Shawn M. Scott

Shawn M. Scott

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Indianapolis, IN

Hall Scott PC
 | 3755 E. 82nd Street, Suite 110
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: 317-953-2529
Fax: 317-580-4960
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010, 2017 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (70%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Shawn M. Scott is a partner with Hall Scott PC law firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. Board-certified as an Indiana trust and estate lawyer by the Trust & Estate Specialty Board, Ms. Scott has more than 15 years of legal experience, and she provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Indianapolis metro area and all across the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    • Estate planning
    • Estate and trust administration
    • Business succession planning
    • Business transactions
    • Business formations
    • Real estate

    Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Scott has achieved considerable success counseling a diverse range of clients regarding their complex estate and trust matters while helping them protect themselves, their assets and their businesses against any possible contingencies. She also regularly assists trustees and estate representatives in the administration of trusts and estates, and she routinely advises business clients in various industries with the best methods for planning and organizing their commercial enterprises with an eye on future success.

    In recognition for her exemplary professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Ms. Scott has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from her peers over the past several years, and she has received many testimonials and referrals from her satisfied clients.

    A 2000 graduate of Hanover College, Ms. Scott attended John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2004 and her Master of Laws in intellectual property that same year. She is also a Class XI graduate of the Indianapolis Bar Association's Bar Leader Series. She holds her license to practice in Illinois as well as Indiana.

    A leader in her field, Ms. Scott serves as board member of the Estate Planning Council of Indianapolis, and she has served as secretary/treasurer and vice-chair of the Indiana State Bar Association's Probate, Trust & Real Property Section. She is also a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association's Estate Planning and Administration Section as well as the Illinois State Bar Association.

    In addition, she has published articles and conducted lectures and continuing legal education seminars across her region on a variety of legal topics related to estate planning best practices, business succession planning, tax matters and more. She is also highly supportive of her local community, and she serves on the Planned Giving Council for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

    About Shawn Scott

    Admitted: 2005, Indiana

    Professional Webpage:


    • Super Lawyers designation in the field of Estate Planning and Probate., Indiana Super Lawyer, Thompson Reuters, 2019
    • Member, Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series Class XI, 2013
    • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2010, 2017-2018)

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Illinois Bar
    • Board Certified Indiana Trust & Estate Lawyer from the Trust & Estate Specialty Board (TESB), 2017

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Estate Planning Council - President (2020-2021)
    • Indianapolis Bar Foundation, 2021
    • Indianapolis Bar Association, Estate Planning and Administration Section
    • Indiana State Bar Association, 2005 – Present, Member
    • Indiana, 2005
    • Estate Planning Council, Treasurer 2018-2019
    • Illinois, 2004
    • Estate Planning Council of Indianapolis Board Member at Large, 2016-2018
    • Estate Planning Council, 2013-Present
    • Indiana Bar Association Secretary/Treasurer, Probate, Trust & Real Property Section (2017-18) Vice-Chair of the Probate, Trust and Real Property Section (2018-19)
    • Indianapolis Bar Association, Member, 2005 - Present
    • Chicago Bar Association, 2001
    • Illinois Bar Association, Member, 2001 - Present

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • The Children's Museum Annual Fund Council, 2006
    • Humane Society of Indianapolis Legal Ambassadors, 2014
    • The Children's Museum Planned Giving Council, Member, 2014

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker at the 7th annual Reality CLE at ICLEF on October 31, 2019, speaker, Estate Planning Basics, ICLEF, 2019
    • Shawn was a speaker at the ICLEF 8th Annual Realty CLE Program in October 2020., Speaker, Estate Planning and the SECURE Act, ICLF, 2020
    • Speaker at 120 Hot Tips at ICLEF, Speaker, 5 Tips on Drafting Lifetime Trusts for Children, ICLEF, 2019
    • Speaker, Retirement and Estate Planning, Purdue Cooperative Extension, 2007
    • “Joint Mutual Wills” and “Intestate Statutes,” Basic Will Drafting, ICLEF, 2011
    • Speaker, "Addressing Complex Legal Issues You Will Deal With," Probate: Beyond the Basics, National Business Institute, 2007
    • Speaker, "Ethical Considerations" and "State Inheritance Tax," Gift and Inheritance Tax: Procedure and Strategy, National Business Institute, 2008
    • Speaker, Estate Workshop, Purdue Cooperative Extension, 2008
    • Speaker, "Understanding the Laws of Intestacy" and "Ethical Perils in the Probate Process" and "Administration of the Estate," The Probate Process from Start to Finish for Paralegals, National Business Institute, 2009
    • Author and Speaker, "Joint and Mutual Wills" and "Intestate Statutes," Basic Will drafting, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2011
    • Author and Speaker, "Intestacy" and "The Client Interview," Practical Tips for Estate Planning and Administration, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 2014
    • 120 Hot Tips for Probate Practice, Author and Speaker, "5 Tips on Where There is No Will", ICLEF, 2015
    • Author and Speaker, "Creditors and Claims Against Non-Probate Assets," Estate and Probate Administration 101, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2015
    • 120 Hot Tips in Estate, Trust and Probate Practice for 2016, Speaker, 5 Tips on the Client Interview, ICLEF, 2016
    • 120 Hot Tips in Estate, Trust and Probate Practice for 2017, Speaker, 5 Tips on Creditor Notice and Claims, ICLEF, 2017
    • 120 Hot Tips in Estate, Trust and Probate Practice for 2018, Speaker, 5 Tips on Family Settlement Agreements, ICLEF, 2018
    • Basic Will Drafting, Speaker, Conducting the Client Interview, ICLEF, 2018
    • Speaker, Business Succession Planning from an Estate Planner's Perspective, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2019

    Educational Background:

    • Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana, B.A. in Political Science
    • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, LL.M. in Intellectual Property, 2004
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    Office Location for Shawn M. Scott

    3755 E. 82nd Street
    Suite 110
    Indianapolis, IN 46240

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    Last Updated: 2/5/2021

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