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JO Knows Guardian Ad Litem

A “Guardian ad litem” (GAL) is a person the court appoints to investigate what would be in a child’s best interests. Here, we are talking about a child involved in a divorce or parental-rights-and-responsibilities case, including paternity, delinquency, and abuse or neglect cases. The GAL will look into the family situation and advise the court about where the children should live most of the time, whether the child is being harmed by one parent’s substance abuse, and what contact the child should have with the other parent. Jones Obenchain partner, Brian Gates, has experience serving as a GAL and can answer your questions.

JO Knows Commercial Litigation

Contrary to popular belief, business disputes—not personal-injury claims—make up the bulk of non-domestic-relations civil court filings in the United States. That’s right: businesses suing to enforce contractual obligations are what keep our courts busy.

Litigation is often a last resort, but when it can’t be avoided, we work with our commercial clients to manage litigation risks and find the most cost-effective approach to resolving business disputes. We aim to get to the bottom of the matter, avoid lengthy litigation, minimize business disruption, and conclude the case creatively and expeditiously.

Our litigators have decades of experience handling complex, multi-party litigation. We also represent trustees, receivers, creditors, and debtors in major insolvency and restructuring matters.

When a promising deal goes south, or when an employee strikes off on their own to set up a competing enterprise, see why business owners in northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan have looked to Jones Obenchain, LLP for help for over 100 years.

Indiana Primary Election Day

Indiana’s primary election day is a state holiday on which state government is closed, including the Secretary of State’s office. A primary election is a preliminary election in which voters nominate party candidates for office. Voters select candidates for subsequent elections. It is one way that a political party nominates candidates for an upcoming general election. Primary elections are common in the United States and are conducted by the government on behalf of the parties. Indiana primaries are “closed” primaries. When voters sign in at their polling place, the clerks ask them which political party’s ballot they prefer. They vote for only the candidates on that ballot. In the primary, voters nominate the candidates of their party who will be on the ballot in the general election. In Indiana, polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.

National Small Business Week

April 29 through May 5, 2018, is National Small Business Week. As we celebrate small business this week, it is the perfect time for small business owners, and those who are self-employed, to take the opportunity to review the list recently compiled by the IRS to help them better understand their tax responsibilities. Visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/national-small-business-week-remember-to-check-out-these-irsgov-resources to get more information. Happy National Small Business Week!

 

 

Law Day

On May 1, the United States recognizes Law Day. It is meant to reflect on the role of law in the country’s foundation and to recognize its importance for society. Originally the idea of Charles S. Rhyne, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s legal counsel, the concept caught on and Eisenhower proclaimed May 1 to be Law Day, U.S.A. in 1958. Its observance was later codified by Public Law 87-20 on April 7, 1961.

In other parts of the world, the first day of May was known as May Day and commemorates the struggles of workers in their fight for better wages and working conditions.

Happy Administrative Professionals Day !

Administrative Professionals Day, also known as Secretaries Day, is observed annually. In some countries, it falls within Administrative Professionals Week, which is the last full week of April. The day recognizes the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrativesupport professionals. Typically, administrative professionals are given cards, flowers, chocolates, and lunches. The attorneys and partners at Jones Obenchain applaud their secretarial and administrative support staff this and everyday!

 

JO Knows Commercial Litigation

Contrary to popular belief, business disputes—not personal-injury claims—make up the bulk of non-domestic-relations civil court filings in the United States. That’s right: businesses suing to enforce contractual obligations are what keep our courts busy.

Litigation is often a last resort, but when it can’t be avoided, we work with our commercial clients to manage litigation risks and find the most cost-effective approach to resolving business disputes. We aim to get to the bottom of the matter, avoid lengthy litigation, minimize business disruption, and conclude the case creatively and expeditiously.

Our litigators have years of experience handling complex, multi-party litigation. We also represent trustees, receivers, creditors, and debtors in major insolvency and restructuring matters.

When a promising deal goes south, or when an employee strikes off on their own to set up a competing enterprise, see why business owners in northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan have looked to Jones Obenchain, LLP for help for over 100 years.

 

JO in Action

Jones Obenchain attorney Alex Bowling recently volunteered to serve as a judge for a local mock-trial competition. Alex enjoyed the opportunity and shared the following about his experience: I was awestruck by the talent of these highschool kids. Some of them were more impressive in a trial setting than practiced attorneys. It was rewarding to see so many students dedicate themselves to this competition. They studied and practiced for months and it was reflected in their performances. I will definitely volunteer to help in the future.”