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Do-it-yourself dangers

January 27, 2016
Where there’s a will, there’s a way to do it yourself with Internet services such as LegalZoom, Nolo and Rocket Lawyer. But attorneys say relying on online form providers for long-term financial and estate planning may not be the wisest investment.More.

Park Tudor taps B&T, Frost Brown Todd as legal counsel

February 8, 2016
Park Tudor School – facing criticism of its handling of allegations that its basketball coach sent sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old student – said in a letter to parents Friday that it has hired a “team of attorneys”  from Barnes & Thornburg and Frost Brown Todd to represent the Indianapolis school “in this matter moving forward.More.

Manning's legal team looked into documentary

February 5, 2016
Private investigators working for Peyton Manning visited the source of a report that he and other star athletes had obtained performance-enhancing drugs before the documentary aired late last year, according to a report from The Washington Post on Thursday.More.

As drone sales soar, legal and regulatory atmosphere remains turbulent

January 27, 2016
Attorneys are at the horizon of what could be a new body of law involving drones, some of which could be decided by the courts.More.

Attorneys, courts feel drop in bankruptcy filings

January 27, 2016
Bankruptcy attorney Mark S. Zuckerberg recently described the current state of his practice: “Nobody’s coming into my office; nobody’s calling me; nobody’s paying me.” His loneliness can be tied to the drop in bankruptcy filings. In 2015, petitions nationally fell to 860,182, an 11 percent decline from 2014 and the lowest number of filings since 2007.More.
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  1. What a fine example of the best of the Hoosier tradition! How sad that the AP has to include partisan snark in the obit for this great American patriot and adventurer.

  2. (1)SB 91 does NOT release the original birth certificate. It releases the "birth record" which is what the birth summary (taken from the obc) is named in IC 16. The birth summary (aka "birth record") does not meet state Secure or federal Real Id requirements. Both require those who were adopted after their first birthday to show their original or certified birth certificate. This is NOT an "access" bill. It is a Registry bill. SB 91 trades adult adoptee's (over the age of 21), who were adopted on or after Jan.1,1994, ability to have mutual and voluntary contact with extended biological family members for those adopted before Jan. 1,1994 being able to receive a copy of their birth summary. In addition, it takes the already burdensome Indiana Adoption Medical History Registry process and makes it even more difficult. SB 91 tells the Registrar to get rid of the current non-release of information form (Section 16, SB 91), then to establish a non-release of information form (Section 17, SB91) that does the exact same thing as the one repealed in Section 16, and then tells the Registrar to establish yet another non-release of information form that is to be incorrectly named a "Contact Preference Form" (Section 18, SB91). A Contact Preference Forms is an actual and real form used in true access legislation that allow a biological parent to state their contact comfort level (want contact, contact with intermedicary, or no contact) in a private, written communication to the adult adoptee. In its "true sense", Contact Preference Forms do not have anything to do with the release of information. Nor do Contact Preference Forms hold any legal teeth. The form's name and its terminology are NOT interchangeable with a non-release form simply because someone thinks "contact preference form" sounds more pleasing. If the form allows the restriction of one's information then it is a non-release form. (2) SB 91 does NOT release the medical file. "Medical Record" is the name given to the Indiana Adoption Medical History form IN 9966 which every Indiana born, adult-adoptee already has access to regardless when we were born or adopted. SB 91 doesn't even address the "Medical Record" form. http://www.in.gov/isdh/20371.htm (3) I am an Indiana born, adult-adoptee. I am a Hoosier. Indiana legislators are supposed to vote according to the wishes of those in their district and not according to what those in another state may or may have not done. This is NOT Ohio. And Ohio's law is nothing to cheer over. It treats adult, taxpaying citizens as perpetual children. Ohio's law is degrading and discriminatory. I want and expect better for my state, for myself, and for my fellow adult adoptees.

  3. Looking at a number of the bills being introduced in this year's General Assembly convinces me that the ruling party's "super majority" is most definitely not a good thing for the State, as a whole. I've seen bills like the one mentioned in this article; bills that attempt to make federal law subservient to state law; a bill (passed)that protects "canned" hunting; a bill that allows a private developer get around a local liquor board's denial of an alcohol permit so the developer can go ahead with a project that uses public land; and many other misguided pieces of legislation. All of this leaves me wondering whether this is really our (the people of the State of Indiana's) state legislature? Or instead, are our legislators narrowly focusing their efforts on ensuring that a small group of people profit from the legislation being passed in this short session? It's truly remarkable how short-sighted our elected officials can be when they set out to serve the interests of a single constituent or small group of them. Meanwhile, issues that effect the State as a whole are ignored or put off until who knows when. Economic development? Business friendly? These are words we've heard frequently from our representatives over the last decade and more. Unfortunately, these same words are nothing more than code for our legislature's willingness to assist and enable those with large amounts of cash to do what they will. If this is how Indiana's legislators look out for the public good, perhaps it's time to shorten the session to one or two weeks. The less time they're in office, the less damage they can do.

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