Areas of legal practice: Estate Planning, Administration of Trusts and Estates, Trust and Estate Litigation and Family Law.
With more than 15 years of experience as an attorney, Sara has dedicated her career to helping clients get their core estate planning documents in place while addressing any needs particular to their circumstances.
» Hackett & Associates, P.C. (South Bend, Indiana)
Attorney at Law, September 2018-present
» Hains Law Firm, LLP (South Bend, Indiana)
Partner, May 2011-December 2018
Associate, October 2007-May 2011
Sara earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and her Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School (now Western Michigan University Cooley Law School). She is admitted to practice in the State of Indiana and the United States District Court of the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.
While helping clients with estate planning, Sara also assists in establishing trusts for children or grandchildren, including those with special needs. She helps individuals plan for the distribution of retirement assets, develop strategies for minimizing federal estate taxes and transition business interests.
As a natural complement to her estate planning work, Sara has also worked with many clients, both individuals and corporate fiduciaries, in the administration of trusts and estates and helped guide them through the probate process when necessary.
Sara is also highly involved in the Firm’s trust and estate litigation practice and has helped defend clients in fiduciary roles against claims for breach of fiduciary duty and represented clients in actions involving challenges to Wills and Trusts.
Sara regularly assists clients with adoption, guardianship, paternity, and divorce matters.
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