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Comprehensive Legal Services for Business and Individual Clients in Central Indiana

The Indianapolis law firm of Dale & Eke provides knowledgeable, experienced legal and business advice to our individual and corporate clients throughout Indiana.

We offer a high level of personal attention to clients’ needs and goals in a wide range of legal matters, from general civil litigation to complex business and commercial disputes. We routinely act as corporate counsel to advise and support clients as their business law needs grow and change.

We invite you to contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with an attorney at our office in Keystone at the Crossing. 

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Business Planning and the Resolution of Disputes When starting a new business or growing an established company, one of your most important resources may be legal guidance based on experience in a wide range of business law matters. At the Indiana law firm of Dale & Eke, we have been serving the business law needs of new and established businesses since 1978. At our Indianapolis offices, you will find a team of attorneys, including attorneys with CPA backgrounds, who can advise you at every stage of your business and represent your interests in a broad array of disputes and transactions, including:

  • Initial business entity selection and formation
  • Drafting and modification of operating agreements
  • Formation of contracts and resolution of breach of contract actions
  • Negotiation, mediation and litigation of commercial disputes
  • Business and employment contract disputes and litigation
  • Disputes with former employees
  • Vendor or customer disputes
  • Leasing or acquisition of commercial real estate
  • Commercial lease disputes
  • Litigation of disputes between businesses
  • Current or former shareholder and partner disputes
  • Disputes arising out of noncompete agreements and other restrictive covenants
  • Business reorganization and bankruptcy
  • Tax controversies
  • Guidance in hiring professionals — particularly physicians — already bound by an existing restrictive covenant
  • Guidance in corporate transactions such as buy/sell agreements between shareholders, purchase and sale of businesses, assets or stock, and mergers and acquisitions
Attorneys for Entrepreneurs, Professionals, New Startups and Family Businesses in Indiana Laying a solid foundation when establishing a new startup or a family business may be crucial to your venture’s long-term success. For example, the form your new business takes can have a tremendous impact on the tax liability you may face. Dale & Eke’s attorneys, several with CPA backgrounds, can guide clients through the business entity selection and formation process. This involves more than simple incorporation or the filing of articles of organization, a DBA (doing business as), or other necessary paperwork. Our team offers legal advice in the ongoing process of forming, running and growing a full range of business types, including:

  • Limited liability companies (LLC)
  • S-corp and C-corp
  • General partnerships (GP), limited partnerships (LP) and limited liability partnerships (LLP)
  • Sole proprietorships
  • 501(c)(3) organizations, family foundations and other nonprofit businesses and tax-exempt entities
  • Physicians groups and health care practices
  • If you need experienced legal advice and intelligent counsel in the formation of a new corporation, limited liability company, partnership, nonprofit or family business, contact the offices of Dale & Eke to schedule an initial consultation.
Experience is Crucial in Matters of Contract Law Contracts are truly the cornerstone of business. The law governing the formation of contracts, enforcement of terms and resolution of disputes is complex. Even relatively simple contracts can give rise to potentially expensive and time-consuming litigation if not properly negotiated and drafted. The Indiana law firm of Dale & Eke has been protecting and advancing our clients’ rights and interests in contract matters since 1978. Our attorneys offer a level of attention to detail, personal service and proactive counsel in a wide range of contract law matters, including:

  • Contract negotiations, drafting and review
  • The drafting and interpretation of noncompete and non-disclosure agreements
  • General employment contracts and executive compensation agreements
  • Leases and other real estate contracts
  • Licensing and distribution contracts
  • Negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation of contract disputes and breach of contract actions
  • The drafting, interpretation and negotiation of health care professional contracts and joint venture agreements
Representing Individuals, Businesses and Creditors in Bankruptcy, Reorganization and Debt Restructuring. Bankruptcy and reorganization are an increasing part of everyday business. Proceedings Bankruptcy and reorganization are an increasing part of everyday business. As businesses struggle to survive in a challenging economy, it is vitally important for debtors to be able to avail themselves of reorganization tools and bankruptcy protections. The same economic pressures that drive businesses into bankruptcy also affect creditors. The system only works when the rights of creditors are protected, as well. At the Indiana law firm of Dale & Eke, our team of accomplished attorneys includes a Chapter 7 bankruptcy panel trustee and lawyers who possess in-depth knowledge of the reorganization and bankruptcy process from all sides. Our firm represents individuals, businesses, creditors, trustees, receivers and asset purchasers in matters of reorganization and Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy cases. Experienced Legal Counsel in Business Bankruptcy Matters The team at Dale & Eke offers highly knowledgeable and experienced representation in bankruptcy and reorganization matters. Your needs will receive the focused attention of an attorney who is invested in the successful outcome of your case. On the debtor side, Dale & Eke represents clients of all kinds in reorganization and workout negotiations, as well as Chapters 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy cases. Our clients include:

