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Barbara J. Baird, Attorney at
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The Law Office of Barbara J. Baird is a general practice law firm in Indianapolis, Indiana serving central Indiana, including Marion, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson and Hancock County, with emphasis in estate planning, wills, trusts, adoption, probate, trust and estate administration, domestic partnership and non-traditional family planning and protection, as well as select small business matters.

In this complex world, I help my clients to secure their rights, protect the lives they have built, provide for their loved ones and plan for their long term needs.

I work with individuals, couples and families in Indianapolis and throughout Indiana to address their life and estate planning and protection needs, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, adoptions and guardianships. For couples planning to marry, I prepare premarital or prenuptial agreements.

I provide adoption-related legal services for adoptive parents in a variety of circumstances, including foster parent adoptions, relative adoptions, second parent adoptions and same-sex couple adoptions.

When a loved one dies, I assist executors and trustees in the administration of the probate estate or trusts.

For small businesses, I handle business formations and advise clients concerning various business and employment matters.

As a general practice lawyer, I accept many other types of matters on a case-by-case basis. My mission is to provide quality legal services with the understanding that you have come to me for assistance in matters that are sensitive and personal to you. Each case is handled with care and thoroughness, and I strive to earn your trust with sound legal advice and judgment.

I take cases throughout Indiana, with concentration in central Indiana, including Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, Avon, Zionsville, Noblesville, Greenwood, Danville and Greenfield.

Areas of Practice:


Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, 1977


Honors: Cum Laude

Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1972


Honors: Cum Laude

Major: English

Bar Admissions:

Indiana, 1977

U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana

1977 U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1981

U.S. Supreme Court, 1981

Representative Cases:

Baskin v. Bogan, 766 F3d 648 (7th Cir. 2014)

Indiana State Employees Appeals Com'n v. Bishop, 72 N.E.2d 881 (Ind.App 1999)

International Broth. of Elec. Workers, Local 481 v. Sign-Craft, Inc, 864 F.2d 499 (7th Cir 1988)

Sink v. Knox County Hosp, 900 F.Supp.1065 (S.D.Ind 1995)

In re Infant Girl W., 845 N.E.2d 229 (Ind. Ct. App. 2006)

Past Employment Positions:

National Labor Relations Board, Field Attorney, 1977-1981

Fillenwarth Dennerline Groth & Baird, 1981 - 1991

Macey, Macey & Swanson, Associate Attorney, 1993 - 1999