In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

JAN. 9-22, 2019

A Tennessee alcohol case brewing at the U.S. Supreme Court could spill over to Indiana laws requiring liquor retailers to be residents of the Hoosier state. After years of planning and transition to get Indiana trial courts on the same digital page, the push for statewide e-filing is hitting the homestretch. In the Indiana Statehouse, legislation would set the stage for family law courts to permit visitation for grandparents and great-grandparents under certain circumstances.


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Statewide e-filing hitting the homestretch

The advent of electronic filing has changed the way Hoosier attorneys do business. Tasks that once required lawyers and their staffs to sift through Bankers Boxes and drive to courthouses can now be completed with just a few keystrokes. As of the end of 2018, 85 of Indiana’s 92 counties had implemented voluntary e-filing, with many of those counties now requiring attorneys to file at least some documents electronically.

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Bill would allow grand, great-grandparent visitation in some cases

Current federal and state law generally defers to a parent’s judgment when it comes to grandparent visitation, with the United States Supreme Court ruling that the right to rear a child as desired is among the most fundamental rights of parents. But a bill filed this year in the Indiana Legislature would give both grandparents and great-grandparents another avenue to obtain standing to petition for visitation.

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New site a landing page for civil legal aid

The Coalition for Court Access recently launched the website Now, Hoosiers needing help with a divorce, child custody issue, eviction or other civil legal problems have a new place to find answers and additional resources without having to make a phone call, schedule an appointment or even drive to a courthouse.

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Reed: “Why do I need to have a premarital agreement?”

For those who are legal counselors to families, you have heard objections many times when the parents have told their adult daughter (or son) that they need to have a premarital agreement. The child is in love. She has found the person with whom she will spend the rest of her life. The person with whom she will raise a family. There is no possible way they would ever divorce, so why does she need a premarital agreement? The simple answer — she needs one!

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IndyBar: Meet New President Tom Barnard

Who’s the new IndyBar president? We sat down with Tom Barnard of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP to give you an exclusive peek inside the mind of the IndyBar’s newest leader! Check it out!

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IndyBar: Judicial Insights from E-Discovery Day

Candid commentary from the bench was a highlight of this year’s IndyBar E-Discovery Day program. Technology competence emerged as the major theme of the judicial panel. Proportionality and the role of e-discovery consultants were among the other interesting topics.

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IndyBar: Doers Make Mistakes

A man much wiser than myself once said, “If you’re not making mistakes, you’re probably not doing anything. Doers make mistakes. This isn’t a shortcoming; it’s a defining characteristic of human achievement.

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