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Providing You With Peace of Mind Through Advocacy & Advice

I approach my cases with a logical outlook by examining what options work best for you and your unique situation.


My goal is to provide legal counsel and support that is considerate of your individual legal needs.


You can count on me to be by your side through every step of the process so that you can move forward with confidence.

Estate Planning & Education Law Attorney in Akron, Ohio

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Max W. Thomas

Attorney at Law

After receiving my J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, I began my legal career working in business litigation for a larger firm. I have always been a very social person both personally and professionally, and my position with the firm did not give me the opportunity to work directly with clients. After my daughter was born with down syndrome, I quickly learned the ins and outs of education law and decided to build my own practice around that, along with estate planning services. Through these two areas, I'm able to develop a genuine, long-lasting relationship with the wonderful families and individuals that I represent. It's almost as if they become a part of my family and vice versa. If you're in need of trusted legal guidance or representation, reach out to me today.


"I want to advocate for people. I came from parents who worked in education, as did I prior to my legal career. These areas are in my bones and this is where my passion lies."

Max W. Thomas

Estate Planning Made Easy

Throughout your life, you accumulate property that you care greatly about. Whether it's your home in Akron, your dream car, or even those vinyl records that you have been collecting for years on end. Not only do these things have sentimental value to you and your family, but they have monetary value in the eyes of the court.

Before you pass away, you'll need to declare how you want to allocate your assets, also known as your estate, to your loved ones. This can provide you with valuable peace of mind by making sure your estate is distributed according to your exact wishes after you are gone.

As an experienced estate planning attorney, I can help you plan for the future in a few different ways. I'll help you establish a will or trust, both of which can protect your property and designate the beneficiaries of your estate. The main difference between wills and trusts is that the former takes effect after you pass away, while the latter can take effect immediately after it's created.

If your loved one didn't plan their estate before they passed, the court system is responsible for dividing their assets. In this case, I can also serve as your probate attorney to make sure the division is done fairly and reasonably. Regardless of your legal needs, I'm here to help in any way that I can.

Strategic & Effective Legal Guidance

There is no cookie-cutter way to approach estate planning. My favorite aspect of being an estate planning attorney is the problem solving required to give each of my clients the best representation possible. Even though the general process of distributing assets to beneficiaries is the same, not one person, couple, or family owns the same combination, or value, of assets.

As we get closer and I get to know your story better, I'll develop a plan for your estate that allocates your property to your loved ones while keeping your best wishes in mind. Your satisfaction is my top priority, and I want to see you happy with my legal assistance just as much as you do.

If you have a child that has special needs or otherwise needs an Individualized Education Program (IEP), you need to make sure that the program matches your goals and expectations. School administrations often overlook IEP's, so it is my job as an education law attorney to make sure your student is receiving the best education possible given their distinct set of needs.

If you are running a business and have run into an issue regarding harassment, discrimination, the termination of an employee, or anything similar, I have over a decade of experience with business litigation and civil litigation to help you. Call my office in Akron, Ohio, if you're seeking legal guidance.