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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-planning-should-include-a-paycheck-checkup to learn more about it.
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.
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.
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.
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.