Bryce Runkle, Attorney at Law

Wills, Estates, and Probate

You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can provide you with greater peace of mind about tomorrow.  Regardless of your age, estate planning is an important legal step that protects you and your family.  Bryce Runkle can provide you with personalized attention that evaluates your needs and allows you to put plans into place so you can enjoy greater peace of mind about your life and after.  Proper estate planning can reduce the complexity and expense of Probate.  Bryce Runkle offers estate planning services including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, appointments of health care surrogates, and living will directives.  Preparing your estate planning materials in advance can help your loved ones save money, reduce stress and uncertainty, and help families stay focused on carrying out your wishes while caring for each other.


If you own a family farm or family business it is important to have a plan to pass your assets on to the next generation.   Failure to plan may result in excessive taxes, inadequate protection of resources, and your wishes about your future may not be carried out.  Bryce Runkle can craft an estate plan to address the transfer of ownership and control of your family farm or business.


A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.  Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed and who cares for your children — making decisions that might not reflect your desires.


Life changes such as a marriage, divorce, birth or adoption of a child, new property ownership, moving to another state, or the receipt of an inheritance suggest a need to review your will and other estate planning documents to determine if they should be updated to reflect the changes in your life.  As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. Bryce Runkle can draft codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.


A Trust is a legal device that is created by a grantor (the party who provides an asset that becomes the body of the trust) for the benefit of designated beneficiaries.  A trustee is appointed and is charged with the administration of the trust.  Trusts can be established to address a variety of needs including asset protection.  Bryce Runkle can provide advice on whether or not a trust could be a useful component of a client’s estate planning activity.


In addition, Bryce Runkle can assist you with probate law matters when a loved one dies. I am proud to serve all domestic partnerships, adoption, and other legal needs.


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Bryce Runkle, Attorney at Law │ 16 E. 5th St., Ste 3 │ Peru, IN 46970 

Phone (765) 985-2215│ Fax (765) 382-0611


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