Stephanie E. Lankhorst, Associate

Posted by Cyndi Celebrezze on January 01, 2011 in Attorney's Bios tagged with
Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg
6055 Rockside Woods Boulevard, Suite 200
Cleveland, Ohio 44131
T: (216) 642-3342
F: (216) 520-0145

As a former probate court staff attorney, Stephanie Lankhorst (nee Hessler) has experience in various probate matters including:

  • Estate and Trust Administration & Litigation
  • Will Contests
  • Guardianships/Conservatorships
  • Name Changes & Adoptions
  • Federal & State Income and Estate Tax Matters

Ms. Lankhorst handles International Probate and Trust matters dealing with foreign assets and beneficiaries collecting, reporting, and ultimately distributing assets to the respective beneficiaries. She has worked closely with foreign colleagues who specialize in probate law to solve complicated cases with international aspects in the best interest of her clients.

In addition to probate, trust, and administrative matters, Ms. Lankhorst also provides comprehensive and customized Estate Planning services encompassing the following:

  • Gifting & Estate Tax Planning
  • Charitable Planning and Foundations
  • Wills and Trusts (Revocable and Irrevocable)
  • Living Wills & Health Care Powers of Attorney
  • General Powers of Attorney

Ms. Lankhorst graduated Magna Cum Laude from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor’s degree in German and International Service where she was also accepted into and graduated from the university’s interdisciplinary honors college. She completed law school at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in less than three years with studies in Russia and Germany. She is fluent in German.

Practice Area


  • J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 2002
  • B.A., Valparaiso University, 2000

Bar Admissions

  • State of Ohio, 2003

Memberships / Honors / Awards

  • Ohio State Bar Association (Women’s Law Section)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association
  • Board of Deacons, Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fairview Park
  • Member, Donauschwaben German Club
  • Member, Chi Omega Fraternity