Portage, Indiana Estate Planning Lawyers

Jill Ellen Ritchie
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Portage, IN Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(219) 238-6003 6195 Central Avenue
Portage, IN 46368
Estate Planning
Life can throw us a curve ball when we least expect it. I understand that because I’ve lived it. It’s also why I started my own firm, Ritchie Law, P.C. I’m here to provide compassionate expertise during the best and worst of life’s moments. It’s not just what I do; it’s simply who I am. I understand that one of the most important things for you right now is knowing someone has your back and is handling things. That's what I’m here for, so you can focus on the important things in your life like family, work and community. My...
Portage, IN Estate Planning Attorney
(219) 762-5574 6226 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy and Business
Portage, IN Estate Planning Attorney
(219) 762-0494 3200 Willowcreek Rd
Portage, IN 46368
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Portage, IN Estate Planning Lawyer
(219) 762-7718 6165 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Betsy Walits
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Valparaiso, IN Estate Planning Attorney
(219) 508-8607 821 E. Lincolnway
Suite 4
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
State University of New York - Buffalo
Betsy taught Business Law, Employment Law, Human Resources, Hospitality and related courses for 6 years at Purdue. Formerly, she was a tenured faculty member at Niagara University, in Niagara Falls NY, and received her Law Degree at SUNY Buffalo while teaching there. Betsy has been an Indiana Attorney since 2006, and is the former Executive Director of the Lake County Bar Association, and among other things was in charge of their referral network. Betsy has conducted academic research and has been a featured speaker all across North America speaking on legal and nonlegal subjects.
Connor H Nolan
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Chesterton, IN Estate Planning Attorney with 4 years experience
(219) 926-2114 Harris Welsh & Lukmann
107 Broadway
Chesterton, IN 46304
Estate Planning, Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Valparaiso University School of Law
Connor Nolan received undergraduate degrees from Purdue University (B.A. Political Science & B.A. English, 2011) and his law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2015). In Law School, Connor completed externships as a student clerk with three federal judges in the Northern District of Indiana. Connor joined the firm as an associate attorney in September 2015, he is in general practice with concentrations of trial practice, business representation, real estate, estate planning, and municipal law.
Cynthia Salinas-McClure
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Chesterton, IN Estate Planning Lawyer with 19 years experience
(219) 395-1776 1470 W US HWY 20
Chesterton, IN 46304
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Civil Rights and Probate
DePaul College of Law
Derla R. Gross
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Hobart, IN Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(219) 940-1998 301 Main Street
Hobart, IN 46342
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Highly experienced in Criminal Law. Attorney Derla R. Gross has been practicing for more than 28 years. Of those years, she was a Felony Prosecutor and Felony Trial Supervisor in the Lake county Prosecutor’s Office for over 14 years. For the last 14 years, Attorney Gross has provided representation in matters of serious criminal defense, traffic matters, license suspensions, drug offenses, family law and accident/injury law. Her years of experience have given her the insight and knowledge required in order to provide reliable and effective representation. In matters of Family Law, such as divorce, legal...
Michael T. Sawyier
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Chesterton, IN Estate Planning Attorney with 47 years experience
(219) 926-4200 830 East Sidewalk Road
Chesterton, IN 46304
Estate Planning, Business, IP and Probate
Attorney Michael T. Sawyier has 40 years of experience in estate planning. A graduate of Harvard University, the University of Chicago Law School and Yale University, he has a combination of broad knowledge, in-depth education and extensive experience that enhances the value of the legal services he provides. He also holds a Master's degree in Taxation from the John Marshall Law School, enabling him to prepare and analyze estate and real estate transactions to minimize tax liability and exposure. Mr. Sawyier concentrates his practice in the areas of asset protection, estate and business planning, business law, and real estate. Michael...
Alexander Florian Steciuch
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Valparaiso, IN Estate Planning Attorney with 4 years experience
(219) 476-3870 605 Beech Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Landlord Tenant and Probate
Valparaiso University School of Law
My name is Alexander Florian Steciuch and I am a licensed attorney operating in Northwest Indiana. As a lifelong citizen of this area I have a strong personal drive in helping out the citizens of our community, whether it be through proper estate planning for throughout a client's life or helping out with whatever small legal problems that may arise. My legal passion lies in the area of estate planning and areas of elder law. I take strong personal satisfaction in helping people make sure that their wishes are known, respected and carried out by...
