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Sophia J. Arshad


219-736-6500 phone

219-736-6591 fax

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Practice Areas

Elder Law
Business Planning
Family Law
Civil Practice
General Practice
Real Estate
Estate Planning
Civil Appeals
Business Formation
Business Transfers
Child Support
Cohabitation Agreements
Grandparents Visitation Rights
Grandparents Custody
Third Party Custody
Step Parent Adoptions
Premarital Agreements
Post Nuptial Agreements
Name Changes
Adult Guardianship
Advance Directives
Elder Guardianship
Guardianship Administration
Incompetency Proceedings
Immigration Law
Employment Authorizations
Family Immigration Law
Civil Litigation
Trusts and Estates
Estate Administration


University of Chicago, B.A., Psychology, 1996; Valparaiso University, M.A., Psychology, 2003

Law School:

Valparaiso University, J.D., Cum Laude, Honors Degree, Elder/Health Care Law Concentration, 2003


2003, Indiana and U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; 2004, Illinois


Chicago, Lake County, Illinois State, Indiana State, and American Bar Associations; American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, Inns of Court




Sophia J. Arshad is the managing partner of Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP located in Merrillville, Indiana, a general practice firm. Licensed to practice in state and federal courts, she was admitted to the Indiana State Bar in 2003, the Illinois State Bar in 2004, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana in 2003. She primarily practices estate planning, probate law, immigration law, real estate law, and family law. Her firm Arshad, Pangere and Warring LLP was organized on the day she was sworn in to the Indiana State Bar on October 20, 2003. Her partners are her former law school colleagues and study partners: Vasilia M. Pangere and Matthew J. Warring. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Indiana Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology and the American Inns of Court. She shared her knowledge of the law as an undergraduate adjunct professor at Davenport University teaching labor and employment law and business law. She also often is a presenter at continuing legal education seminars.

As an undergraduate, she attended the University of Chicago, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a premedical concentration in 1996. As a graduate student, Sophia attended Valparaiso University School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctorate and graduated cum laude in 2003. She earned a joint Master of Arts degree in Psychological Foundations; she was part of the Honors Program; she held the position of editor for the Valparaiso University Law Review; she concentrated her studies on elder care and healthcare issues; she was a civil law clinic intern in 2003; she pursued the Methodist Hospital’s externship; and she was a Dean’s Scholarship and ISBA Scholarship recipient.


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