Associate Attorney Mark Laird joined the statewide Elder Law practice Cooper, Adel & Associates in the Benefits Planning area in 2017. Today, Mark serves as the lead attorney in our Estate and Trust Administration Department which provides assistance to families who have lost a loved one. Mark’s mission is to help the family settle the deceased’s estate expeditiously. He is sensitive to how difficult a time this is for the family, particularly when it is necessary to involve the court system in the complicated Probate process. For those who have planned ahead, the process is made simpler by avoiding probate, however challenges remain in making sure that the deceased’s wishes are followed while recognizing the needs of individual family members. Mark has a firm commitment to making information available to all concerned parties throughout the process. In cases where a spouse has passed away, Mark reviews the surviving spouse’s estate plan to assure that any changes are in place for the them to move forward with their lives.
Mark completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Business Operations from Ohio University. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and also completed a Health Law Certificate. During his law school days, he served as a Legal Intern in the Privacy Department with Highmark, Inc. in Pittsburgh, drafting HIPAA-related legal recommendations to support business innovations and company initiatives. Mark also managed to find time during law school to volunteer with Christian Legal Aid to serve the poor and needy throughout Pittsburgh.
Mark is originally from Lewis Center, Ohio and lives in Columbus today. He loves spending time with his fiancé and family, traveling and watching movies. He is an avid sports fan and plays softball in his spare time.