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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

Professional and Community Affiliations

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

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”


  • Asset Protection and Creditor Rights in Ohio
  • Notary Law Changes
  • The Good and Bad of using Safety Deposit Boxes
  • Changes to Ohio Income Tax Laws
  • Medicaid Planning Using A Medicaid Trust

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Articles Published by James F. Contini II

The Good and Bad of using Safety Deposit Boxes

When I began practicing law almost 30 years ago, it seemed that over half of my clients had safety deposit boxes at their local financial institutions. Those safety deposit boxes would come in all shapes and sizes depending on the needs of the client. However, currently, it appears that the […]

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Notary Law Changes

On September 20, 2019, Ohio will implement a number of changes to the notary process. A couple of the changes include the Ohio Secretary of State now administering the notary process instead of each individual county and also the requirement of filing the necessary documentation electronically.  The following is a […]

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Asset Protection and Creditor Rights in Ohio

Each state has its own asset protection laws and creditor rights laws and those laws have differences from state to state. Asset protection laws describe those assets that may be partly or fully protected from creditors.  Creditors’ rights deal with the ability of a creditor to collect on a debt.  […]

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The Transfer For Value Rule: What is it & How can you avoid it?

In the law, obscure rules can sometimes provide for substantial penalties if they are violated. One such example of a situation like this is the Transfer for Value Rule involving life insurance contracts. Therefore, you should know what the Transfer for Value Rule is and how you can avoid it. […]

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Medicaid Planning Using A Medicaid Trust

Each week I receive a number of calls from individuals who have loved ones who are in need of either assisted living or skilled nursing care in a facility. Those individuals usually want to understand how Medicare works and what happens when Medicare is no longer available to pay or […]

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Changes to Ohio Income Tax Laws

Click on the link to view the article. Changes to Ohio Income Tax Laws

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