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MaryEllen Kiley Bishop


With nearly four decades of experience in law, MaryEllen represents her clients with focused estate planning, probate, litigation and tax services. She is a Board Certified Indiana Trust and Estate Lawyer. She is very actively involved in the legal community and holds multiple professional leadership positions. She has also written several professional papers and presented many lectures focusing on the areas of probate, probate and trust litigation and estate planning.

With her passion for meeting new people and learning about their families, MaryEllen helps clients plan for the future and maneuver very difficult times in life.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, gardening, and traveling.

  • Board Certified Indiana Trust and Estate Lawyer (Certified by TESB)
  • Business Planning
  • Estate and Probate Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Individual and Fiduciary Taxation
  • Trust Litigation
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, JD- 1982
  • Indiana University, Marketing, BS- 1979
  • Indiana, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1983
  • Co-Chair Midwest Estate Tax & Business Planning Institute
  • Indiana Law Survey, 2013-present
  • Recent Legislation and Cases in Estate Planning & Probate, 2004-present
  • What’s New in Estate Planning and Administration, 2002-present
  • Basic Will and Trust Drafting
  • The Long and Winding Road to Probate Court
  • Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Council (ACTEC)
  • Board of Trustees, Indiana University
  • Indiana Super Lawyer in Practice Area of Estate Planning/Trusts
  • Best Lawyers in America in Practice Area of Estates and Trusts and Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager, Five Star
  • Master Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation
  • Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation
  • Indiana University Alumni Association, Past International Chair
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Past Secretary to the Board of Visitors
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Past Co-Chair of Planned Giving Committee
  • Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Counsel
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Past Chair for Estate Planning and Administration Section
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Past Vice President to Board of Managers
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Written Publications Committee of Res Gestae, Past Co-Chair
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Probate Review Committee, 2005-present
  • Estate Planning Council of Indianapolis
  • American College of Trust and Estate Council, Fellow