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IBA: Simplifying the Practice with Forms and Resources

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The sharing of information and resources is one of the greatest benefits of an association. During the course of its more than 125 year history the IndyBar has developed a number of resources to assist in the practice online, on disk, or in hard copy. Here’s the line-up:

Legal Forms are Online: The IndyBar’s website, www.indybar.org, contains a Document Library of over 100 legal forms for use by members. These online forms are “fill in the blank” and print as ready to use documents. There are forms for a wide-range of needs: estate planning, mortgage transactions, liens, and more. The forms are for use by licensed attorneys and are accessible online to members of the Indianapolis Bar Association only.

Attorney Directory Online, includes paralegals and law students: The database of attorney, paralegal, and student contact information is available online at www.indybar.org. The directory provides a photo (if available), phone, fax, email, mailing address, and practice area information. The directory lists both IndyBar members and non-members with designation for both.

Real Estate Forms 2d: A handy, informative CD-ROM containing nearly 100 real estate forms tailored for Indiana practice that is a must-have. The CD-ROM was released in October 2010, and is available to IBA Members for $90.

Proceedings Supplemental: A compilation of 11 forms regarding proceedings supplemental and wage garnishment available on CD-ROM. This disk was updated in December 2007 and is available for $50.

Planning Ahead: A Plan for Protecting Your Clients in the Event of Your Disability or Death: This is one of our most popular offerings, created in 2004, and is available for free. As difficult as it can be to conceive, events could render any attorney unable to continue the practice of law without warning. If they happen, a client’s interest must be protected. For this reason, a lawyer’s duty of competent representation includes arranging to safeguard the client’s interest in the event of the lawyer’s death, disability, impairment or incapacity.

This publication addresses the planning process, and is created to help prepare for the unexpected. Created with the assistance of the Oregon State Bar Association and IndyBar Members Raymond Good, Paula J. Schaefer, Debra G. Richards, Gerald W. Mayer, Judge Robyn Moberly, and Edward B. Hopper.

Commonly Asked Questions About Indiana Law: A Guide for Pro Bono Service: This manual, sometimes called the IndyBar Pro Bono Guide, is a comprehensive guide to providing answers to basic legal questions. If you are an attorney or paralegal who has volunteered for Legal Line or Ask A Lawyer, then you have seen this book. Its purpose is to assist, for example, the family law attorney who gets a landlord/tenant question.

It is provided free to volunteers participating in designated IndyBar-sponsored pro bono events. It was first released in January 2003, and is updated annually. The Commonly Asked Questions About Indiana Law can also be purchased for $149.95 by IndyBar Members.•

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  1. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  2. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  3. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

  4. Why in the world would someone need a person to correct a transcript when a realtime court reporter could provide them with a transcript (rough draft) immediately?

  5. This article proved very enlightening. Right ahead of sitting the LSAT for the first time, I felt a sense of relief that a score of 141 was admitted to an Indiana Law School and did well under unique circumstances. While my GPA is currently 3.91 I fear standardized testing and hope that I too will get a good enough grade for acceptance here at home. Thanks so much for this informative post.

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