Dale & Eke has over 30 years’ experience representing debtors, creditors, state court receivers and bankruptcy trustees.  The firm represents debtors and creditors in all chapters of the bankruptcy code and in connection with out of court reorganizations and debt restructuring.  The firms experience in bankruptcy matters includes individual Chapter 7 cases, Chapter 11 cases involving complex bankruptcy issues and bankruptcy litigation.  Deborah J. Caruso is a Chapter 7 panel trustee and Ms. Caruso has been involved as a trustee and counsel for other trustees in some of the largest bankruptcy cases filed in Indiana.  The team at Dale & Eke offers highly knowledgeable and experienced representation in bankruptcy and reorganization matters. Your needs will receive the focused attention of an attorney who is invested in the successful outcome of your case. Our clients include:

  • Small and large businesses
  • Family farms
  • Real estate developers seeking financial reorganization
  • Individual real estate investors or individual guarantors of business debt
  • Banks, lenders and creditors in collection of distressed loans, in receivership proceedings, and in Chapter 7,
    Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases.
  • Parties in bankruptcy litigation including preference and avoidance actions
  • Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Individuals or businesses purchasing assets in bankruptcy cases

In today’s complex and difficult economy, the state court receivership filings have increased significantly.  Dale & Eke has been representing receivers and creditors in state court receivership cases for over 30 years.  Within the past five years, Dale and Eke has been involved in some of the more complex receivership cases filed in Indiana involving real estate developments, retail establishments and cases filed by the Indiana Securities Commissioner involving securities fraud.

Experienced Legal Counsel for Corporate Transactions in Indiana As businesses grow and become more successful, their legal needs evolve. Many businesses benefit greatly from legal counsel dedicated to furthering their interests and protecting their rights in a competitive and ever-changing marketplace. The team at Dale & Eke routinely performs many of the functions as in-house counsel for small or family businesses and mid-sized corporations for whom having a lawyer on staff is impractical or cost-prohibitive. Practically no business is too small to benefit from comprehensive corporate legal services. Our attorneys offer legal guidance and representation in a full range of corporate law matters and transactions, including:

  • Drafting of contracts and resolution of disputes
  • The purchase, sale or lease of real estate
  • The negotiation and drafting of vendor contracts
  • The negotiation and drafting of manufacturer representative agreements
  • Exempt securities transactions (such as private placement memorandums and prospectuses that fall within the state and federal securities exemptions)
  • Business financing matters and the raising of outside capital
  • Business and commercial transactions in general
  • Drafting and review of employment contracts, noncompetition agreements, manuals and procedures (including sexual harassment prevention and employment anti-discrimination policies)
  • Counsel regarding ERISA compliance and other employee benefit matters
  • Employer-side employment law matters in general
  • General business litigation representation and litigation prevention strategies

As legal practice, our goal is to foster a beneficial long-term relationship with our clients. Our firm offers focused attention to your evolving legal needs and a dedication to results and communication. We invite you to contact the Indianapolis offices of Dale & Eke today to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced corporate law attorney.

