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Jarrell B. Hammond

Partner

T: 317.453.8644 | Mobile: 317.258.2351
F: 317.630.2790
E: jhammond@lewiswagner.com

Legal Assistant

Brenda Clarkson

T: 317.237.0500
E: bclarkson@lewiswagner.com

Biography

Jerry concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, probate litigation, real estate, business law and general civil litigation. Jerry helps families plan for their future whether the need is for wealth preservation, business succession, or estate administration. He also represents individuals, executors and trustees when disputes arise in the settlement of estates and the administration of trusts.

When issues unfold related to property ownership, creditor rights, and beneficiaries' interests after a family member dies or becomes incapacitated, Jerry guides clients through estate and other probate-related disputes as efficiently and quickly as the process allows. 

Communication, responsiveness and results are the hallmarks of Jerry’s practice. He enjoys the relationships he has developed with his clients, some of whom are now second generation clients. 

Jerry has been recognized by his legal colleagues and opposing counsel with the Indianapolis Bar Association, Professionalism Committee's Nod to Professionalism Award and The Indiana Lawyer's Distinguished Barrister Award. He has repeatedly been listed in state and local polls of attorneys including Indiana Super Lawyer© and The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Litigation - Trust and Estates. Jerry was named Best Lawyers' 2015 Indianapolis Litigation - Trust and Estates, Lawyer of the Year. He is also Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV. 

Jerry is a frequent author and presenter on estate planning, estate administration and probate litigation topics.

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV
  • Listed In The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Litigation - Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates, 2010-2017
    • Best Lawyers’ 2015 Indianapolis Litigation - Trusts and Estates - Lawyer of the Year
  • Listed In Indiana Super Lawyers©, 2004-2017
    • Top 50, Indiana Super Lawyers©, 2013-2014
  • Distinguished Barrister, The Indiana Lawyer, 2015
  • Nod to Professionalism by the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee, 2011

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
    • Real Property and Probate Section
  • Indiana State Bar Association
    • Probate & Property Section
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Estate Planning & Administration Section
      • Executive Committee, 2010-2012
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, 2002
  • Indianapolis Law Club
 

Presentations and Publications

Jerry is the author of several articles and seminars on estate planning, estate administration and probate litigation. 
 
  • 120 Hot Tips in Estate Practice, 5 Ways to Discourage Probate Litigation, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • Probate Litigation, Trust Disputes, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • 120 Hot Tips in Estate Practice, Elder Law Litigation Issues, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • Estate Litigation, Will Contests, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step Is Important, Common Issues to be Prepared for in Litigation and Probate, National Business Institute
  • Navigating the Trust Process from State to Finish, Essential Knowledge for Working with Trusts, National Business Institute
  • Administering the Estate of John Q. Public, Handling Creditors’ Claim and Tax Issues, Half Moon, LLC
  • Probate Litigation, Testamentary Capacity & Remedies of a Beneficiary, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • Drafting Your First Will or Trust in Indiana, Trust v. Will – Advantages and Disadvantages; Basic Will Drafting; Ethical Considerations, National Business Institute
  • Rules and Procedures of the Marion County Assessor
  • Elder Law Litigation Issues, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • 120 Hot Tips in Estate Practice, 5 Tips on Trust Litigation, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • Probate Litigation, Estate and Guardianship Accountings, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum

 

Pro Bono Activity

  • Indianapolis Bar Association’s Marion County Superior Court Pro Bono Project

Civic & Community Involvement

  • Child Advocates
    • Vice president, Board of Directors
 

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Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana, 1982

Courts of Practice

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana , 2008

Education

  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, B.A., 1978