JO Knows Employment Discrimination Defense

The best defense against a civil rights employment-discrimination claim begins before the employee is fired. There are good ways and bad ways to do it and we can help you navigate that path. Potential claims can often be avoided.

But if you do get served with a claim, the defense must start immediately. Don’t talk to anyone else about it before you talk to a lawyer. There are important things to do, and some important things not to do. There may not be much time to act.

A mistake right out of the gate can cost you. At JO we’ve been defending employers for decades. Give us a call.

Are There Wedding Bells In Your Future?

June is traditionally a month filled with weddings, and weddings take much planning. As couples move forward from the wedding and are planning their lives, they should remember to plan for their first tax return as a married couple. The IRS has a recent publication that will help newlyweds plan and answers questions about filing as a married couple for the first time. Go to: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/taxpayers-should-include-tax-plans-in-their-wedding-plans

Meet Our JO Team

Meet Amanda Zaluckyj! Amanda hails from Michigan and is licensed to practice law in both Indiana and Michigan. She is a Grand Valley State University alumna and a Michigan State University College of Law graduate.

Amanda thinks it is important for people have to a trusted adviser who can offer the sound legal advice and zealous advocacy that everyone deserves. She brings that approach to all of her clients today. Her goal is to make sure her clients understand the process, understand their options, and have all the information necessary to make big decisions.

When she’s not working for her clients, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, Mischa her dog, and getting lost in the latest historical fantasy novel. To get to know Amanda better visit: http://jonesobenchain.com/team-member/amanda-n-zaluckyj/

JO Welcomes Summer Clerk

Alex Matthews will be clerking this summer for Jones Obenchain, LLP. Alex is a Granger, Indiana, native who is currently attending Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Welcome Alex!

Visit the JO Snack Shack

As part of the 2019 Best Week Ever, Jones Obenchain is hosting a water and snack station today in the KeyBank Building plaza from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Stop by on your way to or from the first Red Table Concert of the season to say hi and enjoy a snack and some good old H2O!

JO Knows Asset Protection Planning

You’ve accumulated some wealth. Or plan to. How do you keep potential creditors from taking it away? And when you leave it to your spouse, children, or grandchildren, how to do you protect it from attack by their potential creditors? Or their youthful bad judgment, misfortune, divorce, etc?

For you, there are limits on what can be done. Generally, you can’t continue to control your own assets and still keep them away from creditors. That means either giving it to someone else or putting it into one or more irrevocable Trusts.

Trusts are also the primary means of protecting assets intended for your heirs. But there are many variations on that theme, depending on a range of factors including the amount of money, the age and circumstances of the person, the nature and degree of risks to be avoided, and the limitations on how trust funds may be used.

JO In Action

Many of us are familiar with the backpack programs that send food home with children to eat over the weekend. Recently, Jones Obenchain attorney Amanda Zaluckyj was treated to a tour of the facilities of Cultivate, a South Bend not-for-profit. Cultivate is putting a new spin on the traditional meals in a backpack and in doing so, is reducing the amount of leftover school cafeteria food that would otherwise go to waste. To learn more about Cultivate please follow this link and enjoy Amanda’s article about her experience at the Cultivate facilities and her meeting with its founders:

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States, and is meant as an opportunity to remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war.

The attorneys and staff of Jones Obenchain, LLP wish you and yours a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

JO Knows Mergers & Acquisitions

A merger happens when two separate business entities unite to form one. Typically, one of them survives and the other ceases to exist as a result of the combination. An acquisition involves the sale of assets or ownership of one business entity to another and the seller may or may not continue to exist. There are signi­ficant and different tax, economic, operational, and liability issues depending on how the deal is structured.

The first step is usually signing a mutual confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement. Then perhaps an exchange of basic business and financial information, followed by the start of negotiations.

Agreement on price and payment terms is only the start. Ideally, there will soon be a non-binding letter of intent as to the basic parameters, followed by a comprehensive definitive agreement. Among the points to cover:
– Are there assets or business units the buyer does not want? – Are there known or potential claims and liabilities that the seller must give protection against?
– Do all of the seller’s employees keep their jobs? On what terms and conditions?
– How much time will it take to analyze financial and business records, and what exactly should be examined?
– Do any customers, suppliers, landlords, banks, or government agencies need to consent to or approve any aspect of the deal, and what happens if any of them refuse?
– Does the seller’s owner want a role in the new company?

The process can be stressful and often unpredictable. We have the experience to make it work.

Researching Tax-Exempt Organizations

When we make tax deductible charitable donations, we all like want to have confidence the organizations to which we donate actually qualify to receive tax-deductible contributions. The IRS has a helpful tool to assist you as you do your due diligence when making a donation. To learn more about that tool and make use of it visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tool-helps-donors-research-tax-exempt-organizations