Insights

Breaking news, legislative updates, court decisions, astute observations, helpful tips, and friendly reminders.
Ashley R. Bess recently joined KDDK as an associate attorney.  Bess is a native of Scottsburg , Indiana and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Evansville with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in business administration and legal studies.  She earned her law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law...
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Perhaps you’ve heard this phrase: “Sell the family farm.”  The Indiana legislature has just made that more likely. A common estate planning technique is for mom and dad to “leave the family farm” in separate, equal shares to their children, who can then sell their shares to another or pass them to their children.  Of...
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On July 16, 2012, the Indiana Court of Appeals issued an opinion in  M & M Investment Group, LLC v. Ahlemeyer Farms, Inc. and Monroe Bank declaring the pre-sale notice provisions of the tax sale statute to be unconstitutional.  In this case Monroe Bank challenged the constitutionality of Indiana Code section 6-1.1-24-3(b), which provides that...
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With the Supreme Court recently upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) employers and individuals need to be prepared to comply with PPACA.  The following summarizes some of the key provisions and effective dates relating to individuals: Beginning in 2014, individuals will be required, with some exceptions, to maintain minimum essential health insurance...
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With the Supreme Court upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), employers and individuals need to be prepared to comply with the PPACA.  The following summarizes some of the key provisions and effective dates relating to businesses: For months beginning after December 31, 2013, large employers may be subject to a “shared responsibility...
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Brian P. Williams, co-managing partner, is the recipient of the Rotarian of the Year Award for 2012.  Brian was recognized for his leadership in the Canoe/Kayak Launch site on Pigeon Creek, a project with the goal of continued restoration of Pigeon Creek as a vibrant recreational and cultural center.  Brian exemplifies the Rotarian motto, ‘Service...
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On June 25, 2012, the Indiana Supreme Court published Gill v Evansville Sheet Metal Works, Inc., an opinion important to the construction industry.  In the 10 page opinion, the Court applied and discussed Indiana’s ten year construction statute of repose.  The court ultimately found that the defendant failed to designate evidence that it had made an...
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In line with its continuous promotion of its social media opinions, the National Labor Relations Board has created a webpage to describe the rights of employees acting together for their mutual aid and protection, even if they are not in a union.   To give employees examples of protected activity, the webpage contains stories of various disputes where...
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Three significant changes were recently made to Indiana Inheritance Tax laws:  (i) increases the exemption amount “Class A” recipients can receive from a decedent before inheritance tax is assessed; (ii) expands the definition of the “Class A” recipients; and (iii) begins a gradual phase-out of Indiana inheritance tax over a 9-year period.  These changes are...
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