Category: Legal Advice


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 …

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Posted in Advice, Current Issue, Legal Advice, Winter 2014 | Leave a comment

Legal Q&A

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 …

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Posted in Advice, Business, Legal Advice, Summer 2013 | Leave a comment

Do You Need An Elder Law Attorney?

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 …

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Posted in A & E, Advice, Legal Advice, Professional & Legal Advice, Retirement Living, Spring 2012 | Leave a comment

Legal Q&A

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 …

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Posted in Advice, Business, Legal Advice, Summer 2012 | Leave a comment

Divorce Flu?

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 …

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Posted in Advice, Legal Advice, Spring 2012 | Leave a comment

Employees in the Military

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 …

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Posted in Advice, Legal Advice, Winter 2012 | Leave a comment

Business Law Q&A

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 …

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In the Genes

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 …

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Legal Q&A

Disputes arise in every type of business—big or small, new or established. Disputes can develop between a business owner and employee or with an independent contractor. And litigation is always costly.

For instance, a dispute could arise over Internet use at work, about what’s being posted and how that might affect a business’s reputation.

How to keep your company from getting embroiled in legal tangles …

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