LaPlante, LLP
A Law Firm

Our Approach



For Every Case. For Every Client. For Every Need.

One block from the banks of the Ohio River in Evansville, Ind., sits our small law firm with two attorneys dedicated to helping clients in the Tri-State. We work here. We live here. We serve others here.

At LaPlante, LLP, our mission is to keep clients out of court, but if they have to be there, we have more than 40 years of combined experience inside courtrooms. We've been honored with several awards. We serve our clients with a community-focused attitude. We want to serve you.



101 N.W. First Street, Suite 116
P.O. Box 3556
Evansville, Indiana 47734-3556


(812) 463-6093
(812) 463-6094 (Fax)


Areas of Practice

Commercial Law and Business Transactions

No matter how large or small your business is, legal issues will arise. From drafting articles of incorporation to dissolution and everything in between, we are able to assist you with all of your legal transactions.

Our attorneys are also skilled in negotiating, drafting, and litigating commercial transactions. From complex issues arising from the intricacies of the Uniform Commercial Code to purchase and sale agreements and commercial leases, we are able to assist you with your business needs.

Civil and Criminal Litigation

Sometimes a dispute can only be resolved in the courtroom. When that occurs, the attorneys at LaPlante, LLP have the experience and resources to help you achieve the best result possible.

We routinely appear as counsel in state and federal courts and ready to handle all of your litigation needs.

Our ability and experience in the courtroom notwithstanding, the time to consult with us is when you believe a problem may develop, not after you have been sued. Being proactive in both civil and criminal matters, and consulting with legal counsel early, often allows the problem to be resolved quickly.

Business and Consumer Bankruptcies

One of the disclosures that the last amendment of the Bankruptcy Code requires that we state on our website is the following:

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

R. Stephen LaPlante is certified in business and consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification.

While we are a Debt relief agency as Congress has designated, we are much more than that. We assist creditors who are adversely affected by a bankruptcy filing and debtors who have insolvency issues. Our depth of experience helps creditors maximize their return from an asset bankruptcy estate, Chapter 13 plans or Chapter 11, a plan of reorganization.

Additionally, we represent individuals and companies facing insolvency issues and help them navigate the bankruptcy process.

Personal Injury

If you have been injured by the intentional or negligent acts of another, you may be entitled to recover for your injuries, including your pain, suffering and emotional distress. At LaPlante, LLP, we have the experience and resources to obtain the recovery to which you are entitled.

You won't see our ads on television. We won't send you a video or tape promoting our services if you've been involved in an automobile accident. If you employ us to represent you in your injury case, you will receive our personal attention and will deal directly with the lawyers involved and not a paralegal or case manager.

Call for a consultation. Our fees are often based on a percentage of what you recover – if you do not recover for your injuries, there is no fee.

Probate and Estate Planning

We are experienced in assisting our clients in providing for the use of all their assets during their lifetime. Through the estate planning process, our attorneys can assist you in the retention of the value of your assets upon death with the least possible diminution by taxing authorities. In addition, we will guide you through the probate process and help you to create an appropriate disposition scheme.


If you are dissatisfied with the decision of a judge or jury, you have the right to have a higher court review the decision. Appeals are sometimes very complex, with their own set of rules and strict deadlines. You often have mere weeks after a ruling to file the first appellate documents.

The following is a small sample of appellate decisions in cases in which we have been involved:

  • Saltzman v. Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, 950 F.2d 466 (7th Cir. 1991)

  • J.O. v. A.T., et al., 87 N.E.3d 37 (Ind. Ct. App. 2017) trans. denied after oral argument. (obtaining a favorable ruling determining that the word “filed” does not require the submission of a written document and that an oral filing can be made unless a writing is explicitly required by statute.)

  • Sears v. State, 107 N.E.3d 1116 (Ind. Ct. App. 2018) rehearing denied. (vacating Sears’s conviction for burglary causing serious bodily injury, as a Level 1 Felony, due to double punishment concerns.)

At our initial consultation, we will explain the appellate process in greater detail and discuss the approximate costs involved. Call for an appointment – but remember deadlines require that you act quickly.