House moves several bills to governor

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The Indiana House of Representatives passed several bills on concurrence Tuesday, including legislation on trust administration, magistrates and adoption history information.

House Enrolled Act 1056 makes numerous changes concerning a personal representative’s employment of an attorney, the powers and duties of a personal representative, guardianships, and the rules of trust construction, among other things. The introduced version of the bill was prepared by the Probate Code Study Commission.

HEA 1061 allows Marion Superior Court to appoint 12 full-time magistrates beginning Jan. 1, 2014, and for the judges of Warrick Circuit and Superior courts to jointly appoint a magistrate.

HEA 1029 makes changes to how adoption history information is released, including adding a relative of an adoptee and a pre-adoptive sibling to the list of interested persons who may obtain medical history information and petition the court to release certain information.

HEA 1016 allows for problem-solving courts to provide rehabilitative services as well as adds circumstances under which a person can participate in a problem-solving court program.

HEA 1108 establishes sentencing alternatives for certain juvenile offenders. It also prohibits a court from modifying the sentences of certain serious offenders following a review hearing if the prosecuting attorney objects.

HEA 1392 permits a criminal history provider to provide certain information relating to an incident that did not end with a conviction, as well as information concerning expunged, restricted or reduced convictions to a person required by law to obtain this information. The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee.

HEA 1027 provides civil immunity to a registered architect, land surveyor or professional engineer who provides without compensation professional services related to a declared emergency.

These bills move on to Gov. Mike Pence for his signature.

The 2013 legislative session is scheduled to wrap up April 29.



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  1. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues