Beware of Tech Support Scams

If you get a call from someone claiming to be a computer technician from either your internet service provider or a well-known company like Microsoft, and they ask for remote access to your computer to fix an issue, you need to HANG UP. Never give control of your computer to anyone. If they gain access they might be able to install malware, which will let them see everything on your computer, including your personal information. You can never be too cautious. Pass this information along to friends and family so that they can protect themselves, too.

JO Knows Commercial Litigation

Contrary to popular belief, business disputes—not personal-injury claims—make up the bulk of non-domestic-relations civil court filings in the United States. That’s right: businesses suing to enforce contractual obligations are what keep our courts busy.

Litigation is often a last resort, but when it can’t be avoided, we work with our commercial clients to manage litigation risks and find the most cost-effective approach to resolving business disputes. We aim to get to the bottom of the matter, avoid lengthy litigation, minimize business disruption, and conclude the case creatively and expeditiously.

Our litigators have years of experience handling complex, multi-party litigation. We also represent trustees, receivers, creditors, and debtors in major insolvency and restructuring matters.

When a promising deal goes south, or when an employee strikes off on their own to set up a competing enterprise, see why business owners in northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan have looked to Jones Obenchain, LLP for help for over 100 years.

JO Knows Collections

Collections can be a great business asset. As a full-service law firm, Jones Obenchain helps companies collect funds due from debtors.

Our lawyers have years of hands-on debt-collection experience. We are dedicated to increasing the percentage of bad-debt recovery for our clients in a professional manner. And there is no risk to our clients because there’s no fee unless we collect on the debt.

Are You A Victim of Data Theft?

Unfortunately, the theft of personal information happens every day and the victims are from every walk of life. Those who steal this information usually try to use it as soon as possible, and they use it a variety of ways. The IRS prepared a list of things that you can do to minimize the impact when your personal information is stolen. Visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/steps-victims-can-take-to-minimize-effect-of-data-theft to learn more about what you can and should do if your personal data has been stolen.

March Against Hunger – Thank-You

 

The attorneys and staff of Jones Obenchain, LLP thank all those who donated to the 10th annual March Against Hunger. Your donation makes a difference – since 2009, the March Against Hunger food drive has generated 70,019 pounds of food and $378,730.69 in monetary donations. All donations collected by Jones Obenchain benefit the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.

If you would still like to donate you can do so by visiting www.marchagainsthunger.org

Note: When donating online, please be sure to include “March Against Hunger” and the firm’s name and city in the “comment” field.

Thanks again for your generosity.

JO Knows Contracts

Contracts are legally binding promises…assuming they’re properly written. The law requires certain basic elements—mutual agreement on all essential terms, an exchange of something of value, legal age, and mental competence—and the parties supply the details. Like exactly what each of them is required or permitted to do, and what happens if one of them fails to perform.

Common types of contracts include:

– Real-estate purchase agreements (these must be in writing)
– Leases (See Landlord/Tenant)
– Employee/Partner Non-Compete Agreements
– Business Buy-Sell Agreements
– Accepted Purchase Orders
– Marriage Prenuptial Agreements

Leave something out or get careless with the wording and you end up in court, arguing about what you meant and what you’re entitled to and hoping the judge agrees. Cut-and-paste do-it-yourself contracts from a free internet site are free for a reason.

One solution? Get professional help drafting your agreement. We can give you that.

Taxpayers – Information and Helpful Hints

This year taxpayers have until Tuesday, April 17, 2018 to file their taxes. E-filing with direct deposit is the fastest and most secure way to file your taxes and receive your refund.  The IRS has compiled a list of need to know information and helpful hints for taxpayers. Visit  https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-filing-season-is-here-things-for-taxpayers-to-consider to see the complete list of information and filing hints.

JO in Action

Jones Obenchain attorney, Ashlie Collier, was elected to the Board of Directors at the Potawatomi Zoo in November 2017 for a three-year term.  In addition to the Board of Directors, Ashlie is also a member of the strategic planning committee for the Board. The Board’s overall objective is to work with the City of South Bend to provide animal welfare and conservation education in a fun and experiential way. The strategic planning committee focuses on bringing new animal experiences and educational opportunities to the zoo. Following her appointment, Ashlie shared “Some of my fondest childhood memories involve going to Potawatomi Zoo with my parents and siblings. I’m so excited to be able to play a part in helping other families experience those same life-long memories for many years to come!”