Category: Legal Advice
Base your decision on job-related factors, and ask questions carefully.
For employers, hiring quality employees has always been of critical importance. Various laws require employers to be more focused in this effort.
For example, it was not that long ago that employers asked any questions they wanted: how old are you, do you have any illnesses, are you involved in any church activities, etc.?
The …Read Full Article
Businesses must keep an eye on the courts and be ready to adapt to new marriage laws.
by Nancy Townsend
Indiana’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prohibited same-sex marriage and refused to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, was ruled unconstitutional on June 25. Chief Judge Richard L. Young entered a final judgment in three federal lawsuits that challenged Indiana’s DOMA: Baskin v. Bogan, …Read Full Article
Should you sell on a secured or unsecured basis?
Successful businesses must prepare for potential problems and possible solutions related to selling to and buying from companies that are insolvent, or may become so. Here are some considerations in that regard.
An important business decision is whether to sell to customers on a secured or unsecured basis. If you are secured, you are more likely …Read Full Article
What can your social media policy cover? What can’t it do?
Employees talk. That’s no big surprise. Sometimes it’s about sports, the weather or their families. But more often than not, they talk about work–their hours, their boss, their responsibilities, their supervisors, even their new assignments. When they talk about work, sometimes they air their individual gripes, but sometimes they talk about the complaints they …Read Full Article
Indiana attorneys tackled common business law questions.
by Jacqueline von Ogden
Signing contracts. Taking your business online. Sorting through employees’ legally mandated time off. Filing I-9 forms properly. Understanding copyright law.
There are plenty of legal pitfalls for businesses out there. It’s better to be in the know before a legal problem arises, rather than calling in an attorney after the fact. We’ve asked Indiana …Read Full Article
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
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 …