Michael H. Kast

Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Phone: 260-440-3530
877-757-1359
Fax: 260-422-9038

Michael H. Kast

When I was in college, the first two years were mostly the same for all the students. In the third year, students decided which path they wanted to follow. For me, I knew I wanted to be either a doctor or a lawyer - both were equally honorable professions. Back then, doctors did everything. They were surgeons as well as medical doctors. As I thought about it, I realized that I couldn't cut people, so I decided on Law School. After I was admitted to the Indiana Bar, I was drafted in the army for the Korean War. During my training for the infantry, I saw a notice stating that 1500 admitted lawyers were needed. I asked a Sergeant about the notice, and he told me that it was true. I signed up for the Army Judge Advocate Corps and was on active duty from 1953 to 1955. After basic training, I was commissioned in the JAG Corps and was sent to the University of Virginia for three months of intensive training in military law. Eventually I was assigned to Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, IN as the Post Judge Advocate for the remainder of my military active duty.

The military gave me a lot of experience across a range of practices. After release from the army, I practiced in a variety of areas; as time went on my areas of practice narrowed to commercial law, estate planning and administration, estate settlement, and real estate law. What I like best about these particular areas of law is that it's the constructive side. Almost everyone comes away with a good result if the job is well done. All law has two sides, constructive (one on one) and adversarial. I've found that I really enjoy advancing the interests and desires of my clients. I like helping them avoid the pitfalls of the law and of life. I take pleasure in pleasing people - it's easier to do when you're working for just them. I am no longer accepting new cases, but referring them to the capable younger attorneys at this firm.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Law
  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Estate Settlement
  • Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1952
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Tax Court

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • L.L.B. - 1952
    • Law Journal: Indiana Law Journal, 1950 - 1952
  • Indiana University (Bloomington)
    • B.S. - 1950

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Allen County Bar Association
  • Legal Aid of Fort Wayne, Inc., Former President, 1973 - 1975
  • State Legal Services Corporation, Indiana Advisory Board

Past Employment Positions

  • Associate City Attorney, 1959 - 1960
  • Allen County, Indiana, Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 1963 - 1966