In these difficult and trying times, we are all currently going through with the coronavirus, we are reminded of how fragile life can be. Estate planning can be a touchy subject as no one really enjoys discussing their mortality. However, as we see through the effects of the virus, it is something that can help relieve a lot of stress and provide a sense of control and action that we all need right now. In this blog, we look at the benefits of a living will, a healthcare representative, and the difference between the two. Living wills are governed by statutory ...
April 17, 2020CD
The short answer is yes, single parents, just like married parents, should think about estate planning. If you are reading this, you, or someone you know, is probably a single parent. With that, you may be wondering, “but won’t everything automatically go to my child(ren) anyway?” or “does estate planning really make sense if I don’t have any assets to pass down?” In this blog, we provide guidance on some of these general questions by providing some of the main benefits of estate planning for single parents. Your children. The biggest benefit to estate planning for single parents is your child(ren), ...
February 14, 2020CD
The fact that we are mortal and will pass is a touchy subject with most of us because no one really enjoys talking about their mortality. This is especially true when it comes to discussing the creation of your Last Will and Testament. Uncomfortable as it may be, it is something you should consider. If not, will your wishes be honored if you become ill? Will your estate be divided as you wish? In this blog, we look at four benefits of having a will. Freedom of Choice. One of the benefits, if not the biggest benefit to having a Will ...
January 30, 2020CD
Business, like life, can be nasty, brutish, and short unless you know the right steps to take when confronted with adversity. One thing a business needs to keep in mind is their intellectual property rights and the maintenance thereof. Trade secrets are a valuable stick in the bundle of intellectual property rights a business owner enjoys, but they are also a coveted asset that competitors will look to make their own. This blog provides a brief overview of “trade secrets” and explores some of the possible remedies a business may seek if a competitor has stolen them. “’ Trade secret’ means ...
January 2, 2020CD
Hiring an attorney may not be at the top of the list when starting or managing a business. Small business owners, like most ordinary citizens, tend not to think about hiring an attorney until after a legal issue arises. There are, however, several benefits, namely time and money, to hiring an attorney before a legal issue arises. This blog provides a brief overview of the benefits of hiring an attorney to help you in your small business endeavors. We live in a very “legalized” world. It seems today that every decision has the potential for legal implications, and this is especially ...
December 12, 2019CD
“Contempt of Court” is a phrase most of us have heard at some point in our lives. What is contempt? More importantly, how do you avoid being in contempt? This blog provides a brief overview of the purposes of contempt and the different types of contempt and provides some advice on how to avoid finding yourself in contempt. The court’s power to punish for contempt is a power inherent in all courts. Indiana courts have found there are two primary purposes behind the contempt power: (1) vindication of the court’s dignity; and (2) enforcement of litigant’s rights pursuant to court orders.1 ...
October 17, 2019CD
Most everyone has had the unenviable experience of being pulled over. Whether it’s a speeding ticket, or a warning for expired plates, being pulled over is pretty unpleasant time. Fortunately, these encounters tend to be brief and somewhat painless. Sometimes, however, they are not. What started as a simple traffic stop may quickly escalate into something more. This blog provides a brief overview of your rights during a traffic stop. The Fourth Amendment protects against “unreasonable searches and seizures.” A seizure, for Fourth Amendment purposes, occurs whenever an officer restrains or terminates a person’s freedom of movement. This can occur through ...
October 3, 2019CD
The short answer is no. You are not required to talk to the police at any point in time, even if you are charged with a crime. You are, however, required to provide officers with your name if asked, but beyond that, you do not have to answer questions. This blog covers a basic overview of police encounters and your rights during the same. The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution provides you with two powerful weapons to protect yourself during police encounters. First, as you’ve probably already heard, under the Fifth Amendment, you have the right to remain silent. ...
September 27, 2019CD
As stated in Ciyou & Dixon, P.C.’s blog post of February 25, 20191 (read it here) the idea of cohabitation between partners has become common in the United States. Couples may cohabit for a variety of reasons – younger individuals are choosing to cohabit before marriage at an increasing rate; partners with children may choose not to marry for a variety of reasons; some who have been “burned” by a past marriage may vow never to get married again but have found a new partner with whom they enjoy sharing their life; some may want to avoid the expense and ...
March 13, 2019CD
Most people are familiar with Non-Competition Agreements, whether it be from first-hand experience or from the general knowledge you have from a friend or acquaintance. But for those who are not familiar with Non-Competition Agreements, also known as covenants not to compete, you may be wondering what they are and when they apply? Non-Competition Agreements can come into play in several different areas of life, but this blog will focus on non-competes in employment. Employment Non-Competition Agreement. The place to start is understanding what a non-compete is. They are agreements that are contracts between an employer and employee which limits ...
February 28, 2019CD