Practice Areas


One of the foundations of Bloom Gates Shipman & Whitleather, LLP is our business law practice.  We assist our corporate and business clients in the formation of business entities and advise them with respect to their day-to-day operations.  We can also provide comprehensive advice in transactions involving mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.  Therefore, if you own or manage a business in Northeast Indiana or if you are in the process of establishing a new business venture, please contact our business law attorneys for legal representation in matters of business organization and transactions.


Bloom Gates Shipman & Whiteleather, LLP has attorneys who focus their practice on all aspects of family law, including dissolution of marriage, child custody and parenting time, pre-marital or prenuptial agreements, post marital agreements, reconciliation agreements, legal separations, modification of court orders, guardianships, adoptions, step-parent adoptions, and paternity.  Our clients range from individuals with a high net worth, business owners and members of professional practices, to those with nominal assets.

At Bloom Gates Shipman & Whiteleather, LLP, we combine the legal skills and personal attributes required to help you through this crucial time in your life as easily, efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. We accomplish this by educating our clients about the laws that relate to their dispute and how the law will either aid or hinder what it is that they would like to accomplish.  To speak with one of our family law attorneys who can help you through this often difficult and emotional time, please contact our office today.


Whether your litigation needs are big or small, Bloom Gates Shipman & Whiteleather, LLP can meet your needs.  With over 80 years combined litigation experience, our attorneys experience is unparalleled in Whitley County.  Our attorneys can assist you or your business with any issue that may arise.  If you or your businesses are contemplating legal action, or someone has commenced legal action against you, please do not hesitate to call our offices to see how we can assist you.

Real Estate

At Bloom Gates Shipman & Whiteleather, LLP our attorneys have helped numerous buyers, sellers, lenders, developers and property owners in various types of real estate related matters and can advise you in each step of the process. In addition to these more traditional real estate matters, our attorneys have represented property owners and developers before various local Plan Commissions, Boards of Zoning Appeals, Boards of Works, and other local entities related to variances, vacation proceedings, and other land use issues.  Contact us today for all of your real estate needs.

Elder Law & Estate Planning

How one handles their assets through life and upon their death is both a complicated and difficult decision.  Bloom Gates Shipman & Whiteleather, LLP specializes in helping our clients prepare for and implement their estate planning objectives through the drafting of wills, trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, spendthrift trusts, charitable trusts, special needs trusts, powers of attorney, and other estate planning documents.  No matter the size of your estate, we can tailor a plan to accommodate you, including the consideration of the death tax and Medicaid planning. We are adept at assisting our clients with this valuable planning.