Our Team

Our Team

Robert M. Nelson

Robert M. Nelson's practice focuses primarily on estate planning, probate and trust administration and guardianships. In his estate planning practice, Bob is experienced with all types of estate plans ranging from simple Wills for single persons and young married couples, including the use of Living Wills, Health Care Powers of Attorney and Durable General Powers of Attorney, as well as more sophisticated plans utilizing living and irrevocable trusts, with and without federal estate tax planning aspects. Bob is also well versed in probate administration practice and has handled estates throughout Northeast Ohio, including in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Holmes, Mahoning, Trumbull, Lake and Geauga counties. He also has an active practice involving guardianships, both of the person and the estate, for both minors and incompetent adults.

Bob attended the University of Notre Dame Law School, and attained his Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve School of Law. While he was in law school, he was Note Editor for the Case Western Reserve Law Review. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from John Carroll University. Bob was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio where he graduated from Youngstown Ursuline High School. Upon graduation from Law School, Bob joined the Cleveland, Ohio law firm then known as Stotter, Familo, Cavitch, Elden and Durkin. Bob became a partner in the successor firm and spent many years in management of the firm and left after more than forty (40) years to form his current sole practice in Avon Lake, OH in March, 2013. Bob is a member of the Order of the Coif, an honor society for lawyers who graduate in the top ten percent of their class, and is a member of the Ohio State, Lorain County and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations. He also has been designated the highest AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell which is a nationally recognized lawyer publication. Bob lives in the Amherst, Ohio area, in Brownhelm Township, has three adult children and is the proud grandparent of five grandchildren.

Stephanie L. Maricic

Stephanie L. Maricic

Stephanie L. Maricic has been a Legal Secretary for over 35 years at several Cleveland, Ohio area law offices. She has experience in personal injury, litigation, general corporate, estate planning, probate and guardianship law. She has worked with Bob Nelson, both at a prior downtown Cleveland law firm and in her current position at Bob's sole practice. In her current position, Stephanie has significant duties and fulfills her responsibilities with a high degree of independence and has very frequent client contact. Stephanie received her Associate's Degree from Cuyahoga Community College. She has resided in Northeast Ohio for most of her life, is married and has three (3) children.

Joan Mascol

Joan Mascol

Joan Mascol is a life-long resident of the Cleveland, Ohio area. Joan was born and raised in Lakewood, Ohio, graduated from Lakewood High School and now resides in North Olmsted with her husband, Bob. She is the mother of daughter, Susie. Joan started her career shortly after graduation with her first position as a secretary with Travelers Insurance Company and later worked for approximately fifteen (15) years with Addressograph Multigraph in Euclid and later in Warrensville Heights. In 1977, Joan joined the Cleveland law firm then known as Stotter, Familo, Cavitch, Elden & Durkin as a legal secretary. A few years later, she became the bookkeeper at the firm and finished her career there in that position, retiring from the successor firm in 2014. Joan helped Bob Nelson start his practice in April of 2013 and then became the bookkeeper (and part-time legal secretary) for Bob in May, 2014.