Attorney Jon Schulte provides a wide range of service to Kentucky and Indiana clients including bankruptcy, creditor representation, debtor representation, estate planning, probate, business law, and probate. He also provides local appearances on behalf of counsel residing outside the Southern Indiana/Kentucky area.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Schulte was an associate with one of Kentuckiana’s largest creditors’ rights firms for more than two years. This experience enabled Mr. Schulte to understand the creditor/debtor dynamic in great detail.
His estate planning practice is focused in helping clients identify and document their wishes not only for the distribution of assets after death, but also how they should be cared for in the event of incapacitation. Once these wishes are known, Mr. Schulte prepares the applicable estate planning documents, which often consist of a will (or a will and trust), a living will, and a healthcare directive and power of attorney.
In his business practice, Mr. Schulte helps clients with business formation (including LLC’s and corporations), general contractual matters, and corporate compliance. He is also available to litigate matters in the event of a business dispute that cannot be resolved.
Mr. Schulte also helps clients file for bankruptcy protection under the Federal Bankruptcy Code in Kentucky and Indiana.
In 2017, Mr. Schulte became a Partner of Smith Carpenter Cummins & Schulte, LLC. Mr. Schulte was licensed in Kentucky in 2009 and Indiana in 2010.
Mr. Schulte has received an AV Preeminent© peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell. This rating signifies the highest level of professional excellence by Martindale-Hubbell’s rating system, and is based on a peer review of a lawyer’s legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards.
Historically the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system utilized an “A – B – C” scale to estimate the legal ability and ethical standards of an attorney. To qualify for an “A” rating an attorney had to be reported as “Very High” in their legal ability and had been practicing for at least 10 years, a “B” rating meant an attorney was rated “High” and had to be practicing for at least 5 years, and a “C” rating meant that the attorney was rated “fair” with no limitations on how long they were practicing. A second rating was also given to go along with the “A – B – C” rating and that was a “V,” meaning that the attorney’s peers stated they had “Very High” ethical standards. Over the years this transitioned to “AV”, “BV”, and “CV” ratings – with an “AV” rating meaning that the attorney had reached the highest of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.
Today, Martindale-Hubbell conducts a thorough review of attorneys who wish to receive a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, through a secure online peer review survey where a lawyer’s ethical standards and legal ability in a specific area of practice is assessed by their peers. Once the review process is completed an attorney may receive 1 of the following Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™:
AV Preeminent®: The highest peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers.
Distinguished: An excellent rating for an attorney who has some experience and is widely respected by their peers for their professional achievement and ethical standards.
Notable: A rating given to a lawyer who has been recognized by a large number of their peers for their strong ethical standards
Other client review websites:
Mr. Schulte has received the CLIENT CHAMPTION – PLATINUM from Martindale-Hubbell®. This rating signifies the highest level of professional excellence by Martindale-Hubbell’s rating system, and is based on a peer review of a lawyer’s legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards.
While the Peer Review Ratings™ is still the gold standard in attorney ratings – times have most certainly changed since the first attorney ratings were released in 1887. With the rise of the internet and how easy it is to share your experience with a business – it was important that Martindale-Hubbell also introduced a rating system for client reviews. In 2017 Martindale-Hubbell introduced a yearly client review rating award known as the “Client Champion” award to help consumers understand the real world experience previous clients had with a lawyer or law firm. Attorneys can qualify for 3 different award levels of “Client Champion” based on client reviews:
Platinum: Has received at least 10 client reviews and maintains and average client rating of 4.5 or higher.
Gold: Has received at least 6 client reviews and maintains and average client rating of 4.2 or higher.
Silver: Has received at least 3 client reviews and maintains and average client rating of 4.0 or higher.
Client Reviewed: At least one client review.
How I Serve Clients
I serve clients by adding a level of comfort that their matter is in capable and experienced hands. Clients know that as soon as they entrust me with their matter, I will begin immediately working on their matter and on developing a strategy towards achieving a favorable result to the extent possible given the circumstances of their matter. While no attorney can promise a “win,” clients expect, and I provide, a solid effort on every matter.
Another hallmark of my representation is accessibility. When clients call, I answer. When I’m not in the office, I return calls as soon as possible. My practice does not involve multiple gatekeepers who screen calls, or multiple professionals billing on a client’s matter without their knowledge or consent. This system ensures that clients will have full attorneys access, and that fees will be managed in the interest of clients.