Insights

Breaking news, legislative updates, court decisions, astute observations, helpful tips, and friendly reminders.
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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Robert F. ‘Ted’ Barron II was elected president of the Legal Aid Society of Evansville, Inc., effective June 1, 2012.
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Today the Obama Administration is expected to formally announce that it will no longer seek deportation of most young illegal immigrants.  Rather, it will grant deferred action to eligible young people who were brought to the United States before age 16, who have been raised and educated in the U.S., and who meet other qualifying...
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On Monday, June 11, 2012, KDDK partner John Hegeman co-presented an all-day NBI (National Business Institute) seminar on “The Probate Process From ‘A’ to ‘Z’ ” with Attorney Paul Black of Bowers Harrison, LLP.  John addressed:  The Initial Filing, Tax Planning & Consequences of Probate and Closing the Estate.
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Amendments to the Indiana Home Improvement Act (Indiana Code §24-5-11-1 et. seq.) were recently enacted and are effective July 1, 2012.  The Act’s new requirements focus on exterior improvements to a residential structure that will, in whole or in part, be paid from insurance proceeds.  Remodelers will now be required to give certain notice and...
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