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: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-transcript-tips-for-those-filing-a-fafsa-for-the-2019-2020-college-semesters to learn more.

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Salute To Vets

Jones Obenchain has teamed up with Mid-West Family (Sunny 101.5) in their Salute To Vets, which honors  all current and former member of the armed services. The attorneys and staff of Jones Obenchain, LLP thank all veterans for their service.

JO In Our Own Words

Get to know JO partner, Tom Vetne, a little better by hearing about the reasons he became an attorney…in his own words.

Happy Halloween !

In this Spooktacular season of fall, the attorneys and staff of Jones Obenchain, LLP take this opportunity to wish you and yours a safe and happy Halloween filled with many treats and little or no tricks!

JO Knows Errors & Omissions

Errors and omissions coverage—E&O for short—is frequently referred to as malpractice insurance. It protects physicians, attorneys, architects, accountants, and others who’ve been accused of making professional errors that amount to negligence.

Jones Obenchain’s litigators have extensive experience defending professionals accused of malpractice at the trial and appellate levels. We defend professionals in complex, multi-party, high-stakes cases. By focusing on resolving threatened claims and aggressively defending pending claims, our lawyers help fellow professionals get back to work.

Planning For College Expenses?

Many parents of high school seniors are already preparing to complete the FASFA paperwork as their students prepare to head off to college next year. The students themselves may already be applying for and interviewing for scholarships. The expense of college on all of their minds. The IRS has prepared a recent article highlighting a couple of education credits that may be helpful as families and their students prepare. Read: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/two-education-credits-help-taxpayers-with-college-costs for more information.

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 2018 Jones Obenchain tried more civil jury trials in Indiana than all but one other firm.*

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: 2018 Indiana Jury Verdict Reporter.

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.