John M. Prelac

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® 2012
John's clients trust him to be responsive to their needs and to be "the voice of reason." He provides individualized attention to meet the legal needs of his clients.
Estate Planning/Probate Administration Law

A trusted legal advisor, John is experienced in handling complex estate planning issues addressing specifics concerns such as:

  • Asset division among blended families
  • Wealth management protection for minor children
  • Minimizing tax issues
  • Elder Law
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Adult Guardianship
  • Adoption
  • Charitable Giving
  • Estate Administration and Taxation
  • Offshore Trusts

For 25 years, John has helped his clients develop thorough estate plans that match their wealth with their legacy goals.  Whether you are trying to advance charitable giving, protect your children from themselves, or provide for the support and education of future generations, John will take the time to listen to your desires and explain the benefits of various forms of estate planning to reach your goals.

Estate Litigation

In addition to customizing estate plans to meet the needs of his clients, John is often relied upon to enforce the original intent of an estate plan documents.  Often times he represents family members in estate litigation matters involving:

  • Power of attorney abuse
  • Enforcing trust provisions on behalf of beneficiaries
  • Protecting interests of beneficiaries to an estate
  • Rights of biological children in an estate division in which a step parent could potentially be hiding assets
  • Rights of beneficiaries under Trust Agreements
  • Missing Heir Searches

Contested Wills, Trusts or Estates

Family Cottage Law

Combining his estate planning experience with his skills in developing business formations, John also helps families with a unique asset - the family cottage.  This advanced form of estate planning can help families keep the cottage "in the family" as well as help families reduce future squabbles relating to usage, maintenance and buyouts of a family cottage or vacation home before they become family feuds.  A Family Cottage LLC lays the ground work to handle these situations, and address estate tax issues.

Business Law

Over the past two decades, John has successfully helped hundreds of business throughout Northeast Ohio develop their concepts and ideas into recognized household names in the service, manufacturing and franchise restaurant industries.  A regular on-site visitor at each of his clients' businesses, John takes this knowledge to help ensure that the legal framework of the corporate structure, leases, contracts, employee rules and regulations comply with state and federal regulations as well as with the company's goals and objectives to enable corporate growth and development. His clients trust him to advise them on legal issues pertaining to:

  • Business Development
  • Business Estate Planning
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Transactions
  • Business Transfers
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Joint Ventures
  • Pass-Through Entities
  • Garnishments
  • Secured & Unsecured Collections
  • Family Limited Partnerships
  • Personal Property Leasing
  • Real Estate Matters
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Governance


  • The University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 1984
  • The University of Akron, M.T., 1984
  • Mount Union College, B.A., 1981

Community Involvement

  • Chair of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Development Advisory Committee;
  • St. Luke's Foundation, President
  • Stark County Bar Association, Elder Law, Corporate Law, Probate and Citizenship Committees
  • Mercy Development Foundation, Board of Directors


  • Member of Law Review
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon Economic Honorary
  • Ohio Super Lawyers 2012


I'm 18 and I like it - September 15, 2010

To reach John, please e-mail him at or call him direct at 330.458.2016.