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Chris Godfrey

Elder law Attorney at South Bend, IN

5.0   13 reviews

also known as Christopher James Godfrey


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About Chris

Learn Chris’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    30%
    We assist in helping our clients, find, get, and pay for good care while protecting their assets to the great possible extent.

    9 years

  2. Estate planning
    30%
    Our proactive approach to estate planning helps our clients age with grace and confidence.

    30 years

  3. Probate
    20%
    Quick and smooth transitions.

    30 years

  4. Trusts
    10%
    Our proactive approach to estate planning helps our clients age with grace and confidence.

    30 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    10%
    Our proactive approach to estate planning helps our clients age with grace and confidence.

    30 years

     In some ways my second career is very close to my first one. If preparation and looking out for one another made us good enough to win Super Bowl XXI, it is even more valuable to me now as a legal counselor. My first career is long over, but many of the good habits I learned from it have stayed with me.  Our planning process is called Sideline to Sideline because it is complete, not leaving things for others to do later. And because it is complete our clients are rewarded with smooth transitions. 

Winning has always required more than just rolling out of bed in the morning. By taking a proactive approach our clients and their families meet life's challeges with grace and confidence.

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Licensed for 29 years
State IN
Status Active In Good Standing
Acquired 1993
Updated 01/04/2023

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

Contact Chris

Godfrey Law Offices
2025 Edison Rd Ste B
South Bend, IN, 46637-5600

Reviews

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Posted by Andrew | November 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable, Referable, Chris is a Great Attorney!
I am both a client and a colleague of Chris'. I have referred him to numerous clients from my financial planning business and they have all had nothing, but good things to say about their experiences - even the few who decided not to go through their Estate Planning with Chris. I take my business very seriously and I am very careful with who I send my clients to; Chris is reliable, professional, and thorough in his approach, so I am always confident in referring him. Finally, I am also a client of Chris! He has walked me and my wife through our Estate Planning and we both feel so much better about our future. Even though we are young, Chris crafted an Estate Plan that fits our needs and one that will grow with us through his constant attention to it and through our regular meetings. I am so happy to have Chris as my Estate Planning Attorney, both as someone I can refer and someone I can count on if something were to happen to me.
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Posted by Charlie Hatfield | November 22, 2019
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Chris Godfrey is our Trust lawyer. He helped us with doing our trust and estate.
We did the side line to side line with Chris in developing our trust. He keeps in contact with us each year and makes sure everything is updated. We feel confident with him. He helps us and offers work shops for us to attend.
Posted by Tim | November 19, 2019
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Approaching Retirement Age
My wife and I came to Chris to set up our trusts to guarantee our wishes are carried out when the time comes. He took the time to fully explain trusts, the need for trusts, and the process in great detail. We appreciated his openness and straight talk. Chris and his team are thorough and accurate. Everything happened just as explained to us and anticipated. There were no surprises. If you are considering a trust, an estate plan, or just have questions about these, I strongly urge you to consider Chris for these services.
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Posted by Emily | November 19, 2019
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Long-term planning for the future
Chris has been wonderful in helping my husband and I plan for our future. We are a very young family, and some of the topics we have discussed are things that my husband and I hadn't really thought about, but are very important to consider. Chris has been very informative and educational, especially since this is the first time we are learning about some of the legal documents and terms. I feel much more confident knowing that our medical care, kids, and finances will be taken care of according to our wishes should the worst happen to my husband or me.
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Posted by Katherine | November 15, 2019
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Great follow through!
The best thing about Chris is he takes the time to get to know you, your situation, and your needs. We have had estate plans before, but not one lawyer or firm actually listed the assets that needed to have ownership changed and then provide necessary paperwork. Chris' firm did. Chris even actually handled some of the re-titling himself. And they don't stop there. They help you to complete all the necessary steps to put your plan into effect the way it was agreed upon. The follow through is excellent. It is also part of his practice to stay in touch every year and review documents/ changing circumstances, etc. He offers a very comprehensive estate planning program. We would highly recommend him and his firm.
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Posted by Catherine (Katie) | November 14, 2019
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Getting our estate in Order
My husband, Mike, and I had discussed for awhile making it easier for our children, when the time came, to settle our Estate. We knew Chris Godfrey from St. Joseph High School. Our children went to school together and Mike and Chris both served on the School Board. We trusted him with our affairs. We had an initial meeting and felt comfortable with what he suggested. We hired him at that meeting and have met with him three time since. We are in the process of setting up a Living Trust. I would highly recommend Chris. He answers all our questions and we have peace of mind that our wishes and assets will be taken care of plus we trust him.
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Posted by Jim | November 14, 2019
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review of Chris Godfrey
Does a great job of keeping our estate information, wills, asset list, trusts etc up to date. Helps us correct information when we get something wrong, Also does a great job of keeping us informed of other items that can affect our trusts.
Posted by Jeff | November 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Godfrey Law Offices
Attorney Chris Godfrey has been fully engaged with us by being a thoughtful listener, providing thorough and meaningful legal advice supported by documentation. My family is grateful and secure.
Posted by Guy | November 14, 2019
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Estate Planning Attorney - Review
I met Chris two years ago and he has done an outstanding job in the preparation and delivery of my estate plan (Will & Trust). Based on my experience, he is personable, knowledgeable, prompt, and trusted - all key attributes I want and need when engaging a services professional. Highly Recommended.
Posted by Michael | November 14, 2019
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Mister
Mr. Godfrey was very thorough and easy to understand. We established a living trust for both myself and my wife. He also set up follow up meetings as needed if anything changes in our lives. His knowledge of estate law is exceptional.
Posted by Matt | February 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Comprehensive Estate Plan
I worked with Chris on developing a comprehensive estate plan. I found him to be excellent in listening to our needs and counseling us through the various issues. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Gary | December 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Chris Godfrey review
We utilized Chris to set up our estate plan. Chris did an excellent job on all facets of the procedure. He was well versed on all the intricacies involved, and explained all our options in a very clear and understandable fashion. Chris' pleasant demeanor made what can be a difficult process quite easy. I believe Chris' attributes of honesty, integrity, knowledge and his general personality create a winning combination perfectly suited for the task at hand, and I highly recommend him. Gary DDS
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Posted by Ruth | December 8, 2016
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A unique approach to estate planning and trust management by a wise and able lawyer.
The details and difficulties of four different trusts, which came into play upon my mother's death, required many hours of consultation and counseling. At the same time, the emotions surrounding personal loss and bereavement required a delicacy of understanding. I received all that was needed in the sessions with Chris Godfrey, who guided and protected me as I navigated through the many "sticky wickets" of diplomacy -- including relations with a difficult trustee, disagreements with co-beneficiaries, estate planning for a large family, and making a short/long-term budget for life's unknown possibilities that come with old age. He was always patient, wise, practical and understanding; I came away from each session with a clear plan of action for the many necessary choices that were required of me. His steady insistence on honesty, courage and faith helped me to come through meetings with contentious siblings and so avoid the family feuds among those who a required to share an inheritance after the death of a well-to-do relative. He has a quick legal wit and sense of humor that I appreciated, as they tended to dispel my limited and often rather dark misinterpretations of the motives of others. I could not be more grateful for the "whole-life" help and practical tools that were supplied at a challenging time. Peace of mind about the future, and not being worried about my own will, has no price. I would recommend the unique approach to estate planning that was so ably supplied by Christopher Godfrey, a true gentleman and upright legal counselor.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Godfrey Law Offices
  • 1993 - Present
  • Sports and Entertainment Law
  • Notre Dame Law School
  • 1994 - 1995
  • President
  • Life Athletes, Inc.
  • 1992 - 2016
  • Legal Intern
  • U.S. Department Of Health & Human Service, Office Of Inspector General
  • 1992 - 1992
  • Corporate Financing
  • First Fidelity Bancorporation & First Union
  • 1985 - 1985
  • Player
  • Professional Football
  • 1980 - 1989
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Education

