JO Knows Business-Management Consulting

This law firm has been representing local businesses for over a century. We’ve learned a few things. Aside from legal knowledge and experience, we bring objectivity and a focus on problem solving to you. Chances are we’ve helped another client in the past with similar issues. Problems with a customer or key employee? Issues with your bank? Deadlock in the boardroom? Looking for an exit strategy? Or a way to bring a son or daughter into a leadership position? Tell us about it.

Jones Obenchain staff participates in Habitat Build

A trio of staff members from Jones Obenchain participated in a build for Habitat for Humanity on July 16. The small but mighty JO crew installed siding and performed other exterior work on the 2015 Women Build home. JO supports, in word and action, the Habitat for Humanity vision for bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. To learn more about the volunteer opportunities available through Habitat for Humanity in St. Joseph County visit:

JO Knows Construction Law

Commercial or residential builder? General or sub-contractor? Property owner or developer? Design professional? If you find yourself in a lawsuit or arbitration over a construction-related dispute—or if you are headed that way—we’ve probably handled a similar case before. And we can help you.

Employers take note

Time is growing short for employers to find and fix errors on 2014 W-2s before the penalties substantially increase. On August 3rd the penalties go from $30 to $100 per form, up to $1.5 million for W-2 errors, which include failing to file them and filing incorrect ones. W-2s are corrected by filing Forms W-2c/W-3c with the Social Security Administration. These forms can be found on the Forms and Publications section of the IRS website at:

Tip for the newly married

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 name. All the newly married must get a Social Security card that shows their new name. The procedure for getting a new card can be found at 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.


JO Knows Wills

A will is a written instrument that specifies how a person’s property is distributed when they die and names a personal representative (or executor) to carry out those instructions. If a will is valid according to the state where it is signed, it will be recognized as valid in the state where it is probated. Probate, which is simply the process by which a court oversees the lawful transfer of title to property according to the will, must take place in the state and county where the decedent resided when they died.

Be very careful about using free or inexpensive online will forms. There is no substitute for personal advice from an experienced professional; there is always a risk that you will omit something important in a do-it-yourself will. For example, wills in Indiana must be witnes­sed (not notarized) by two “disinterested” persons. That means a will’s beneficiary is ineligible as a witness. Jones Obenchain’s lawyers have been drafting wills for decades. If you have a question about a will, call us.

Celebrate Independence Day!

Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, and family reunions, celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

The Indiana Bar Foundation

The Indiana Bar Foundation is a charitable foundation dedicated to strengthening access to justice and increasing Hoosiers’ appreciation for the rule of law in Indiana. To further its mission the foundation assists those who have difficulty accessing the judicial system, provides civic education, and works to improve the state’s legal profession and judicial system. Learn more about the Indiana Bar Foundation by visiting:

JO Knows Products Liability

Products liability refers to the body of law that holds manufacturers liable for the harm caused by a product once it enters the stream of commerce. In some respects, the word manufacturer is a misnomer because in the products-liability field, it can refer to anyone along the manufacturing chain, including the manufacturer, an assembler, a wholesaler, even the retail-store owner who sells the product. Products-liability claims can be based on negligence, strict liability, or breach of warranty of fitness for a particular purpose. But in Indiana, all products-liability actions are con­trolled by statute regardless of the underlying legal theory. There are three types of product defects: design defects, manufacturing defects, and mar­ket­ing defects. Design defects are inherent; they exist because of a design flaw. Manu­facturing defects occur during the product’s construction or production. And marketing defects deal with improper instruc­tions and failures to warn consumers about the product’s latent dangers. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, call the lawyers at Jones Obenchain, LLP.

JO Knows Bankruptcy Litigation

You’ve been sued in bankruptcy court. We’ve handled:

  • Dischargeability litigation;
  • Preference and related litigation;
  • Turnover litigation; and
  • Automatic-stay litigation.

We know bankruptcy. And we know litigation