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.
Day commemorates the feast of St. Nicholas. Children mark the occasion by
placing their shoes outside their bedroom doors or on the fireplace hearth on
St. Nicholas Day’s eve of in hopes of finding candy, coins, or a small gift in
them when they waken. So celebrate the occasion and keep the tradition going by
filling up a child’s shoes with goodies on St. Nick’s day!
All year long, but
especially during this season of thanks, we are grateful for the opportunity to
serve the needs of those around us. Happy Thanksgiving from the attorneys and
staff at Jones Obenchain.
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
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.*
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.
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.
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
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.
The #metoo and #TimesUp movements have gained a lot of traction
over the past two years. Social media and the news often feature stories about
workplace sexual harassment. While there’s no limit on an accuser’s ability to
come forward with an accusation, there are limitations on taking legal action.
Every legal claim—including for sexual
harassmentis subject to a statutory
time limit to pursue the claim. Statutes of
limitations act as a mechanism to cut off any claim that isn’t filed within
the specified period of time. Because many allegations now coming to light are
based on events that occurred long ago, and outside of the applicable statute
of limitations, many allegations aren’t legally cognizable.
A claim for sexual harassment can be pursued under Title VII of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Claims for sexual harassment pursued under Title
VII must be filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 300
days of when the events giving rise to the claim occurred. The EEOC will review
the charges and either dismiss the action or issue a Right-to-Sue letter. The
accuser then has 90 days after receiving the Right-to-Sue letter to file their
complaint in court. It’s important to note that courts will dismiss cases by
any accuser who tries to skip going through the EEOC process.
Indiana has a similar statute allowing individuals to pursue a
claim for sexual harassment or other discriminatory conduct by an employer. And
Indiana’s Civil Rights Commission operates in a similar fashion to the EEOC by
processing claims for sexual harassment. There are also local agencies that can
also handle these claims. But there are even stricter deadlines for filing a
claim. Claims must be filed with the state agency within 180 days of the
If your company or you have been sued or received a charge from
any government agency for sexual harassment, the attorneys at Jones Obenchain
are ready and available to help you.
Malpractice occurs when the accepted standard of care in not provided to a
patient or client.
consequences for the patient or client and their family can be devastating and
long-lasting. Professional-service providers have a responsibility to provide
adequate and appropriate service. When their failure to provide appropriate
care or services causes harm, the professional may be held liable for their
malpractice cases can be difficult to prove, so it is important to have legal
assistance to help gather the evidence needed for your case.
have experience in this area and can assist you with your
Injury & Wrongful Death
Plaintiff and Defense
Automobile and Industrial Accidents
you’ve been injured, your focus should be on getting better. But that can be
difficult as medical bills mount and insurance companies call with offers to
settle. The last thing you want to deal with as you recuperate are medical
professionals and insurance companies.
you don’t have to go it alone. For over 100 years, Jones Obenchain’s lawyers
have represented individuals who have been injured through someone else’s
negligence—whether in a car accident, slip-and-fall incident, or by a defective
product. And because we represent not just the injured, but also those accused
of negligently injuring someone else, we’ve developed the expertise necessary
to assess injury claims from every angle.
the work we do for injured people gets us into court—a lot. Unlike many injury
lawyers who never see the inside of a courtroom, we actually try cases. In
fact, in 2018 Jones Obenchain tried more civil jury trials than all other firms
in the state of Indiana except one according to the Indiana Jury Verdict
our lawyers are skilled in alternative-dispute resolution too. We regularly
participate in arbitration and mediation which reduces the cost of litigation
and gets cases resolved more quickly than a trial. So if you’ve been injured
and need help, call Jones Obenchain, LLP.
Obenchain attorney Amanda Zaluckyj was recently elected chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Agricultural Law Section.
The practice group strives “to improve and expand the knowledge of lawyers
who engage in the practice of agricultural law.” Amanda was elected to the
council in the fall of 2018. She hopes to use her platform as chair to
encourage the practice of agricultural law and bridge the gap between farmers
and lawyers. The term lasts for one year.
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.