Rice and Rice

Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorneys Serving Our Community for 49 Years

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Since 1972

Serving Indiana, Illinois and Michigan with offices in Valparaiso, Lafayette and Granger

What Our Clients Say!

Plans, Powers of Attorney and Other Documents

What are you trying to accomplish?

One of the reasons the phrase “estate planning” confuses people is that it’s a broad term encompassing legal, financial, accounting, healthcare and other planning. There are hundreds of combinations of documents that may make up a person’s legal estate plan. To add to confusion, the planning that you need is probably different than the planning needs of other family members, friends or neighbors.

It is helpful to understand what documents do.

Use the resources here to familiarize yourself with some of the various types of documents. Then schedule a no-obligation, free consultation so we can visit about what you want to accomplish and work together with you to design an estate plan that is uniquely yours.

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Assisted Care Options: In-Home, Rehab and Nursing Home

The topic of nursing homes is often one of confusion for many families. The very mention of nursing homes sets nerves on edge, raises concerns about costs and brings to mind all the stories you may have heard about losing life savings, income or your home.

When a family is faced with having a loved one in a medically challenging condition, the need to engage a skilled nursing facility or rehabilitation center is sometimes necessary.

We encourage our clients or those seeking information to schedule a no-obligation, free consultation appointment as soon as the need for assisted care for a loved one becomes a possibility. Planning and gathering information as early as possible will give your family the best opportunity to protect hard-earned assets. Early planning helps you to be better prepared when the time comes.

To discuss your specific questions and concerns  schedule your no-obligation, free consultation appointment today.

What to Do When Someone Dies

Information to Help Know What to Do When Someone Dies

Whether a death occurs after a long battle or completely out of the blue, the sense of loss very often clouds decision-making as you begin the process of taking care of legal, financial, and personal matters. We often want to do something; sometimes to allow focus on something other than the loss.

It is important to understand, very little beyond funeral arrangements needs to be done immediately. The need depends upon the person’s assets, ownership, liabilities, family circumstances, planning, and estate. Acting too quickly can cause issues or exposure to problems that may be avoided if a proper plan to administer the estate is put in place.

We have some first steps to help you through the first days with some basic guidance to understand what to do, what not to do, and why. We provide some direction to know what to look for, ideas how to gather essential information, and some things of which you will want to be wary.

First and foremost, take a deep breath. When you are ready, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the first steps to help information. The material provides some key points when you may want to contact our office to discuss how to move forward. We look forward to the opportunity to bring our years of experience to you through this difficult time.

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Attend A Free Dinner Workshop

Reserve your seat at one of our upcoming educational workshops where you will learn about good estate planning techniques to protect both yourself and your assets and provide for your family. At the end of the workshop, you’ll have a new understanding of how an estate plan can benefit you and the ones you love.

Assisted Care Options: In-Home, Rehab and Nursing Home

What you need to know about the process, costs and options associated with In-Home Care, Rehab and Long-Term Nursing Home Care.

Winter Cleanup

Has it been a while since you reviewed your will, estate plan or powers of attorney? Maybe you created a will or an estate plan when you started your family, or when your family and assets looked differently than they do now. Over the years your life changes and so does estate planning. New techniques may be available now that were not available when you did your will or estate plan. Now is a good time to dust-off your documents and review your current needs. Submit a “Request to Meet” or call our office at (219) 255-5285 to schedule a no-obligation, free review appointment.

Meet Our Attorneys

Cliff and Donna built their practice on their Christian values and principles. They are faith and family focused and bring that same compassion to their clients.


Cliff Rice has been actively practicing law for over 49 years. He is a frequent lecturer on estate planning and co-author of the book “How To Protect Your Family’s Assets From Devastating Nursing Home Costs”.


Donna Rice has more than 25 years of experience in law focusing on estate planning.

Associate Attorney
Jeff Golding has extensive experience in estate planning law. He provides his clients with dedicated legal representation.
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