Mike began his legal career serving as Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable Paul H. Buchanan, Jr., Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Indiana for three and a half years. Mike then became a staff attorney for the Trust Department of Merchants National Bank & Trust Company, now PNC Bank. He served in that capacity for seventeen years, first in the Trust Department and later in the bank’s Law Department as a Vice President and Associate Counsel. h then worked with his brother, Steve, at Bleecker, Brodey and Andrews for almost nine years prior to joining Applegate Elder Law.
Mike attended Indiana University in Bloomington, graduating with distinction in 1977, when he was inducted as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa scholastic honors society. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis in 1981.
Mike has spoken to both professional and community organizations on a variety of topics including general estate planning, ethical wills, ethical considerations in the representation of the elderly client, and disability planning. He has written articles on the need for estate planning in the age of death tax uncertainty and on the importance of estate planning for young families.
Mike and his wife of over 25 years, Susan, enjoy reading and traveling. They have a 65-pound Labradoodle, Snickers, who is training them quite nicely. Mike is also an aspiring woodworker.
Mike has been involved in estate planning almost his entire career. Estate planning involves counseling clients regarding their wishes and implementing those expectations by drafting wills or trusts as needed and assisting families in the probate of a will or death settlement of a trust when an estate plan matures. He became interested in elder law, which involves all legal issues affecting the older person including such matters as Medicaid planning or VA Pension Benefit planning, during his late mother’s long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Indiana State Bar Association
Indiana State Bar Association Elder Law and Probate Section
Indiana State Bar Association Trust and Real Property Section
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Academy of VA Pension Planners
Hamilton County Bar Association
Former Member of Board of Directors of the Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County