Protect Your Online Accounts With Better Passwords

Many of us use the same user names and passwords over and over for our online accounts. While that makes them easy to remember, it may not be the best approach. The IRS has prepared some helpful hints to keep your information safe from cybercriminals. Building better and stronger passwords is an important part of that protection. See more information at: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/strong-passwords-help-protect-accounts-against-cybercriminals

St. Nicholas Day

Traditions are a big part of the holiday season. For some their tradition includes celebrating St. Nicholas Day. Some celebrations of this day include children placing their shoes outside their bedroom door or on the fireplace hearth on the eve of in hopes of finding candy, coins, or a small gift in them when they awaken. So, celebrate the occasion and keep the tradition going by filling up a child’s shoes with goodies on Celebrate St. Nicolas Day!

JO Knows Appeals

An appeal typically begins when legal proceedings in a trial court end, for example by a jury verdict or summary-judgment order. If a party isn’t satisfied with the trial court’s decision, the party can appeal the decision to a higher court. The appellate court’s job is not to retry the case. It doesn’t hear testimony 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, insert boxes, 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. See for yourself here.

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 2011 Jones Obenchain tried more civil jury trials in Indiana than all but two other firms.*

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.

Defense Verdict for Jones Obenchain Partner

The jury returned a defense verdict in a recent case tried by Jones Obenchain partner, Tom Vetne in Elkhart County Superior Court. The case arose out of a motor vehicle accident which occurred in Elkhart in August of 2015. Tom represented the defendant in the case. Well done, Mr. Vetne!

 

Reconstructing Records After a Disaster

In the wake of the recent hurricanes Michael and Florence and the California wildfires we have witnessed the loss of homes and possessions. The loss of a home is a huge blow and requires a plan for rebuilding. So too with the reassembling of personal records. The IRS has prepared a helpful list of tips for those who need to reconstruct their documents following a disaster. Please visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tips-for-taxpayers-who-need-to-reconstruct-records-after-disaster-strikes for more information.

JO Knows Commercial Litigation

Contrary to popular belief, business disputes—not personal-injury claims—make up the bulk of non-domestic-relations civil court filings in the United States. That’s right: businesses suing to enforce contractual obligations are what keep our courts busy.

Litigation is often a last resort, but when it can’t be avoided, we work with our commercial clients to manage litigation risks and find the most cost-effective approach to resolving business disputes. We aim to get to the bottom of the matter, avoid lengthy litigation, minimize business disruption, and conclude the case creatively and expeditiously.

Our litigators have years of experience handling complex, multi-party litigation. We also represent trustees, receivers, creditors, and debtors in major insolvency and restructuring matters.

When a promising deal goes south, or when an employee strikes off on their own to set up a competing enterprise, see why business owners in northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan have looked to Jones Obenchain, LLP for help for over 100 years.