801 Busseron Street

PO Box 215

Vincennes

Indiana

47591

(812) 882-2280

Kolb Roellgen & Kirchoff  LLP

Jeffrey B. Kolb

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

EDUCATION

 

  • Indiana University - Bloomington Maurer School of Law 1976

  • Indiana University - Bloomington 1973

AWARDS

  • 2019 Sagamore of the Wabash (Indiana's Highest Civil Award)

  • 2015 Top Lawyer in Indiana Trusts and Estates

  • 2005 to present - Indiana Super Lawyer selection

  • 2008 Top Ten Indiana Lawyer

  • 2007 & 2009 to 2013 Top Fifty Indiana Lawyer

  • 2001 to present - Best Lawyer Indiana

  • 2000 to present Who's Who in American Law

  • 2009 ISBA presidential citation for UPL work

  • 2006 Hall of Fame ISBA General Practice Section

  • 2004 Lifetime Service Award ISBA Probate Trust and Real Property Section

  • 1995 ISBA Citation of Merit for Probate Newsletter

  • 1980 ISBA Citation of Merit for Res Gestae article

  • Pro Bono Publico Award

PUBLICATIONS

 

  • Henry's Indiana Probate Law and Practice - Vol. 8 [Forms]

  • Indiana Estate Planning System 2000

  • Indiana Tax and Administration System for Trusts and Estates of Decedents 1981

  • Indiana Guardianship System 1988

  • "Payment of Estate Taxes" Estate Planning Handbook 1988

  • Section 2032A: Special Valuation for Farm and Business Real Property 1981

  • Probate Trust and Real Property Newsletter [Editor for over 33 years]

  • Over 100 articles and seminar presentations on estate planning and administration topics

  • "Lunch with the Partners - Historical Vignettes from a 200 Year Old Law Firm"

  Jeff was born in 1951.  He graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1973 and from its school of law in 1976 which is the year he joined the law firm. 

 

     Jeff is Board Certified Indiana Trust and Estate Lawyer by the Trust and Estate Specialty Board and supervises the firm's estate planning and estate administration practice.  Jeff also does considerable work in elder law, oil and gas, coal, estate litigation, property, and business entities.  Jeff practices in Indiana and Illinois.

    Jeff has served on the Probate Trust and Real Property Section council since 1979.  In 1981, he began a quarterly newsletter for the Section which he still edits today.  In 1986-1987, he chaired the Section.  In 1991, Jeff wrote the Indiana Power of Attorney Act.  From 1996, to the present, he chaired the Probate Review Committee, which is responsible for almost all legislation during that period of time related to trusts and estates.  He served on the Indiana State Bar Association Board of Managers and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.  He was president of the Indiana Bar Foundation from 2000 to 2002 and has been a Foundation fellow and Master fellow since 1988.  He also served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundations.  In 2019, he wrote the Indiana Legacy Trust Act.

 

    From 1988 to the present, he has been a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Council.  From 1990 to the present, he has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  He has served in the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana from 1999 to the present.  In 1980 to 1982 he was appointed to the Probate Code Study Commission by Governor Bowen.  He became a Board Certified Indiana Trust and Estate Lawyer in 2006 when he drafted the first test to certify lawyers in that specialty.  In 2019, he wad reappointed to the Probate Code Study Commission by Governor Holcomb.

 

    Jeff received numerous awards and recognitions for his legal work.  In 1980, he received a Citation of Merit from the Indiana State Bar Association for an article written for its magazine "Res Gestae."  In 1995, he received the ISBA award for the Probate Newsletter.  From 2000 to present, he has been in Who's Who in American Law.  From 2001 to the present, he has been in Best Lawyers in America.  In 2015, he was selected by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year in Indiana for estates, trusts and planning. In 2004, he received the Probate Trust and Real Property Section Lifetime Service Award of which he is the only recipient.  From 2005 to present, he has been selected as a Super Lawyer by the Indianapolis monthly magazine and was in the Top 10 lawyers in Indiana in 2008 and the Top 50 lawyers in Indiana in 2007, and 2009 to 2013.  In 2006, he was selected to the Hall of Fame by the General Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association.  From 2009, he received a Presidential Citation for his work on the Unauthorized Practice of Law from the Indiana State Bar Association.  In 2015, Jeff received the Top Lawyer in Indiana Trusts and Estates.  In 2019, Jeff received the Sagamore of the Wabash which is Indiana's highest civil award.

