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Jim is a director of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A., and currently serves as a member of the firm’s management committee. Jim is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts, and Probate Law by the Ohio State Bar Association.


  • The University of Akron, B.S. in Accounting, magna cum laude, 1989
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., cum laude, 1992

Professional Experience

  • Estate Planning and Estate and Trust Administration
  • Elder Law and Medicaid Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Charitable Giving
  • Business and Corporate Formation and Planning

Courts & Bar Admissions

  • Admitted to Practice in Ohio, 1992
  • Member: Stark County Bar Association (Estate Planning and Probate, Elder Law, Corporate Law and Bar Applicant Committees)
  • Member: Tuscarawas County Bar Association
  • Member: Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Board of Trustees: Kent State Tuscarawas Foundation 
  • Member: Dover Rotary Club current member (past president & board member)
  • Current Trustee & past President: Dover City Schools Education Foundation
  • Dover Tornados Football Team game public address announcer
  • High school football color analyst for WJER Radio
  • Current Member: St. Joseph Catholic Church, Dover; past Parish Council member
  • Member: Dover Knights of Columbus 
  • Member: Union Country Club, Dover
  • Board Member: SSB Community Bank 
  • Trustee: Tuscarawas County Sports Hall of Fame 
  • Former Mayor appointed Member: City of Dover Parks and Recreation Committee
  • Former Dover youth baseball coach
  • Former Board Member: Dover Baseball Leagues 
  • Former Tuscarawas County Small Business Advisory Council 
  • Former YMCA youth sports volunteer coach 
  • Former president and Board Member: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tuscarawas County
  • Former Member: Stark County United Way Allocations Committee 
  • Former Board Member: Tuscarawas County Senior Center Building Campaign
  • Former Board Member: Tuscarawas County Chapter American Red Cross
  • Former Board Member: Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School Foundation and Alumni Association 
  • Former Holy Trinity Budget Committee 
  • Former Stark County Golf Charities Committee 
  • Former Board of Trustees: Tuscarawas County Senior Center (Treasurer)
  • Former City of Dover Parks and Recreation Committee

Honors & Awards

  • University of Akron: Voted Outstanding Senior and Top Senior in Accounting, 1989
  • Ohio Rising Stars, 2005-2007
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2009-present
  • Top 100 Lawyers in the State by Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2010-2012; 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2009-present
  • Named Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation-Trusts & Estates (2015, 2022) Akron Area
  • AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Rated 10 Superb by Avvo

Notable Presentations or Publications

  • “Estate Planning for Beneficiaries with Special Needs”
  • “Use of Stable Accounts”
  • “Planning Your Estate & Protecting Your Assets”
  • “Medicaid: Planning for Long Term Care”


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Articles Published by James F. Contini II

Antenuptial Agreements

Antenuptial agreements, also referred to as prenuptial agreements, have become a bigger part of the development of an estate plan. A prenuptial agreement is an agreement that is entered into before marriage which states the parties’ rights during the marriage, after a death, and after a divorce or dissolution of […]

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Avoiding Family Conflict in Estate Planning Matters

During the past approximately 30 years during which I have been practicing law, I have seen a number of situations where families have had various conflicts among themselves after their parents pass away. There appear to be a number of reasons for these family conflicts. A number of times the […]

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Estate Planning for your Online Accounts, Favorite Internet Websites and other Devices

We as a society are utilizing various websites to handle practically all of our financial affairs these days. It is critical that when working on your estate planning documents such as wills, trusts, and power of attorneys that you also organize your various usernames and passwords for the websites and […]

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Federal and Ohio Tax Changes

Federal and Ohio Tax Changes For 2022, there are a number of federal and Ohio tax changes that individuals should be aware of as well as increases due to inflation. Some of those federal and Ohio changes are as follows: Social Security monthly payments will rise by approximately 6% in […]

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Comparison of 529 Accounts, Accounts Under Ohio Transfers to Minors Act, and Irrevocable Trusts

Comparison of 529 Accounts, Accounts Under Ohio Transfers to Minors Act, and Irrevocable Trusts I often have questions from clients who want to establish an investment for their grandchildren as to what type of account they should establish. Basically, there are three types of accounts that individuals can establish for […]

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Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation in Ohio

Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation in Ohio Ohio allows individuals to be donors of organs, tissue, and eyes. If an individual has not already registered as a donor with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles when obtaining or renewing his or her driver’s license, the individual can complete a document […]

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