Erik D. Spykman

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  • Partner at Stuart & Branigin LLP
  • The Life Building, 300 Main Street, Suite 900, P.O. Box 1010, Lafayette, IN 47902-1010
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Rick Spykman has been doing what he enjoys most – solving problems and helping people – for more than three decades. Trusted by corporate leaders, business owners, in-house attorneys, and high net worth individuals in Indiana and beyond, he provides sound counsel to help clients move forward with confidence.

The quality of Rick’s guidance stems from strong foundations in both business transactions and wealth planning, a combination which helps him to anticipate and resolve the many issues that often arise for individuals and businesses. Despite the diversity of his practice, his approach is remarkably consistent: Rick views the practice of law as one in which people are the subject matter, not the wills or trusts, assets, agreements or transactions. As a result, many of his client relationships become long-term partnerships, some across multiple generations.

Rick’s wealth planning clients are individuals as well as families, including executives of public companies and owners of closely held businesses, and fiduciaries. Skilled at both asking just the right questions – and listening carefully – he takes great pride in creating estate plans which reflect each client’s specific needs and concerns. He has particular experience with assets such as family-owned businesses, agricultural and other major real estate holdings, and intellectual property. In addition to drafting wills and trusts and providing guidance on tax-efficient charitable giving, he also administers complex estates and trusts, and consults on estate disputes.

With 35 years of business and community involvement in the Lafayette region, Rick has extensive understanding of the area’s manufacturing, agricultural, and service businesses, and educational institutions. He has provided ongoing and transaction-specific advice to public companies with significant Indiana operations, established privately held businesses, commercial lenders, and entrepreneurs. This includes representation in mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, guidance on intellectual property matters, negotiation of lease agreements and real estate investments, and facilitation of financing transactions.

Rick has a long history of leadership ad involvement with numerous community service and charitable organizations, and their supporting foundations. In his leisure time, Rick enjoys Lake Michigan boating, outdoor activities, reading, and traveling.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Corporate Law
  • Business Counseling
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Estate Planning
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Business Succession Planning

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(765) 423-1561  Phone
(765) 742-8175  Fax
University Attended:
Calvin College, B.A., 1977
Law School Attended:
University of Notre Dame, J.D., 1980
Year of First Admission:
1981, Michigan; 1980, Indiana
Tippecanoe County, Indiana State and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Michigan.

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (1 review)
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Lafayette, Indiana

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    The Life Building , 300 Main Street, Suite 900 , P.O. Box 1010
    Lafayette, IN 47902-1010

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