Practice Areas: Probate; Wills; Estates; Guardianships; Family Law; Personal Injury; Ancillary Probate; Probate Administration; Probate Litigation; Contested Wills; Inheritance; Living Wills; Trusts and Estates; Contested Trusts and Estates; Decedents Estates; Estate Administration; Estate Litigation; Estate Planning; Estate Planning for the Elderly; Estate Settlements; Family Trusts; Family Wealth Transfer; Fiduciary Law; Fiduciary Liability; Fiduciary Litigation; Living Trusts; Personal Planning; Pet Trusts; Powers of Attorney; Trust Administration; Trust Litigation; Guardianship and Conservatorship; Conservatorship; Guardianship; Adult Guardianship; Advance Directives; Elder Guardianship; Guardianship Administration; Incompetency Proceedings; Collaborative Family Law; Divorce; Equitable Distribution; Interstate Support; Marital Agreements; Marital Property Distribution; Marital Property Law; Marital Property Settlements; Matrimonial Law; Name Changes; Paternity; Post Divorce Modification; Postnuptial Agreements; Premarital Agreements; Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs); Separation Agreements; Spousal Support
Admitted: 1989, Indiana
Law School: Indiana University, Indianapolis, J.D., 1989
College: Indiana University, Indianapolis, B.A. in Political Science & Philosophy with Honors, 1985
High School: Southport, 1974
Member: Indianapolis, Morgan County, Indiana State and American Bar Associations; American Trial Lawyers Association; Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, sustaining member, Executive Council of the Indianapolis Estate Planning and Administration Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association
Born: Beech Grove, Indiana
Martindale Hubbell Rating: "AV"
While growing up on the south side of Indianapolis in a loving home with two sisters and one brother, where the subject of law was a common dinner topic, Jay J. Haggerty knew from an early age that he wanted to practice law and help people.
After all, his father Jay B. Haggerty and uncle Judson F. Haggerty founded the law firm Haggerty and Haggerty in 1955. Even his mother Rita worked in the world of law as a Court Reporter and was later promoted to Court Administrator.
With a strong legal background, Jay's academic career led him to the Indiana University Bloomington after graduating from Southport High School. He later transferred to Indiana University in Indianapolis in order to be closer to his family. While attending college in his home town, he married his sweetheart Maria in 1983, and graduated with honors in 1985.
With support and encouragement from his wife and parents, Jay immediately enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. As a way to earn valuable experience, he also completed an internship with the Legal Services Organization of Indiana the year preceding his graduation from law school. And within four years, he obtained his J.D. and went to work for the family firm, which had since become Haggerty, Haggerty and Maschmeyer. The firm founders made Jay partner in 1989 and in doing so, entrusted him with the responsibility to carry on the ethical traditions accompanying the family name along with Partner Bill Maschmeyer.
When Jay is away from the firm, he spends time at his Martinsville home with his wife Maria of 26 years and seven-year-old daughter. The family enjoys nature and their beautiful log cabin also serves as a home for their beloved pets - three dogs and three cats. The couple stays young at heart by having Friday night dates, which often includes listening to Jazz music in downtown Indianapolis.
Jay J. Haggerty focuses his legal expertise in the areas of Divorce, Estate Planning, Family Law, Guardianships, Personal Injury, Probate and Wills. His personal promise is to explain difficult legal concepts to his clients while ensuring they understand all issues. He also prides himself in returning phone calls immediately upon getting the messages, which is a trait he learned from his father when coming on board, and he also believes in taking a practical approach to the practice of law.