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.
have homeowners associations (HOAs). But so do subdivisions and other
developments that aren’t condos. Most HOAs are created according to a recorded
document that’s filed when the subdivision is created. It’s usually called
something like restrictive covenants, a declaration of covenants and
restrictions, or the like. Let’s just call them covenants.
covenants give the HOA the power to assess dues, file liens for non-payment,
and collect attorneys’ fees if necessary. Some do not.
make HOA membership mandatory and give the HOA power to enforce things like
approval of building additions, restrictions on operating a business,
above-ground pools, fence-height limits, and various other prohibitions the
developer thought were good ideas.
HOAs plow streets and cut lawns. Some do not.
HOAs hold annual elections for new directors and prepare annual budgets.
these things depend on what the covenants actually say. We’ve written a lot of
them. If you are a developer, we’ll help you write yours. If you’re on an HOA
board, we’ll help you do your job.
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!
Jones Obenchain partner John Ford and his wife Mary are avid golfers. They belong to Morris Park Country Club and can be found there most summer weekends. It was through their membership that they had the opportunity to work as volunteers on the 18th hole at the U.S. Senior Open held at the Warren Dunes course at Notre Dame last summer. John says of the experience: “They were long, hot days, but very much worth it for the chance to see so many great players up close. The organization of the event was pretty impressive.“
law firm has been representing local businesses for over a century. And we’ve
learned a few things over the decades. Aside from legal knowledge
and experience, we bring objectivity and a focus on problem solving to you.
Chances are we’ve helped another client in the past with similar issues.
with a customer or key employee? Issues with your bank? Deadlock in the
boardroom? Looking for an exit strategy? Or a way to bring a son or daughter
into a leadership position
The “gig economy” refers to a workforce environment of
short-term engagements, temporary contracts, and independent contracting. This
be referred to as the on-demand, sharing, or
access economy. Taxpayers who work in the gig economy need to understand how their work affects
their taxes. Pre-Planning can help make sure gig-economy
workers are prepared when tax time rolls around.
tax tip from the IRS outlines the tax implications of gig economy income and
provides options for the taxpayer. Visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/gig-economy-work-can-affect-a-taxpayers-bottom-line
to learn more.
Jones Obenchain partner, John B. Ford, is a fourth-generation St. Joseph County attorney. Born and raised in South Bend, John attended John Adams High School and was an avid swimmer. John’s practice areas include general business, commercial and residential real estate, employment, construction, estate planning, and probate. Visit http://jonesobenchain.com/team-member/john-b-ford/ to get to know John better and to learn more about how he can help you and your business. Or better yet, look for him on the links at Morris Park, where you might find him and his wife, Mary, when the weather’s nice.
Would you like to make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child? Consider becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate like Jones Obenchain partner Brian Gates. Brian has been representing children’s best interests as a CASA since 2002, and now helps train other CASA volunteers by teaching them about the legal system. Find out more about the St. Joseph County CASA program by clicking here: http://sjccasa.org, or visit the national CASA site: http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.5301295/k.BE9A/Home.htm
People young and old (though mostly the young) love kazoos. Kazoo Day celebrates the joy people find in this musical
instrument. Mr. Alabama Vest
of Macon, Georgia, is credited with making the first kazoo in the 1840s. According to legend, Mr. Vest conceived the kazoo and had Thaddeus Von Clegg, a German
clockmaster, make it
to his specifications. Commercial production of the kazoo didn’t occur until many years later in 1912. Manufacturing was first started by Emil
Sorg in Western New York. Sorg joined up with Michael McIntyre, a Buffalo tool–and–die maker. Production moved to Eden, NY, where the factory museum remains today.
Kazoos are easy to play. Simply hum a tune into the kazoo, and you’re an expert. Kazoos can be played solo or in
groups. It plays a great tune both ways. What does one do on National
Kazoo day? Why, play the kazoo, of course.
A “Guardian ad
litem” (GAL) is a person the court appoints to investigate what would be in the
“best interests of a child.” Here, we are talking about a GAL 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 issues such as where the children should live most of
the time, whether the child is being harmed by one parent’s alleged substance
abuse, and what contact the child should have with the other parent. Jones
Obenchain partner, Brian Gates, has extensive experience serving
as a GAL and can answers your questions.
a day goes by that we don’t hear about another scam that allows thieves to
access personal data to steal the identities of unsuspecting people. There is a
recent IRS Tax Tip that shares information about setting strong passwords and
keeping that information secure. If you would like to learn more about please read: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/using-strong-password-is-a-strong-defense-against-identity-thieves