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.

A Professional Corporation of Attorneys at Law

Supported decision-making and guardianship

Establishing guardianship in Indiana has the potential to be a complicated and contentious process. However, recent laws have added other options for people caring for those with disabilities. This could include individuals of any age and at any station in thier lives.

One of these less serious alternatives to guardianship is known as supported decision-making. This could be a good option for those who are willing to accept some help making important choices. For example, a small-business owner who recently suffered a stroke might enter into a supported decision-making agreement with a spouse, an adult child or another similarly trusted party.

As explained on The Arc of Indiana’s website, supported decision-making is one of the least restrictive options available. That could make it a good way to formalize a relationship between a trusted advisor and the person responsible for making decisions. This may even form part of a long-term strategy that prepares a future ward and guardian for a guardianship should it ever become necessary.

Guardianship in its own right is often customizable to the needs of the parties involved. As explained on the website of the state of Indiana, guardians are responsible for many aspects of their wards’ lives. However, the court has the power to limit the responsibilities and privileges of guardians in certain cases.

Because it is such a powerful tool, guardianship may not be the first choice for many people struggling with new disabilities. Exploring all the options before committing to a specific strategy could result in a more satisfying and more effective agreement for everybody involved.