Corporate Transparency Act Filings

By Sean Towner | February 16, 2024

Congress passed the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) in 2021. The CTA took effect on January 1, 2024. This new federal law requires certain companies (such as corporations, LLCs, LLPs, etc.) to provide information about its Beneficial Ownership (as defined in the Act) to the U.S. Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The required information that…

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Small Claims in Indiana: Access to Justice

By Savannah Boettcher | February 16, 2024

Small claims courts in Indiana provide individuals with the opportunity to resolve specific eligible disputes with simplicity and convenience. Pursuant to Indiana Code § 33-28-3-4, the following types of cases are eligible for the small claims docket: There is an important caveat to utilizing the convenience of the small claims docket – any amount sought…

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Are You Eligible to Become a U.S. Citizen by Naturalization?

By Linda Plata | February 7, 2024

Generally, in order to become a U.S. citizen by Naturalization, a Legal Permanent Resident, (a “LPR”), must meet the following requirements: To show compliance with the English Civics Requirement, the LPR must undergo an English Test and a Civics Test. There are, however, certain exemptions to the English Test. Specifically: If applicable, a LPR may…

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Using bankruptcy to correct mistakes made by small business owners

By Katherine Iskin | February 7, 2024

No one starts a business with the intention of having it stumble or fail. But mistakes happen – whether by accidental missteps or economic conditions – and not all businesses are profitable. Here are ways that bankruptcy might correct or mitigate mistakes made by small business owners: 1) Reorganizing tax debt One very common misstep…

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Top 5 Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

By Sean Towner | December 5, 2023

Owning your own small business is an adventurous challenge. Some small businesses will prosper, steadily growing over the years and blossoming into large, wildly successful companies. Others will stumble and ultimately fail due to a myriad of reasons. Here are 5 common legal mistakes made by small business owners: Hiring employees is exciting and indicative…

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DISCOVERY IN WORKER’S COMPENSATION CASES

By Bradley Varner | October 30, 2023

The Worker’s Compensation Board favors informal discovery, yet formal discovery is provided for in 631 Indiana Administrative Code (“IAC”) 1-1-3 – Rules of practice in proceedings: Except as provided below, the board will not be bound by any technical rules of practice in conducting hearings, but will conduct hearings and make investigations in reference to…

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Seeking Dismissal in Defense of a Client

By D. Andrew Spalding | October 24, 2023

One of the first questions we ask when engaged to defend a client in a matter: Is it possible to secure a dismissal before our client must expend unnecessary time, resources and emotional energy? Indeed, some claims have merit and are appropriately pursued. Many claims, however, do not – at least against the client we…

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Michigan’s Offer of Judgment and Sanctions for the Prevailing Party

By Amanda Jordan | September 25, 2023

Offers of Judgment are a useful tool in civil cases in Michigan. Making an Offer of Judgment can result in early settlement between parties. It also serves as an avenue for a prevailing party to recover certain costs/expenses and attorneys’ fees. An Offer of Judgment may be made by any party prior to trial. In…

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What does it mean to be a Trustee of a Trust in Indiana

By Nathan Barnes | August 22, 2023

A trustee is a fiduciary which means “A person who is required to act for the benefit of another person on all matters within the scope of their relationship; one who owes to another the duties of good faith, trust, confidence, and candor. One who must exercise a high standard of care in managing another’s…

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Lawyers helping lawyers: Donate to the JLAP Treatment Fund

By R. William Jonas Jr. | August 21, 2023

The path to recovery from substance addiction and other mental health conditions requires overcoming many obstacles. One challenge is paying for assessments, diagnosis, testing, and recovery. But JLAP may be able to help through its Treatment Fund. The fund has been around for several years, but recently, the Indiana Supreme Court has clarified that certain…

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