Plant The Seed
Join our expert panel of local professionals who will talk about the estate planning process. Learn how to get started, what information to gather, working with your advisors, and how to think about your family and legacy plans.
Mike Miller – Trust Officer, LCNB National Bank
David J. Bross – Attorney, Shareholder, Truepoint Wealth Counsel
Chris Buttress – Attorney, Partner, Graydon
Kristin M. Lenhart – Attorney, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Jami Vallandingham – CPA, Shareholder, VonLehman
Guest Moderator and Panelist
Michael R. Miller, J.D., CFP®
Executive Vice President & Chief Trust Officer Trust Department Head
Michael R. Miller is an Executive Vice President and Chief Trust Officer at LCNB National Bank. As Head of the Trust Department, Mike brings over thirty years of legal, financial and trust experience from his years as a practicing attorney and his work at other financial institutions. His role within the Trust Department is to establish the overall strategic vision, effectively manage the various initiatives and processes, and ensure that department personnel have the tools and resources necessary to facilitate the proper execution of trust and investment services for LCNB clients. He is also a member of the bank’s Executive Management team, which has responsibility for managing the strategic and business affairs of the organization.
Mike received his Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green State University in 1980 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1983. A licensed attorney, he is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Estate Planning Trust and Probate Law. He earned his Certified Financial PlannerTM designation in 2003.
Mike is an alumnus of both Leadership Warren County and Leadership Cincinnati. He is a member of the Cincinnati Estate Planning Council, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association. He is a judge for the annual UC Goering Center business awards, a member of the CET Planned Giving Committee, and a member of the Sinclair College Foundation Board of Trustees.
David J. Bross, JD
Sr. Estate Planner & Shareholder
Truepoint Wealth Counsel
David Bross is a senior estate planner and shareholder at Truepoint Wealth Counsel. He takes an empathetic approach to estate planning, recognizing that clients often find it a difficult or uncomfortable topic. David strives to make the process as seamless as possible and works closely with his clients to get to know their family members, their wishes, and their complete financial picture. After working in private practice and then as a trust advisor in a financial planning practice, David was drawn to Truepoint because of the firm’s unwavering commitment to its clients, which he believes is unique to the industry. Additionally, David is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law, licensed by the Ohio State Bar Association.
David earned his bachelor’s in marketing and management from the University of Kentucky and law degree from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.
Von Lehman CPA & Advisory Firm
If you want an advisor who is just as invested in your business’ success as you are, then look no further than Jami Vallandingham. Jami cares about her clients like family, personally guiding them through the strategic business aspects of their unique challenges. Her creativity, centered on the individual client, has produced positive results measured by the impact of her proactive advice and in tax savings to her clients.
As leader of the firm’s 1040 practice, Jami understands that reading and analyzing income and financial statements is no small task. She focuses on making tax law understandable and always is looking for ways to get her clients the best possible return. Jami joined Von Lehman after merging her prior firm, West, Vallandingham & Company in 2002.
Christine A. Buttress, JD
Chris has practiced law in the personal planning area in Greater Cincinnati for over 30 years. She practices in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, prenuptial agreements and strategic philanthropy. She facilitates her clients’ generosity by counseling them in the management and disposition of property during lifetime, at death and after death, as well as in the related tax and personal considerations. Chris describes her approach to estate planning as holistic. It is not just about things and numbers; it is about the people and their relationships with one another.
Chris is a frequent lecturer and has published a variety of articles on a wide range of subjects in the area of estate planning and meets regularly with informal groups of estate planning attorneys to network and stay on top of trends and issues facing estate planners. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for her work in Trusts and Estates law from 2003-2017. Based on the grading and comments of her peers, Chris is recognized with an AV Rating, the highest rating given to lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell. From 2004-2019, she has been chosen by her peers as an Ohio Super Lawyer. Chris is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Beginning in 2003, the Ohio State Bar Association certiﬁed Chris as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.
Chris is a Co-Chair of the Firm’s Women’s Professional Development Group.
Since she deals with very personal client issues, Chris’s work philosophy is to emphasize the importance of good rapport and communication with her clients so that she fully understands what is most important to her clients. She is passionate about her family and credits her daughter, Maria, with reminding her to laugh and to remember what is really important. A little known fact about Chris: she was part of a women’s intramural football team in law school.
Kristin M. Lenhart, JD
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
With a thorough understanding of estate and trust law, Kristin represents a variety of individuals in estate planning and probate and trust administration matters. Focusing largely on the planning side, she leverages a practical, real-world approach to helping clients minimize the complications associated with the transfer of wealth. Understanding that estate planning sometimes involves an emotional component and complex family dynamics, Kristin tailors her approach to each client, quickly discerning their goals and laying out a strategy to help them get there. By building relationships with clients, she is also able to advise them on other matters, including general business needs, business and LLC formation and implementing business succession plans. Building on her past experience with a large accounting firm, Kristin also advises closely-held businesses, charitable organizations and family foundations on a variety of tax and business matters.
Kristin received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. She is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. Beyond her practice, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children, and in 2012 she co-authored a children’s book called “The Notre Dame Spirit,” which highlights the picturesque and legendary South Bend campus through the eyes of a first-time visitor.
Do You Have an Estate Plan?
Whatever your stage in life, it is a good idea to think about and plan for how your affairs will be handled. By preparing an estate plan, you’re safeguarding more than just matters of finances and inheritance, you’re also guiding future health decisions, providing for loved ones and creating your legacy. A few simple steps today will give you peace of mind tomorrow by ensuring you and your loved ones are well protected.
It is estimated that 60 percent of Americans don’t have a will or living trust to protect themselves and their families. With a few simple steps you can ensure that you and your loved ones are protected. Your estate plan can also be used to support your favorite charitable causes.
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