Barry Zimmer founded THE ZIMMER LAW FIRM in June 1993, to practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Business Succession Planning. His goal was and continues to be helping clients understand and demystify the often confusing world of Estate Planning in an ever-changing society, and to implement effective Estate Planning with minimal effort and time investment. The firm works from the belief that planning should always be driven by purpose. As a result, there are no “canned” or pre-set planning solutions. Instead, Zimmer helps clients identify their goals first and then builds estate and business plans based on that understanding.
In private practice since receiving his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1979, Zimmer earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from U.C. with Honors, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1976. He was profiled in the 1990-1991 edition of Who’s Who in American Law for contribution to the betterment of contemporary society, and has lectured numerous times on legal topics, and authored several articles and Special Reports on Estate Planning. He is a former guest columnist on Simply Money, on 91.7 FM, WVXU. He makes occasional guest appearances on radio about estate planning topics, and has been quoted in newspaper articles and columns on Estate Planning matters.
From Zimmer’s perspective, excellence in implementing trust-based estate plans is but one aspect of his responsibility to clients. Providing reliable guidance and service to families of clients who pass away is just as critical as sound planning at the front end. He and his staff have successfully handled hundreds of trust estate and probate cases, and are experienced in settling and distributing a wide variety of estate assets to heirs.
Zimmer also believes strongly in continuing education. He devotes substantial time and resources to staying up to date on the latest laws, trends and techniques.
The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, of which Zimmer is a founding member, is a limited membership organization that provides continuing legal education to members, and practice management support and training. The goal of the Academy is to help foster excellence in attorney member services to their clients. Zimmer has been actively involved in the Academy since its inception in 1993, including service on the Academy’s first Board of Governors and Education Advisory Board. He regularly attends specialized and advanced training by the experts in the Academy Education Department several times a year. This includes two national conferences sponsored by the Academy for its members, where Zimmer also networks with Estate Planning Lawyers from across the country.
In addition, Zimmer attends numerous local and regional estate planning training courses each year on state and federal laws and developing techniques. He is certified to present Continuing Legal Education programs for financial professionals and CPA’s about estate planning issues and laws.
Zimmer is a member of the Cincinnati and Ohio State Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in all Ohio courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Federal District Court of the Southern District of Ohio, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. He is married with two children, and lives in Symmes Township. When he isn’t working, Zimmer enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and reading.