Tens of thousands of cases are filed and decided by Indiana’s trial court judges each year. Every judge and attorney knows the importance of telling the story of your position to give you your best day in court. However, for the legal system to work as it should, litigants themselves play a key role at trial. These may seem obvious, but it is amazing how the stress of a trial or nervous excitement may cause you not to be prepared for court. Here ...
Divorce attorneys all want to help every client or potential client meet their legal objective, which may range from a certain distribution of assets to specifics of custody. However, unlike most areas of law every seasoned family law attorney or judge will tell you emotion fuels divorce and a litigant often is in the best of time (freedom) and the worst of times (lower economic standard with two households) at the same time. Most litigants want to waive the white or checkered flag and have the divorce behind them. However, a small ...
March 5, 2015 / Child Kidnapping by Parents
As we become a global economy and airlines link the remotest parts of the world within a day, international child abduction by a parent has become easier, more common, and problem in need of law-making. For this reason, about 25 years ago the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction was proposed, signed by many nations and ultimately ratified (over a long time).1 In the event you are in this situation or concerned about it, the blog is written ...
February 10, 2015 / General Practice
Due to the size of the State of Indiana, Hoosiers are fortunate to have wide access to a pool of quality attorneys, dedicated judiciary, and a stable body of law. That said, the notion of the “family or personal” attorney has largely gone by the wayside with the complexity in law as we wrestle with technology driven world. With this said, there are three key things to think about when you hire an attorney. The first is defining your legal need or objective. This may sound basic, but a car under ...
January 22, 2015 / Divorce
In Indiana, like many other states, marriage and divorce rates are about equal. The differences are stark; marriage is generally a happy time where couples look forward to growing old together, having a family, and doing things that over time will weave most all aspects of life together. Divorce, on the other hand, involves untangling assets and liabilities and often children, things that are not really divisible. If your case does not settle along the way1, the day will come that a final hearing becomes a reality in your case.2 There ...
Generally, in civil and criminal cases, you can appeal a final order of the court within thirty (30) days by filing a notice of appeal with the court of appeals, and filing proper service upon certain persons. The Notice of Appeal starts the appellate process. In criminal cases, you can appeal generally two (2) things, the conviction itself, or the sentence, or both. There are many nuances of criminal law and procedure that would lend itself to an argument to appeal either or both a ...
If you drive a car, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle on the roadways, chances are that even the safest driver will find themselves involved in a fender bender once or twice. Accidents can range from minor scratches and dings on your vehicle, to fatalities. Hopefully you never find yourself in this situation, but if you do, here are some key Do’s and Don’ts . DO take pictures at the scene. Most of us have cell phones with cameras, and these can be useful tools later should ...
If you are unhappy with the property division as ordered by a court, you can and should seek an appeal. If the division does not follow the law, or the evidence before the court, you have only two options, with limited time, to correct the erroneous decision. Unlike child support and child custody issues, a property division order by a court is not modifiable. In other words, a property division is a final order. (It is important to keep in mind that if ...
October 2, 2014 / Divorce
As has been noted in previous blogs, law may not always work in real time or move as quickly as one or both parties may like. Often, there are deadlines and pieces that must fit together before a matter can be finalized. This can take some time. In divorce cases specifically, there are several reasons it may take longer or be continued. First, there is a required cooling off period of 60 days, and until that time is reached, the divorce cannot ...
April 22, 2014 / Personal Injury
When you are injured in a collision or other unfortunate encounter with another object or vehicle, there are steps you can take to assist your counsel in your case. The following article summarizes the three most critical things you can do to capture the evidence for your case. # 1 Get medical treatment right away. Delaying medical treatment may create issues later on in linking the cause of the injury with the injury suffered. Along with seeking medical treatment, be compliant in following the ...