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Obama Administration Announces Relief for Young Illegal Immigrants

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....

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John Hegeman Presents at NBI Seminar

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 Closi...

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Amendments to the Indiana Home Improvement Act

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 w...

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Jake Fulcher to Lead Discussion on EEOC Update

On June 21, 2012, partner, Jake Fulcher, will lead the Evansville-Area Human Resource Association in a discussion regarding guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on employer’s use of criminal background checks in making hiring and retention decisions.  In its updated Guidance, th...

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Allison Comstock conducts seminar – “Financial Check-up After a Loss”

On June 7, 2012, KDDK partner Allison K. Comstock presented "Financial Check-up After a Loss" as part of the "Passages" program from Browning Funeral Home.? The seminar covered practical financial steps to take following the loss of a loved one, and estate planning, financial and long term care cons...

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Former Janitor Murders Hotel Guest – Hotel Owner Held Liable

In a recent decision by the Indiana Court of Appeals, it was determined that a hotel owner was liable for the murder of a hotel guest at the hands of a former hotel employee.  In its holding in Santelli v. Rahmatullah, Indiana’s Court of Appeals has made it more important than ever for a landowner t...

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Bank’s Right to Credit Bid in Bankruptcy

On May 29, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion Radlax Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated, rejecting a Chapter 11 bankruptcy debtor’s plan which proposed to sell their property free and clear of the Bank’s liens and repay the Bank with the sale proceeds, but failed to permit the Ba...

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The Pollution Exclusion in Indiana

Indiana insureds seeking coverage for environmental claims have long been the beneficiary of court decisions favoring the insured by holding that pollution exclusions are unenforceable in the State of Indiana.  In the March 2012 State Auto. Mut. Ins. Co. v. Flexdar, Inc., 2012 Ind. LEXIS 47 (Ind. 20...

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Indiana State-Mandated Real Property Reassessment to Occur March 1, 2012

The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (“Department”) completed its statewide, general reassessment of all real property in Indiana on March 1, 2012. This reassessment, the first since March 1, 2002, will have a significant impact on the assessed value of real property in Indiana through...

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Governor Signs Amendment To Child Support Law

On March 19, 2012, the Governor of Indiana signed into law an amendment to Indiana statute providing that the duty to pay regular (non-educational) child support ceases at age 19 instead of age 21, effective July 1, 2012. Educational support orders entered after July 1, 2012 can extend beyond age 19...

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