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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Before you name a guardian for your child in your will

You probably resist the thought of someone else raising your child. However, if you do not name someone to take over for you if the worst happens, a judge may decide where your child will live. We at the law office of Dale & Eke often counsel parents on how to choose the right guardian for their child.

Forbes suggests that you consider several factors before you begin making the list of candidates for guardianship. For example, is a religious upbringing one of your primary concerns? Will the person you choose encourage your child to pursue a higher education? What values and character qualities are important for the guardian to model for your child? Perhaps most importantly of all, you want to find someone who will love and cherish your child.

From the list of people who meet your criteria, you must then determine further whether each is financially, emotionally and mentally capable of raising your child. Distance may also matter, as uprooting your child from his or her home at a traumatic moment to move across the country may cause even more difficulties. You should also consider the family and friends of the person you choose, as those people are likely to spend quite a bit of time with your child over the years. 

Once you have identified someone, and an alternate in case of an emergency, you need to speak to this person and make sure that he or she – or they, if you are choosing a couple – consent to the responsibility. Your final step in making it official is naming the guardian and the alternate in your will. More information about writing your will is available on our webpage.