Ahlrichs & Ahlrichs Co., LPA, located on the West Side, has been serving Cincinnati families’ and businesses’ legal needs since 1957. Dedicated to quality service, the intimate size of our firm is uniquely tailored for personal attention and problem solving.

Our Services

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Estate Planning & Probate

Protecting yourself and your assets at any age can be a complicated process, but planning ahead provides peace of mind for both you and your family. Having an estate plan in place ensures your wishes are carried out after your death and allows you to designate someone to make financial and healthcare decisions for you when necessary.

We offer a wide range of estate planning services based upon your values, goals and interests, including wills and trusts, Powers of Attorney for financial and health care, and long-term care planning. We also offer legal services in probate administration and guardianships and are experienced in the courtroom when an issue cannot be resolved through planning alone.

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Family Law

Every family is unique and working with a family law attorney helps resolve issues that easily become difficult, confusing and complicated.

Our team can help you understand all of the options available to you and develop the right strategy for your personal situation.

We are experienced in divorce and dissolution, child custody, child support, adoption, and juvenile law. All our attorneys are trained in negotiation, collaboration, mediation, and litigation. This comprehensive skill set enables us to negotiate on behalf of our clients to reach creative solutions if possible and advocate for our clients in the courtroom if necessary.

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General Practice

Whether you’re managing your own business or preparing your family for the future, it’s important to have a team of advisors you can trust to help you navigate complex legal issues that may arise.

In addition to our estate planning and family law services, our team of attorneys is uniquely experienced to handle a variety of general legal issues for you, your family, or your business.

This includes real estate needs, business contracts, formations & dissolution, mediation, and guardianships. We will consult with other professionals, such as CPAs and financial advisors, at your request, to offer multi- disciplinary  comprehensive solutions.

Our Services

Portrait of an ethnically diverse, multi-generation family outdoors in warm weather. They are standing and smiling towards the camera.

Estate Planning & Probate

Protecting yourself and your assets at any age can be a complicated process, but planning ahead provides peace of mind for both you and your family. Having an estate plan in place ensures your wishes are carried out after your death and allows you to designate someone to make financial and healthcare decisions for you when necessary.

We offer a wide range of estate planning services based upon your values, goals and interests, including wills and trusts, Powers of Attorney for financial and health care, and long-term care planning. We also offer legal services in probate administration and guardianships and are experienced in the courtroom when an issue cannot be resolved through planning alone.

cincinnati family law attorney services

Family Law

Every family is unique and working with a family law attorney helps resolve issues that easily become difficult, confusing and complicated. Our team can help you understand all of the options available to you and develop the right strategy for your personal situation.

We are experienced in divorce and dissolution, child custody, child support, adoption, and juvenile law. All our attorneys are trained in negotiation, collaboration, mediation, and litigation. This comprehensive skill set enables us to negotiate on behalf of our clients to reach creative solutions if possible and advocate for our clients in the courtroom if necessary.

general practice attorney services

General Practice

Whether you’re managing your own business or preparing your family for the future, it’s important to have a team of advisors you can trust to help you navigate complex legal issues that may arise.

In addition to our estate planning and family law services, our team of attorneys is uniquely experienced to handle a variety of general legal issues for you, your family, or your business.

This includes real estate needs, business contracts, formations & dissolution, mediation, and guardianships. We will consult with other professionals, such as CPAs and financial advisors, at your request, to offer multi- disciplinary  comprehensive solutions.

Our FIRM

Melanie Schimmel Foran, Attorney

Melanie has practiced all aspects of family law since joining Ahlrichs & Ahlrichs Co., LPA in 2014.  She has advocated for clients in divorce, child custody, cases involving abuse and neglect, and served as a court-appointed guardian.  She is also a certified mediator and a trained collaborative attorney who is committed to helping clients develop effective solutions to difficult problems during the most challenging times of their lives.  She is licensed in Ohio and Kentucky. 

Rachel S. Pettinato, Attorney

Rachel has been practicing law since 2016 and joined the firm in 2019. She received her Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, from Texas Tech University and her Juris Doctor, Summa Cum Laude, from Michigan State University College of Law. Rachel has a certificate from Michigan State University College of Law in Family and Child Advocacy. She is a trained collaborative attorney and also serves as a Guardian ad Litem representing the best interest of children in contested custody cases.

Susan M. Ahlrichs, Attorney

As a lawyer and mediator, Susan’s focus is on family law, estate planning, probate, and small business with special attention to collaborative and effective problem solving.  She appreciates the challenges people and their families face whenever they are involved in a legal process. Susan was a cofounder and former chair of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals, having earned her bachelor’s degree from Miami University, a JD from Santa Clara University and certificates from the Harvard PIL in Negotiation & Mediation.

Barbie Simonson, Paralegal

Barbie completed her internship with Ahlrichs & Ahlrichs in 1992 and has been with the firm ever since. 

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COVID-19 Announcement

Our offices will remain open to provide uninterrupted services to our clients.  We are offering telephone meetings, in lieu of in-person meetings.  We are also offering virtual meetings through Skype and Zoom meeting platforms.  If we have documents for you to sign, we will gladly send them to your home so you do not need to come to the office.  Our attorneys and staff are committed to providing you uninterrupted legal services in the safest way possible.  Please do not hesitate to contact our office with questions.

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