Shine & Hardin, LLP

Shine & Hardin, LLP

Legal Solutions For Your Family Law, Estate Planning and Business Law Needs.

Firm Overview

HISTORY:
Shine & Hardin LLP's roots can be traced to September of 1980 when Steven R. Shine opened his law practice in a single office located in the building located at the intersection of Broadway and Beaver Avenue, where Shine & Hardin, LLP is located today. Steve hired Thomas A. Hardin as an associate in 1996 and formed the law firm of Shine & Hardin, LLP in 2000. Shine & Hardin's law offices are located in the same building that Steve opened his practice in 1980; however, Shine & Hardin now owns the building. Shine & Hardin has demonstrated its commitment to Fort Wayne by constructing and maintaining a unique plaza setting in front of the law firm, which includes a fountain, green spaces, and seasonal flowers, known locally as the Broadway Plaza. In 2005, Steve and Tom began the "Christmas on Broadway" tradition - an annual event featuring a beautifully lit Christmas tree and activities for the whole family on the day of the tree lighting. The Shine & Hardin building and grounds serve as a cornerstone of Fort Wayne's Broadway Corridor and demonstrate Shine & Hardin's strong commitment to the community.

COMMITMENT TO OUR CLIENTS:
Shine & Hardin, LLP wants to be the only law firm you will ever need and we are prepared to earn your trust and confidence. Shine & Hardin offers its clients a variety of legal services, including family law, estate planning and administration, real estate and zoning, trusts and trust administration, contracts, litigation, business and corporate law, and personal injury. Steve is an Indiana Certified Family Law Specialist, as certified by the Indiana State Bar Association's Family Law Certification Board. Tom is a past Chairman of the Allen County Bar Association's Probate, Trust and Tax Section. He is also a member of the Indiana Probate Code Study Commission. The attorneys at Shine & Hardin will discuss with you your legal matters and help you develop a course of action to assist you in the resolution of your legal matter. Understanding that the cost of legal services is high, the attorneys at Shine & Hardin will discuss fee arrangements with you and attempt to develop with you payment arrangements that are manageable for you. The attorneys at Shine & Hardin, LLP will also attempt to resolve your legal matter in a manner that reduces your overall cost. Though the attorneys at Shine & Hardin are prepared to see your case through trial, trials can often be avoided by effective negotiation. We will attempt to achieve your goal in a timely manner.

COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Steve and Tom have both responded to the call of community service. Steve currently serves as the Chairman of the Allen County Republican Party, a position he has held since 1993. Tom currently serves on the Allen County Ethics Commission and is the Chairman of the Allen County Election Board. In 2005, Tom was appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels to serve on Indiana's Probate Code Study Commission. Tom is also the Past President of the Allen County Bar Association.

COMMITMENTS THAT WE WILL MAKE TO YOU:
-We promise to be accessible to you.
-The attorneys or their staff will let you know where the
attorneys are and their availability to speak with you while
they are away from the office.
-We pledge to return your phone calls, voice mail messages,
and e-mail messages quickly and promptly.
-We will strive to handle your legal matter with the same
level of importance as any other legal matter.
-We will listen carefully to your legal situation.
-We will make certain that we understand your point of view
and expectations.
-We will keep you informed on a timely basis.
-We will always try to meet or exceed your expectations.
-We will attempt to provide the most thorough, honest,
ethical, and cost-effective service as possible.
Main Office

Shine & Hardin Office Building
2810 Beaver Avenue at Broadway
Fort Wayne  IN  46807

Phone
  • (260) 745-1970
Fax
  • (260) 744-5411

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

No

Hourly Rates

$175-$295

Estate Planning
Shine & Hardin will represent your Estate Planning legal matters.
Practice Areas:

ESTATE PLANNING:
-Elder Law
-Estate and Trust Administration
-Estate Planning
-Probate Law
-Real Estate
-Small Business Law
-Trusts and Trust Litigation
-Wills

FAMILY LAW:
-Adoptions
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Divorce
-Paternity
-Premarital Agreements

Thomas A. Hardin

Partner

Practice Areas:
-Estate Planning
-Estate Administration
-Probate
-Probate Administration
-Probate Litigation
-Real Estate
-Governmental Law
-Administrative Law
-Zoning, Planning and Land Use
-Commercial Litigation
-Civil Practice
-Elder Law
-Trusts and Estates
-Powers of Attorney
-Trust Administration
-Trust Law
-Wills
-Estate and Gift Taxation
-Property Tax

Admitted:
1996, Indiana and U.S. District Courts, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana

Law School:
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law - Indianapolis, Indiana

Member:
Allen County (President, 2007-2008; Section Chair, Probate, Trust and Tax Section, 2003-2004) and Indiana State Bar Associations; National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Born:
Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1970

Agencies:
Attorney, Board of Commissioners, County of Allen (1997-); Gubernatorial Appointment to the Indiana Probate Code Study Commission (2005-2013); Member, Allen County Ethics Commission; Chairman, Allen County Election Board
Education
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
    Bachelor of Arts , 1992
    Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Steven R. Shine

Partner

Practice Areas:
-Family Law
-Divorce
-Paternity
-Adoption Law
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Parenting Time Rights
-Grandparent Visitation
-Real Estate
-PreMarital Agreements
-PostMarital Agreements
-Communications and Media
-Broadcast Station Transfers

Admitted:
1978, Indiana and U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; 1991, Colorado

Law School:
The Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law

Member:
Allen County, La Plata County, Indiana State, Colorado and American Bar Associations; Southwest Colorado Bar Association; Federal Communication Bar Association.

Certifications:
Indiana Certified Family Law Specialist
Registered Mediator, Family and Civil.

Born:
Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1952

Daniel P. Kensinger

Associate

Practice Areas:
-Family Law
-Divorce
-Paternity
-Child Custody
-Child Support
-Parenting Time Rights
-Election,Campaign and Political Law


Admitted:
2009, Indiana and U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana

Law School:
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law - Indianapolis, Indiana

Member:
Allen County and Indiana State Bar Associations

Born:
Hinesville, Georgia, 1983

Justin T. Molitoris

Associate

Practice Areas:
-Business Law
-Corporate Law
-Business Transactions
-Litigation
-Family Law
-Estate Planning
-Personal Injury


Admitted:
2014, Indiana and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana

Law School:
Indiana University Maurer School of Law - Bloomington, Indiana

Member:
Allen County and Indiana State Bar Associations

Born:
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, 1989
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