Michael DeCarlo

Michael DeCarlo

Akron, Ohio

Michael has over 30 years of experience in:

Estate planning and Probate, including the preparation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, and family limited partnerships.

State and Federal estate, estate income, trust income, and gift tax return preparation and audit defense. Business succession planning for business owners.

Business law, including formation of corporations (professional, subchapter S, C, and tax exempt), partnerships, limited liability companies, documents governing entity operations, acquisitions, mergers, liquidations, asset and ownership interest transfers, and financing transactions.

Real estate law, including negotiation and preparation of real estate contracts, commercial and residential leases, tax deferred exchanges, subdivision restrictions, condominium documents, homeowners and condominium associations, and mortgage based financing documents.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
  • 20% Business and Corporate Law
  • 20% Real Estate Law
  • 10% Taxation

Litigation Percentage

  • 20% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, Ohio State Bar Association , 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1990


  • University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio
    • Juris Doctor - 1986
  • Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
    • B.S. - 1982
    • Major: Criminal Justice

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association - Member, Sections on Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law; Corporate Counsel; Real Property Law, 1986 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Corporate Counsel; Real Property Law, Member, 1986 - Present
  • Akron Bar Association - Member, committees on Business and Corporate Law; Taxation; Real Property Law; Estate Planning and Probate Law (Chairman 1998-1999); Real Property Law, Tax and Estate Planning Council of Akron


  • English (Primary)