Alan Acker joined Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP in August 2011. He practices Family Wealth & Estate Planning with an emphasis on estate and gift taxation, income taxation of trusts and estates, charitable giving and probate law.
Alan brings a great deal of experience to the team of estate planning attorneys at CPM. He is a former Franklin County Ohio Probate Court Judge. Alan has practiced law in Norfolk, Virginia, Chicago, Illinois, as well as Columbus, with a primary focus on estate planning matters. Alan is the creator of the E&E Trust and Will Drafting System, a web-based system to assist Ohio attorneys in the drafting of trusts, wills and financial powers of attorney.
Alan is a long-time member of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Council. He was the former Chair of the OSBA Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Specialty Board. Alan is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Columbus Bar Association.
Alan was selected to the Super Lawyers list by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2004-2010, 2013-2020) and named as a “Top 100 Attorney” in the country by Robb Report Worth Magazine, Dec. 2005. He has also been recognized by US News “Best Lawyers” in America and is a life member of National Registry “Who’s Who”, 2001 Edition. Alan has received the Martindale-Hubbell® rating AV Preeminent®.
Alan has authored numerous books, portfolios and articles, including four Bloomberg BNA tax portfolios and a Bloomberg BNA accounting portfolio. A recent example of his work can be seen in a co-authored article titled, “The Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates,” published by Carolina Academic Press, a successful academic publishing company focused primarily on the legal industry. He has been published outside of the legal industry, with a book on theology and religion, “Thirteen Truths about God and Life: Deeper Understanding Through Deeper Thought,” published by Brighton Publishing. Additionally, Alan has a blog, The Examined Life, which discusses religious, philosophical and political issues.
Alan is a frequent lecturer for Ohio Continuing Legal Education and other professional groups. He is also a former adjunct professor at Capital University Law School, teaching classes on Federal Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates and drafting of Estate Planning Documents.
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