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

3 signs it is time to revisit your existing advance directive

While no one can require you to complete an advance directive, preparing one may put your mind at ease. After all, an advance directive clearly states your instructions for future medical care and treatment. If a serious illness or injury renders you incapable of making your own medical decisions, an advance directive can also designate a person to make them for you. 

Like with other important estate planning documents, you may need to revisit your advance directive occasionally to be certain it continues to reflect your true wishes. Here are three signs it is time to review and update your existing advance directive. 

1. You have a new medical condition

If a doctor has diagnosed you with a new medical condition, your thoughts about medical treatments and end-of-life care may have changed. This may be especially true if you have learned about illness progression and treatment options. Updating your advance directive after a new diagnosis is usually a good idea. 

2. You have a new relationship

Hoosiers often use their advance directives to give their spouses or significant others the authority to make medical decisions on their behalf. If your advance directive names someone who is no longer in your life, the document may not do you or your family much good.  

3. Some time has passed

As you age, you may see medical matters differently. You also may forget what your estate planning documents say. Consequently, if more than a few years have passed since you drafted your advance directive, it is probably time to take a look at it.  

With an advance directive that matches your health care goals, you ultimately retain some control over your medical future. Spending a few minutes revisiting the document ensures your doctors, family members, friends and spiritual advisors honor your wishes.