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Stephanie, a Director with Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A., is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation.  She is also a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the Ohio State Bar Association and is VA-accredited through the Department of Veterans Affairs.  With this designation, she is able to represent veterans and their families with planning related to veteran’s benefits. 

Her practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning, trusts and probate law and elder law and special needs planning, which includes the drafting of wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts and powers of attorney, assisting with the administration of trusts and estates, and advising clients in the areas of Medicaid and asset protection planning. 


  • University of Delaware, B.A., 2007
  • University of Akron School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2011
    • Member of the Law Review, the Law Review Editorial Board and participated in the Student Bar Association
  • The University of Akron, Master of Taxation (2023)

Professional Experience

  • Served as a law clerk at the Akron Municipal Court with Judge Jerry Larson and Judge Joy Malek Oldfield where she was responsible for scheduling civil docket, preparing court orders, reviewing motions, and participating in pretrial and status conferences and trials

Courts and Admissions

  • Ohio Bar (2011)
  • Florida Bar (2016)
  • Member: Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member: Stark County Bar Association


  • Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and the OSBA
  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trusts & Probate Law by the OSBA

Professional & Community Associations

  • Board of Directors: The Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children
  • Board of Directors: The Stark County Humane Society 
  • Board of Directors, Former Member: Canton Players Guild Theatre 
  • Former Member: Women’s Impact Group
  • Member: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) 
  • Member: OSBA Council of Delegates
  • Board Member: Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Specialty Board for the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA)

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® “Ones To Watch” (top young lawyers) 2021, 2022
  • Listed in Ohio Rising Stars (top lawyers under 40) by Ohio Super Lawyers, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Notable presentations or publications

  • Domestic Asset Protection Trusts Come to Ohio, MD News, July/August 2013

Articles Published by Stephanie A. Lehota, CELA

Estate Planning For Young Adults

The two most frequent reasons young adults feel that estate planning is not necessary are insufficient assets and age. Young adults believe that there is plenty of time to get the appropriate estate planning documents in place, and in most cases, there is. However, life can be unpredictable, and death […]

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