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Ms. Pauken draws on over 20 years of experience as a lawyer to provide wise and compassionate advice, unique to each client’s personal and family situation. She helps our clients protect and preserve their assets while planning for their futures. Ms. Pauken started her career in a small firm, doing a wide range of civil litigation. Later she defended drug and medical device manufacturers in large-scale litigation, before settling into family law.
As a family law attorney, Ms. Pauken focused on a collaborative practice model, working with families to negotiate the best possible resolution in difficult circumstances. Over time, her practice has shifted to the planning aspect of representing families. Ms. Pauken helps her clients plan for the preservation and distribution of their assets, often through the use of trusts. She advises clients when a spouse or elderly family member is facing admission to a nursing home or long-term care facility, helping them navigate the often confusing world of Medicaid eligibility and asset preservation.
Ms. Pauken also advises and advocates for children with special educational needs, to help them obtain the services they need in order to thrive. She assists their parents with guardianships, conservatorships, and special needs trusts, along with general estate planning.
When she is not working with clients, Meg spends time with her husband, daughters, and dog Ollie camping and hiking.
- Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D. 1990
- Miami University, B.A. 1986
- Certification in Divorce Mediation, Cleveland Mediation Center, Cleveland OH
- All Ohio State Courts
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- Illinois State Courts (Inactive)
Publications and Seminars
“Practical Application of the Attorney Work Product Doctrine,” American Bar Association Products Liability Newsletter, Spring 2009.
“Outsourcing Legal Support Services: Strategies for Success,” MIM Reporter, Winter 2009.
“Technology for Litigators: Selecting the Right Tool for the Job,” presented 2009; sponsor: Litigation Management, Inc.
“Family Law in the Fifty States: 1997-1998 (Ohio),” American Bar Association Family Law Quarterly, Winter 1998.
“The ABC’s of Lawyering: Domestic Relations Law,” presented 1998; Sponsor: Cleveland Bar Association.
“Setting Up Your Solo Practice,” presented 1998; Sponsor: Cleveland Bar Association.
“What Matters Most: Protecting and Connecting Your Family and Your Legacy,” presented 2017; Sponsor: Lantern of Chagrin Valley
See a list of Meg Pauken’s blog posts here.
10-min Legal Talk with Meg Pauken on Estate Planning: In this brief interview, Meg talks about why estate planning is not just for the super-wealthy, what you need to think about at the various stages of your life, and why she loves her work.
“Web meets will: consider digital assets in estate planning,” Cleveland Jewish News (Sept 19, 2017): Have you considered your digital assets as part of your estate plan? Read about how to ensure your estate plan is thorough and includes all of your assets in this article featuring Meg Pauken.
“What Does An Elder Law Attorney Do, Anyway?” Fine Lifestyles Magazine (Vol5, issue3, 2017): In this feature on Meg Pauken, she discusses how she helps adults prepare for additional care for their parents as they age and how they can pay for that care while protecting their assets.
- First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, President, Board of Trustees
- Geauga County, Master Gardener