Dale & Eke is taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously.  So, for the purpose of maintaining social distancing under CDC guidelines and to promote the health and safety of our clients, visitors and staff and reduce the spread of COVID-19, our physical office will be closed until further notice.

For the time being we are limiting all in-office meetings to those clients and potential clients who are not feeling ill or who have not shown signs of illness.  However, we are recommending that, unless you make other arrangements with your attorney, all client and potential client meetings occur via telephone or video conferencing.  If you have any paperwork for us that you need to drop off, please use the mail slot outside of the front door to our office.

We can still be reached at our office telephone number (317-844-7400). Your call will be answered by our office phone system and you may leave a voicemail in the general mailbox or with a specific attorney. All voicemails left in the general mailbox will be routed to the requested attorney or staff.

You may also email the firm through its website at  www.daleeke.com.

We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and adjust procedures as necessary.  Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our attorneys and staff, is our highest priority.  We thank you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain and unprecedented times.

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Intestate succession explained

Having worked hard throughout their lives, Indianapolis residents no doubt hope that their loved one’s will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labors. When the time comes for a person’s accumulated assets to be distributed to their heirs, they no doubt hope to have a say in who might get what. That only comes through estate planning, which should include the preparation of detailed will and testament. Most want to able to one’s to control their estate’s dispersal, yet few have actually taken the steps needed to ensure it. Indeed, according to poll information shared by Gallup, just over 40 percent of American adults actually have a will. 

How is an estate handled when one dies with a will? State’s have established their own processes for intestate succession (“intestate” is the legal term applied to a case where one dies without a will). Indiana’s intestate succession guidelines can be found in Section 29-1-2-1 of the state’s Probate Code. Here, it states that the surviving spouse of one who dies without a will receive their entire estate if they have no surviving issue (direct descendants) or parents. If the decedent does leave behind issue (that it also the issue of the surviving spouse), then the surviving spouse’s share of the estate is reduced to 50 percent, while the remaining amount is distributed equally amongst the surviving issue. If the surviving issue of the decedent is not the issue of the surviving spouse, then the surviving spouse is entitled to 25 percent of the value of the decedent’s property (minus any liens or encumbrances against it). 

In the event that a descendent leaves behind surviving parents, intestate succession guidelines mandate the surviving spouse receive 50 percent of the estate, with the remainder going to the parents.