About

What Scout Means to Us

We created Scout out of our desire to provide comprehensive, high-quality private guardianship services to incapacitated adults in central Indiana.

But the name “Scout” has a variety of meanings, one of which is:

“A soldier or other person sent out ahead of a main force so as to gather information about the enemy’s position, strength, or movements.”

While we don’t usually encounter enemies as part of guardianship, our team is out front gathering information, advocating, and exercising sound judgment to chart the best course of action for our clients.

We also think of “scout” when we consider the values of Boy and Girl Scout groups striving to instill high values, build character, and develop responsibility in young people. We think such qualities are worth striving for at any age.

Finally, the narrator of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout Finch, is kind-hearted, compassionate, and fiercely loyal. She inspires with memorable lines like:

“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”

In short, we chose the name Scout because it succinctly states our core values of:
trustworthiness, loyalty, and dedication to first principles.

Our Team

Kennard Bennett, Founder & Team Leader

Ken Bennett graduated from Wabash College in 1979 and the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in 1982.  He is a partner in the elder law firm of Bennett & McClammer. He founded and serves as Executive Director and Senior Counsel to the Center for At-Risk Elders, Inc., a public interest law firm that, among other things, operates the CARE Volunteer Advocates Program, providing guardianship services to low-income, unbefriended, incapacitated adults.

Ken also serves in a leadership role with the Indiana State Guardianship Association. He is a past president of the Alzheimer’s Association, Indiana Chapter and has served in leadership roles with the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, United Senior Action Foundation, and other groups focused on the well-being of incapacitated adults.

He currently serves as Chairman of the Central Indiana Senior Fund Advisory Board, which is a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Ken is proud to say that he is an Eagle Scout.

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Sara McClammer, Founder & Team Leader

Sara graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2008 and the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in 2011.  Sara is a Nationally Certified Guardian and is a partner at the law firm of Bennett & McClammer where her practice focuses on guardianship and elder law issues.

Sara serves as the VChair of the Women in the Law Division of the Indianapolis Bar Association. She is also active in the Indiana State Bar Association where she is involved in the Elder Law Section, Young Lawyers Section, and Wellness Committee.

Sara currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Agape, an equine therapeutic riding facility in Cicero and at Bradford Woods.

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What Makes Scout Extraordinary

Judgment

When it comes down to it, the work of a guardian, health care representative, or power of attorney is to exercise sound judgment to meet the needs of the client. Such judgment comes from years of expertise, the skill to gather appropriate data and information, and the ability to weigh the pros and cons.

Interdisciplinary

One could argue that the role of a guardian, health care representative, or power of attorney requires the talents of a lawyer, a nurse, a social worker, a bookkeeper, a financial planner, and an insurance specialist. By bringing an interdisciplinary approach to its work, we leverage all such talents for your benefit.

Trustworthiness

Because our role is that of a fiduciary, we believe our clients, the courts, and those interested in the well-being of our clients are entitled to expect that Scout will do its job reliably, and in a timely, appropriate manner.

Integrity

In a market where avarice is all too possible, we know that anyone handling your finances must be honest and fair. Likewise, anyone managing important decisions concerning your health, care, and living arrangements must also be honest. Scout employees and partners also know that to be useful for our clients and successful in our business, we must strive for a high degree of integrity.

Transparency

Our reputation for trustworthiness and integrity is important to us, so we strive for accountability in all we do. With transparency comes accountability. In guardianship proceedings, transparency comes in the form of reports and accountings to the court. Whether serving as guardian, health care representative, or power of attorney, we are transparent in our actions, as appropriate for the circumstances. (Obviously, client confidentiality and privacy are essential, so the duty of transparency is not owed to everyone. However, it is owed to the court, or in some cases, individual family members.)

Learn More About the Scout Way

Scout was formed to bring an interdisciplinary team approach to its services. 

Our ambition is to provide a model of professional advocacy services, one that exercises sound judgments for the benefit of our clients. We utilize a high level of interdisciplinary expertise and exhibit trustworthiness and integrity, all while acting in an appropriately transparent fashion.

Scout’s team approach also ensures continuity of services over long periods of time, regardless of changing circumstances. When an individual is named as guardian or health care representative, or given power of attorney, what happens when: They retire? They are out of town? They become disabled themselves? They pass away?

Our team approach allows Scout’s advocacy services to transcend the vagaries of any individual serving in the fiduciary role.