CATHERINE E. PIERCE
CATHERINE E. PIERCE
Attorney Catherine Pierce is a true professional with a strong, ethical approach that has earned her a stellar reputation amongst her peers. Ms. Pierce’s practice is devoted to serving the needs of individuals, families, and small businesses in Southern Indiana and provides a wide range of services including family law, wills and estate planning, probate matters, bankruptcy, real estate, and business law. She is passionate about helping clients understand their legal situations and the options available to pursue a favorable outcome.
Ms. Pierce represents clients in all aspects of marital dissolution cases, including matters involving complex asset division, financial issues, non-marital asset protection, spousal support, child custody, parenting time, and child support. In addition to divorce cases, she also represents clients in paternity and high-conflict family disputes.
Ms. Pierce’s estate planning practice is focused on assisting clients with estate planning needs from simple will preparation and powers of attorney to complex trusts. When estate disputes arise, Ms. Pierce works diligently to resolve them without the need for costly litigation.
However, in certain situations, a resolution may not be an option. When this occurs, she represents clients in disputes related to fraudulent transfers, contested wills and powers of attorney, disagreements over beneficiary rights, contested estate accounting, breach of fiduciary duties, guardianship proceedings, and more.
Often, when an individual is appointed executor or administrator of an estate, he or she may have little to no experience with the legal requirements associated with the position. As an Indiana probate attorney, Ms. Pierce assists with various required tasks, including preparing and filing documents to initiate probate, preparing and filing responses, accounting for estate assets, making sure estate debts are paid and tax obligations are satisfied, and overseeing the orderly distribution of assets.
Before joining our team, Ms. Pierce was a legal intern for Chief Judge Tara Hagerty of the Jefferson County Family Court and at the Indiana Department of Child Services. She also participated in the Robert and Sue Allen Ackerson Law Clinic while in law school, representing clients on their petitions for domestic violence protective orders.
How I Serve Clients
I was inspired to become a lawyer because I wanted to advocate for those that cannot fight for themselves. For this reason, I am particularly passionate about areas like adoption, child custody and welfare, and domestic violence.
I was born and raised in Jeffersonville, and I have chosen to maintain a general practice in my hometown so that I can make a difference in my beloved community. I serve my clients’ needs with empathy and understanding, and I make sure to take the time to explain the legalities of the matter. I work hard to develop solutions to my clients’ problems and answer their questions as quickly as possible. My clients know that if they need me, I am only an email or phone call away.
Richard G. Lugar Award of Academic Distinction Scholarship
CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Drafting, 2021
United States District Courts:
– Southern District of Indiana
BS – University of Cincinnati
JD – University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
Journal of Law and Education, 2020:
“Catherine Pierce, Should Schools be Held Liable for Students’ Injuries in School Shootings?, 49 J.L. & Educ. 233 (2020)”