The Importance of a Comprehensive Estate Plan From young families just starting out to older individuals concerned about their legacy, everyone needs estate planning. Estate planning is not just about writing a will and other legal documents. It’s about efficiently transferring assets or a business from generation to generation. Estate planning is also an effective tool for making sure your assets go to your heirs and beneficiaries, instead of the government. At the Indiana law firm of Dale & Eke, our estate planning clients range from young to old. Clients come to us to ensure that a new child will be cared for in any eventuality and to create a detailed succession plan for a multimillion dollar family business. At Dale & Eke, many of our estate planning clients come to us through referrals. Our team includes lawyers with backgrounds who can give highly sophisticated guidance in estate and inheritance tax minimization and gift tax matters. Our team includes three lawyers who are Certified Estate Planning and Administrative Specialists, certified by the Estate Planning and Administrative Specialists Certification Board of the Indiana State Bar Association. Our attorneys can help you create a broad range of estate planning vehicles, including:

  • Wills
  • Revocable or credit shelter trusts
  • Durable powers of attorney
  • Health care powers of attorney
  • Advance medical directives (living wills)
  • Guardianships and conservatorships
  • Irrevocable life insurance trusts
  • Qualified personal residence trusts
  • Charitable trusts
  • Other advanced estate planning techniques for high net-worth individuals

As a multidisciplinary firm, we can also help you explore planning options outside the scope of a traditional will and estate practice. For example, we can help you protect the inheritance rights of children from a previous marriage through a prenuptial agreement under Indiana family law. Our lawyers can also assist in avoiding the probate process (the administration of estates). We invite you to contact our offices in Indianapolis today to discuss your estate planning needs. Trust Administration Trusts are very useful tools in estate planning and when utilized properly can result in substantial savings in federal estate and Indiana inheritance tax. Further, the use of certain trusts can result in avoiding probate. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to advise you and to prepare the appropriate trust or trusts for you and your family, and also to counsel and assist you and/or the trustees in the administration of the trusts.

Estate Administration and Probate Litigation Probate is the legal process in which a deceased person’s estate is valued, debts are paid and the remaining assets are distributed in accordance with the terms of the will and other estate planning documents. If you have been named a personal representative or executor of an estate, you have a very specific set of fiduciary duties to perform. You don’t have to go through this often complicated and confusing process alone. The lawyers of Dale & Eke in Indianapolis can answer your questions and guide you through the process. Many clients who come to us for help with the administration of an estate are the heirs and executors of estates we have prepared. The fact that we are a small, intimate practice that devotes substantial time and effort getting to know our clients is a definite advantage in these cases — as is the fact that several of our attorneys are certified as Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialists by the Estate Planning and Administration Specialty Certification Board of the Indiana State Bar Association, enabling us to offer sophisticated guidance in estate and inheritance tax matters.

When Disputes Arise in the Probate Process

If the terms of a loved one’s will are not being honored, if someone has exercised undue influence to interfere with your rightful inheritance, or if the executor of a loved one’s estate is failing to fulfill his or her fiduciary duties, you may have to resort to probate litigation to obtain satisfaction. At the Indiana law firm of Dale & Eke, we represent heirs, beneficiaries and other interested parties in a wide range of probate litigation, including will contests, fiduciary claims and interference with inheritance matters. Probate litigation is not to be undertaken lightly or without the help of an experienced attorney. If you need help to stand up and fight for what is rightfully yours or to ensure that your loved one’s final wishes are carried out, contact our offices in Indianapolis today to schedule an initial consultation.

Indiana Tax Attorneys Serving Your Tax Law Needs For individuals and businesses alike, an IRS audit or other tax dispute can cause substantial anxiety. The state and federal government have tremendous power in tax matters. Your assets can be attached and your wages garnished based on a simple mistake or misunderstanding. You may even face criminal charges of tax evasion. In any IRS dispute or tax matter, it is vitally important to obtain qualified legal counsel. The Indianapolis law firm of Dale & Eke offers consultation regarding federal, state and local tax issues and representation in tax disputes before the IRS and in litigation before the U.S. Tax Court, including:

  • Estate and inheritance tax planning and audits, as well as handling any assessment of additional estate or inheritance tax
  • Representation in IRS tax audits
  • Nonpayment of payroll taxes and disputes involving payroll tax deficiencies
  • Failure to file tax returns, filing incorrect returns or nonpayment of taxes

Our attorneys provide personal attention and a dedication to producing results for individual and business clients throughout Indiana. Two of our lawyers are attorneys with CPA background. We can offer proactive counsel in matters of business taxation for new startups and established companies seeking to legally minimize tax liability. We also guide individuals and families in the creation of estate planning techniques to reduce or avoid estate and inheritance taxes. We invite you to contact our offices today to schedule an informative and completely confidential consultation with an experienced tax lawyer.

