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.
agreement is a legal contract between an employer and employee or between the
joint owners of a business. It restricts a person’s ability to do harm to that
business by taking away customers, other employees, confidential information,
or new profit opportunities, not only after they leave but while they’re still employed.
Courts will enforce
non-competes, but only if they are properly written. They must be “reasonable”
and not “over-broad” as the law defines those concepts. They cannot extend
beyond the limits of the employers “protectable interests” —geographically and competitively—and
must have proper time limits. Different employees at the same company might
need different contracts.
One size obviously
does not fit all. Jones Obenchain regularly advises local, regional, and
national employers on a wide variety of employment matters, including
non-compete agreements, their formation, and their scope.
Our experience in
the field includes:
employment and compensation agreements and employment policies;
defending non-compete, non-solicitation, non-disparagement, and trade-secrets
negotiating, and implementing employment agreements, confidentiality
agreements, and non-competition agreements; and
updating personnel handbooks and policy manuals.
changing events affect your tax status. Have you recently:gotten
married, divorced, added a new family member via birth or adoption, or lost your spouse? If so, all of these events
can, and often do, have an effect on your tax status. The IRS has a recent Tax
Tip that can assist you to determine or verify your tax status as well as other
helpful hints regarding filing requirements, deductions, eligibility for
credits and much more. Visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-planning-includes-determining-filing-status
to learn more.
Commercial or residential builder?
General or sub-contractor?
Property owner or developer?
If you find yourself in a lawsuit or arbitration over a construction-related dispute – or are headed that way – we’ve probably handled a similar case before.
8th is Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day! Most gardeners know that a
single zucchini plant produces an endless supply of zucchini. By the time
August hits they have already given
zucchini away to family, friends, and most
everyone they encounter. It is at about this time each year that
desperation takes hold and they sneak over under the cover of darkness, to
their neighbors porch, and unload some zucchini. Celebrate today by secretly sharing
your wealth of zucchini by leaving them on your neighbor’s porch, but don’t
forget to wait until dark!
Have you deducted the use of your car as a business expense in the past? If so, you should be aware of some recent changes that could affect your ability to claim these deductions down the road. A recent IRS publication breaks down what can be claimed and by whom as well as the requirements. Visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/heres-the-411-on-who-can-deduct-car-expenses-on-their-tax-returns for details.
is to walk with her clients, provide business counseling,
and legal-issues management so clients can get back
to life. Assessing risks, putting together a plan, and helping clients navigate their course is what Jackie does
best. Visit http://jonesobenchain.com/team-member/jacqueline-sells-homann/ to learn more about
Jackie and the ways she can counsel you and your business.
Photography is a hobby of Jones Obenchain partner, Mark Phillipoff. Mark enjoys photographing both people and places. Mark recently took this beautiful photo of the night skyline in South Bend on a warm spring night.
Many theories exist
on how lasagna became known as one of Italy’s traditional dishes. Whatever its origin, it is clear that lasagna is popular and loved by many. We celebrate National Lasagna
Day on July 29 each year. To celebrate this year, pull out your favorite
lasagna recipe and treat yourself and your family to a delicious meal.
Teachers, if you spend your own money for supplies for your classroom and you have not been reimbursed you may be able deduct the amount not reimbursed on your tax return. For details and additional information visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/educators-can-claim-deduction-to-get-money-back-for-classroom-expenses
is the process by which a court oversees the lawful transfer of title to
property under a will. It must take place in the state and county where the
decedent resided when they died. Probate does not involve non-probate assets,
such as life-insurance or retirement-account proceeds passing to designated
beneficiaries; property owned by trusts on the date of death; or jointly owned
property when the first joint owner dies. So married couples who have joint title to most of their property
rarely need probate after the first spouse dies.
word “probate” often engenders fear. But probate is not a scary process. The
court is there to oversee the job your personal representative does and to make
sure the instructions in your will are followed. Your lawful debts will (and
must) be paid. Your heirs take comfort in knowing that the court will hear them
if they have questions or objections. Probate is not unduly lengthy; usually
six months or so is enough to wrap things up. And it is not a great expense. In
fact, many people will spend more money trying to “avoid probate” than probate
placing an asset (like an investment account or a vacation home) in a trust
will avoid probating that asset, it is almost impossible—and probably foolish—to
try to make everything you own a non-probate asset. Under Indiana law this is
unnecessary, because no probate estate need be opened if the value of the
probate assets is less than $50,000. So you don’t need to put your
refrigerator, lawn mower, golf clubs, or clothing into a trust.
than probate avoidance, a better goal is probate management. Monitor the way
your assets are owned. Create joint ownerships, designate beneficiaries, and
use a trust in sensible ways. But don’t go overboard. For example, while making
cash gifts to children and grandchildren can have many benefits, be sure that
you keep enough resources available to provide for your own care and comfort.