Overview

As a shareholder of Reminger’s Probate Litigation Department, Paul has statewide experience involving an array of million-dollar estate, trust, and guardianship issues such as undue influence, power of attorney abuse, and financial exploitation. An award-winning journalist who worked at daily newspapers around the country before becoming a lawyer, Paul employs the writing and investigation skills he developed as a reporter to maximize results in litigation. Whether you are ready to plan your estate, need questions answered after a family member dies, or believe litigation is necessary to challenge wills, beneficiary designations, or other bad acts, Paul has guided clients through post-death land, corporate, divorce, and oil-and-gas lease disputes.

Paul regularly lectures on estate and trust administration and litigation topics across the state of Ohio. He is an officer for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law Section.

Representative Experience

Through effective cross examination at hearing (first chair), obtained client’s appointment as estate administrator over competing application by demonstrating other applicant was unsuitable to serve as the estate’s fiduciary. 

Used effective written discovery and took multiple depositions that led to summary judgment on breach of fiduciary duty claim against estate executor for failing to prudently invest the decedent’s assets.

 Obtained bench trial plaintiff’s verdict (third chair) and directed witnesses in plaintiff’s case in chief to help demonstrate elderly man’s caretaker exercised undue influence regarding his payable-on-death beneficiary designations.

Removed nominated executor (second chair) through effective hearing preparation and motion practice. 

Honors & Recognitions

Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine

Paul R. Shugar
Rated by Super Lawyers


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2012 Sidney A. Levin Award
-Best Legal Writing Paper for Student Note: Troubled Agreement for Troubled Waters: How an Amended Boundary Waters Treaty Can Solve the Great Lakes Agreement's Fatal Flaws, published in 2013 Cleveland-Marshall Global Business Law Review

North Carolina Press Association Awards 2010
-First place, sports news

North Carolina Press Association Awards 2009
-Second place, sports news

Pacific NW SPJ Awards 2007
-First place, sports news

Pacific NW SPJ Awards 2006
-Third place, sports feature; Honorable mention, sports news

Inland Northwest SPJ Awards 2006
-Second place, general columns

Ohio AP Awards 2002
-Best sports columnist; sports game story, honorable mention

Eagle Scout
-Highest rank awarded by Boy Scouts of America

Community & Professional

Ohio State Bar Association

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
-Speaker Chair, Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law Section

Results

For a more complete list of trial results, please contact attorney.

News

Speaking Engagements

  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish
    Toledo, OH, Nov 19, 2019
  • Cleveland, OH, Oct 25, 2019
  • 2019 Probate Case Law and Statutory Update
    Cleveland, OH, Oct 25, 2019
  • Cleveland, OH, Oct 15, 2019
  • The Ills of Financial Elder Abuse
    Cleveland, OH, Sep 24, 2019
  • Ethical Issues in Probate Proceedings and Introduction to Other Kinds of Probate Litigation
    Perrysburg, OH, Sep 20, 2019
  • Estate Planning and Administration: The Complete Guide
    Cleveland, OH, Aug 14, 2019
  • Ethical Issues in Probate Proceedings and Introduction to Other Kinds of Probate Litigation
    Westlake, OH, Aug 13, 2019
  • Introduction to the First Amendment and Defamation Laws in the Age of Trump
    Athens, OH, Apr 15, 2019
  • Associated Legal Remedies When Financial Exploitation is Suspected in Elder Clients
    Columbus, OH, Mar 14, 2019
  • Initial Filing in the Probate Court and Estate Timeline, and Law of Intestate Succession
    Canton, OH, Dec 5, 2018
  • Introduction to the First Amendment and Defamation Laws in the Age of Social Media
    Athens, OH, Nov 18, 2018
  • How to Prepare and File the Inventory, Administration of the Estate
    Cleveland, OH, Nov 15, 2018
  • How to Prepare, Inventory and Administer an Estate
    Cleveland, OH, Nov 14, 2018
  • Independence, OH, Sep 27, 2018
  • Fiduciary Responsibilities in Administering Estates and Trusts
    Cleveland, OH, May 30, 2018
  • Live Teleconference, May 22, 2018
  • Don’t Text and Unduly Influence: An Overview of How to Use Electronic Discovery in Probate Litigation
    Cleveland, OH, May 15, 2018
  • First Amendment Freedoms and Defamation
    Athens, OH, Apr 3, 2018
  • Trusts 101
    Lima, OH, Dec 1, 2017
  • Defamation Law and Application in the Age of Digital and Social Media
    Athens, OH, Nov 7, 2017
  • The Probate Process/How to Prepare an Inventory as Part of the Estate Administration Process
    Perrysburg, OH, Nov 3, 2017
  • Power of Attorney and Fiduciary Documents Best Serving our Elderly
    Cleveland, OH, Jun 22, 2017
  • The Insidious Operation of Adult Financial Exploitation: Lessons From the Case Involving the Exploitation of Dr. Charles Sifford
    Cleveland, OH, Jun 6, 2017
  • Guardianship and Power of Attorney Litigation
    Cleveland, OH, Mar 10, 2017
  • Issues of Elder Law Abuse and Ethical Considerations When Representing Client with Diminished Capacity
    Cleveland, OH, Mar 10, 2017
  • Legal Issues that Arise Interpreting the First Amendment and How Defamation Law Applies to the World of Social Media
    Athens, OH, Oct 31, 2016
  • First Amendment Freedoms and Defamation
    Ohio University Scripps School of Journalism, Athens, OH, Apr 4, 2016
  • First Amendment Standards Applied to Student Journalists
    Ohio University - Scripps High School Journalism Workshop, Athens, OH, Jul 17, 2015
  • Guardianship and Agent Litigation
    Stark County Bar Assn. Estate Planning & Litigation Symposium, Canton, OH, May 28, 2015
  • Careers in Sports Journalism and the Legal Profession
    Ohio University Chapter of Associated Press Sports Editors, Athens, OH, Mar 26, 2015
  • APSE Presentation and First Amendment and the Press - Ohio University Chapter of Associated Press Sports Editors
    Ohio University, Mar 21, 2015
  • Advanced Directives in Probate Practice
    Ohio Probate Court Associations of Ohio Webinar, Nov 19, 2014

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Publications

Blog Posts

Education

J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, cum laude, 2013

  • Dean’s List
  • Dean Advisory Council
  • Global Business Law Review, Managing Publications Editor
  • Cleveland-Marshall Trial Team member
  • Editor ofThe Gavel (Law school student newspaper)
  • International Law Students Association Treasurer
  • CALI High ‘A’ in Scholarly Writing

B.A., Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, 2003

  • Dean’s List
  • Sports Editor of The Post (Independent student newspaper)
  • Society of Professional Journalists

Admissions

  • State of Ohio, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2015
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