  Mr. Layman has published several articles, is a frequent speaker and is actively involved in professional and civic organizations. Mr. Layman is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Florida State Bar Association and Stark County Bar Association.  He is also a member of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Mr. Layman serves on the Stark County Bar Association Probate (co-Chair) and Elder Law Committees, the Stark Community Foundation Trust and Estate Planning Committee (Chair), the University of Akron Foundation, Planned Giving Committee and Akron Children’s Hospital Ambassador Committee.  Mr. Layman is a Director of The Aultman Foundation (Chair), The Aultman Health Foundation, University of Akron Foundation.

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