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Mary Linda Casey

     Mary Linda Casey is a partner with the law firm of Lucas, Holcomb and Medrea, Merrillville, Indiana.  She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1967.  After graduation from Indiana University, Bloomington law school in 1970, she worked for eight years as an attorney with the Estate and Gift Tax Division of the Internal Revenue Service.  In this capacity, she audited Gift and Estate Tax Returns and Fiduciary Income Tax Returns.

Areas of Practice.
     As a partner with Lucas Holcomb & Medrea, a major portion of her practice is in the estate planning and probate area.  She prepares estate plans and handles the probate and death matters for clients of the firm and on referral from smaller firms and solo practitioners.  Currently, approximately ninety percent of her time is devoted to matters involving: (a) planning and the drafting of instruments for life time gifts and transfers at death in areas including the minimizing of gift, estate, and generation-skipping taxes, the timing and transfer of control of small businesses and family farms, charitable giving and the planning for retirement benefits in the estate plan; and (b) in the administration of the plans, trusts and estates in matters including the preparation of Federal Estate Tax Returns, Indiana Inheritance Tax Schedules, Fiduciary and Final Income Tax Returns and related meetings with individual clients, bank trust officers, referring attorney clients, and participation in audits with representatives of the IRS and Indiana Department of Revenue.  She has a limited practice in matters relating to Indiana real estate assessment and Indiana real estate tax matters.

Professional Recognition and Membership.
     She has been granted Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory's highest rating as a result of an extensive, confidential review conducted among the legal profession in this community.  She is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) which requires state and national approval based on the candidate's demonstrated skill and ability in probate, trust or estate planning law.  She is certified by the Estate Planning and Administration Specialty Certification Board as an Indiana Specialist in Estate Planning and Administration.  She was selected as an Indiana Super Lawyer 2007 in the areas of Estate Planning & Probate, the only Lake county attorney so designated.  Mary Linda is a member of the Lake County, Indiana and American Bar Associations.  She is a member of the Lake County Bar Association Probate Section and has served as an active member on the Ethics Committee and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committees of the Indiana Bar Association.

Volunteer Activities.
     In other endeavors, Mary Linda volunteered her legal services to form the Legacy Foundation, Inc., and the Crown Point Community Foundation, Inc. (both of the community foundations in Lake County, Indiana, and the Merrillville Chamber Advancement Foundation, Inc.)  She continues to voluntarily serve as legal counsel for the Legacy Foundation, Inc.  She completed a 16 year term as Trustee of the Jasper County Library Board.  She has served as an elected member of the Executive Council of the Indiana University Alumni Association and on the Executive Council for the Indiana University Law School Alumni Board.  She is as active member in the Trinity United Methodist Church.  She serves as a volunteer on numerous activities and committees associated with the Rensselaer community and its schools.

At Play
     Mary Linda resides with her husband John, an attorney, in Rensselaer, Indiana.  They enjoy summer lake activities in southern Indiana, ballroom dancing lessons, and bridge.  They are the parents of one daughter, Megan, who lives in Indianapolis.

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