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

Do I need a living will as part of my estate plan?

Indiana residents who are taking the wise step to create an estate plan might be under the impression that a will or a trust is sufficient. However, there are other aspects of an estate plan that should be considered, especially for those who have deeply held beliefs as to what type of care they want to receive if they become terminally ill and are unable to communicate. When thinking about an all-encompassing estate plan, this should be factored in. Having legal assistance toward that end with a living will may be beneficial.

Understanding a living will and what it does

People might have heard the term “living will,” but are unsure as to what it specifically does. In a living will, the person who creates the estate plan – the testator – will have their wishes detailed for when they are in a condition where they cannot communicate or are terminally ill. This is also referred to as an advanced directive. The type of treatment the person will get when they are in this situation will be listed in the document. For example, many people do not want to be kept alive by medical professionals placing them on a respirator. They might not want to be fed through artificial means. The living will stipulates that this is not done.

In the living will declaration medical professionals and the family members will be informed as to what they can and cannot do to keep the person alive. If the failure to perform certain procedures like placing the person in a respirator will lead to a natural death, this is accepted as part of the testator’s wishes. Some might want certain procedures done like a blood transfusion, but do not want to be placed on a respirator. It is vital that this be specified.

Legal assistance with estate planning and a living will

Those who have a living will should remember they reserve the right to change their mind and have it canceled by saying out loud that they no longer want it to be in effect or by destroying it themselves. These are complicated parts of estate planning law and should be fully understood from the beginning. For those who are unsure of the law for a living will and life-prolonging procedures if they become incapacitated, it is a good decision to consult with experienced legal professionals. This is true for any aspect of crafting a comprehensive estate plan.