Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration occurring annually on March 17, the death date of Ireland’s patron saint. On St. Patrick’s Day it is customary to wear shamrocks or green clothing and accessories (the “wearing of the green”).

JO Knows Entity Formation

An “S” corporation or a “C” corporation? A limited-liability company (LLC)? A partnership or limited partnership? You probably need to use one of these types of entities for your business, but which one and how do you set it up correctly?

These are important questions and the answers aren’t the same for everyone. And once that choice is made some very important issues must be addressed:

-If there is more than one owner, what are their respective ownership, profit-sharing, and voting rights?
-How are disputes between them solved?
-What if one of them wants to quit, bring in their spouse or child? Or dies?
-How is the value of their interest determined?

Again, the answers aren’t the same for everyone. Don’t make the mistake of using the same buy-sell agreements, shareholder agreement, LLC operating agreement, or partnership agreement that someone else did without making sure that all of these issues—and others—are properly considered for you own unique situation.

The work doesn’t stop there. Do you need a lease? Employment contracts or a policy manual? Licenses? Referral to an accountant for tax or payroll advice?

March Against Hunger

Jones Obenchain will once again join Feeding Indiana’s Hungry and the Indiana State Bar Association along with Attorney General Curtis Hill and Indiana’s Feeding America Food Banks for the 10th Annual March Against Hunger. MAH is a friendly food-drive competition which runs March 1–31 to raise donations for Indiana’s 11 regional food banks.  The competition is an opportunity for attorneys statewide to help put food on the tables of those struggling in our state. Donations collected by Jones Obenchain will benefit the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.  Visit www.marchagainsthunger.org to donate today!   Note: When donating online, please be sure to include “March Against Hunger” and the firm’s name and city in the “comment” field.

JO Knows Insurance Litigation

At Jones Obenchain, we’ve been representing local, regional, and national insurers and the folks they insure for over 110 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 2011 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: 2011 Indiana Jury Verdict Reporter


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 settlement offers. The last thing you want to deal with as you recuperate are medical professionals and insurance companies.

Don’t go it alone. For over 110 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 2011 Jones Obenchain tried more civil jury trials than all but one other firm in Indiana according to the Indiana Jury Verdict Reporter.

Our lawyers are skilled in alternative-dispute resolution too. We regularly participate in arbitration and mediation. These procedures can reduce the cost of litigation and get cases resolved more quickly than a trial. So if you’ve been injured and need help, call Jones Obenchain, LLP.

Happy President’s Day

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren – Do you Qualify for EITC?

There are many grandparents who are still members of the full-time workforce who are raising grandchildren. In some cases, these grandparents qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit. The IRS has compiled information which may help you to determine out if you qualify. To read more about it go to: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/grandparents-caring-for-grandchildren-should-check-their-eligibility-for-eitc

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14. Many people give cards, letters, candy, flowers, or presents to their spouse or significant other in celebration of romantic love. Common symbols of Valentine’s Day are hearts, red roses, and Cupid. Be Mine!

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 term. 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.