Residential and Commercial Real Estate Matters in Indiana Whether you are a first-time homeowner, an experienced real estate investor or a business seeking a new base for your operations, a real estate transaction often represents a substantial investment. It is vitally important to ensure that your investment is protected. The Indianapolis law firm of Dale & Eke offers legal counsel and experienced representation to individual and business clients involved in the negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation of real estate matters, including:

  • Property purchase agreements
  • Commercial and residential lease disputes
  • Mechanics liens
  • Contract litigation and disputes
  • Boundary, easement and right-of-way disputes
  • Adverse possession
  • Condemnation and eminent domain
  • Oil, gas and wind farm leases
  • Partition actions
  • Homeowner association matters

As a small firm, Dale & Eke is particularly positioned to offer you custom-tailored solutions and dedicated representation in these matters. Our attorneys provide personal attention and a focus on producing results in a timely and cost-effective manner. Dale & Eke represents individual and business property owners, property managers, commercial tenants, investors and financial institutions in a full range of real estate transactions and disputes. We invite you to contact our offices today to schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers at Dale & Eke.

Experienced Representation for the Indiana Health Care Industry While health care organizations deal with many of the same or similar issues as any other business, health care providers and practices in Indiana also face a complex array of federal, state and local laws and regulations that govern almost every aspect of day-to-day operations. In such a complicated environment, the need for experienced, ongoing legal counsel should be apparent. Many lawyers, however, do not possess an in-depth understanding of the unique legal and regulatory challenges inherent in the health care industry. The lawyers and staff at the Indianapolis law firm of Dale & Eke have experience in the business of health care and the laws and regulations that govern private practices, physicians groups, hospitals and other health care providers.

Comprehensive Business and Health Care Law Services

  • Our attorneys offer personal attention in a full range of legal services for health care industry clients, such as:
  • Business formation and incorporation of practices, organizations and health care joint ventures between hospitals and physicians groups
  • Purchase, sale or merger of medical and dental practices
  • Organization of an orthopedic hospital
  • Drafting and review of medical staff by-laws
  • Drafting and review of physician employment contracts and restrictive covenants involving health care professionals
  • Federal fraud and abuse allegations, including violations of Stark and anti-kickback laws and regulations regarding direct and indirect payments for physician referrals (may include potential criminal charges)
  • Contracts and business law services for physician and dental groups and other health care practices
  • Compliance with a wide range of state and federal laws, regulations, standards and rules such as Medicare provider rules, professional licensing regulations, OSHA, HIPAA and facility standards set the Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO)

We invite you to contact our offices to schedule an informative consultation with an experienced attorney.

ERISA Compliance in Corporate Benefits Packages The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is a federal law that governs most private-sector employee benefits, including health care insurance coverage, pension plans, profit sharing, 401(k) retirement plans and scheduled bonuses.

The experienced attorneys at the Indianapolis, Indiana, law firm of Dale & Eke advise business clients in the creation of employee benefits packages and retirement plans. We can guide you in complex matters of ERISA compliance and in administering retirement plans in accordance with state and federal laws.

In addition to initial drafting of benefits packages and retirement plans, the attorneys at Dale & Eke can conduct a thorough review of existing plans and recommend areas of improvement. Our attorneys can identify potential areas of difficulty and implement changes to bring about compliance with state and federal law. As a small, intimate practice, Dale & Eke can provide a high level of personal attention to these matters.

As a multidisciplinary law firm, we can also handle a wide range of collateral business law and employment matters. We invite you to contact our offices in Indianapolis today to schedule an initial consultation.

We are conveniently located north of downtown at Keystone at the Crossing and serve clients throughout Central Indiana.

 In today’s complex and difficult economy, the state court receivership filings have increased significantly.  Dale & Eke has been representing receivers and creditors in state court receivership cases for over 30 years.  Within the past five years, Dale and Eke has been involved in some of the more complex receivership cases filed in Indiana involving real estate developments, retail establishments and cases filed by the Indiana Securities Commissioner involving securities fraud.