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Lance Darrin Like

Estate planning Attorney at Bloomington, IN

5.0   9 reviews
  • State Years
    Indiana - IN 32 years
    Colorado - CO 33 years
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Lance

Learn Lance’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    35%
    Wills, trusts, financial powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, living wills, life insurance trusts, asset protection trusts, grantor retained trusts, special needs trusts, charitable planning, tax planning

    33 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Probate
    25%
    Probate and trust administration, including preparation of Federal Estate Tax Returns and Indiana Inheritance Tax Returns

    33 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Trusts
    20%
    Revocable living trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, grantor retained trusts, special needs trusts, asset protection trusts, charitable trusts, Medicaid asset protection trusts, income only trust, VA asset protection trusts, and IDGTs

    33 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Elder law
    15%
    Medicaid planning, VA benefits planning, long-term care estate planning, Medicaid applications, and counseling elderly clients and their families on legal issues affecting the elderly

    28 years, 500 cases

  5. Business
    5%
    Business formation and operation including corporations, family limited partnerships, and limited liability companies

    33 years, 750 cases

We help people plan for and protect the two most important things in their lives: the people they love and the assets they have. We are located in Bloomington, Indiana and our work is focused on estate and wealth transfer planning, asset protection planning, elder law, Medicaid planning and qualification, long-term care planning, probate and trust administration, business succession planning, business formation and operation, and real estate. We work closely with individuals and families to craft comprehensive and customized plans. These plans have helped hundreds of clients and their families address life issues, deal with death, resolve conflict, and leave a legacy.

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Location

Lance Darrin Like
1211 N. College Avenue
Bloomington, IN, 47404

Reviews

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Posted by Jessica | July 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
100% recommend
We drug our heals for a long time in getting our estate planning done. It felt like it was going to be overwhelming. Lance and his team walked us through the process step by step, answering all questions along the way and making the process so clear and simple. We now have everything - and I mean EVERYTHING (way more than I would have even thought of covering) - planned and in order for our family. We both feel relieved, secure and grateful that we took the time to complete this process. I would highly recommend Lance and his office to anyone I love and I would even go further to say I would encourage them to contact him soon. Simple. Clear. Professional.
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Posted by Alice | July 2, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Protecting equity in real estate
As a real estate agent I frequently deal with multiple property owners who are involved with real property. Lance is the attorney I go to for advice on how best to help my clients and has helped several of them avoid potential pitfalls and challenges in their estates.
Posted by John | April 26, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A great attorney and partner for your family
Lance Like is a great attorney! I am a financial advisor and have a lot of experience reviewing estate plans for my clients. Because I have so much experience with this, I feel very comfortable saying that Lance Like is the gold standard when it comes to estate planning services. Along with that, Lance also works in the area of elder law. Lance is always the first attorney that I recommend to my clients for any and all elder law and/or estate planning needs. He is a partner that I trust with my clients and their needs. There is no higher compliment or endorsement that I can give.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Lance Like
Lance has consulted on legal matters with respect to our recent move . His recommendations were very valuable and help in making several difficult decisions.
Posted by Don | February 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A long term relationship
We have been working with Lance for more than two decades. We have a handicapped son and over the years he helped us put together a good estate plan and he has helped us update it twice since we first put it together. He has always carried out his role with high levels of expertise while simultaneously having a lowed keyed demeanor that makes it easy to work with him. We have nothing but the greatest regard for Lance and his excellent staff.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Review
I have been a client of Lance Likes for the past ten years. He was most helpful in drawing up wills and a plan for my husband and I. When my husband died we knew exactly what to do (call Lance Likes office) and his assistance made the whole process go smoothly. I have recommended his office to a number of friends as well.
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
comprehensive and personal
Lance is careful to understand each person's individual situation and work to provide appropriate solutions. He responds to requests promptly. Highly recommended.
Posted by Donna M DeFrancisco | January 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
thank you
although the firm was unable to assist me at this time with my legal matter, they did refer me to another attorney in Bloomington who was able to help me with my legal matter. Thank you to the Like Firm for taking the time to review my matter and then directing me to the proper attorney.
Posted by Ted | October 1, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Lance Like
I have known Lance professionally for nearly 15 years. He is one of Indiana’s best estate planning and elder law practitioners. He has the legal skills necessary to do the job the right way and he always puts his clients’ interests first. I recommend Lance without any hesitation.”
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 95-395 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Like Law Group LLC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Partner
  • Mallor Clendening Grodner & Bohrer, LLP
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Mallor Clendening Grodner & Bohrer, LLP
  • 1993 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Lembke, Stewart & Coates, P.C.
  • 1990 - 1993
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Education

