In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

OCT. 19-NOV. 1, 2016

Marion County courts will begin e-filing Oct. 28, and before the end of the year, electronic filing will be mandatory. Gov. Mike Pence hasn't said whether he'll appeal an adverse ruling, but those vying to succeed him don't share his views on blocking Syrian refugees. A life-changing breast cancer diagnosis also changed one lawyer's career outlook.

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Bench, bar rally behind prosecutor facing discipline

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission brought a formal complaint against Johnson County Prosecutor Bradley Cooper for press comments attributed to him in reaction to a judge’s grant of post-conviction relief for convicted murderer Michael Overstreet. A parade of character witnesses traveled to a distant hearing to rally behind Cooper.

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Getting down to the business of lawyering

Evansville attorney David G. Harris is such a fan of the Lawyerist that he was the main driver behind getting the Evansville Bar Association to invite the website’s founder and editor-in-chief Sam Glover to speak. The Minneapolis attorney-writer will be in the southern Indiana city Oct. 27 to make a presentation about practicing law and lead attorneys through a four-step process to secure information on their laptops.

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Kissel and Olimb: New law affects estate planning for digital property

The Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act took effect in Indiana on July 1, 2016. See Ind. Code § 32-39 et seq. The new law addresses the rights of a fiduciary, such as a personal representative, trustee, attorney-in-fact or guardian, to access digital property, such as online financial accounts, emails, texts, social media accounts and online document and picture storage.

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Retzner: Creditors must file claims or risk losing them forever

After death of a debtor or guarantor, the rules for filing claims in an estate are extremely strict. Claims must be filed within three months of the date of creditor receiving notice of the opening of an estate administration. Additionally, claims must be filed, if at all, within nine months of the date of death, regardless of whether notice was received.

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Another tool for courts, police to combat drug abuse

Through Recovery of Indiana, a behavioral health program aimed at reducing drug abuse rates across the state, the Front Door Opiate Reduction Initiative is launching in new locations in Indiana to give courts and law enforcement officers additional options besides jail time for drug offenders struggling with serious addictions.

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IndyBar: Recognition Awards Honor Indy’s Leading Legal Professionals

The recipient of the President’s Award for Service to the Association is the Futures 2020 Work Group, led by chair David Duncan of Scannell Properties. This work group has dedicated significant time and effort to researching the trends and changes in the profession in order to position the IndyBar to better serve its members through 2020 and beyond.

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IndyBar: More than 460 Helped at Ask a Lawyer

IndyBar volunteers donated both their time and expertise to provide community members in need with invaluable legal advice and guidance at Ask a Lawyer on Oct. 11. This biannual event is the IndyBar’s largest pro bono program and has helped more than 3,000 Hoosiers over the past two years.

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