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Jeff Ray Hawkins

Estate planning Attorney at Sullivan, IN

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About Jeff

Learn Jeff’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    49%
    Asset protection; Wealth transfer planning; transfer tax planning; charitable giving; and special needs planning.

  2. Elder law
    45%
    Guardianship representation, advance and crisis planning for nursing home expenses, and Medicaid advocacy for the aged and disabled.

  3. Business
    5%
    Advise and represent landowners, farmers, and various businesses in oil, gas & mineral law, contract negotiations, business entity formation, family business succession, and small firm mergers and acquisitions.

  4. Mediation
    1%
    Pre-suit and litigation settlement mediation in all civil matters (not divorce or other family law matters). Moderated long-range planning and public meeting facilitation.

            I am a trusts, estates, and elder law attorney and civil mediator in Indiana and Illinois with more than 26 years of practice experience in estate planning, trust & estate administration, elder law, and business law.

            My wife and law partner, Jennifer Hawkins, formed Hawkins Elder Law with me in 2001 as a boutique trust, estate, and elder law firm in Southwestern Indiana. Both lawyers are Trust & Estate Specialty Board Certified Indiana Trust & Estate Lawyers. Both lawyers practice throughout Southwest and West Central Indiana, and I practice throughout Southeastern Illinois. I am also an Indiana Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Both lawyers are members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Indiana NAELA chapter, and I am a member of the Illinois NAELA Chapter.

            Dispute resolution has become one of my passions. I accept engagements throughout Indiana and Illinois for pre-suit and litigation settlement mediation. More than 26 years of experience in trust, estate, business, municipal, real estate, and elder law has equipped me with an unusually broad and deep understanding of those practice areas.

            My volunteer service in the Indiana State Bar Association and its affiliated organizations has extended throughout my career. From my early service as a member of the Young Lawyers Section Council in the early 1990s to service as President of the Indiana State Bar Association (October 2014 - October 2015), I have accumulated a national network of public service colleagues.

            The responsibility that I value most beyond my household is my leadership of the Westside Church of Christ in Sullivan, Indiana, as one of its elders. Preaching, teaching children’s classes, and counseling congregation members of all ages is a pastoral calling in which my fellow elders and I engage earnestly.

Photos and videos

Jennifer and Jeff Hawkins presented tips to organize important personal records for senior citizens during the Generations Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability 2019 Passport to Aging Well at the Green Activities Center on the Vincennes University campus.
Jennifer and Jeff Hawkins sponsored and participated in the Generations Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability 2019 Passport to Aging Well at the Green Activities Center on the Vincennes University campus on March 26, 2019.
Jeff and Jennifer Hawkins spoke about long-term care planning at a spring 2018 event sponsored by Generations Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability in Gibson County, Indiana.
Jeff and Jennifer Hawkins answered estate planning questions during a spring 2018 event sponsored by Generations Area 13 Agency on Aging & Disability in Gibson County, Indiana.
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Licensed for 30 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2012
Updated 01/06/2023
State IN
Status Active In Good Standing
Acquired 1992
Updated 01/04/2023

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

Contact Jeff

Jeff Ray Hawkins
999 North Section Street
P.O. Box 382
Sullivan, IN, 47882-0382

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Posted by Shalom | July 25, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
S. Muskat
My elderly Mother is in the midst of moving to Indiana, and we were immediately confronted with a host of legal issues, including thorny Medicaid problems. Mr. Hawkins never ceased to impress me with his knowledge, his professionalism, and his compassion and courtesy. Special kudos as well to Mrs. Jennifer Hawkins, Esq.; on several occasions, Mr. Hawkins graciously deferred to Mrs. Hawkins, if my question related to her specific areas of expertise. A very positive experience!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hawkins Elder Law
  • 2001 - Present
  • Partner
  • Rowe & Hawkins LLC
  • 1992 - 2000

Education

  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • Indiana University Kelley School of Business
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988

Associations

  • Terre Haute Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Agricultural Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Sullivan County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Probate, Trust and Real Property Section
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Trust & Estate Specialty Board
  • Co-chair
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Probate, Trust and Real Property Section
  • Past Chair
  • 2009 - 2010
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Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified Indiana Trust & Estate Lawyer
  • Trust & Estate Specialty Board
  • 2007

Publications

  • Res Gestae (Indiana State Bar Association)
  • Own It
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Sherman Minton American Inn of Court
  • Estate Planning in 2015 - How to Pivot
  • 2015
  • Indiana State Bar Association Talk to a Lawyer volunteer training
  • Talk to an Estate Planning Lawyer
  • 2014
  • ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference
  • Life After Death Taxes
  • 2013
  • ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference
  • Rural Law Practice
  • 2013
  • Stock Yards Bank: 2010 Estate & Tax Seminar
  • Indiana Transfer on Death Act
  • 2010
  • ICLEF: Advanced Elder Law
  • Creative Non-Probate Strategies in Long-Term Care Planning
  • 2010
  • IBA: Indiana Transfer on Death Act
  • Indiana Transfer on Death Act
  • 2010
  • Estate Planning Council of Illiana
  • Indiana Transfer on Death Act
  • 2010
  • Managing & Counseling Law Firm Startups
  • Law Firm Management
  • 2007
  • Lawyer's Role in the Life of an Indiana Business
  • Business Succession Planning
  • 2007
  • Ethics Update
  • Ethics Update
  • 2005
  • Elder Law Institute
  • Elder Law Ethics
  • 2004
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Estate Planning
  • 2003
  • Debate on Professional Liability Insurance
  • Debate on Professional Liability Insurance
  • 2003
  • Advanced Elder Law
  • Elder Law Ethics
  • 2003
  • 2002 Practice Skills Summit
  • Business Entity Formation
  • 2002
  • 13th Annual Year in Review
  • Estate planning and administration
  • 2002
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