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

The benefits of setting up a guardianship

A guardianship is a useful estate planning tool that can be helpful in some situations and is worth understanding for many estate planners. A guardianship can help with loved ones who are disabled or can help as part of the process of planning for incapacity.

A guardianship can be set up to allow a trusted individual to make decisions for the ward who is the subject of the guardianship. A guardian is typically required to be over the age of 18 and can be expressly named by the ward or may be appointed by the court in some situations. The court will look to documents such as a will or durable power of attorney for information on who to name as the guardian. The court may give preference to a family member as a guardian.

A guardianship can be used to allow the guardian to make financial and non-financial decisions for the ward. Powers of the guardian can include assuring the availability of care for the ward; making sure that educational and medical services for the ward are adequate and are maintained; making financial decisions for the ward; making medical decisions for the ward; and providing updates to the court concerning the ward’s condition.

A variety of estate planning tools can help care for disabled loved ones and plan for incapacity. Trusts and guardianships can help address concerns family members may have about disabled loved ones and a durable power of attorney and advance healthcare directive can help plan for incapacity, as examples. A guardianship is another important legal tool to be aware of when estate planners are setting up an estate plan that is best for them.