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Estate Administration Estate Planning

Do I Need an Estate Plan?

Do I need an estate plan?

 An estate plan is essential for every adult, regardless of age or health status. Having a proper estate plan ensures that the needs of you and your family are met now and in the future. Here are examples of common estate planning documents:

Will

A Will is a legal document that says how to distribute your assets upon your death. The exceptions for such distribution are assets that transfer by contract (such as “pay-on-death” bank accounts and property held in joint tenancy with a right of survivorship).

There are also other functions a Will can perform. For example, you can nominate a Personal Representative. The Personal Representative carries out the administration of your estate after your death.

You can also designate a Guardian for your children. It is very important to decide who will be the primary custodian and caregiver for your children if both parents die or are unable to otherwise care for their children.

Advance Directives

In addition to a Will, documents referred to as “advance directives” are important for every person because they deal with difficult issues involving life, death, and incapacity. Advance directives include:

  1. General Durable Power of Attorney. This document allows you to name a person to make financial decisions for you in the event of incapacity.
  2. Health Care Power of Attorney. This document provides for the appointment of a person to make medical decisions for you in the event that you are incapacitated and unable to make decisions for yourself.
  3. Living Will Declaration. This document allows you to state your preferences regarding end of life decision in the event of an incurable illness or persistent vegetative state.

Having a proper estate plan in place can give you peace of mind knowing your loved ones are provided for and protected.

The Law Office of Shannon G. Starr, LLC handles estate planning and administration. To learn more, or set up a consultation, contact Shannon at 574-299-6837 or shannon@sgstarrlaw.com.

Disclaimer – The content of this article is intended to be general and informational in nature. It is advertising material and is not intended to be, nor is it, legal advice to or for any particular person, case or circumstance. Every situation is different and you should consult an attorney if you have any questions about your situation

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Personal Injury

Shannon Starr Named 2018 Rising Star By Indiana Super Lawyers

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I am pleased to announce that I was recently selected as a 2018 Rising Star by Indiana Super Lawyers.

Selections for Super Lawyers are based on a multi-phase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

Disclaimer – The content of this article is intended to be general and informational in nature. It is advertising material and is not intended to be, nor is it, legal advice to or for any particular person, case or circumstance. Every situation is different and you should consult an attorney if you have any questions about your situation.

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Auto accident Personal Injury

What to Know About An Auto Accident Claim

What to Know About An Auto Accident Claim

An auto accident can bring life altering injuries and large medical bills. It can be a very traumatic time. The Law Office of Shannon G. Starr, LLC can help and has experience with auto accident cases.

Seek medical treatment as soon as you can after an accident. First and foremost, your health is most important. Also, if there is a gap in time between your accident and treatment of your injuries, the other side may try and say they are not related to the accident.

A personal injury claim has different types of damages. There are economic damages that are easy to calculate, including but not limited to hospital bills, physical therapy costs, and lost wages. However, there are also noneconomic damages that are harder to calculate, such as pain and suffering, permanent impairment, and loss of joy from doing a hobby. In addition, a variety of factors – including but not limited to circumstances of the accident, nature of the injuries, and state of the drivers, can influence the amount a case is worth.

Finally, Indiana is a fault state. That means the law takes into account who is at fault in determining what percentage of damages you should be financially responsible for. If you are less than 51 percent at fault for the accident, you can recover a portion (if not all) of your damages from the other side.

The Law Office of Shannon G. Starr, LLC handles auto accident cases. To learn more, or set up a consultation, contact Shannon at shannon@sgstarrlaw.com.

Disclaimer – The content of this article is intended to be general and informational in nature. It is advertising material and is not intended to be, nor is it, legal advice to or for any particular person, case or circumstance. Every situation is different and you should consult an attorney if you have any questions about your situation.

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Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims

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Under Indiana law, all drivers must carry auto insurance. Unfortunately, you may find that the driver who caused your accident has no insurance or not enough insurance to cover your loss. All hope is not lost. In that case, your insurance policy may provide help through uninsured and underinsured motor vehicle coverage.

Uninsured Motorist Claim

When the at-fault driver has no insurance, you can file a claim with your own insurance company to recover damages under the uninsured motorist provision in your policy.

Underinsured Motorist Claim

When the at-fault driver has insurance, you can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may find the other driver’s policy limits do not fully cover your damages. At this point, you will file with your own insurance company, which should cover the difference under the underinsured motorist provision of your auto policy.

The Law Office of Shannon G. Starr, LLC handles auto accident cases. To learn more, contact Shannon at shannon@sgstarrlaw.com.

Disclaimer – The content of this article is intended to be general and informational in nature. It is advertising material and is not intended to be, nor is it, legal advice to or for any particular person, case or circumstance. Every situation is different and you should consult an attorney if you have any questions about your situation.

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What to know about a dog bite and animal attack case

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Suffering a dog bite, or any animal attack, is always frightening. According to the Center’s for Disease Control, more than 4 million people per year in the US are bitten by dogs. Whether the resulting injuries are minor or severe, the Law Office of Shannon G. Starr, LLC understands how to handle these cases and will fight diligently for you.

In Indiana, all dog owners owe others the duty to act with reasonable care given their knowledge of their own pet. Generally, there is no liability for an owner of a domesticated dog that injuries someone else unless the dog is known to be dangerous, the owner negligently controlled the dog, or the dog is a breed that has dangerous propensities.

There are different injuries that may occur from a dog bite or animal attack. Those may include scarring, surgery, broken bones, rabies, infection, and psychological trauma.

Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium and punitive damages.

