Alan Acker is a solo practitioner in Columbus and focuses his law practice in the areas of
estate planning, income taxation of trusts and estates, and probate. Alan is a frequent
lecturer for Ohio Continuing Legal Education and other professional groups
Alan has created a web-based document drafting system for Ohio attorneys to help them
draft revocable trusts, wills, and financial powers of attorney. Information about this
drafting system can be found at www.trustandwilldraftingsystem.com or by contacting
Alan directly. Alan has prepared trust and will forms for several law firms.
Alan has authored a book, The Estate Planners’ Guide to Income in Respect of a
Decedent, published by CCH, and has authored five BNA Tax Management Portfolios, the
most recent of which is Accounting for Trusts and Estates.
Alan has published numerous articles (his first appearing in the Journal of Taxation in
1978) that have appeared in myriad tax and legal publications, and such articles have
included the Flexible Irrevocable Trust, Fixing the Broken Trust, and Death Bed Tax
Alan was named by his peers as one of the 100 Super Lawyers® in Ohio for the past
several years, was named one of the top 100 estate planning lawyers in the country by
Worth Magazine in its December 2005 issue, was named Distinguished Author by Tax
Management Inc., and was awarded the Outstanding Discussion Leader by the Virginia
Society of CPAs back in 1991.
Alan is a member of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Board of
Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association, a member of the Ohio Estate Planning,
Trust and Probate Specialty Board for Ohio, and a fellow of the American College of Trust
and Estate Counsel.
Alan currently is the past chairperson of the Columbus Estate Planning Group. He was the
chairperson of the lawyers and medical professionals who drafted Living Wills and Health
Care Powers of Attorney Forms available to lawyers from the OSBA.
Lastly, Alan is an adjunct professor at Capital University Law School teaching income
taxation of trusts and estates and the drafting of estate planning documents.