Category: Firm News

National Secondhand Wardrobe Day

National Secondhand Wardrobe Day is August 25. How many times have you bought an item of clothing that you wear once or twice and then throw it away after years of collecting dust in the back of the closet? Unfortunately, the answer is probably too many times. There used to be a stigma surrounding secondhand clothing stores, or thrift shops, but that has now become a thing of the past and it is more acceptable to buy clothes secondhand and donate used clothing.  This change in attitude has created a positive cycle that is crucial for cutting back on waste. Some of the benefits of  secondhand shopping are; it saves money, has a positive impact on the environment and can fill your closet with great additions to your wardrobe. To celebrate on  August 25, head to your favorite thrift store and get some new (old) threads!

IRS Urges Public to be Aware of Common Tax Scams

The IRS continues to warn consumers to guard against IRS scams. Criminals pose as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information. These scams can come via phone calls or email. One things taxpayers should know is that IRS generally first mails a bill to a taxpayer who owes taxes To see a list of tips to help you avoid being a victim of these scams visit:

JO Knows Professional Malpractice

Professional Malpractice occurs when the accepted standard of care in not provided to a patient or client.

The 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 negligence.

Professional malpractice cases can be difficult to prove, so it is important to have legal assistance to help gather the evidence needed for your case.

We have experience in this area and can assist you with your professional-malpractice claim.

JO Knows Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
Plaintiff and Defense
Automobile and Industrial Accidents
Products Liability
Premises Liability
Worker’s Compensation

When 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 settlement offers. The last thing you want to deal with as you recuperate are medical professionals and insurance companies.

But 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.

And 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 Reporter.

But 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.

Attention Teachers: Something You Should Know

Back to school time is fast approaching and how that may be different this year is a hot topic of conversation. One thing that remains the same for teachers, is that they may be able deduct, amounts not reimbursed, of their own money spent for supplies for their classroom. For details and additional information visit:

Work Like a Dog Day

August 5 is Work Like a Dog Day.  This day is meant to reward people who work day and night and are very productive. This unofficial holiday is built around the  phrase “works like a dog” which means to work very hard. It is believed that the phrase came from the hard work that working dogs such as;  herd dogs, hunting dogs, rescue, and service dogs tirelessly do each day. Wonder how to celebrate? You can of course congratulate those who work hard at their job and/or chosen profession or, since most pet dogs don’t work much and prefer spending time lazing around, you could be a contrarian and celebrate Work Like a Dog Day by not doing any work at all!

JO In Action – Tom Vetne

Composting is one of the easiest and most effective ways to minimize your carbon footprint and build healthy soil. JO partner, Tom Vetne, has been a fanatic at it for over 15 years. A master composter, he turns his own family’s food-and-yard waste—and the coffee grounds, tea bags, and banana peels the office generates—into the dark, rich soil amendment prized by gardeners everywhere. Tom is so compost-crazed committed to composting that he’s expanded his operations beyond the backyard pile he’s fawned over tended for over a decade. After years of nagging careful negotiations, Tom’s wife threw in the towel allowed him to try his hand at vermicomposting—the process of using earthworms to turn table scraps into compost. The results after two years have been promising: his wife hasn’t move out his worms are thriving and producing copious amounts of compost for his wife’s roses which he has had to buy a lot more of to stay on her good side. If you’re inclined to start a backyard compost pile, you can find some helpful tips here. And if vermicomposting appeals to you, try this site.

National Chicken-Wing Day

Today is National Chicken-Wing Day! We celebrate this staple of summer BBQs, tailgating, and super bowl parties each year on July 29. Chicken Wings were born when the owners of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo cooked up a midnight snack for their son and his friends. They fried the wings, with butter, and hot sauce and stumbled upon a dish that would change American game day forever. Celebrate today by making some wings of your own be they sweet, spicy or any way you want!

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.