Real Estate Seller’s Disclosure Statements: Honesty is the Best Policy

By Sean Towner | June 28, 2019

Selling or buying a home is a major life decision. The decision involves planning, stress, and money. Buying a home will be the biggest purchase most people make in their life. While many buyers will walk through a home once or twice prior to purchasing the home, buying a home comes with many unknowns. Do…

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Avoiding Taxes and Expenses When You Die

By Nathan Barnes | June 20, 2019

As the saying goes, there are only two things in life that are certain: death and taxes.  While no one can avoid death, most people wish to avoid, as much as possible, the taxes and expenses that may result from their death. As of January 1, 2013, the Indiana legislature repealed the state’s inheritance tax. …

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Why Employers Should Engage in the Interactive Process

By Rich Nugent | June 19, 2019

When employers are confronted with a request by a “disabled” employee for a reasonable accommodation, the employer should consider at least two (2) issues: What is the best, practical solution to this business problem?, and What are the legal requirements the employer is obligated to comply with? When the American with Disabilities Act was amended…

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Adoption in Indiana

By Jon Rogers | June 5, 2019

Today’s modern family often times mirrors the popular television show.  Parents come in all varieties and the overall concern is the best interests of our children.  A common greeting among the Masai tribe in Africa is “All the children are well” as a cultural translation to home might be “Life is good.” You want to…

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Minor Consuming – What to Know

By Sean Towner | November 2, 2018

It is no secret that underage college students occasionally consume alcohol. Underage college students who consume, purchase, or transfer alcohol sometimes encounter law enforcement. These encounters may lead to the college student being arrested and charged with Minor Consuming. Indiana treats underage alcohol consumption harshly. Minor Consuming is a crime in Indiana – specifically, a…

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Operating While Intoxicated … Answers to Common Questions

By Sean Towner | April 17, 2018

No parent wants to answer a phone call in the middle of the night and learn their child has been arrested for drunk driving. However, parents across northern Indiana occasionally find themselves in this predicament.  Those who have never encountered the criminal justice system are often left wondering, what happens next?  This article answers common…

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Does a General Contractor Owe a Duty of Care to an Independent Contractor and/or its Employees?

By Georgianne Walker | December 7, 2017

Generally speaking, Indiana law provides that a general contractor does not owe an outright duty of care to an independent contractor, a subcontractor, or a subcontractor’s employees. The rationale behind this rule is that a general contractor has very little control over the way a subcontractor completes its work. However, there are five exceptions to…

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How Does the “At-home Spouse” Make Ends Meet?

By Wendell Walsh | May 10, 2017

Many people 65 and over who need nursing home care eventually wind up on Medicaid. Often, the nursing home resident is married, and the spouse is still living in the family home (referred to as the “At Home Spouse” or the “Community Spouse”). Suppose the husband is in a nursing home and his only income…

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Do You Need An Attorney To Get A Divorce?

By E. Spencer Walton | September 8, 2016

South Bend / Mishawaka – Many people today question whether or not they need an attorney to get a divorce due primarily to the cost. Attorneys are expensive and almost no one has a budget that includes this expense. In fact, most married couples have a difficult time balancing the day-to-day costs of working and…

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The ABC’s for Secured Lenders Dealing With a Defaulting Borrower

By Jeffery Johnson | July 22, 2016

South Bend / Mishawaka, IN – Each day lenders are faced with borrowers who default under the terms of the lending relationship.  This article will address the various steps a secured lender should consider undertaking when its borrower is in default. Evaluate your Collateral. Evaluation of the collateral that is acting as security for the indebtedness is…

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