  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of Evansville
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Private Letter Ruling
  • IRS granted the ruling request

Associations

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Indiana chapter)
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • ElderCounsel
  • Charter Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Advisors Forum
  • Founding Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Founding Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Hoosier Hills Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Trusts & Estates Specialty Board
  • Co-chair
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Hoosier Hills Estate Planning Council
  • Board Member and Newsletter Editor
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Trust & Estate Specialty Board
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Hoosier Hills Estate Planning Council
  • President
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Hoosier Hills Estate Planning Council
  • President
  • 1997 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Presidential Service Award
  • Hoosier Hills Estate Planning Council
  • 2009
  • Accredited VA Attorney
  • Veteran's Administration
  • 2009
  • Board Certified Indiana Trust & Estate Lawyer
  • Trust & Estate Speciality Board, Indiana
  • 2007
  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Indiana University
  • 1990
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Publications

  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF)
  • The Initial Client Meeting
  • 2015
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF)
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • 2012
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF)
  • Planning for Flexibility in Times of Uncertainty
  • 2006
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF)
  • Tips for QTIPs
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Hoosier Hills Estate Planning Council
  • Estate Planning with Retirement Assets
  • 2018
  • Estate and Financial Planning
  • Estate Planning & Elder Law
  • 2017
  • 2015 Basic Will Drafting
  • The Initial Client Meeting
  • 2015
  • 2014 Estate Planning Day
  • Estate Planning 101 - A Lifetime Process
  • 2014
  • NAIFA
  • 2013 Tax Law Update
  • 2013
  • Financial and Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2013
  • Trusts 101
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • 2012
  • Financial and Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2012
  • Estate Planning for Special Needs Loved Ones
  • Planning for Your Special Needs Loved One
  • 2012
  • Financial and Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2011
  • ALS Support Group
  • Planning for Your Special Needs Loved One
  • 2011
  • Monroe Owen County Medical Association
  • Estate Planning & Protecting Your Loved One's Inheritance
  • 2009
  • Redbud Hills
  • Estate Planning, Medicaid & VA Benefits
  • 2008
  • Drafting and Funding the Marital Trust
  • Tips for QTIPs
  • 2006
  • Drafting and Funding the Marital Trust
  • Planning for Flexibility in Times of Uncertainty
  • 2006
  • IMA Professional Education Seminar
  • Dynasty Trusts, Beneficiary Controlled Trusts, and Upstream Multigenerational Planning
  • 2005
  • 2005 Estate Planning Day
  • Top 10 Reasons for Estate Planning
  • 2005
  • Hoosier Hills Estate Planning Council
  • Joint Revocable Trusts & Dynasty Trusts
  • 2004
  • Edward Jones Professional Education Seminar
  • Dynasty Trusts
  • 2004
  • 2004 Estate Planning Day
  • Asset Protection
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
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Elder law Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Other
"Lance Like is an extraordinary attorney that truly looks out for those who are in need of assistance. As a fellow elder law attorney, I greatly appreciate the way that he explains some complex matters in an understandable fashion. He and his team always have the client's best interests in mind and they pride themselves on providing exceptional customer service. It is with great confidence that I endorse Attorney Lance Like."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Lance and I have worked together on several cases. He is smart and thoughtful and is someone that can always be trusted to do the right thing. In my opinion, Lance is one of the best estate planning attorneys in not only Indiana but in the entire country. I am proud to call him a friend and colleague."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lance is an exceptional attorney and has extensive experience in estate planning and elder law. I've know him for more than a decade and have witnessed how dedicated he is to serving his clients to the utmost standard. He has a highly trained staff that provides quality legal services to individuals, families and businesses. I would not hesitate to recommend Lance and his firm."
Estate planning Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Lance for a number of years through a mutual estate planning organization we both belong to. Lance is an extremely bright estate planning attorney and highly experienced in sophisticated planning strategies. He also runs a client focused practice aimed at producing superior work for his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Lance for nearly 7 years - we met at a national continuing education/practice management conference. Lance exemplifies what you expect from an estate attorney - he is professional, thoughful, and thoroughly knowledgable. I was impressed when Lance told me he left a firm where he was a partner, so he could more readily service clients personally. Lance has been able to answer my estate planning and elder law questions with alacrity and ease - he is a credit to the profession, and I aspire to service my clients with the high standards he exudes so easily."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Bloomington Estate planning Lawyer Lance Darrin Like
Lance Darrin Like
Estate planning Attorney
Bloomington, IN
Licensed for 33 years