Thomas Higgins
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Valparaiso, IN Estate Planning Lawyer with 28 years experience
(219) 771-2247 205 E. Jefferson Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Insurance Defense and Probate
The John Marshall Law School
I am a Registered Civil Mediator and civil litigation trial attorney licensed in Illinois and Indiana with first chair jury trial experience as in-house counsel to three major insurance carriers. For over 27 years, I have served as the attorney or managing attorney for hundreds of insurance defense cases, which often involve personal injury, auto/trucking accidents, premises liability (dog bites, slips & falls, etc.),and construction. I am known for ethically and aggressively representing clients, as well as a proven and excellent communicator highly skilled in negotiating, conflict resolution, and client relationship development. You will find I am able to...
Caleb Johnson
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Schererville, IN Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience
(219) 627-4555 956 W. US Hwy 30,
Schererville, IN 46375
Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Probate and Real Estate
Valparaiso University School of Law
Caleb practices primarily in the area of personal injury litigation, including motor vehicle collisions, slip and fall accidents, industrial accidents, trucking accidents, premises liability accidents, contractor liability and many more. Caleb’s hands-on experience in the construction trades uniquely qualifies him to effectively assist his clients in construction litigation and in assisting contractors with their business needs. Caleb also handles workman’s compensation and Social Security cases. Caleb has been in practice in Indiana since 2003 and Illinois since 2004. Caleb has been listed as a rising Star in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by Super Lawyers and Indianapolis Monthly magazines. Caleb has...
Guy Scott DiMartino
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Michigan City , IN Estate Planning Lawyer with 19 years experience
(219) 690-8997 1411 South Woodland Ave.
Suite D
Michigan City , IN 46360
Estate Planning, Civil Rights, Health Care and Personal Injury
Valparaiso University School of Law
My background as a chiropractic physician gives me a clear understanding of the human body, injury, medical treatment and long term consequences of injuries. This knowledge allows me be an effective advocate for my clients. I handle matters where the law intersects with healthcare.
Lea Shelemey
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Valparaiso, IN Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience
(219) 531-1230 409 East Lincolnway
First Floor
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Family
Valparaiso University School of Law
Lea P. Shelemey is a solo practitioner in Valparaiso, Indiana. She was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She received her Juris Doctor from Valparaiso Indiana School of Law in 2001, with a concentration in Alternate Dispute Resolution. She received her undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science) from Valparaiso University, magna cum laude, in 1998 with majors in both philosophy and psychology. Attorney Shelemey is a registered Mediator, a Collaborative Law Attorney, and a Guardian ad litem. Her subsequent training and education included mediation training for domestic relations cases in 2002 and civil cases in 2004. Additionally she received guardian...
Voyle Glover
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Merrillville, IN Estate Planning Attorney with 35 years experience
(219) 736-1420 101 W 75th Pl
Merrillville, IN 46410
Estate Planning, Elder, Personal Injury and Probate
Valparaiso University School of Law
Voyle Glover has been a lawyer for over 30 years. He began his career as a trial lawyer in Federal Courts representing clients whose Civil Rights had been violated. Now, he does Wills & Trusts and other Estate planning, as well as Probate matters. He represents buyers and seller in real estate matters, including litigation, business law, personal injury and a variety of other legal issues.
Jared R. Tauber
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Schererville, IN Estate Planning Lawyer
(219) 865-6666 1415 Eagle Ridge Dr
Schererville, IN 46375
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Criminal and Probate
Valparaiso University School of Law
Tara K. Tauber
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Schererville, IN Estate Planning Lawyer
(219) 865-6666 1415 Eagle Ridge Dr
Schererville, IN 46375
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Criminal and Probate
Valparaiso University School of Law
Anna Christodoulakis
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Valparaiso, IN Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(219) 776-2662 15 North Franklin Street
Suite 280
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce and Family
DePaul College of Law
Nancy Moore Tiller
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Crown Point, IN Estate Planning Attorney with 38 years experience
(219) 662-2300 11035 Broadway Suite A
Crown Point, IN 46307
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Elder
Valparaiso University School of Law
Indiana Lawyers Nancy Moore Tiller & Associates take pride in providing clients with special, personal attention to their cases. For over 25 years we have represented individuals, families, and small business in a variety of legal matters. Nancy Moore Tiller & Associates provides legal counsel in a variety of personal injury and medical malpractice law matters, including all types of bodily injury from auto accidents, semi accidents, wrongful death, slip and fall premises liability, aviation accidents. Failure to diagnose disease or condition, hospital and Physician negligence Prenatal, Birth & Delivery Injuries,Brain Damage, Negligent prescription of medications or medical devices, radiation...
Paul M. Namie
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Highland, IN Estate Planning Lawyer
(219) 351-7989 9013 Indianapolis Blvd.
