Jennifer L. Lile, CELA

Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.
4775 Munson St. NW
Canton, Ohio
United States
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Jennifer L. Lile is a director with Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Company, L.P.A. Her practice focuses on the areas of estate and special needs planning, trust, probate and elder law.  Her practice areas include:  Estate & Trust Planning, Elder Law Planning, Special Needs Planning and Probate Administration.  Jennifer is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation.

Professional Experience:

  • Frequent speaker to community groups on topics such as estate planning, special needs planning and elder law
  • Frequent lecturer to attorneys and other professionals through organizations such as the National Business Institute and various Bar Associations
  • Contributing author to articles published in the Probate Law Journal of Ohio and The Voice
  • During law school, Jennifer clerked with Judge R.R. Denny Clunk at the Stark County Probate Court and Judge Sara Lioi at the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, General Division
  • After becoming licensed as an attorney, she was appointed magistrate at the Stark County Probate Court under Judges Clunk (2000-2003), Horowitz (2003) and Park (2004-2005)
  • Served as an adjunct professor of Advanced Legal Writing and Research at Kent State University
  • Legal writing instructor from 2000-2003 at the University of Akron Law School


  • Kent State University, B.S. in Secondary English Education, summa cum laude, 1990
  • University Of Akron School Of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2000


  • “SNT Drafting Tips from Recent Cases and Hearing Decisions” - Probate Law Journal of Ohio 2014
  • “The Blessing of Pure Discretionary Trusts” - Probate Law Journal of Ohio 2008
  • “The Use of Liberal Construction, Deviation and Cy Pres to Adapt Charitable Trusts to Changing Circumstances” – Probate Law Journal of Ohio 2008
  • “Top Ten Tips When Planning for Special Needs” – The Voice 2011
  • “Preserving an Elder’s Home – The Caretaker Child Exception” - MD News 2013
  • “What is a Spendthrift Trust?” - MD News 2012
  • “Overview of the Emergency Guardianship Process” –MD News 2006
  • “Early Intervention in Tackling Legal Issues with Alzheimer’s Patients” – MD News 2009

Notable Presentations:

  • “Special Needs Trusts and Tax Issues” - Ohio Elder Law Institute in 2014, Ohio State Bar Association Webcast 2015 & Walsh University’s Canton Estate Planning Forum 2014
  • “Medicaid Applications and Trust Planning” – Area Agency on Aging 2015
  • “Health Care and Estate Planning” – Zeta Phi Beta 2015
  • “Planned Giving – A Primer” – Malone Estate Planning Advisory Council 2015
  • “Estate and Elder Planning” – St. Luke’s Ministries 2015
  • “Decanting an Irrevocable Trust” - Special Needs Alliance Armchair Chat 2014
  • “Top 10 Tips for Special Needs Planning” - University of Akron, School of Law 2014
  • "How Oil and Gas Issues Affect Your Estate" – Various community organizations 2012
  • "Making Your Wishes Known” – Everence Financial Services
  • "Preparing Your Estate Plan” – Edward Jones
  • "Legal Issues & Early Stage Dementia" – Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Groups
  • "Estate Planning for Women" – Consumer’s National Bank
  • “Early Intervention in Tackling Legal Issues with Alzheimer’s Patients” - Alzheimer’s Association
  • “Guardianship Law”: Featured speaker at the American Bar Association’s  “Skills Training for Estate Planners” conference,  New York, New York 2010

 Courts and Bar Associations:

  • Ohio, 2000
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Stark County Bar Association, currently serving as Vice President. Co-Chairperson of the Elder Law Committee, and an active member of the Probate Practice Committee

Professional and Community Affiliations:

  • Special Needs Alliance, member of the Board of Directors and co-chair: Programs Committee of this national, non-profit organization committed to helping individuals with disabilities and their families
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member
  • Greater East Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association:  Past President of the Board of Trustees
  • Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children, Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Honors and Awards:

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (2016)
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Delegation to China (2013)
  • Listed in  Ohio Rising Stars by Ohio Super Lawyers® (top lawyers under 40) (2010)
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