Joel R. Aberth

Joel AberthJoel R. Aberth, retired, is of-counsel at Stark & Knoll in its Estate Planning & Probate Group. He has more than 45 years of experience practicing in trust and estate administration, estate planning, trust and estate taxation matters and the preparation of wills and trusts.

"I believe during the administration of an estate or trust the family members are just as important as the Court and the taxing authorities. I endeavor to promote full understanding and family harmony throughout the process by total communication with everyone concerned and explanation of all issues." - Joel R. Aberth

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning & Estate Administration
  • Estates, Wealth Transfer and Succession Planning
  • Trusts and Trust Administration
  • Special Needs, Guardianships, Disability and Elder Planning
  • Probate & Probate Litigation

Joel has been advising clients throughout Northeast Ohio on estate planning and estate administration issues for more than 45 years. Prior to joining Stark & Knoll in 2007 Joel had a successful career as a solo practitioner with emphasis in the areas of trusts and estates. Prior to establishing his law practice, Joel had several years experience with a large trust department where he worked in the areas of investment research, portfolio management and personal trust administration. Joel is semi-retired from the practice of law and is no longer accepting new responsibilities. Joel is continuing to work with long term clients and assisting others with introductions to appropriate counsel as determined by the needs of the client.

Bar Associations

  • Akron Bar Association, past president of Probate Law Section
  • Ohio State Bar Association


  • The University of Akron School of Law, 1970
  • The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science, 1965

Professional & Community Leadership

  • Akron Bar Association Foundation
  • Bluecoats, Inc. – Past President and Trustee
  • The Boggess Foundation – Trustee
  • The Mckibben Foundation – Trustee
  • The Sanders Foundation – Trustee
  • The Smart Charitable Trust - Trustee

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers, Trusts and Estates, 2010


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