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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What to consider when developing an estate plan

Estate planning is something that everyone should consider sooner rather than later. To develop an effective estate plan, it is helpful to be familiar with what should be included in a comprehensive estate plan.

The legal process provides a variety of different estate planning tools it is helpful to be familiar with:

  • Will – an important foundation of an estate plan is having a valid will that expresses the estate planner’s wishes for how their estate should be distributed and how their property should be disposed of. A will also names an executor to administer the estate and carry out the estate planner’s wishes and a will can also include a guardian for minor children.
  • Trust – a trust is another important estate planning tool that can be used along with a will or alone in place of a will. A living trust can be set up to help avoid the time-consuming and sometimes costly probate process that will allow property and assets to be distributed more quickly. A living trust can also be revoked by the estate planner.
  • Advance medical directive – an advance medical directive, sometimes called a living will or advance healthcare directive, designates a trusted person or loved one who can direct the estate planner’s medical care and treatment if the estate planner becomes incapacitated at some point and is unable to do direct their medical treatment for themselves.
  • Power of attorney – a power of attorney, similar to an advance medical directive, can designate a trusted person or loved one who can direct the estate planner’s financial affairs if the estate planner becomes incapacitated at some point and is unable to direct their financial affairs for themselves.

Other documents can also be useful when estate planning and estate planners should determine which combination of estate planning tools and documents will best achieve their goals for their estate plan. Familiarity with estate planning documents can help get estate planners going planning for the future of their loved ones and ensuring they will be taken care of.