Welcome Attorney George O. Aljoe

We are delighted to announce that Attorney George O. Aljoe has joined the firm.  He will concentrate his practice on elder law, particularly Medicaid planning, as well as general estate planning, asset protection, guardianships and probate.

George comes to Hickman & Lowder with several years of elder law experience, where he successfully helped clients navigate the Medicaid application process and ensured they received the dignified long-term care they needed. George graduated from Ohio University in 2005 with a degree in History and earned his law degree in 2015 from the University of Akron School of Law.

George is a member of the Stark County Bar Association Elder Law Committee, and he lives in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with his wife Ellyn and daughter Rose.

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2021 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

We are proud to announce that three Hickman & Lowder attorneys have been named as 2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.  Attorney Franklin J. Hickman has been honored as a Super Lawyer in Schools and Education, and Attorney Janet L. Lowder has been honored as a Super Lawyer in Estate and Probate, as well as making the  Top 25: 2021 Women Cleveland Super Lawyer list.  Attorney David S. Banas has been honored as a Rising Star in Elder Law.
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Attorney David Banas Featured in Cleveland Jewish News

Attorney David S. BanasAttorney David Banas was featured in the CJN article Lawyers are Useful Resource Following a Death, where he provides guidance on what to do when you lose a loved one.  “A good lawyer understands that the days, especially immediately after a death, are emotionally wrenching, the first advice we give is to lean on your friends, family and attorney so you aren’t overwhelmed by everything.”

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Meet the Team: Linda Gorczynski – Attorney

Linda concentrates her practice on special education law, where she works with families and school administrators, to see that each child’s needs are properly identified and then met, in their least restrictive environment.  Linda has been at the IEP team table as a parent, as counsel for the school district and as counsel for the student, so she has a diverse understanding of the concerns, needs and barriers from each perspective.

📜 Graduate of Akron School of Law
👦🏻👧🏻👦🏼 Proud Mom of three
🏖 Beach Lover
🎥 Netflix Binge Watcher

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Meet the Team: David Banas – Attorney

David is a shareholder and director at Hickman & Lowder. He concentrates his practice on elder law, particularly planning for long-term care issues, assisting with the Medicaid process, trust and estate administration, as well as general estate planning. David also focuses on special needs planning, by establishing guardianships, trusts, and other legal mechanisms-to help families care for their loved ones. Working together with his clients, he can help protect a child with special needs or ensure that a spouse or parent obtains the dignified long-term care they need.


🎓 Capital University Law School Graduate
🎶 Loves listening to the Avett Brothers
👦🏻👦🏻 Proud Dad to two boys
🚲 Enjoys biking

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Introducing Getting Up to SPeED

We are excited to introduce Getting Up to SPeED, with Attorney Linda Gorczynski and Special Education Advocate Mary Jo O’Neill.  Working together they listen to your concerns, assess your child’s educational needs and act as your support and guide when interacting with your school district.  You may not know whether you need a lawyer; you may have just one question that needs to be answered, or you may want someone to represent your family every step of the way. Wherever you are in your journey, we are here for you. Working together as partners, we can make great strides towards accomplishing your goals for your child at school and beyond.


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