 

    Jeff has served on the YMCA Board of Directors since 1993 and was President from 1999 to 2001.  From 1993 to 2010, he was a member of the Vincennes Education Foundation.  He served on the Board of Directors from 1994 to 2010 and was President from 1998 to 1999.  From 1998 to the present, he has served on the Knox County Community Foundation and on the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2002 and 2008 to the present.  In 2000, he served as president.  From 1989 to the present, he served on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln High School Academic Society.  From 1988 to the present he served on the Wabash Valley Estate Planning Council, being a founding member and first president.  In 1986, he was appointed and later reelected to the Vincennes Community School Corporation School Board where he served until 1997.  He was president in 1989, 1991, and 1996.  He served on the Knox County United Way as president in 1989 and the Vincennes Civitan Club where he was president in 1980.  He also served on Old Town Players, Inc., Old Northwest Corporation and Fort Knox II Committee, an Ad Hoc Committee of the Indiana Historical Society.  He is a founding member and first president of the Old Northwest Running Club in 1979.

 

    He is married to Deborah with whom he recently celebrated their 46th anniversary.  His three children; Justin, Joanna, and John, live in St. Paul, Minnesota; Pelham Manor, New York; and San Francisco, California respectively.

 

 

Practice Areas

 

  • Estate Planning [wills, trusts, power of attorney, health care representative]

  • Estate and Trust Administration

  • Estate and Trust Litigation

  • Levees and Ditches

  • Coal

  • Oil and Gas

  • Elder law [Medicaid]

  • Tax Planning

  • Business Organizations

  • Real estate - sales and leases

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE LAW

 

  • Registered Mediator Indiana

  • Indiana

  • Illinois

  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Southern District of Indiana

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Probate Code Study Commission 2019 to present

  • Board Certified Trust and Estate Lawyer by the Trust and Estate Specialty Board 2011

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel 1989

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys 1989

  • Probate Code Study Commission 1980 - 1982

  • American Bar Association 1976 to present

  • Indiana State Bar Association 1976 to present - Board of Governors

  • ISBA Probate Trust and Real Property Section 1976 to present - Board of Directors - President

  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum - Board of Directors 1997 to 2009

  • Indiana Bar Foundation 1976 to present - Fellow 1988 to present - Board of Directors 1992 to 2004 - President 2000 to 2002

  • Illinois State Bar Association 1977 to present

  • Volunteer Lawyers Program 1999 to present

  • Indiana State Bar Association 1976

  • Knox County Bar Association 1976

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • YMCA Board of Directors since 1993 and President 1999 to 2001

  • Knox County Community Foundation Board of Directors 1998 to 2002 and 2008 to present and President 2000

  • Vincennes Community School Corporation School Board 1986 to 1997 and President 1989, 1991 and 1996

  • Vincennes Education Foundation Board of Directors 1993 to 2010 and President 1998 to 1999

  • Lincoln High School Academic Society Board of Directors 1989 to present

  • Wabash Valley Estate Planning Council 1988 a founder and first President

  • Knox County United Way President 1989

  • Vincennes Civitan Club President 1980 and Civitan of the Year 1981

  • Old Town Players, Inc.

  • Old Northwest Corp.

  • Ft. Knox II committee of the Indiana Historical Society

  • Old Northwest Running Club founder and first President

Legal Assistant - Susan Wittmer