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Perry D Shilts

Divorce and separation Attorney at Fort Wayne, IN

5.0   17 reviews
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  • Licensed for 45 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Perry

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"DIVORCE PRACTICE THAT HELPS GOOD PEOPLE THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES. 40 YEARS AND COUNTING.”

After 40 years in practice,most as a family/divorce lawyer, I have surrounded myself with fine lawyers and staff whom I can call friends. I love our office and I believe our clients recognize that we offer a comforting supportive refuge in a time of great consternation. I find myself grappling with what I want to do with my life at this juncture. The LORD has blessed me with an interesting and wonderful life, Sue, 3 sons , 2 grandchildren, and a host of lifelong friends. What can I do to repay the LORD? That’s the most pressing question in my life right now. Presently I am taking a public stand on the gross mistreatment of DREAMERS AND TPS immigrants. Where that leads, time will tell. Mark____: That which you do for the least of mine, you do unto me.

Awards

Platinum Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
2012

Location

Perry D. Shilts Attorney at Law
10311 Dawson's Creek Blvd
Suite C
Fort Wayne, IN, 46825-1913
Shilts Law Office
10311 Dawsons Creek, Suite C
Fort Wayne, IN, 46825
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2012
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2012
Highly Recommend Perry Shilts
Perry is an amazing attorney who has the perfect mix of compassion, legal knowledge, and skill in the courtroom. He helped me through a very difficult divorce and did a great job. I would highly recommend Perry to anyone going through a divorce.
Posted by M | October 10, 2010
Excellent experience
Very difficult opposing party and counsel.Took ethical high road time and again.Gave me very realistic expectations of what middle ground would look like.Allowed my review pleas prior to court submission. Did a very nice job of tailoring both a provisional order request and marital settlement agreement to my work schedule allowing great time with my children. Understood my need for an "air-tight" settlement agreement (to be tested over and over),and produced one. Won 7 of 7 items before judge.
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Posted by Chris | October 4, 2022
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Great Lawyer
Perry was great to work with. He is very knowledgeable and responsive. I would definitely recommend his services.
Posted by MICHELE | February 28, 2022
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Most compassionate lawyer ever!
Perry helped me through the worst time of my life. He kept me calm and on track. Divorce is difficult, but Perry made sure I didn't worry about anything, because he took care of everything. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Posted by Desiree | December 13, 2021
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Great Attorney
Perry was great to work with. He is very knowledgeable and responsive. I would definitely recommend his services.
Posted by Bill | April 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
PERRY SHILTS…BEST OF THE BEST
If you’re looking for an attorney who is caring, knowledgeable, and effective, you’ve found your man in Perry Shilts. Perry is a unicorn in a highly competitive profession and always puts his clients’ welfare at the forefront of every decision throughout the process. As my divorce attorney, Perry represented me in court and throughout the settlement process. He blended his legal acumen, communication skills, and strategic mindset to successfully close this chapter of my life and find a fair outcome for everyone involved. Even though Perry has numerous clients, I never felt like a “number”. Perry is compassionate and always answered my calls and emails within the same day and never left me hanging with uncertainty over the weekend. His support team of professionals is top shelf and works in lock-step with Perry to leave no stone unturned. I came to Perry as a client and left as a friend. You’ll find no better attorney than Perry!
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Posted by Michael | October 30, 2019
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Highly Recommended! Top - Notch Professional!
Perry impressed me from day 1 and throughout the entire divorce process. He listened to my story and reassured me that I would be okay. Throughout the divorce process Perry and his super-wonderful team were extremely welcoming, supportive, respectful, and were there to assist me whenever I had questions or concerns. I'm very thankful for the work that Perry and his team did to help me get through an extremely difficult time. I would "Highly Recommend" Perry and his excellent team of assistants to anyone who needs a divorce lawyer team , who will listen, care, and be there for you from beginning to end. Perry's team are simply "Top-Notch" professionals!
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Posted by Sherri | September 11, 2019
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Outstanding professionalism and compassion
During my recent divorce, Perry was referred to me. My first visit was a consultation to see what my options were. He was honest, caring and understanding. I wanted someone that held a Christian atmosphere. I found that in Perry and his office staff. When I left there, I felt as if a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. It felt as though I finally could move forward! His continuing care, compassion, knowledge, expertise, respect continued. We were able to settle without going to court that would have added additional costs. I am thankful that Perry was my attorney during this bittersweet time. His staff also represents themselves in a very professional, caring and compassionate manner. I was able to relate to them without feelings of being intimidated. What an excellent decision I made when I decided that Perry Shilts was the attorney to handle my divorce. I would highly recommend him. I firmly believe that word of mouth is the most positive way to find assistance when it is needed. God Bless and thank you, Perry!
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Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2017
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I can definitely recommend Perry Shilts!
Perry is a highly competent and effective lawyer practicing in an area of law that is difficult and emotionally charged. He was dedicated to finding and working toward solution while being sympathetic to my needs throughout the process. He gave me good advice and kept me informed, all at a reasonable cost. Perry has high ethical and legal standards. He is fair and honest. His professionalism and knowledge are exceptional. I was very happy with his representation.
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2016
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No other choice
I live outside of Indiana, in NYC. When my mother (who lives in Indiana) decided that a divorce was the right thing for her, I asked a very smart and well-connected lawyer friend in Indiana for the best divorce attorney in the area. His response was emphatic -- we absolutely needed to talk to Perry Shilts. I did not expect that the "best divorce attorney" would be such a kind, empathic person to work with. In what was an incredibly stressful situation, he made my mom (and me) feel comfortable and at ease from day one, and quickly negotiated our ideal settlement in what could have been a very protracted, painful situation. We also found Perry's fees very reasonable, especially given his reputation. After all is said and done, I can speak for both of us when I say that we are lucky to not just call Perry a lawyer, but a real friend.
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Posted by Marty | July 7, 2014
A calm port in a storm..
Perry's first face-to-face words to me were, "relax, it'll be okay." I was anxious about the process after a 21 year marriage but he was right from the start; it was indeed okay when all was said and done. What I appreciated most was his honesty and calm guidance. In a time when uncertainty was the flavor of the day, it was good to have that reassurance and professionalism.
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Posted by Mohammed | April 16, 2014
God-sent
Perry helped me through a very difficult phase of my life. Honest, humble, learned, patient, and one who will keep you on track. I was glad he was on my team!!
Posted by Shirley | June 29, 2011
Very professional and thorough
Perry was able to find information we thought unattainable. He was extremely efficient.
Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2011
Excellent Service - With Integrity!!!
Perry represented me in my divorce and provided me with excellent service at one of the most difficult times in my life. Perry's confidence and encouragement were a stabilizing force for me. He always acted with the utmost professionalism, ethics and integrity throughout the process. I would highly recommend Perry to anyone in need of legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2010
Review Divorce/Custody
Divorce/ Custody can be heart wrenching and take a toll on your life, however, if you want someone who has a genuine concern for his clients without running up the fees, call Perry. My case was very complicated and had many curve balls that Perry handled immediately with his extensive family law background. I am convinced that had Perry not represented me, that my child and I would not have the life we have today. I am eternally grateful for his dedication and I consider myself very fortunate the day that someone referred Perry Shilts to me.
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2010
From Ashes to Beauty
At the lowest time of my life Perry Shilts was very professional and compassionate. He was in my corner. Im so glad to have had him represent me and that my divorce did not end up going to court which would have been money that I did not have.
Posted by Michelle | October 22, 2010
Represent me in my divorce
Perry Shilts represented me in my divorce case in November of 2004. Mr. Shilts was a stable and level headed influence in what was a very trying time in my life. He always respected my need to put the needs of my children first, but was also practical in making sure that everything was done fairly. He provided excellent guidance and I was able to trust his advice. I would strongly recommend Mr. Shilts representation.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 170-295 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner attorney
  • Shilts Law Office
  • 2005 - 2014
  • Partner/shareholder
  • Haller and Colvin Attorneys
  • 1978 - 2005

