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.

National Men Make Dinner Day!

Observed each year on the first Thursday in November, national Men Make Dinner Day was created for two reasons. First, it is to give the ladies a break from the cooking chores. Secondly, it seeks to encourage men who do not cook to learn to cook, beginning by making a meal on this day. Of course, even men who do cook should celebrate the day by making a meal. For the experienced male cook, we encourage you to make something challenging.

Okay guys, be a sport. Give the ladies in your life a break. Set them in their favorite chair in the living room, put a glass of wine in their hands, and tune the TV to their favorites. Then grab a beer, find a recipe and make dinner all by yourself!

Happy Halloween

In this colorful season of fall and on this day when we meet many little ghosts and goblins, the attorneys and staff of Jones Obenchain, LLP would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a safe and happy Halloween filled with many treats and few tricks!

JO in Action: Suits for Vets

Indiana and Michigan are the highest-rated states for post-911 veteran unemployment. Over one-third of veterans returning from active duty were unemployed last year, many because they just don’t have the means to properly dress for an interview.

Jones Obenchain is participating in the Suits for Vets program this year. We’re teaming up with WSBT Radio Group (Sunny 101.5 and Z94.3) and Burton’s Laundry & Dry Cleaning to collect suits (men’s and women’s) which will be cleaned and distributed to vets. JO is also a collection site. We’ll have a collection bin in the office until Veteran’s Day. If you have any gently used suits please bring them to our office at 202 S. Michigan Street, 600 KeyBank Building, South Bend.

The attorneys and staff of Jones Obenchain, LLP thank all current and former members of our armed forces for their service.

 

 

Celebrate World Pasta Day!

Celebrated on October 25th, World Pasta Day is a special day to promote pasta consumption around the world. It also seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of pasta. Each year on World Pasta Day, events are held to help spread the word about pasta and its nutritional value. The National Pasta Association and pasta manufacturers sponsor these events and activities. On World Pasta Day, pile up your plate with a big dish of pasta and your favorite sauce. YUM!

 

JO Knows Dissolution of Marriage

It’s hard to imagine anything having a more profound impact on your family life, your financial life, and your personal life than a divorce. But good planning beforehand, via an antenuptial agreement, and good representation during, via Jones Obenchain, can make the unbearable bearable. We’ve been helping people through their divorces for decades. And if necessary, we’d be happy to help you through yours.

Become a Community Tax Volunteer

The IRS programs Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) offer free tax help across the country for people with low-to-moderate incomes, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, those with limited English proficiency, and Native Americans. In 2017, volunteers prepared more than 3.5 million federal tax returns at no cost. Tax volunteers can and do make a difference in their community. The IRS compiled a list of reasons to consider becoming a community tax volunteer. You can view that list by visiting: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/make-a-difference-become-a-community-tax-volunteer

JO Knows Probate

Probate is the process by which a court oversees the lawful transfer of title to property under a will. It must take place in the state and county where the decedent resided when they died. Probate does not involve non-probate assets, such as life-insurance or retirement-account proceeds passing to designated beneficiaries; property owned by trusts on the date of death; or jointly owned property when the first joint owner dies. So married couples that have joint title to most of their property rarely need probate after the first spouse dies.

The word “probate” often engenders fear. But probate is not a scary process. The court is there to oversee the job your personal representative does and to make sure the instructions in your will are followed. Your lawful debts will (and must) be paid. Your heirs take comfort in knowing that the court will hear them if they have questions or objections. Probate is not unduly lengthy; usually six months or so is enough to wrap things up. And it is not a great expense. In fact, many people will spend more money trying to “avoid probate” than probate costs.

While placing an asset (like an investment account or a vacation home) in a trust will avoid probating that asset, it is almost impossible—and probably foolish—to try to make everything you own a non-probate asset. Under Indiana law this is unnecessary, because no probate estate need be opened if the value of the probate assets is less than $50,000. So you don’t need to put your refrigerator, lawn mower, golf clubs, or clothing into a trust.

Rather than probate avoidance, a better goal is probate management. Monitor the way your assets are owned. Create joint ownerships, designate beneficiaries, and use a trust in sensible ways. But don’t go overboard. For example, while making cash gifts to children and grandchildren can have many benefits, be sure that you keep enough resources available to provide for your own care and comfort.

 

Happy Boss’s Day!

Boss’s Day is celebrated on October 16th in the United States, Canada, and Lithuania. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year. The day was created to strengthen the bond between employer and employee. It has become increasingly popular since its creation.