The Law Office of Shannon G. Starr, LLC handles dog bite and animal attack cases. To learn more, contact Shannon at shannon@sgstarrlaw.com.

Disclaimer – The content of this article is intended to be general and informational in nature. It is advertising material and is not intended to be, nor is it, legal advice to or for any particular person, case or circumstance. Every situation is different and you should consult an attorney if you have any questions about your situation.

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Personal Injury Premises liability

Understanding Indiana premises liability law

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Common examples of premises liability cases include: slip and falls; dog bites or other animal attacks; exposure to toxic substances; falling objects from store shelves or construction scaffolds; fires; electrocution from exposed wiring; assaults due to negligent security; and failure to mark or identify hazardous conditions.

Under Indiana law, your ability to pursue a premises liability lawsuit will depend on your status as a visitor to the property, and the duty that the owner or occupier owed to you based on that status.

As a visitor, you may fall into 1 of 3 categories – invitee, licensee or trespasser. The property owner owes the highest duty to invitees. The duty owed to invitees is to fix any dangerous condition or warn the invitee about the danger, if not obvious. Property owners owe lesser duties to licensees and trespassers. However, property owners could be liable even for trespassers, for example, by intentionally placing hidden dangers or traps on the property.

Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and punitive damages.

The Law Office of Shannon G. Starr, LLC handles premises liability cases. To learn more, contact Shannon at shannon@sgstarrlaw.com.

Disclaimer – The content of this article is intended to be general and informational in nature. It is advertising material and is not intended to be, nor is it, legal advice to or for any particular person, case or circumstance. Every situation is different and you should consult an attorney if you have any questions about your situation.

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Auto accident Personal Injury

Five Things to Remember After an Auto Accident

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If you are involved in a car accident, it is important to take immediate steps to protect your rights. While not an exhaustive list, here are some helpful things to remember to do in case a car accident occurs:

  1. Call the police. Having the police at the scene of the accident ensures you have an official record of the collision and protects key evidence.
  2. Call your insurance company. Tell the insurance company how the accident occurred and the extent of your injuries.
  3. Talk to witnesses and take photographs. Make sure you obtain the contact information of any potential witnesses. Take photographs of the cars, the accident scene, your injuries, the surrounding traffic, and the weather.
  4. Get medical treatment. Do not let anything get in the way of your medical care. Maybe you cannot get time off work, are worried about health insurance coverage, or do not think your injuries are serious. However, delaying, skipping, or only getting intermittent treatment could damage your health and your case. Keep track of medical professionals you seek treatment from and also your medical bills.
  5. Do not talk to the other driver’s insurance company. Do not talk to anyone about the accident other than your attorney, your insurance company, and the police. Do not talk to a representative of another insurance company without the knowledge of your attorney or your insurance company. If representatives from other insurance companies should call you, ask them to call your attorney or insurance company to arrange for any interview.

The Law Office of Shannon G. Starr, LLC handles car accident and personal injury cases. To learn more, or set up a consultation, contact Shannon at shannon@sgstarrlaw.com.

Disclaimer – The content of this article is intended to be general and informational in nature. It is advertising material and is not intended to be, nor is it, legal advice to or for any particular person, case or circumstance. Every situation is different and you should consult an attorney if you have any questions about your situation.

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New logo for Law Office of Shannon G. Starr, LLC

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I am pleased to present a new logo for Law Office of Shannon G. Starr, LLC. Thanks and credit to Lindsay Wagner for the design. Thanks for your support and I look forward to continuing to serve you!

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Shannon Starr Named 2017 Rising Star by Indiana Super Lawyers

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I am pleased to announce that I was recently selected as a 2017 Rising Star by Indiana Super Lawyers.

Selections for Super Lawyers are based on a multi-phase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates, a peer review of candidates by practice area, and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

Disclaimer – The content of this article is intended to be general and informational in nature. It is advertising material and is not intended to be, nor is it, legal advice to or for any particular person, case or circumstance. Every situation is different and you should consult an attorney if you have any questions about your situation.

 

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What is a wrongful death claim?

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“Wrongful death” is when someone dies due to the misconduct or negligence of another party.  When a loved one dies as a consequence or misconduct of another, it can be devastating. There is no way to truly compensate for the loss of a loved one.

There are different circumstances in which wrongful death can arise. These include car accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction accidents, birth injuries, workplace accidents, and defective products.

Indiana has 3 types of statutes governing wrongful death suits. These include –

  • General Wrongful Death. This type of case involves the death of a person who has a spouse and/or dependents. It is brought by a close family member or other personal representative of the estate. You may seek compensation to cover medical and hospital bills, funeral and burial expenses and lost earnings. Only the victim’s spouse, dependent children or dependent next of kin may recover damages for lost earnings.
  • Adult Wrongful Death. This involves a deceased person with no spouse and/or children and is also initiated by a personal representative of the estate. The personal representative may seek compensation for medical, hospital and funeral expenses and loss of love and companionship. There is generally no recovery for lost earnings.
  • Child Wrongful Death. This type of lawsuit is initiated by the parent(s) or guardian(s).

You have 2 years to file a wrongful death claim, so it is important to speak with an attorney promptly because of the time required to investigate and gather evidence. The Law Office of Shannon G. Starr, LLC handles wrongful death cases. To learn more, or set up a consultation, contact Shannon at shannon@sgstarrlaw.com.

Disclaimer – The content of this article is intended to be general and informational in nature. It is advertising material and is not intended to be, nor is it, legal advice to or for any particular person, case or circumstance. Every situation is different and you should consult an attorney if you have any questions about your situation.