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: to learn more.

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Celebrate Boss’s Day

Celebrated each year on October 16th , the beginning of  Boss’s Day dates back to 1958.

The idea for Boss’s Day came from State Farm Insurance Company employee Patricia Bays Haroski. Patricia registered the holiday with the United States Chamber of Commerce and designated October 16 as the special day because it was her father’s birthday. Her dad was also her boss.

Since its creation Boss’s Day has gained increasing popularity, not only in the United States but across the world, and is now also observed in other countries as well. This special day can strengthen the bond between employers and their employees as the employees take a day to show appreciation for their boss’s hard work throughout the year.

JO Knows Appeals

An appeal typically begins when legal proceedings in a trial court end, whether by jury verdict or summary-judgment order. If a party isn’t satisfied with the trial court’s decision, they can appeal the decision to a higher court. The appellate court’s job is not to retry the case. It doesn’t hear from witnesses or decide the facts. Instead, it will consider whether the trial court properly applied the law, and has sufficient evidence to justify its ruling. If the trial court got the law right, the appellate court will uphold the decision; if the lower court was wrong, the appellate court will reverse the decision and send it back to the trial court often for further proceedings.

Because appeals are done almost entirely through written submissions, our appellate attorneys have developed a unique, easy-to-understand writing style that has been praised by judges, clients, and other attorneys. We carefully format our briefs and submissions to reflect the same attention to detail and thoroughness we apply to researching and writing substantive legal arguments. And—when it’s appropriate—we add pictures, videos, graphs, and even hyperlinks to help judges understand our arguments.

Judges read thousands of submissions a year. Almost all of them look alike and read alike. Our briefs—with their sharp layout, clear prose, detailed research, and well-organized arguments—stand out.


JO In Action – Tom Vetne Attends Primerus Global Conference

Jones Obenchain Partner, Tom Vetne, is attending the Primerus Global Conference.  Primerus is a society of the world’s finest independent, boutique law firms. With nearly 200 member firms in 40 countries, Primerus provides clients easy access to the right lawyer, with the right skills, in the right location, and at the right cost. JO’s membership in Primerus allows us to serve our clients here in Michiana and as well as all over the world by having the ability to refer with confidence to fellow Primerus firms.

Resources When Disaster Strikes

It is that time of  year when we are on the alert for Hurricanes and Tornados on the weather radar. The truth is that disasters can occur at any time of the year. A recent IRS Tax Tip outlines steps you can take to plan in the event of a disaster as well as information on resources available to you once the disaster has occurred. Visit to learn more about it.

Meet Our JO Team

Jones Obenchain Partner, Tom Vetne, enjoys challenging his clients’ preconceived notions of who lawyers are and what lawyers do. Tom focuses his practice on litigation and appeals. Unlike other “trial” lawyers, though, Tom actually tries cases. Get to know Tom better and realize what he can do for you by visiting

JO in Action – Alex Bowling

Alex Bowling, an attorney with Jones Obenchain, has recently been appointed to the board of St. Joseph County Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement has been helping students develop their economic knowledge and skills for the last 100 years. Its northern Indiana branch reaches nearly 78,000 students and coordinates over 6,000 volunteers. Alex hopes to help Junior Achievement grow and reach more students in St. Joseph County. He shares Junior Achievement’s vision that financial literacy is the pathway to a better life.

Is It Time For A Paycheck Checkup?

Tax planning is something that should be done year-round. The IRS recommends that taxpayers all take time during the year to make sure that their deductions are correct. The IRS reminds taxpayers that having too little or too much withheld each pay period can have an impact on your take home pay, your tax refund, or the amount owed. A recent IRS publication outlines in greater detail what you need to know and provides a link to a tax estimator to help with your paycheck checkup. Visit: to learn more about it.

National Crush Day!

National Crush Day, also known as Crush a Can Day, is observed on September 27 each year and highlights the importance of recycling. This day serves as a reminder that recycling reduces carbon emissions, saves money, and cuts down on waste. National Crush Day is an opportunity for those who care about the environment to advocate for recycling.

JO Knows Guardianship

Guardians have the legal authority—and the obligation—to care for another’s personal interests, property interests, or both. The person they’re acting for is called a ward. Guardians typically act for incapacitated seniors, developmentally disabled adults, and minors.

Guardians are fiduciaries, so they are held to a very high standard of care in exercising their powers. If the ward owns substantial property, a guardian may be required to give a surety bond to protect the ward if the guardian’s dishonesty or incompe­tence causes the ward financial losses.

If you need advice about establishing a guardianship or leaving instructions for your own guardian should you ever become incapacitated, we can help.

Rule Of Law

The “rule of law” seems like an intangible and arbitrary term. Politicians use it as an argument. Newscasters make general references to it. And lawyers use it as a term of art.

But what does it actually mean?

It’s a term that aptly describes how we go about our daily lives with some semblance of predictability and understanding. It’s how we know what to expect from others. And how we as a society ensure that everyone plays by the same rules.

An example might help. On your way home from work, you probably follow a regular route. Maybe you stop at the grocery store and pick up some fresh chicken for dinner. You get home and prepare that food in an oven run on electricity. After you eat, you’ll watch some tv and then tuck off to bed.

The rule of law governs all these actions. Traffic on your regular route home from work flows and moves in a certain way due to traffic laws. The transaction at the grocery store is subject to financial laws. The chicken is grown and sold under food-safety laws. Your oven was manufactured in accordance with safety regulations. Your electricity is supplied by a company contracting with the government. That television program is governed by the FCC. And your mattress is produced under health and safety laws.

To learn more about the rule of law, the U.S. Courts interviewed nine federal judges and asked them to explain the rule-of-law concept. Watch the video below or click here to read more.