Are You A Parent Of A Recent Graduate?

If you are a parent of a recent high school graduate, congratulations! Before the confetti has cleared from your celebration you are probably already knee-deep preparing for your new graduate’s next steps. For many of you those next steps may include filling out financial-aid forms. If you have started that process and realize that you do not have copies of your tax returns, the IRS has a few tips to make that piece of the financial-aid puzzle a little easier. Visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-transcript-tips-for-those-filing-a-fafsa-for-the-2019-2020-college-semesters to learn more.

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St. Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas Day commemorates the feast of St. Nicholas. Children mark the occasion by placing their shoes outside their bedroom doors or on the fireplace hearth on St. Nicholas Day’s eve of in hopes of finding candy, coins, or a small gift in them when they waken. So celebrate the occasion and keep the tradition going by filling up a child’s shoes with goodies on St. Nick’s day!

Happy Thanksgiving

All year long, but especially during this season of thanks, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve the needs of those around us. Happy Thanksgiving from the attorneys and staff at Jones Obenchain.

JO Knows Insurance Litigation

At Jones Obenchain, we’ve been representing local, regional, and national insurers and their insureds for over 100 years. The work we do for them runs the gamut from defending personal-injury claims, to litigating employment-discrimination claims, to prosecuting and defending coverage actions and errors-and-omissions lawsuits.

All of this litigation gets us into court…a lot. In 2018 Jones Obenchain tried more civil jury trials in Indiana than all but one other firm.*

And though litigation is an adversarial process, our peers consistently rank us among the best at what we do. So do our clients, if the feedback they’ve given us on legal sites such as AVVO and Martindale-Hubbell are any indication.

But as essential as courtroom skills are to a litigation prac­tice, they’re worthless if our clients and the courts don’t want to read what we have to say. Let’s face it: there’s a lot of writing in a litigation practice and most legal writing is a chore to get through. We read it because we have to, not be­cause we want to.

So our litigators emphasize writing in plain English and using cutting-edge tech­nology in the documents we prepare to make them a pleasure to read. What does that mean, exactly? It’s not unusual to see photographs, hyperlinks, and video embedded in our briefs and motions. These add visual interest to the text and corroborate the arguments without sending readers to riffle through mounds of exhibits.

Not only are plainly written, visually appealing documents easier for clients to read and understand, they help persuade mediators and judges about the merits of our clients’ position. That means we’re often able to bring cases to a successful resolution before we ever step foot in a courtroom.

*Source: 2018 Indiana Jury Verdict Reporter.

#metoo and #TimesUp Claims

The #metoo and #TimesUp movements have gained a lot of traction over the past two years. Social media and the news often feature stories about workplace sexual harassment. While there’s no limit on an accuser’s ability to come forward with an accusation, there are limitations on taking legal action.

Every legal claim—including for sexual harassmentis subject to a statutory time limit to pursue the claim. Statutes of limitations act as a mechanism to cut off any claim that isn’t filed within the specified period of time. Because many allegations now coming to light are based on events that occurred long ago, and outside of the applicable statute of limitations, many allegations aren’t legally cognizable.

A claim for sexual harassment can be pursued under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Claims for sexual harassment pursued under Title VII must be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 300 days of when the events giving rise to the claim occurred. The EEOC will review the charges and either dismiss the action or issue a Right-to-Sue letter. The accuser then has 90 days after receiving the Right-to-Sue letter to file their complaint in court. It’s important to note that courts will dismiss cases by any accuser who tries to skip going through the EEOC process.

Indiana has a similar statute allowing individuals to pursue a claim for sexual harassment or other discriminatory conduct by an employer. And Indiana’s Civil Rights Commission operates in a similar fashion to the EEOC by processing claims for sexual harassment. There are also local agencies that can also handle these claims. But there are even stricter deadlines for filing a claim. Claims must be filed with the state agency within 180 days of the incident date.

If your company or you have been sued or received a charge from any government agency for sexual harassment, the attorneys at Jones Obenchain are ready and available to help you.

JO Knows Professional Malpractice

Professional Malpractice occurs when the accepted standard of care in not provided to a patient or client.

The consequences for the patient or client and their family can be devastating and long-lasting. Professional-service providers have a responsibility to provide adequate and appropriate service. When their failure to provide appropriate care or services causes harm, the professional may be held liable for their negligence.

Professional malpractice cases can be difficult to prove, so it is important to have legal assistance to help gather the evidence needed for your case.

We have experience in this area and can assist you with your professional-malpractice claim.

Do You Know Your Tax Status?

According to a recent IRS publication knowing your tax status is important and something you need to know before you file your taxes. The taxpayer’s status is generally determined by whether they are married or single on December 31st. For a list of the various filing status options and a description of each please visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/why-its-important-for-taxpayers-to-know-their-filing-status

JO Knows Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
Plaintiff and Defense
Automobile and Industrial Accidents
Products Liability
Premises Liability
Worker’s Compensation

When you’ve been injured, your focus should be on getting better. But that can be difficult as medical bills mount and insurance companies call with offers to settle. The last thing you want to deal with as you recuperate are medical professionals and insurance companies.

But you don’t have to go it alone. For over 100 years, Jones Obenchain’s lawyers have represented individuals who have been injured through someone else’s negligence—whether in a car accident, slip-and-fall incident, or by a defective product. And because we represent not just the injured, but also those accused of negligently injuring someone else, we’ve developed the expertise necessary to assess injury claims from every angle.

And the work we do for injured people gets us into court—a lot. Unlike many injury lawyers who never see the inside of a courtroom, we actually try cases. In fact, in 2018 Jones Obenchain tried more civil jury trials than all other firms in the state of Indiana except one according to the Indiana Jury Verdict Reporter.

But our lawyers are skilled in alternative-dispute resolution too. We regularly participate in arbitration and mediation which reduces the cost of litigation and gets cases resolved more quickly than a trial. So if you’ve been injured and need help, call Jones Obenchain, LLP.

JO In Action – Amanda Zaluckyj

Jones Obenchain attorney Amanda Zaluckyj was recently elected chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Agricultural Law Section. The practice group strives “to improve and expand the knowledge of lawyers who engage in the practice of agricultural law.” Amanda was elected to the council in the fall of 2018. She hopes to use her platform as chair to encourage the practice of agricultural law and bridge the gap between farmers and lawyers. The term lasts for one year.

Salute To Vets

Jones Obenchain has teamed up with Mid-West Family (Sunny 101.5) in their Salute To Vets, which honors  all current and former member of the armed services. The attorneys and staff of Jones Obenchain, LLP thank all veterans for their service.