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MaryEllen (Kiley) Bishop 
Indianapolis, Indiana
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phone 800-624-7370
317-573-8888
fax 317-574-3855
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MaryEllen is a partner in the Estate and Wealth Planning Group, representing clients in the areas of estate and trust planning and administration; probate, estate and trust litigation and individual and fiduciary taxation.  She has an AV Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was selected by Martindale-Hubbell for the inaugural Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers in 2011.

MaryEllen is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and a Board Certified Indiana Trust and Estate Lawyer by the Trust and Estate Specialty Board.  She is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Indiana University.  She served two terms on the Indiana Probate Code Study Commission under the appointment of Governors Frank O'Bannon and Joseph Kernan.  MaryEllen is a Master Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation and a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.  She is Co-chair of the Midwest Estate, Tax and Business Planning Institute.  MaryEllen is an Indiana Super Lawyer 2004-present; listed in Best Lawyers for Estate Planning and Estate and Trust Litigation 2006-present; a Five Star Wealth Manager awardee for client satisfaction 2009-present; and was honored by Ball State University with an Indiana Woman of Achievement Award in 2011.

MaryEllen received her juris doctorate from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1982. She earned her bachelor of science degree from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 1979.  Ms. Bishop is admitted to practice before the Indiana Supreme Court, United States District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana, United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court.  She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association and the Estate Planning Council of Indianapolis.

Year Joined Organization:
2009
Areas of Practice:
50% Estate Planning and Probate (Wills and Trust Preparation)
Individual and Fiduciary Taxation
Probate and Trust Litigation
50% Probate, Estate and Trust Litigation
Litigation Percentage:
50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Certification/Specialties:
Board Certified Indiana Trust and Estate Lawyer, Trust and Estate Specialty Board, 2007


Fellow American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, ACTEC, 2012


Bar Admissions:
Indiana, 1983
U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Tax Court, 1983
Education:
Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1982
J.D.


Indiana University Kelley School of Business, 1979
B.S.
Major:  Marketing


Published Works:
"Probate Skills", ICLEF, 1994, 2006


"Recent Legislation and Cases in Estate Planning & Probate", ICLEF, 2004-Present


"What's New in Estate Planning and Administration", Indianapolis Bar Association, 2002- Present


"Basic Will and Trust Drafting", ICLEF, 1999, 2001


"The Long and Winding Road to Probate Court", ICLEF


"Planning Your First Probate Administration", ICLEF


"Practical Probate", ICLEF


"Basic Probate", ICLEF


Classes/Seminars Taught:
Master Chair, "Probate Skills Series", ICLEF, 1994, 2006


"Indiana Law Update", ICLEF, 2004 - Present


"What's New in Estate Planning and Administration", Indianapolis Bar Association, 2002 - Present


Program Chair: "Basic Will and Trust Drafting", ICLEF, 1999, 2001


"The Long and Winding Road to Probate Court", ICLEF


"Planning Your First Probate Administration", ICLEF


Program Chair: "Practical Probate", ICLEF


"Elder Law", National Business Institute


"Basic Probate", ICLEF


Co-chair of the Midwest Estate, Tax & Business Institute, ICLEF, 2012 - Present


Honors and Awards:
Member of the Board of Trustees for Indiana University, July 1, 2010 - Present


Indiana Super Lawyers (Top 25 Women Lawyers)


Indiana Super Lawyer in Practice Area of Estate Planning/Trusts , 2004 - Present


The Best Lawyers in America in Practice Area of Estates and Trusts and Trust and Estate Litigation, 2006 - Present


FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager(SM), 2009 - 2013


Master Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation


Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation


Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Council (ACTEC), 2012 - Present


Professional Associations and Memberships:
Indiana University Alumni Association, 2007 - Present
International Chair


Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law , 2008 - Present
Secretary to the Board of Visitors


Indiana University School of Medicine, 2008 - Present
Co-Chair, Planned Giving Committee


Indiana University Women's Colloquium Planning Committee, 2008 - Present
Member


Indianapolis Bar Association, Estate Planning and Administration Section, 2006 - Present
Chair


Indianapolis Bar Association, 1999 - Present
Vice President, Board of Managers


Indiana State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, 2006 - Present
Executive Council


Indiana State Bar Association, 2001 - Present
Co-Chair, Written Publications Committee for Res Gestae


Indiana State Bar Association, 2005 - Present
Probate Review Committee


Indiana Probate Code Study Commission, 2001 - 2005


Estate Planning Council of Indianapolis


Visiting Nurse Foundation, 1996 - 1997
Board of Directors


American College of Trust and Estate Council (ACTEC), 2012 - Present
Fellow


Pro Bono Activities:
Kiwanis Club of Meridian Hills, Past Secretary
Visiting Nurse Foundation (Board of Directors), 1996 - 1997
Fraternities/Sororities:
Alpha Chi Omega
Birth Information:
1957, Marion, Indiana, United States of America

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