Karen A. Rolcik

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in West Chester, OH

Rolcik Law Office
8859 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Suite 201
West Chester, OH 45069
Phone: 513-777-7400
Fax: 513-777-3900
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate (40%), Elder Law (30%), Estate & Trust Litigation (20%), Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Karen A. Rolcik is the founder of Rolcik Law Office in West Chester, Ohio. Ms. Rolcik has an estate planning practice and serves clients in Cincinnati, Dayton, Hamilton, West Chester, and surrounding communities. She is experienced in various estate planning matters including wills, trusts, advanced health care directives, and powers of attorney.  Karen is also very knowledgeable in the field of elder law and assists families with guardianships, long term care planning, Medicaid planning, and obtaining Medicaid eligibility.  Ms. Rolcik also represents clients in various matters before probate courts including estate administration, trust administration, and will and trust contests.

In addition to serving clients with their estate planning and elder law needs, Ms. Rolcik is experienced in the areas of business and tax law. She advises individuals regarding business formation, operational matters, tax issues and more.

Ms. Rolcik has been admitted to practice law in Ohio since 1986 and has also appeared before the U.S. Tax Court. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Butler University’s Andre B. Lacy School of Business and later graduated from Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law. During law school, she was managing editor of the Indiana Law Journal and a member of the Order of the Coif.

In addition to her formal education, Ms. Rolcik is a certified specialist in estate planning from the Ohio State Bar Association. Her prior legal experience includes working for a variety of private firms in Ohio and Texas. She founded her West Chester-based practice in 2011.

Ms. Rolcik has been listed in the publication “The Best Lawyers in America” in the area of trust and estates. She is a member of professional organizations including the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas,  the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Practice Areas
  • 40%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 30%Elder Law
  • 20%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10%Business/Corporate
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Will Contests, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Business Organizations

Selections

15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Karen A. Rolcik

Admitted: 1986, Ohio

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Specialization Board Member - Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law 2018 - present
  • Elder Counsel, 2015 - 2018
  • Supreme Court of Texas, 1992
  • NAELA (National Association of Elder Law Attorneys)  2007 - Present
  • United States Court of Federal Claims, 1986
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section, Vice Chair, 2013
  •  Butler County Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Advanced Estate Planning Institute, Chair - 2012
  • Ohio Supreme Court, 1986
  • American Bar Association, Senior Lawyers Division (Elder Law)
  • United States Tax Court, 1986
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1987
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Solo, Small Firms and General Practice Section
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section, Chair, 2014
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Advanced Estate Planning Institute, 2007 - 2017
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2015
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1987
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Elder and Special Needs Law Committee
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Past Member of the Board of Trustees
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Coordinator, 2011 - 2012
  • Warren County Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Women Lawyers Committee, Past Chair

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Hero's Fund of the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, Board of Advisors
  • Association of the Miraculous Medal - Planned Giving, 2020
  • Canines for Christ - Pet Therapy dog handler visiting nursing/rehab facilities
  • Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, Planned Giving Committee, Chair, 2011 - 2014
  • Hero's Fund of the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, Frozen Open (golf outing) 2013
  • Butler University Alumni Association
  • Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, Board of Trustees, 2010 - 2017
  • Hero's Fund of the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, Planning Committee - Hero's Celebration, 2012
  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law Alumni Association
  • Alzheimer's Association - Walk to Remember (Butler & Warren Counties), Planning Committee, 2009 - 2012

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law by the Ohio State Bar Association , 2007 - Present

Educational Background

  • Indiana University, Mauer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana - J.D. cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1986
  • Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, B.S., Honor: magna cum laude, Majors: Accounting/Business Administration, 1983

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Successfully defended a Will Contest action. , 2019
  • Represented beneficiaries of a trust challenging the actions of trustee and misappropriation of trust funds.  Obtained settlement to restore all misappropriated funds and removal of trustee., 2019
  • Obtained court verdict in favor of client to restore funds and property that were taken from him.  Court found that agent under power of attorney violated his fiduciary responsibilities and misappropriated cash, collectibles, and rare collectible vehicle. , 2018
  • Successfully represented family member to obtain compensation for services rendered to individual who was under court supervised guardianship., 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Discussion of the rights, responsibilities and duties of trustees of revocable and irrevocable trusts under current Ohio law.  Discussion of responsibility to keep beneficiaries informed, prepare annual report, supervise investment advisors, and ensure proper distribution of trust assets pursuant to the terms of the controlling trust document., The Trustee: Rights, Responsibilities & Duties Under Ohio Law, Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate, 2020
  • General discussion of the concept of undue influence and recent cases in Ohio.  Discussion of situations in which our aging population may be exploited by family, friends or others through use of powers of attorney, POD & TOD beneficiary designations, and  joint bank accounts., Undue Influence - Susceptibility of Our Aging Population to the Will of Others, Elder Law, Estate Planning, 2021
  • Outline the eligibility requirements for Ohio Medicaid for long term care whether in a facility or at home.  Discuss the process of applying for Medicaid and debunk many false ideas regarding Medicaid qualification.  Discussion of advance Medicaid planning opportunities and Medicaid crisis planning., Ohio Medicaid for Long Term Care - Demystifying the Process, Elder Law, Estate Planning, 2020

Honors/Awards

  • 2018-2021, Best Law Firms - Trusts & Estates, Best Lawyers , 2021
  • 2008-2021, Ohio Super Lawyers, Superlawyers, 2021
  • 2015 - 2021, Top Attorneys in Ohio, US News and World Report, 2021
  • 2015 - 2021, Client Distinction Award, Marindale Hubbell, 2021
  • 2010-2021, Trusts & Estates, Best Lawyers in America, 2021
  • America's Most Honored Professionals, The American Registry, 2014 - 2019, 2019

Industry Groups

  • Business
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
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Office Location for Karen A. Rolcik

8859 Cincinnati Dayton Road
Suite 201
West Chester, OH 45069

Phone: 513-777-7400

Fax: 513-777-3900

Last Updated: 7/15/2021

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