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James Koday focuses his Indiana and Florida practices in the areas of estate planning and administration.  Services in estate planning range from simple wills and trusts to the most sophisticated estate tax savings techniques.


Publications:  Practical and Tax Aspects of the Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust, Res Gestae, March and April 1980; “Federal Estate Tax Return,” ICLEF, 1982; “Federal Income Tax Aspects of Buying and Selling Real Estate,” ICLEF, 1983; “Claims,” ICLEF, 1984; “Living Will Act,” ICLEF, 1986; “Tax Reform Act of 1986,” ICLEF, 1987; “Estate Planning,” ICLEF, 1988; “Estate Planning for the Aging Client,” ICLEF, 1989, Chairman; “How to Plan a Lawyer's Estate,” ICLEF, 1990; "Uniform Rule Against Perpetuities Act,” ICLEF, 1991; “Generation Skipping Tax,” ICLEF, 1992; “Estate Planning for Larger Estates,” ICLEF, 1993, Chairman; “Basic Will Drafting,” ICLEF, 1995, Chairman; “Hot Estate Planning Techniques,” ICLEF, 1997; “Recent Developments in Probate/Estate Law,” ICLEF, 1999; “Discounted Gifts,” ICLEF, 2000; “Charitable Lead Trusts,” ICLEF, 2001; “Estate Tax, Valuation, & IRS,” ICLEF, 2002, Chairman; "Fiduciary Income Tax," ICLEF, 2006, 2007 & 2008. Presentation "State and Federal Trust and Estate Law Update", Allen County Bar Association, 2014


Awards:   Listed in "Best Lawyers in America" published by Woodward/White, each for more than ten years; named Super Lawyers (top 5% of Indiana lawyers) in the area of Estate Planning and Probate; selected to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a select group of experienced estate planning lawyers; and named by the Indiana Trust and Estate Specialty Board of the ISBA as a Certified Indiana Trust and Estate Lawyer.


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Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 40%
    30 years
  2. Estate Planning: 40%
    30 years
  3. Business: 10%
    30 years
  4. Contracts: 7%
    30 years
  5. Mediation: 3%
    15 years

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Barrett McNagny, LLP

215 East Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN, 46802


FLMember in Good Standing198606/19/2016
INActive In Good Standing197607/03/2016
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Indiana Trust & Estate LawyerISBA Probate, Trust & Real Property Section Trust & Estate Specialty Board2006
The Best Lawyers in AmericaThe Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Indiana Super LawyerSuper LawersN/A
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
Indiana State Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2007 - Present
Indiana Bar FoundationDirector2003 - Present
Florida State Bar AssociationMember, Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust LawN/A
American Bar AssociationMember, Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust LawN/A
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellowN/A
Fort Wayne Estate Planning CouncilDirector1989 - 1992
Allen County Bar AssociationChairman, Tax Section1985 - 1985
Indiana State Bar AssociationCouncil Member, Probate, Trust and Real Property Section1984 - 1991
Publication nameTitleDate
ICLEFEstate Planning2010
ICLEFFiduciary Income Tax2006
ICLEFEstate Tax, Valuation & IRS2002
ICLEFCharitable Lead Trusts2001
ICLEFDiscounted Gifts2000
ICLEFRecent Developments in Probate/Estate Law1999
ICLEFHot Estate Planning Techniques1997
ICLEFBasic Will Drafting1995
ICLEFEstate Planning for Larger Estates1993
ICLEFGeneration Skipping Tax1992
ICLEFUniform Rule Against Perpetuities Act1991
ICLEFEstate Planning for the Aging Client1990
ICLEFLiving Will Act1989
ICLEFEstate Planning1988
ICLEFTax Reform Act of 19861987
ICLEFFederal Income Tax Aspects of Buying and Selling Real Estate1983
ICLEFFederal Estate Tax REturn1982
Res Gestae (Indiana State Bar Association)Practical and Tax Aspects of the Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust1980
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University School of Law, BloomingtonLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Indiana UniversityN/AA.B.N/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate & Business Succession PlanningTransfers of the Business to Family Members2015
N/AWhere Are We Going in 2011?2010
N/AIncome Taxation of Estates, Trusts & Beneficiaries2008
N/AIncome Taxation of Estates, Trusts & Beneficiaries2007
N/AIncome Taxation of Estates, Trusts & Beneficiaries2006