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Betsy F Walits JD
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Betsy F Walits JD

Practice areas:

Employment & Labor, Divorce & Separation, Estate Planning, Debt Collection, Wrongful Termination, General Practice, Social Security

About Me

Caring, concerned, ethical, rational committed.


 


Law is my second career. My first was as a University Professor. I was tenured at Niagara University right after completing law school at SUNY Buffalo School of Law. At that poing, I had been teaching about 10 years in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and Travel Administration, having completed my master's degree from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. At the point of passing the NY Bar I was now teaching Human Resources Management and Hotel/Restaurant law.


 


Sadly, my husband was transferred to Indiana and I had to leave my favorite job at Niagara. So when I moved here, I started at Purdue University as the Coordinator of Business Law and a professor of Business Law and related courses, including Employment Law, Constitutional Law, Legal Research and Writing, Forms and Regulation of American Business, all of which I developed from conception to delivery. My proudest moment there was receiving teacher of the year. After several years, I had the patience to sit for the Indiana bar exam and left Purdue after being admitted to the Bar in Indiana. I became the Executive Director of the Lake County Bar Association for two years, while I learned  the legal system in Indiana, and in 2008 starting practicing law.


 


While my physical office is in Valparaiso, IN at 821 E. Lincolnway, I'll meet clients from South Bend to Hammond.


 


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Employment & Labor: 40%
    7 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 25%
    7 years
  3. Debt Collection: 10%
    7 years
  4. Estate Planning: 10%
    7 years
  5. Other: 15%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($175-185/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Lynda Heather Leblanc

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Lynda Leblanc Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Timothy Alan Coe

    I endorse this lawyer. She is a respected, no nonsense attorney in Valpo. I worked for and with her for a few years and all of my colleagues agree that Betsy is an authority in the practice.

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    Timothy Coe Contracts & Agreements Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

821 E. Lincolnway Suite 4
Valparaiso, IN, 46383

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
INActive In Good Standing200608/30/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
Teacher of the YearPurdue University North Central2002

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Sole PractitionerLaw Office of Betsy Walits, LLC2008 - Present
Executive DirectorLake County (Indiana) Bar Association2007 - 2009
Professor of Business Law/Advisor/Hospitality InstructorPurdue University2000 - 2006
Assistant/Associate Professor of HospitalityNiagara University1987 - 1999

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Lake County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2008 - Present
Lake County Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember2008 - Present
Porter County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Lake County Bar AssociationExecutive Director2007 - 2009
Lake County Bar AssociationExecutive Committee & Board of Managers2007 - 2009
Lake County Bar Association, CLE/Education CommitteeMember2007 - 2009
Women Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Indiana State Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
MBAALegal, Marketing and Financial considerations when starting up a Bed & Breakfast2005

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
SUNY Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Cornell UniversityHotel and Restaurant AdministrationMasters of Professional Studies1981
College of the Holy CrossPsychologyB.A.1979

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Indianarecovery.orgCivil Rights for Recovering Addicts and Alcoholics2008