Jeanne E. Longsworth

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Fort Wayne, IN

Longsworth Law LLC
 | 7030 Point Inverness Way, Suite 330
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
Phone: 260-436-1555
Fax: 260-436-4999
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (70%),
  • Tax: Business (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jeanne E. Longsworth is the founder and owner of Longsworth Law LLC in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A top-rated attorney with more than 30 years of legal experience, Ms. Longsworth focuses her practice primarily on estate planning and administration, wealth preservation and transfer, business succession planning, trust administration, probate, and other related areas.

Serving clients throughout Allen county and the surrounding areas of Northeastern Indiana, Ms. Longsworth has a long record of successfully helping individuals, families, business owners, corporate executives, physicians and other professionals with establishing and enforcing their final wishes for the future while helping them protect what they have worked so hard to achieve.

Realizing that each case is unique and each client has his or her own specific goals and objectives, Ms. Longsworth tailors her approach to provide the most effective solutions possible for her clients' needs. As a certified public accountant as well as a certified estate planning and administration specialist, she possesses the skills and resources required to help her clients valuate and preserve their assets efficiently, minimize their tax liabilities, and create a lasting legacy for their loved ones.

Recognized for her exceptional legal abilities and high ethical standards, Ms. Longsworth holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, The Best Lawyers in America© and Best Lawyers® voted her among the top attorneys for trusts and estates in Indiana as well as the rest of the country, and she has received numerous other awards and accolades for her professionalism and service.

A 1984 graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in accounting, Ms. Longsworth attended Valparaiso University Law School, where she served as executive editor for the Valparaiso University Law Review. She obtained her Juris Doctor in 1987, and the Indiana State Bar Association admitted her to practice that same year, as did the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

Along with maintaining a successful practice, Ms. Longsworth is also highly active in her legal community, as evidenced by her membership with several local, state and national bar associations. A recognized leader in her field, she has published articles on a variety of topics, and she regularly participates in continuing legal education seminars across her region.

Committed to her local community as well, she volunteers with various civic and charitable organizations, and she has served on the board of directors for numerous foundations and nonprofits, including the Mary E. Van Drew Charitable Foundation, Inc., Indiana Institute of Technology, and the Fort Wayne Community Foundation, among many others.

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Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate Planning & Probate (70%): Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Tax (20%): Tax Law

Business/Corporate (10%): Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Tax Law, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006

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About Jeanne Longsworth

Admitted: 1987, Indiana

Professional Webpage: https://www.longsworthlaw.com/attorneys

Honors/Awards:

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist, 2007
  • Certified Public Accountant (Indiana)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Indiana, 1987
  • Allen County Bar Association, Chair, Probate Trust & Tax Section, 1993–1994
  • Fort Wayne Estate Planning Council, Board of Directors, 1992–1994
  • Indiana CPA Society
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1987
  • Indiana State Bar Association, District 4 Representative, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, 1996-1998
  • American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 1987
  • Allen County Bar Association, Vice Chair, Probate Trust & Tax Section, 1992–1993
  • Fort Wayne Estate Planning Council, President, 1993–1994

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Forensic Nursing Specialties, Inc. d/b/a Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center, Vice President 1998–2005 
  • Fort Wayne Community Foundation, Secretary 1998–1999
  • Alcohol Abuse Deterrent Program, Inc., Board of Directors, 1989–1994
  • Indiana Institute of Technology, Secretary, 2007–2013
  • Leadership Fort Wayne, Class of 1993
  • The Helen P. Van Arnam Foundation, Inc., Secretary and Treasurer, 1996–2009
  • Forensic Nursing Specialties, Inc. d/b/a Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center, Board of Directors 1995–2005
  • Fort Wayne Community Foundation, President, 1999–2001
  • Fort Wayne Ballet, Inc., Second Vice President 1994–1995
  • Indiana Institute of Technology, Board of Trustees, 2004–present
  • YWCA, Board of Directors, 1993–1994
  • The Helen P. Van Arnam Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors, 1994–2009
  • Valiant Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors, 2004–2008
  • Fort Wayne Community Foundation, Board of Directors, 1995–2001
  • Fort Wayne Ballet, Inc., Board of Directors, 1993–1995
  • Arts United, Leadership Fort Wayne Intern, 1993–1994
  • Toolcraft, Inc., Board of Directors, 2004–2012
  • Mary E. Van Drew Charitable Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors and Treasurer, 1998–present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Creating an Advised Fund: Legal, Practical Considerations,” Vol. 40, No.5, Res Gestae 35, 1996
  • “Private Judging: An Effective and Efficient Alternative to the Traditional Court System,” 21 Valparaiso Univ. L. Rev. 681, 1987
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Pre-Mortem and Post-Mortem Planning
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Estate Planning: Lifetime Gifting & Post-Mortem Elections
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Basic Corporate Practice, Co-Author
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Advanced Estate Planning—Family Limited Partnerships
  • Young Presidents’ Organization, Estate Planning Primer for the Small Business Owner
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Leave a Legacy
  • Indiana Women in Law Conference 2000, Estate and Financial Planning
  • St. Francis University, Families and Disability—Planning Issues and Considerations
  • Fort Wayne Medical Education Program, Estate Planning Primer for the Family Physician
  • Canterbury Schools, Governance and Fundraising
  • Isaac Knapp District Dental Society, Estate Planning Primer for the DDS
  • U.S. Postal Workers, Retirement Considerations

Educational Background:

  • Indiana University, BS, Major: Accounting, 1984
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Office Location for Jeanne E. Longsworth

7030 Point Inverness Way
Suite 330
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Phone: 260-436-1555

Fax: 260-436-4999

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