Highland, IN 46322
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Probate
Valparaiso University School of Law
As your lawyer, I seek outcomes tailored to your individual needs and objectives. When I meet with you for the first time, I will listen carefully to your side of the story and thoroughly explain the legal process. Together, we will discuss all available options for a resolution. I provide trial representation when needed and always seek the best possible outcomes. Family disputes and other legal issues can be difficult to talk about. I strive to provide a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere in my office where you can feel free to talk openly and honestly. I will be equally open and...
Adam Decker
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Crown Point, IN Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience
10200 Broadway
Crown Point, IN 46307
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Patents
Office located at 10200 Broadway, Crown Point, Indiana. Telephone (219) 663-7400. Adam Decker has practiced law in Crown Point since 1994.
Brian Woodward
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Merrillville, IN Estate Planning Lawyer with 34 years experience
(219) 736-9990 200 E 90th Drive
Merrillville, IN 46410
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Family
Valparaiso University School of Law
Mr. Woodward concentrates his practice on defending individuals charged with crimes in state and federal courts. He has represented criminal defendants for 24 years, both privately and as court-appointed counsel. Presently, Mr. Woodward is a panel attorney for the Federal Defender’s office representing federal defendants in such matters as drug crimes, conspiracies, felon-in-possession of a firearm, immigration violations, bank robberies, and other federal charges. He also represents private clients charged with federal charges, including white collar crimes. On the state level, Mr. Woodward represents private clients charged with all levels of felony or misdemeanor. He is also a member of...
Kent Jeffirs
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Crown Point, IN Estate Planning Attorney with 27 years experience
(219) 663-7781 104 West Clark Street
Crown Point, IN 46307
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
Brett R. Galvan
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Hebron, IN Estate Planning Attorney
(219) 996-7755 105 W. Sigler
Hebron, IN 46341
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Education
Valparaiso University School of Law
Attorney Brett Galvan is a graduate of Andrean High School, in Merrillville, Indiana. After working for 13 years at Ford Motor Company, he received his Bachelors, with Honors, in Education from Purdue. From there, he Graduated from Valparaiso School of Law.
Rhett L. Tauber
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Schererville, IN Estate Planning Attorney
(219) 865-6666 1415 Eagle Ridge Dr
Schererville, IN 46375
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Criminal and Probate
Valparaiso University School of Law
Michael Miller
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Valparaiso, IN Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(219) 465-1197 701 East Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Estate Planning, Business, Legal Malpractice and Real Estate
Valparaiso University School of Law
Michael B. Miller has over 16 years experience in estate planning, probate, trusts, business and real estate law.
Harry Zembillas
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Crown Point, IN Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(219) 661-6000 301 S Main St
Crown Point, IN 46307
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Collections and Criminal
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Joanne Eldred
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Valparaiso, IN Estate Planning Attorney
(219) 465-0006 409 E. Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
Chesterton, IN Estate Planning Lawyer
(219) 926-1738 111 S Calumet Rd
Chesterton, IN 46304
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Valparaiso, IN Estate Planning Attorney
(219) 465-1766 1158 W Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46385
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Chesterton, IN Estate Planning Attorney
(219) 926-2188 117 Broadway
Chesterton, IN 46304
Estate Planning
Valparaiso, IN Estate Planning Lawyer
(219) 508-6051 2110 Calumet Ave
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Estate Planning, Business, Civil Rights and Elder
Valparaiso, IN Estate Planning Lawyer
(219) 714-3854 4204 Hemlock Dr
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Estate Planning, Elder and Real Estate
Chesterton, IN Estate Planning Attorney
(219) 926-7065 179 S Calumet Rd
Chesterton, IN 46304
Estate Planning, Business and Insurance Defense
Merrillville, IN Estate Planning Lawyer
(219) 981-1010 5590 Broadway
Merrillville, IN 46410
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
Hobart, IN Estate Planning Attorney
(219) 942-2920 17 Main St
Hobart, IN 46342
Estate Planning
Highland, IN Estate Planning Attorney
(219) 838-1900 3235 45th Street
Highland, IN 46322
Estate Planning, Business and Medical Malpractice
Hammond, IN Estate Planning Lawyer
(219) 852-6000 5930 S Hohman Ave
Hammond, IN 46320
Estate Planning and Tax
Valparaiso, IN Estate Planning Attorney
(219) 464-1041 56 S Washington St
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Estate Planning
Valparaiso, IN Estate Planning Lawyer
(832) 477-2405 408 Meadowbrook Dr
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Estate Planning, Criminal, Family and Juvenile
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Planning your estate?

Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


Fiduciary: A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.

Personal representative: The person who administers an estate. If named in a will, that person's title is an executor. If there is no valid will, that person's title is an administrator.