Sarah K. Balk

  • Areas of Practice

    • Trusts & Estates

As a trusts and estates attorney, my focus is on helping clients plan for the future through estate planning, charitable gifting, and estate administration. I work with a wide range of individuals, families, closely-held business owners and charities. Each client has a different set of needs, wants, and goals, so I make it my main priority to understand each client’s individual concerns in order to create thoughtful and personal plans. Integrity and trust are the foundation of my relationships with clients because they understand I am working to put their individual needs first.


Having worked in the probate court, I understand the issues that can arise when drafting estate planning documents, and I understand how to avoid them. Clients rely on me because I am able to help them navigate difficult conversations when sensitive topics arise. While determining the best plan for my clients, I take the time to keep them informed and to make certain that I am available to answer any questions.


  • Experience
      • Joined Buckingham's Business Practice Group in 2019
      • Member of Buckingham's Trusts & Estates Practice Group
      • Prior to joining Buckingham worked as a law clerk at various law firms
      • Law clerk for Cuyahoga County Probate Court
  • Education & Admissions
      • University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio (J.D., magna cum laude, 2019)
      • Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida (B.A., 2014)
    • Admissions
      • Ohio Bar (2019)
      • Florida Bar (2021)
  • Awards & Honors
      • Recipient: Dean’s List, five semesters in law school
      • Recipient: The Charles D. Evans and Celia S. Evans Scholarship
      • Recipient: The C. Blake McDowell Sr. Scholarship
      • Recipient: Board of Trustees Scholarship, academic-based award
  • Professional & Civic Involvement
      • Past Vice President of the Student Bar Association for the University of Akron Law School of Law
    • Associations
      • Member: Akron Bar Association
      • Member: Ohio State Bar Association
      • Member: The Florida Bar
  • Presentations & Publications
    • <ul> <li>Co-presenter "2020 The Secure Act Deep Dive," (2020)</li> <li>Co-presenter "CFPs and JDs-Working Together in the Best Interests of Our Clients," Certified Financial Planners Club (2019)</li> </ul>