Overview

Barbara has been the chair of Reminger's Estate Planning Group for more than twenty years and has been counseling clients on estate planning and probate and trust administration issue for more than thirty years. Her practice is focused on:

  • Estate and Gift Planning
  • Estate Tax Law and Planning
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Trusts and Trust Administration
  • Asset Protection Planning

Barbara counsels clients on both simple and complex estate, charitable and retirement planning matters, and has experience dealing with the Internal Revenue Service to resolve estate and gift tax issues. She helps clients analyze, develop and implement appropriate comprehensive estate plans, from basic planning to the use of sophisticated and cutting edge techniques for high net worth clients. 

Barbara frequently speaks on estate planning matters to groups of individuals and professional advisors. She also performs community service in a leadership role with a multitude of organizations.

Honors & Recognitions

Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) designee by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC)

2017 Recipient of Cleveland Jewish News "Difference Maker" Award

2014 Recipient of YWCA Woman of Professional Excellence

2007 Recipient of the Cleveland Clinic Speaking Of Women's Health Award for Leadership and Community Service

Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Trusts and Estates, since 2009

Barbara Janovitz Best Lawyers
Rated AV® Preeminent™: Very Highly Rated in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by Martindale Hubbell Peer Review


Community & Professional

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Trust and Estate Section

Ohio State Bar Association, Trust and Estate Section

Ohio Women's Bar Association

American Bar Association, Trust and Estate Section

The Estate Planning Council of Greater Cleveland

The Cleveland Estate Planning Women's Group

Community Service:

Vice President, Beachwood City Council

Board of Directors, The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Board of Trustees & Development Chair, Rose Centers for Aging Well

Board Member of The Montefiore Foundation
-Former Treasurer and Professional Advisory Chair

Member, Case Western Reserve University Estate Planning Advisory Council

Professional Advisory Committee Member, Cleveland Marshall College of Law

Member, University Hospital Health Systems, Diamond Advisory Group

Former Member, Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute National Leadership Board

Former Member, Cleveland State University's School of Social Work Visiting Committee

Former Board of Trustees, The Center for Community Solutions
-Served as board representative for Eisenman Award Committee
-Co-chaired United Way/Center for Community Solutions Centennial, voted one of the top 10 best benefits in Cleveland in 2013 

Co-Chair for the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center's Key for the Cure, 2008

