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Jacintha Balch

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Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Columbus, OH

Balch Law
1335 Dublin Road, Suite 203A
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-2329
Fax: 614-236-9921
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Licensed in Ohio Since: 1979
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate
Attorney Profile

Jacintha Kraft Balch is an Ohio Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust. She has more than thirty-five years experience working in estate planning. As part of that estate planning, Jacintha has helped clients in all aspects of estate planning and probate.  She created Balch Law in 1991 to serve as a boutique law firm offering high quality estate planning, probate and trust services to her clients. She holds the highest rating (AV5) with Martindale Hubbell.  Born in Findlay,Ohio, Jacintha graduated from Wittenberg University (summa cum laude), and from The University of Michigan Law School (cum laude). She started her career at the law firm of Vorys, Sater,Seymour and Pease, working in the areas of estate planning, probate and health care law. She served as head of Huntington National Bank’s trust estate-planning department for six years, before forming her own law firm, Balch Law.   She served from 2012 through 2017 as Co-Chair of The Columbus Foundation’s Professional Advisory Board, currently serves on the Franklin Park Conservatory Board of Trustees,  and served for six years as a Board Member of Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio. She is an active member of the Columbus Bar Association, having served as Chairperson of the Estate Planning Committee, and of the Ohio Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education events and for community groups.

About Jacintha Balch

First Admitted: 1979

Professional Webpage: https://balchlaw.com/attorneys/

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member of Ohio State Bar Association 1979 to Present
  • Columbus Bar Association from 1979 to present; Former Chair of Estate and Gift Tax Committee 

Educational Background

  • Wittenberg University, BA (summa cum laude), 1975
  • The University of Michigan Law School, JD, 1979, cum laude, 1979

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • named one of 10 top women entrepreneurs in Columbus, Ohio: CEO Magazine 2012, 2012

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presentation on all aspects of estate planning and probate that trust officers, commerical bankers and real estate officers should know., Speaker, Oil and Gas Estate Planning, Huntington National Bank, Trust Officers, Commercial Bankers, And Real Estate Officers, 2014
  • Speaker on how to draft discretionary trusts as part of the annual Probate Institute program, Speaker, Discretionary Trusts, Columbus Bar Association Probate Institute, Attorneys, 2012
  • Use of Qualified Disclaimers as a tool for flexible estate planning in light of federal estate tax law changes., Speaker, Use of Qualified Disclaimers, Columbus Bar Association, Attorneys, 2003

Honors/Awards

  • Based on Martindale-Hubbel 5V highest attorney rating, named a Top Lawyer among Central Ohio attorneys annually from 2009 to present , CEO Magazine, 2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell 5 AV highest attorney rating from 1980 to present, 5 AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Ohio Certified Specialist: Estate Planning, Probate and Trust: 2003 to present, 2020

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board Member: Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, OH: 2012 through present.  , 2020
  • 2011-2017 Co-Chair: Professional Advisors Council: Columbus Foundation, Columbus, OH. The Columbus Foundation is the 8th largest community foundation in the United States., 2017
  • Board member: Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio 1999-2008, 2008

Transactions

  • Federal estate tax returns, federal portability estate tax returns, high net worth clients, 2020

Representative Clients

  •  Estate planning for clients ranging mostly from 2 million to 20 million dollars of assets.  , 2020

Industry Groups

  • and Probate & Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Trusts
  • Wills
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Office Location for Jacintha Balch

1335 Dublin Road
Suite 203A
Columbus, OH 43215

Last Updated: 7/27/2021

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