JO in Action: Janet Horvath

Janet Horvath has been a long-term member of the Junior League of South Bend. And this year, she is proud to serve on the League’s Board of Directors. Junior League has been a community partner of the South Bend Center for the Homeless for many years. On November 10, the Center held a fundraiser: “Lipsync with our Stars,” where local community leaders accepted the challenge to channel their favorite music artist and show off their lipsync skills to benefit the Center’s residents. The Center asked the Junior League Board to participate in the Lipsync and sing for the cause and Janet was a member of the lipsync team.

The competition was won by the number of votes received not by each group. Each vote cost $35 which is the cost to care for one person for one day at the shelter. The South Bend Center for the Homeless is a model for homeless centers throughout the country. So those who voted didn’t only help the homeless in South Bend, but in other communities too.

Janet and her fellow board members were grateful for the opportunity to help break the cycle of homelessness and appreciated the support they received.

Thank-You for Your Service

The attorneys and staff of Jones Obenchain, LLP take the opportunity this Veterans Day to thank all former and current members of the armed forces for their service. Happy Veterans Day!

JO Knows Employment Discrimination Defense

The best defense against a civil rights employment-discrimination claim begins before the employee is fired. There are good ways and bad ways to do it and we can help you navigate that path. Potential claims can often be avoided.

But if you do get served with a claim, the defense must start immediately. Don’t talk to anyone else about it before you talk to a lawyer. There are important things to do, and some important things not to do. There may not be much time to act.

A mistake right out of the gate can cost you. At JO we’ve been defending employers for decades.

National Men Make Dinner Day!

Observed each year on the first Thursday in November, national Men Make Dinner Day was created for two reasons. First, it is to give the ladies a break from the cooking chores. Secondly, it seeks to encourage men who do not cook to learn to cook, beginning by making a meal on this day. Of course, even men who do cook should celebrate the day by making a meal. For the experienced male cook, we encourage you to make something challenging.

Okay guys, be a sport. Give the ladies in your life a break. Set them in their favorite chair in the living room, put a glass of wine in their hands, and tune the TV to their favorites. Then grab a beer, find a recipe and make dinner all by yourself!

Happy Halloween

In this colorful season of fall and on this day when we meet many little ghosts and goblins, the attorneys and staff of Jones Obenchain, LLP would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a safe and happy Halloween filled with many treats and few tricks!

JO in Action: Suits for Vets

Indiana and Michigan are the highest-rated states for post-911 veteran unemployment. Over one-third of veterans returning from active duty were unemployed last year, many because they just don’t have the means to properly dress for an interview.

Jones Obenchain is participating in the Suits for Vets program this year. We’re teaming up with WSBT Radio Group (Sunny 101.5 and Z94.3) and Burton’s Laundry & Dry Cleaning to collect suits (men’s and women’s) which will be cleaned and distributed to vets. JO is also a collection site. We’ll have a collection bin in the office until Veteran’s Day. If you have any gently used suits please bring them to our office at 202 S. Michigan Street, 600 KeyBank Building, South Bend.

The attorneys and staff of Jones Obenchain, LLP thank all current and former members of our armed forces for their service.



Celebrate World Pasta Day!

Celebrated on October 25th, World Pasta Day is a special day to promote pasta consumption around the world. It also seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of pasta. Each year on World Pasta Day, events are held to help spread the word about pasta and its nutritional value. The National Pasta Association and pasta manufacturers sponsor these events and activities. On World Pasta Day, pile up your plate with a big dish of pasta and your favorite sauce. YUM!


JO Knows Dissolution of Marriage

It’s hard to imagine anything having a more profound impact on your family life, your financial life, and your personal life than a divorce. But good planning beforehand, via an antenuptial agreement, and good representation during, via Jones Obenchain, can make the unbearable bearable. We’ve been helping people through their divorces for decades. And if necessary, we’d be happy to help you through yours.

Become a Community Tax Volunteer

The IRS programs Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) offer free tax help across the country for people with low-to-moderate incomes, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, those with limited English proficiency, and Native Americans. In 2017, volunteers prepared more than 3.5 million federal tax returns at no cost. Tax volunteers can and do make a difference in their community. The IRS compiled a list of reasons to consider becoming a community tax volunteer. You can view that list by visiting: