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Schindler, Olson, Currey & Dendiu

Mishawaka lawyers specializing in estate planning and administration
Open today until 5:00 PM
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An important concept to understand when engaging in estate planning is “probate versus non-probate transfers.” Any property that passes through or under a will is called a probate transfer. Suppose I die, and my will states (among other things), “I give, devise, and bequeath all of my property, b...

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Collecting On a Judgment

One of the first things I ask clients that want to sue another party is, "Does that party own real estate?" Collecting on a judgment in Indiana can oftentimes be incredibly difficult, sometimes even more difficult than getting the actual judgment. But if you acquire a ju...

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Advanced Healthcare Directives

In July 2021, Indiana passed a new law regarding advanced healthcare directives. You may now designate ANY wishes you might have regarding healthcare should you become incapacitated. Most of our clients, nevertheless, continue to choose the more "standard" option o...

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a week ago
I was very impressed with Mr. Dendiu. I needed to update my will and had numerous questions I needed answered. He answered all my questions and helped me complete the update. He was friendly and efficient. He worked with my schedule on scheduling appointments and the cost was fair. I would highly recommend him.
- Kathy A
7 months ago
My husband & I were very pleased with the service Joel provided. He was thorough, prompt and easy to work with, which made our experience with this law firm pleasant. Joel is very personable and puts one at ease. We will be recommending him to all our friends & family for their legal needs. Sincerely, Lorie S.
- Lorie S
7 months ago
I have utilized Joel Dendiu's counsel for a number of various needs from matters of guardianship to memorandums of understanding. Esquire Dendiu is accessible, knowledgeable, and very prompt in providing communication and services. His work is thorough--providing trust and peace in the process. I highly recommend the person and work of Joel Dendiu, attorney-at-law.
- Carrie B

About Us


Attorney Dick Currey focuses on the areas of estate planning and administration. A 1972 alumnus of Mishawaka High School, Dick received his B.A. in philosophy from Wabash College (1976) and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude. He went on to earn his J.D. (magna cum laude) from the Indiana University Law School in 1979. He practiced a wide range of law with his father, Robert S. Currey, before partnering in 2008 with attorney James J. Olson. The pair continued a law firm started by John Schindler Sr. in 1909 that now operates as Schindler, Olson, Currey & Dendiu. Dick is heavily invested in the local community. He began his civic work for Mishawaka during Mayor Bob Kovach's administration, representing the city's Utility and Planning. He currently serves as Mishawaka’s Code Enforcement Hearing Officer and an attorney to the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library (a position he's held for more than 30 years). He's also on the boards of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and Mishawaka Lions Club. 

Dick is a former multi-term member of several other boards, including the School City of Mishawaka's Board of Trustees, Mishawaka Education Foundation, Mishawaka Business Association, South Bend Civic Theatre, and the River Bend Camp Fire Council. Dick enjoys spending time with his family, reading, gardening, cooking, and traveling.


For most of the last 23 years, Attorney Joel Dendiu has called the city of Mishawaka home. From student at historic Beiger Middle School to Mishawaka High School valedictorian to Bethel University summa cum laude graduate, many of his roots have been planted in this community. Upon completing undergraduate studies, Joel married his high school sweetheart and moved west to further his education. But the pull of home wouldn't let him stay away for long. He obtained a Master's degree in philosophy from Arizona State University before deciding to pursue a law career -- a decision that brought him back to Michiana. Joel accepted an invitation in 2010 to The Law School at Notre Dame. He earned his J.D. three years later, finishing in the top 5% of his class. Shortly thereafter, he was hired by world-renowned Chicago firm Jenner & Block. He spent 10 months working alongside some of the best lawyers in the country on numerous projects, including the report that was presented to Congress during its investigation into faulty General Motors ignition switches. 

The corporate setting didn’t suit Joel, however, leading him to again seek opportunities closer to home. He returned to Mishawaka in 2014 and joined Elkhart-based Thorne Grodnik, LLP as a full-time associate. This position afforded Joel additional experience in various areas of litigation and bolstered his confidence about ultimately branching out on his own.  Joel lives in Mishawaka with his wife Jamie, their three children, and pet cat and dog. When not in the office or a courtroom, he enjoys time with family, playing various sports (tennis, golf, basketball, pickleball, and volleyball) and ballroom dancing.

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  • (574) 514-3566


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122 S Mill St
Mishawaka, IN 46544

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Mon:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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Wed:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thu:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fri:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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