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It’s not just about rules, but about listening and empathizing.
An elder law attorney is a lawyer whose practice focuses on the needs of seniors. Thanks to medical advances, preventive health measures, improved diet and exercise, Americans are living longer lives. According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, there are more than 40 million citizens age 65 or older. As the Baby Boom generation continues to …Read Full Article
Our annual roundup of answers to business law queries.
by Michael Puente
Summer is the time for beaches, backyard barbeques and just having fun.
But it’s also a time for Hoosiers to adjust to new laws passed by the Indiana General Assembly back in the spring.
Indiana has a host of new laws – namely a statewide smoking ban and a designation as a so-called …Read Full Article
The timing of business valuation is important.
When a business owner divorces in Indiana, the business is most often inventoried as a marital asset, and must be valued for purposes of equitable distribution between husband and wife. The date of valuation can be a critical issue.
Indiana uses the date of filing as the date defining what is in the marital estate, but then traditionally …Read Full Article
Law guarantees veterans a place back on the “escalator.”
The return of our soldiers from Iraq refocuses attention on the re-employment rights of employees who were called into active duty.
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects employees who are called into active duty. One provision – the escalator concept – is especially important. Think of employment as an escalator. At some …Read Full Article
Tax law changes have made it a moving target.
When President Barack Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 last December, it changed the federal estate tax.
The estate tax dates back 1916, when it was imposed at a rate of 10 percent on the portion of estates above $50,000. Unfortunately, it has been a moving target for …Read Full Article
Do your due-diligence, then be generous in your support.
Most of us are involved at some level with a non-profit organization. Perhaps you donate money to support their cause or volunteer your time. Maybe you serve on their board of directors. There are many worthy causes to support. Is your favorite non-profit worthy?
The Internal Revenue Service has long known that some organizations abuse their …Read Full Article
Insights from some of the area’s leading business attorneys.
by Michael Puente
How can a small business handle delinquent customers?
What are the pitfalls of obtaining legal advice online?
What issues are overlooked by entrepreneurs when starting a new business?
These are some of these questions on the minds of Northwest Indiana business owners.
Each year, Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly turns to the experts for …
Don’t assume good service will just happen; it takes training.
So many exciting things are happening in Northwest Indiana, with new bike trails connecting our communities, the addition of sports arenas, pavilions and great parks, along with the many improvements happening along our lakeshore.
Those organizations working to assure that we are considered a destination community should be supported and commended. But one question remains: …Read Full Article
The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Northwest Indiana. Small business incubators dot the region’s landscape – from Valparaiso to Hammond, from Merrillville to South Bend.
As the landscape for small business changes from traditional pursuits in manufacturing to high-tech ventures, new questions arise among entrepreneurs on how to ensure success.
To help answer those questions, Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly has asked experts from …Read Full Article
In the The Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 became effective Nov. 21, 2009. GINA prohibits employers, except when necessary to comply with federal or state family medical leave laws, from requesting, requiring or receiving genetic information about an employee or an employee’s family members.
Genetic information includes information obtained from the genetic tests of an individual or a family member, or an individual’s family …