News

News

Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning in an Era of Tax Uncertainty
    Beachwood, OH, Jul 11, 2017
  • Planned Giving Opportunities
    Cleveland, OH, Apr 24, 2017
  • Women in Politics
    Cleveland, OH, Mar 21, 2017
  • Estate Planning for the Business Entrepreneur 
    The Launch House, Shaker Heights, OH, May 5, 2016
  • The Golden Age Centers
    The Country Club-Cleveland, OH, May 4, 2014
  • Na’Amat USA luncheon
    Landerhaven-Cleveland, Ohio, May 4, 2014
  • Estate Planning and Charitable Giving for the Professional Woman
    Cleveland Israel Bonds Women’s Division Business and Professional Group - Cleveland, OH, Dec 4, 2013
  • Key Principles of Elderly Advisors and Trustees
    Montefiore Directors and Administrative Council - Cleveland, OH, Nov 18, 2013
  • Preserving Dignity and Wealth Properly Advising your Aging Clients
    Preserving Dignity and Wealth Properly Advising your Aging Clients - Cleveland, OH, Oct 10, 2013
  • Planning After the New Estate Tax Laws
    Lake West Medical Center - Mending Hearts Organization - Willoughby, OH, Apr 3, 2013
  • Estate Planning Consideration for the Physician
    South Pointe Hospital Staff - Cleveland, OH, Mar 18, 2013
  • Estate Planning and the expected changes to the Federal and Ohio Estate Tax Laws
    Mended Hearts of Greater Cleveland/Hillcrest Hospital - Cleveland, OH, Mar 13, 2013
  • Representing the Elderly Client
    Annual Montefiore Foundation Professional Advisor Seminar - Cleveland, OH, Oct 25, 2012
  • New Federal and Ohio Estate Tax Legislation
    First Merit Bank N.A. Private Wealth Managers - Cleveland, OH, Sep 27, 2012
  • Estate Planning in a Changing Environment
    WCLV Radio Station - Cleveland, OH, Mar 25, 2012
  • The Estate Tax Law Changes of 2011 and Anticipated Changes in 2012
    International Referral Network - Cleveland, OH, Dec 6, 2011
  • Estate Planning and Estate Tax Laws
    Senior Men’s Club Jewish Community Center - Beachwood, OH, Nov 14, 2011
  • Estate Planning and the New Estate Tax Laws
    The Victory Center - Toledo, OH, Aug 10, 2011
  • Potential Changes in the Estate Tax Law - International Referral Network
    Cleveland, OH, Nov 16, 2010
  • Estate Planning for the "Middle Class"-Taleris Credit Union.
    Solon,OH, Apr 13, 2010
  • 2010 Federal Estate Tax Law Changes, International Referral Network
    Feb 23, 2010
  • The Uniqueness of the Estate Planning Practice Culture
    Sep 22, 2009
  • Estate Planning as Part of Your Financial Plan
    Jun 18, 2009
  • Ohio Estate Tax Planning and Non-Tax Reasons for Estate Planning
    Apr 14, 2009
  • Estate Planning and Estate Tax Law, Gilbride & Company CLE for Attorneys, Accountants, and Financial Planners
    Independence, OH, Dec 10, 2008
  • Estate Planning and Trusts for the Solo and Small Firm Practitioner, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    Cleveland, Ohio, Jun 10, 2008
  • RIsing Healthcare Charitable Giving, Cleveland Clinic Financial Strategies Spring 2008
    Cleveland, Ohio, Apr 23, 2008
  • The Intersection of Trusts and Domestic Relations Law, Ohio State Bar Association Update for Family Law Specialists
    Columbus, Ohio, Apr 11, 2008
  • The Personal Side of Estate Planning, Golden Age Centers of Greater Cleveland
    Cleveland, Ohio, Nov 20, 2007
  • Estate Planning for the Middle Class, Ravenna Community Center
    Ravenna, Ohio, Oct 13, 2007
  • Estate Planning in 2007, Mansfield Chapter Society of Financial Service Professionals
    Mansfield, OH, Sep 20, 2007
  • Estate Planning for the Professional Woman, 1st Annual Women's Health Event, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Cleveland, Ohio, Sep 8, 2007
  • The Estate Tax Implications of the Anna Nicole Smith Case, International Referral Group
    Beachwood, Ohio, Apr 27, 2007

Insights

Publications

  • Jan 7, 2014
  • 'Word To The Wealthy: Move Now On Estate And Gift Taxes'
    Cleveland Jewish News, Dec 20, 2012
  • $5 million question: How will that cash affect heirs?
    Crain’s Cleveland Business Nov. 12, 2012 issue. Page 10, Nov 12, 2012
  • Estate Planning and Outlook for 2013
    Reminger Estate Planning Advisory Bulletin - Fall 2012, Sep 26, 2012
  • Crain's Cleveland Business, Nov 15, 2010
  • Cleveland Jewish News, Oct 15, 2010
  • "What Happened to the Estate Tax?"
    The Cleveland Jewish News, Apr 16, 2010
  • "Estate Planning During Uncertain Times"
    Currents Magazine - April Issue, Apr 15, 2010
  • When Choosing an Estate Planning Attorney, Think Personally
    Nov 24, 2009
  • Wealth Transfer System Future Unclear
    Nov 16, 2009
  • The Personal Side of Estate Planning
    Cleveland Bar Journal, 2000
  • Per Capita and Per Stirpes Distributions
    Cleveland Bar Journal, 1986
  • The Labor Dispute Resolution Process
    Ann. Survey Am. Law 741, 1982

Reminger Reports

  • Estate Planning Advisory Bulletin, Congress allows Federal Estate Tax to be Repealed
    Feb 3, 2010

Blog Posts

Education

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1983

B.S., The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1980

Georgetown University, 1976-1978

Admissions

  • State of Ohio, 1983
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