Howard Schwartz

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Practice Areas:

  • Probate & Estate Planning
  • Business Law


Howard M. Schwartz focuses his practice on probate, estate planning and business law. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of probate and estate administration matters, wills, trusts, succession planning and advanced directives. He routinely handles probate matters in Hamilton County Probate Court, Butler County Probate Court, Clermont County Probate Court and Warren County Probate Court. Additionally, he represents individuals, private businesses, and professionals in matters involving succession planning, entity formation, contracts, sales transactions, buying/selling small businesses, and commercial transactions.

Howard has repeatedly received an AV rating under the Martindale Hubbell lawyer rating system. An AV rating means his attorney peers have recognized him with their highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Howard is Of Counsel to Flagel & Papakirk LLC. Previously, Howard served as Managing Partner of Sirkin Pinales & Schwartz LLP for thirty years.

Howard received his B.S.E.E. from the University of Cincinnati and his J.D. from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He was admitted to the Bar of the State of Ohio and U.S. District Court in 1975. Howard is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association and a past chairperson of its Certified Grievance Committee. Additionally, he is a former member of the Board of the Mayerson JCC and a past president.

Howard's estate planning practice focuses on helping clients achieve comprehensive estate planning goals. Plans are specifically designed for the needs of the individual client or family. The estate planning services range from the creation of simple wills and trusts to the origination of intricate estate and business succession plans. Howard provides estate planning advice to a diverse group of clients, including professionals, executives, large and small family groups and business owners.

Howard represents personal representatives and beneficiaries throughout the probate process, including opening and closing estates and guardianships, counseling executors and trustees regarding tax planning, the division of assets, and the funding and long-term management of trusts, as well as the preparation of estate tax returns.

In addition, he works with his clients to minimize disputes but, when necessary, provides aggressive litigation services to protect the client's rights.


  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky
    • J.D.
  • University of Cincinnati
    • B.S.E.E.

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Professional Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Member

Past Positions

  • Sirkin Pinales & Schwartz LLP, Managing Partner