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Alexander Florian Steciuch

Alexander Florian Steciuch

Steciuch Law
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law...
  • Indiana
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My name is Alexander Florian Steciuch and I am a licensed attorney operating in Northwest Indiana. As a lifelong citizen of this area I have a strong personal drive in helping out the citizens of our community, whether it be through proper estate planning for throughout a client's life or helping out with whatever small legal problems that may arise. My legal passion lies in the area of estate planning and areas of elder law. I take strong personal satisfaction in helping people make sure that their wishes are known, respected and carried out by the individuals they trust most in their life in times of incapacity and insecurity.

Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Elder Law
  • Landlord Tenant
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free 1 HR consultation for those looking to explore planning their estate.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa & Mastercard
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Flat fees are charged for almost all estate planning services and traditional legal services. Litigation and consultations are on an hourly basis. I offer flat fee estate planning to its clients. It is my belief that I best serve my clients by offering clearly posted prices for our services ahead of time. There are no extra hourly costs for telephone calls, emails or other communications between the client and the attorney associated with estate planning. If your estate planning needs are not listed here, I will attempt to offer an estimated range of cost for your case. $400.00 Basic Estate Plan Package $600.00 Basic Couple’s Estate Plan $50.00 Last Wishes & Funeral Directive $1,000.00 Revocable Living Trust $1,300.00 Basic Estate Plan Package & Revocable Living Trust $1,500.00 Basic Couple’s Estate Plan Package & Revocable Living Trust Additional Services: In Home/Hospital Visit are available. Price based on distance from office. Emergency Visits and Drafting available. Price negotiable on time constraints. I also offer a variety of other general practice services, the full list of which can be viewed elsewhere. Unless otherwise agreed upon, I will attempt to offer flat fee services instead of an hourly rate.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Indiana
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner
Steciuch Law
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Legal Intern
Valparaiso University School of Law Mediation Clinic
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Mediated Small Claims Court cases as well as Divorce proceedings.
Law Clerk
Gordon Etzler & Associates
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Education
Valparaiso University School of Law
J.D. (2015) | Law
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Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: Valpo Law Blog, Teaching Assistant
Professional Associations
Indiana State Bar # 32772-64
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Upskirting and the Spirit of the Law
Valpo Law Blog
Speaking Engagements
Saving Your Family Problems and Heartache: A Guide To Estate Planning, Vibra Health Fair, Indian American Cultural Center
An Abbreviated Guide To Trusts, 605 Beech Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Steciuch Law
Having The Talk: Discussing Estate Planning With Your Loved Ones, 605 Beech Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Steciuch Law
Join us to learn how to approach the hard to discuss topic of estate planning with your family members. This topic will cover how to initiate the conversation, how to address the difficult emotional questions and the importance of planning ahead while these conversations can still take place.
The Basics of Estate Planning, 605 Beech Street, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Steciuch Law
Certifications
Licensed Indiana Attorney
Indiana Board of Law Examiners
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Steciuch Law Website
Legal Answers
386 Questions Answered

Q. Do I have to pay rent while my apartment is being repaired from flood damage due to upstairs neighbor’s neglect?
A: If the kitchen is unusable, the electricity is unusable and by no fault of the tenant then the landlord needs to do either one of two things: 1. The landlord should either put the tenant up in temporary living situation (ideally another unit in the building) or 2. The landlord should leave the accommodations to the tenant and prorate the tenant while she is unable to occupy the apartment. If there is property damage then your friend may be able to bring a claim against the upstairs neighbor for causing the flooding that damaged her property.
Q. Can i break my lease and not be sued if the landlord of my apartment doesnt fix anyhting?
A: Yes and no. If your landlord has failed to provide you with a safe and habitable living space and refuses to make repairs you need to give notice that they need to either fix the issues within a reasonable time or you will consider the lease agreement to be breached under a theory of constructive eviction. This does not mean that you cannot be sued. It means that you have an argument in court when you do get sued as to why you should not have to pay any damages to the landlord for moving out before the end of the lease term.
Q. My tenant is 2 months behind, and her lease is up soon. Do I serve her a 10 day notice to quit or nonrenewal of lease.
A: They are two separate documents that serve two separate purposes. If you intend on filing for an eviction or you believe that they will be hold over tenants you should file a 10 day notice to pay up or quit. The 10 day notice to quit has to be posted conspicuously on the property or given to the tenant. If you do not wish to renew their lease agreement you should give them notice that as well. That should be in writing and sent to the tenant.
Q. How much can a landlord increase your rent every time you sign a lease for another year?
A: The landlord can increase your rent to whatever they want with the proper notice. Indiana has no laws that prevent landlords from increasing the rates to whatever they want. If you do not want to pay the increased rate you are free to move.
Q. If someone stole my dog kept her for 5 days, then returned her w/ a throat infection & pregnant,can I take legal action
A: Yes, you can sue them in civil litigation for the theft, as well as the damage suffered to your property (the dog), including vet costs, the cost of the pregnancy and possibly even the cost of raising the pups. You should consult with an attorney in your area who handles civil litigation and animal law. You may also wish to report them to the police for the theft of your dog.
Q. My landlord has given me a 3 day pay or vacate. In Indiana it says landlord must provide a 10 day notice can I sue him?
A: The 10 day notice to pay or vacate can be waived under your lease agreement. If you have not waived that right, the 10 day notice requirement is still in effect. That said, failure to provide this notice does not mean that you cannot be evicted. In the best case scenario it means that the eviction can be postponed until the proper 10 day notice is given and the eviction may have to be refiled. It is unclear exactly what you would be suing your landlord for damages wise if he or she failed to give you the 10 day notice.
Q. Is hard water damage from well water to a shower considered normal wear and tear?
A: Wear and tear from regular use is near the exact definition of normal wear and tear. Things lose value over time, get damaged and have to be repaired or maintained. This is not deductible from a security deposit or attributable to the tenant. It is the cost of renting and having a family or person live in a house. Stains on a carpet may be outside of normal wear and tear however, regardless of whether or not you have pets. Depending on the damage to the carpet that may fall outside of normal wear and tear.
Q. I live in Indiana. My landlord wants to store a trailer in the backyard of the home I am renting. Is he allowed to?
A: If you are renting the entire property from your landlord your landlord cannot store his property there while you are renting without his permission. You have exclusive use of the property unless exceptions are carved out in the lease.
Q. My landlord will not accommodate my after 3pm hours to fix a clogged bathtub. He insisted to be here alone
A: Unfortunately landlords can have access to the property for inspection and repairs with adequate notice, usually 24 hours. There is no requirement that the tenant be home. If the landlord needs to have access to the property to fix the issue while you are not there, this is within their power to do. If you can make an exception to be present before 3pm, try making that effort or look to something on the weekend when you can be home during those hours.
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Steciuch Law at the Banta Center
605 Beech Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
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Telephone: (219) 476-3870
Fax: (317) 203-1153