Pictured L-R: Vincent Massa , Dana DeCapite, Janice Sysak, Paula Hawkins, Maria Quinn, Marcy Foth, Frank Krasovec, Jr. (not pictured: Janis Hughes)

Our attorneys and paralegals believe that quality legal services begin with careful listening.  While our goals are to avoid probate and minimize taxes, our clients’ plans are not based solely on tax planning.  We work closely with clients to understand each unique family and their story before we make specific estate planning recommendations.  Only by listening to our clients, can we turn their values and beliefs into a specialized estate plan that also complies with applicable law.  Our team works closely on every case to ensure that each client receives the best representation possible.

We understand that effective estate planning requires patience and attention to detail.  We work diligently with our clients’ other advisors and strive to achieve cooperation amongst all parties so that the client’s best interest is always the first priority.  The attorneys have successfully developed a multi-disciplinary team approach to estate and family business counseling, working with individual clients and business owners and their financial, insurance and accounting advisors.

Maria E. Quinn founded the firm in 2004 after leaving a major Cleveland law firm where she served as a partner in the firm’s estate and trust department.  She has over 30 years experience as an estate and trust attorney.  She has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the only nationally recognized rating system for attorneys.  This rating is reserved for attorneys whose legal ability ranges from very high to pre-eminent.  Maria has been voted by her peers as one of Northern Ohio’s top estate and trust attorneys as profiled in Cleveland’s Inside Business Magazine for ten consecutive years from 2001-2010.

Frank C. Krasovec, Jr. joined the firm in 2009 and has over 25 years of experience as an estate planner.  He served as a partner at two major Cleveland law firms prior to joining Maria E. Quinn Co., L.P.A.  His extensive tax knowledge and attention to detail have proven an invaluable asset to the team.

Dana Marie DeCapite joined the firm in 2010.  Her interest in elder law and estate planning was sparked by involvement in her family’s nursing home business.   She has proven a wonderful addition the firm with new ideas and the ability to reach out to clients in order to provide a premium level of customer service. 

Vincent J. Massa has worked in the estate planning field for over 35 years.  After graduating from Case, he worked as an attorney in a major Cleveland law firm concentrating his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and business succession planning.  For over twenty years, he worked at a large banking institution and served as Vice President in the Trust Department where he has the opportunity to work with individuals and business owners in the creation and overseeing of their estate plans.  His legal and financial experience brings to his practice the ability to work well with other advisors who serve his clients.

Paula L. Hawkins received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Akron in 1990 and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude, from Mount Union College in 1986.  She graduated number one in her law school class in Wills, Trusts and Estates.  While in law school, she served on law review.  Prior to graduating from law school, she began working in the Trust Department of a Bank and continued working there as a trust officer until April 1999.  At that time, she began working at a law firm in Beachwood, Ohio and continued working there as a probate and trust administration attorney until March 2009.  Paula focuses her practice on probate and trust administration.

Marlene (“Marcy”) C. Foth has been with Maria since she became a paralegal in 1991. Marcy’s vast experience enables her to work with the firm’s clients who are in need of probate and trust administration and in the establishment of guardianships and conservatorships.  She works closely with families to facilitate the administration process from the death of a loved one to the final distribution of inheritances in accordance with the wishes and intentions of the decedent’s estate planning documents and pursuant to the laws of the decedent’s state of domicile.  She works closely with the attorneys in the firm and the decedent’s heirs, accountants and other professional advisors to process assets, manage property, redeem stocks and bonds, pay bills and offer assistance with IRS estate and income tax compliance.  She sees clients in both of the firm’s offices and can often be found at  a client’s home when they cannot come into the office.  She has developed strong fiduciary and professional relationships with the firm’s clients, courts, financial institutions and charitable organizations to insure the decedent’s legacy is respected and followed.

Janis Hughes is a paralegal with the firm and has worked with Maria Quinn since 1994.  She is in charge of maintaining the firm’s estate planning documents and works closely with the firm’s other attorneys in the preparation of Living Wills, Health Care Powers, HIPAA Medical Release Forms, Financial Powers of Attorney, Wills, Trusts and assists in the funding of assets to the Trusts to avoid probate and provide for maximum estate tax savings.  She is often the first contact when a new client is referred to the firm and guides them through the process of providing the necessary information for their initial meeting.  She maintains the firm’s technology and administers the billing and processing of the estate planning work handled by the firm.  She works closely with clients in providing their documents to their advisors with their direction.

Our attorneys are active in our community.  They donate their time and talents to serve on several greater Cleveland non-profit boards as trustees, advisors and volunteers.  Our community involvement includes: The Cleveland Foundation, American Cancer Society, Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland, American Red Cross, Lake Hospitals, Lake County Bar Foundation, Cleveland State Law School, University Hospitals Diamond Advisory Board and Ronald McDonald House.