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McIntyre & Smith

Wills Lawyer | Serving Indianapolis, IN

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Attorney David Smith has substantial experience in estate and wealth transfer planning, business and corporate formation and planning, probate and trust administration, elder law and long term care planning, Medicaid planning and real estate matters.  Mr. Smith helps individuals and families plan their estates and plan for the long term living and health …

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The Lohmeyer Law Office

Wills Lawyer | Serving Indianapolis, IN

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The Lohmeyer Law office has helped hundreds of families across Southern Indiana to eliminate their debts, or reduce them to affordable levels. The Lohmeyer Law office also helps the living with estate planning. If you have questions about the estate of a loved one, or if it is time to write your Will or time to talk about your own estate plan, call us. We currently …

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Do I Really Need a Lawyer for My Will?

A will is a legal document that allows a person to decide how property and assets will be distributed after death. If a will does not exist, the state's probate court disburses the person's belongings according to intestacy laws.

What a Will Attorney Does

Although you can write a will without the benefit of legal counsel, the best course is to consult an Indianapolis wills attorney. The attorney can draft your will to ensure it is legal, that your wishes are honored, and anticipate contingencies that could prevent the will from being challenged.

When to Hire a Lawyer

It is in your best interest to get legal help early on in addressing your situation. There are times when hiring a lawyer quickly is critical to your case, such as if you are charged with a crime. It may also be in your best interest to have a lawyer review the fine print before signing legal documents. A lawyer can also help you get the compensation you deserve if you've suffered a serious injury. For issues where money or property is at stake, having a lawyer guide you through the complexities of the legal system can save you time, hassle, and possibly a lot of grief in the long run.

Top Questions to Ask a Lawyer

  • What is the usual process to resolve my case? How long will it take to resolve this?
  • What are likely outcomes of a case like mine? What should I expect?

An experienced lawyer should be able to communicate a basic "road map" on how to proceed. The lawyer should be able to walk you through the anticipated process, key considerations, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Once you've laid out the facts of your situation to the lawyer, he/she should be able to frame expectations and likely scenarios to help you understand your legal issue.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney's hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For "routine" legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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Court Locations in Indianapolis, IN

Marion County Circuit Court

200 E Washington St.,Indianapolis,IN46204
Phone: (317) 327-4740

Marion County Superior Court - Civil Division

201 E Washington St.,Indianapolis,IN46204
Phone: (317) 327-4747

Marion County Superior Court - Criminal Division

202 E Washington St.,Indianapolis,IN46204
Phone: (317) 327-4747