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Last updated: 4/17/2017
Mr. Paul G. Crowley
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Butler & Crowley
726 E. Washington Ave.
South Bend
46617  United States
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(574) 233-9500 (Phone)
(574) 233-9502 (Fax)
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Paul G. Crowley, South Bend, Third District, practices law at the firm Butler & Crowley, specializing in estate planning and probate administration. He is a member of the St. Joseph County (chair, Probate Committee) and Indiana State (past chair, Probate, Trust & Real Property Section; member, Elder Law Section) bar associations and the Michiana Estate Planning Council (past president). Paul is also active with the Rotary Club of South Bend, Southfield Village and St. Vincent de Paul Society. He received his A.B. in economics from Georgetown University in 1973, M.B.A. in finance and accounting from the University of Notre Dame in 1978, and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1995.

Paul was born in South Bend, Ind., in 1951.

Professional enjoyment: My greatest satisfaction comes from the face-to-case contact with my clients. Oftentimes, the discussions are analytical: where is the client now as regards to his/her estate and how do they envision the future. There is a lot of “crystal ball” work. Hopefully, I can provide some thoughts the client needs to consider in planning for the future.

Your inspiration: My entrance into the profession came as a third career, following five years in banking and 10 years in manufacturing. In those prior “lives,” I had reason to study the law. Each time my work led me down this path, I was drawn to the legal logic and the word craft. When the opportunity arose for me to enter law school, I gladly stepped up.

Why bar association involvement: The lawyers involved in bar activities are amazing in their abilities. Some are “citers” who can refer to the statutes, the uniform codes, the IRS regulations, and more as if they were counting from 1 to 10. Others see through proposed legislation to the reverberations, not just in the statutes but in the practice of law. Still others are astoundingly gifted in explaining themselves clearly to others. My hope is that I might improve myself by my association with them.

If not a lawyer: On the premise that my alternate field will not be required to support me, I would like to be a travel journalist, visiting places and writing about what I find. Doesn’t that sound fun?

Fav hobbies: As you might expect from a person in South Bend, my wife and I attend Notre Dame football, basketball and soccer games. We also attend 12-15 plays a year, either at Notre Dame or our local civic theatre. We have traveled extensively, though we look forward to more. I pretty much always have a book going; I love music – very wide spectrum of genres; and I do like a good movie. In the latter, my taste ranges from W.C. Fields and Harold Lloyd to the present without a break. Fav book or author and current reading: Almost everything that Mitchner has written has brought me pleasure and insight. Booth Tarkington is an absolute charming wordsmith. More recently, David McCullough teaches me. And Ken Follett entertains me greatly. Throw in a little Grissom, Bladacci, Dan Brown, and Patterson as well. Fav vacation spot: Venice is lovely! I could spend a month in Paris, London or New York without getting bored. But for pure scenery, I’d recommend the highlands in Scotland – absolutely breathtaking. Fav food or restaurant: I have quite rightly been accused of preferring quantity over quality. You would not qualify me for an epicurean club – my taste buds are simply not that refined. Still, my favorite meal is breakfast. I like burgers and steaks rare. Salad bars were invented by the gods. The Germans, French and Italians eat better than anyone though the Mexicans and Chinese feed my hunger. My favorite restaurant is the concession stand in the Notre Dame football stadium. The hot dogs call to me all year long. Top of my bucket list: I’d like to see the painting Adele Block-Bauer (The Woman in Gold) in the Neue Gallery again. One more Springsteen concert would be very welcome. And I never sat in on a big-time trial – I do zero litigation. That would be really fascinating. I’m a man of simple wants.
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