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor Cum Laude
  • 1978
  • Indiana University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts-Honors History
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Schwartz v. Heeter
  • Win
  • gerard v. gerard
  • win
  • schrock v. schrock
  • loss
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Associations

  • Indiana Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2001 - Present
  • Allen County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Allen County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 1994 - 2003
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Preeminent AV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Preeminent AV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Preeminent AV Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top (DIVORCE) Lawyer
  • FT. Wayne Monthly Magazine
  • 2014
  • Client Satisfaction Award(10 BEST INDIANA)
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Client Appreciation Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyer(divorce)
  • Ft. Wayne Newspapers/Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyer(Family)
  • Ft. Wayne Newspapers/Avvo
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice Awrd
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Client Appreciation Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Preeminent AV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Client Appreciation Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Preeminent AV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyer(divorce)
  • Ft. Wayne Newspapers
  • 2012
  • Preeminent AV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Preeminent AV Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Preminent AV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Indiana Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Mediation and Trial Preparation(Approx 2004)
  • 2004
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • A,B, And C's Of QDROS
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Indiana State Family Law Annual Seminar
  • A,B, And C's of QDROS
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
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Family Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have practiced law in and out of IN and I can say, without a doubt, that Perry one of the most intelligent, honest, and talented attorneys I have encountered. He manages to blend an encyclopedic knowledge of the law with empathy, kindness, and good old fashioned hard work to achieve his client's desired outcomes. Perry is not only a wonderful attorney, he is a good person, which is just as important when you practice family law. He never forgets that to his clients, this is not a "case;" this is their lives. I am fortunate to call him my mentor and "boss.""
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I recently joined Shilts & Setlak. As a new attorney, I greatly appreciate the wealth of knowledge Perry has regarding divorce law. He advocates vigorously for his clients and does so with aplomb. I look forward to his guidance in starting my practice."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Perry is one of the best in his field. With years of experience and great dedication to the divorce practice, Perry can solve the most complex of divorce questions. I highly recommend Perry for all of your divorce needs."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly recommend Perry and strongly endorse him in the divorce and family law area of law. Before joining Perry in 2011, I have always recognized Perry as an outstanding lawyer in the family law arena. He and I had divorce cases against one another and I always knew that Perry did an excellent job for his client while always maintaining a very professional attitude toward opposing counsel. Now that I have joined him and have become a partner in the firm, I see first hand how well Perry represents his clients during what is usually one of the most difficult times in their lives. For this and many other reasons, I strongly endorse Perry."
Family Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Perry Shilts is an outstanding family law attorney. I highly endorse him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Fort Wayne Divorce and separation Lawyer Perry D Shilts
Perry D Shilts
Divorce and separation Attorney
Fort Wayne, IN
Licensed for 45 years
Virtual consultation available