  • Notre Dame Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • B.G.S.
  • 1980

Associations

  • ElderCounsel
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Life Care Planning Law Firms Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Michiana Institute for Successful Aging
  • Member, Advisor
  • 2011 - Present
  • St. Joseph County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Sudden Money Institute
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2017
  • National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1995 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Alumni Man of the Year
  • New York Giants
  • 2003
  • All-Pro
  • NFL Films
  • 1986
  • Super Bowl Champion
  • National Football League
  • 1986

Publications

  • Life Athletes Press
  • That's Where I Live: A Guide to Good Relationships
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Successful Aging Expo
  • Planning with Advance Directives
  • 2019
  • Are your financial and legal plans integrated?
  • Retirement and Estate Plan Integration
  • 2015
  • Insurance Agents Regional Convention
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • NCEA Annual Convention
  • Where do you live?
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris and I are fellow members of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association and I have had the opportunity to collaborate with him on numerous occasions. He is extremely insightful, knowledgeable and forward looking. He is a pleasure to work with and has a passion for what he does. If you are a potential client and have elder law and estate planning questions, you have found your attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is very thorough and knowledgeable, and has a great process for working with clients. We have worked together on numerous matters and I always find him to be knowledgable and professional, providing good value for his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of knowing Chris since 2013 as a member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys. Through our collaboration in this professional organization I have had the opportunity to see Chris’ dedication to his clients and to his estate planning practice. I have found Chris to be a very knowledgeable and detailed estate planning attorney. More importantly, he is truly dedicated to his community and he truly enjoys helping his clients and their families."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Chris for several years now and have found him to be an excellent person and attorney. I highly recommend his Sideline to Sideline Planning Process and approach to estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris as a peer and friend for 6 years and can confidently tell you that you cannot find a more conscience attorney that will devote himself to you and your family. Chris has a unique approach that ensures a family plan is realized in an efficient and effective manner. He is far more than just a document producer, as most attorneys, but he is genuinely interested in his clients’ plan’s success. He has a maintenance program that ensures a plan will be continually updated and educates the entire family. If you are seeking an attorney that will serve you and your family to completion then absolutely use Chris Godfrey."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Other
"Chris is one of my favorite colleagues. Having known him for many years as a fellow estate planning practitioner, my respect and appreciation for him just continue to grow. "Sideline to sideline" is such a great description of his caring, thorough, systematic, counseling-oriented approach to estate plans that will accomplish all of your family and business goals, in the most thorough, yet cost effective, manner possible. Whenever I hear of someone (such as a friend or relative of one of my clients) who needs an estate or business planning attorney in northern Indiana, Chris Godfrey is my hands-down recommendation, and I have 100% confidence that they will be extremely well-served."
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South Bend Elder law Lawyer Chris Godfrey
Chris Godfrey
Elder law Attorney
South Bend, IN
Licensed for 29 years
Free Consultation