Celebrate National Hot Dog Day!

National Hot Dog day was created by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council to highlight the humble hot dog during National Hot Dog Month. In 2016, it was held on July 14th. This year it’s on July 19th. Commemorating National Hot Dog Day is pretty simple. All you have to do is cook your favorite hot dog in your favorite manner!

JO in Action: CASA Volunteer Brian Gates

Would you like to make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child? Consider becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate like Jones Obenchain partner Brian Gates. Brian has been representing children’s best interests as a CASA since 2002, and now helps train other CASA volunteers by teaching them about the legal system. Find out more about the St. Joseph County CASA program by clicking here: http://sjccasa.org, or visit the national CASA site: http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.5301295/k.BE9A/Home.htm


JO Knows Guardian Ad Litem

A “Guardian ad litem” (GAL) is a person the court appoints to investigate what would be in the “best interests of a child.” Here, we are talking about a GAL in a divorce or parental-rights-and-responsibilities case, including paternity, delinquency, and abuse or neglect cases. The GAL will look into the family situation and advise the court about issues such as where the children should live most of the time, whether the child is being harmed by one parent’s alleged substance abuse, and what contact the child should have with the other parent. Jones Obenchain partner, Brian Gates, has experience serving as a GAL and can answers your questions.

Are Wedding Bells in Your Future?

It’s wedding season, which means name changes not only for brides who take their husbands’ name, but also for couples who choose to hyphenate their new moniker. All newlyweds must get a Social Security card reflecting the new name. The procedure for getting a new card can be found at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber. In addition to the information and instructions contained on this site, you can also download a copy of Form SS-5 the Application for a Social Security Card.

Scam Alert

Summer is in full swing. The lazy days of summer find us in full vacation mode with our guard down. But the IRS reminds us to be on the alert for scammers. They don’t take vacations and prey on us when we are most vulnerable. The IRS has compiled a list of things to be on the lookout for as we enjoy the sun, sand, picnics, and fireworks. You can find more information and that list at: https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs-cautions-taxpayers-to-watch-for-summertime-scams. Be safe and enjoy the summertime fun!

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

Did you know America didn’t declare its independence on the Fourth of July?  America’s first Continental Congress actually voted to declare America’s independence from the British monarchy on July 2, 1776.  The Declaration—which explained why Congress voted to declare our independence from Great Britain—was ratified two days later. And it was on July 4 that the Declaration was published in newspapers and read to the public.

The Jones Obenchain attorneys and staff wish you all a safe and happy July 4th!

JO Knows Manufacturing & Construction

Whatever you make or build, we can help. Our clients include small parts manu­facturers, suppliers to the aerospace and medical-instruments industries, home­builders, and contractors in many trades. Whether it’s a purchase order with a big player like Honeywell or General Electric, a contract to pour a driveway, or a project agreement to build an apartment complex, we have the experience to assist you.

You know your business better than anyone. Putting us on your team will make you stronger.

And as unique as your enterprise is, you still have many things in common with other companies. You have partners, employees, government compliance concerns, bankers, the threat of lawsuits, and the need for succession planning in your life. Each with their own sets of issues. Whatever they might be we’ve probably seen something similar before.

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.