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Articles

The Minor’s Settlement
  • By: Thomas Scifres
  • Published: February 13, 2021

Most people know that when they are injured due to the negligence of others, they will either settle with the insurance company, or go to trial. Settlement prevents surprises. But if one of the injured parties is under 18, the process is slightly more involved. Step 1 – Court Approval Where a minor (a child under 18) is involved, the…Read More

Guardianship vs Power Of Attorney
  • By: Thomas Scifres
  • Published: February 4, 2021

Our office has been handling a lot of guardianship work over the past few years, and we have written some articles of interest on the topic. However, one legal tool that deserves its own article of introduction is the Power of Attorney (“POA”). When people think about seeing a lawyer to plan for the future, they usually think about doing…Read More

An Overview Of Uninsured And Underinsured Motorist Coverage
  • By: Thomas Scifres
  • Published: February 4, 2021

Operating a vehicle on Indiana’s public highways is a privilege; and with it comes great responsibility. Most driving adults recognize the serious injury or death that can arise when someone is negligent. This is why everyone is legally required to prove “financial responsibility” in order to register a vehicle for public operation. There are a couple of ways to do…Read More

Insurance Tips for Added Financial Protection
  • By: Thomas Scifres
  • Published: January 7, 2020

When most people purchase insurance for your auto or residence, they typically only have a couple of protections in mind. First, they want to cover the auto or residence (and contents) in case of a mishap so that they can repair or replace them. Second, they are concerned about liability to others. This article is intended to inform you about…Read More

PERSONAL INJURY AUTO CRASHES
  • By: Thomas Scifres
  • Published: January 7, 2020

A recent case handed down by the Indiana Supreme Court provides a nice overview of two areas of our practice worth discussing in this paper for our clients: (a) The admissibility of prior drunk driving convictions in a personal injury case; and (b) punitive damages. Andrew Pappas was driving to work when Danny Sims, who had been drinking at a…Read More

An Overview Of Personal Injury Cases And The Damges Recoverable
  • By: Thomas Scifres
  • Published: January 7, 2020

From a legal standpoint, every personal injury case has two main issues: (1) liability; and (2) damages. Your attorney will be evaluating both of these issues at all phases of representation, starting from the moment you have your initial meeting. Comparative Fault – The Allocation Of Negligence The “liability” aspect of the case is concerned with, “who is at fault?”…Read More

The Minor’s Settlement
  • By: Thomas Scifres
  • Published: January 7, 2020

American legal proceedings can generally be divided into two categories: civil and criminal. Criminal cases are deemed to be brought by the “State” against an individual for crimes against society generally, and the defendant stands to lose freedom. Civil cases arise out of common law or statutory wrongs against another. The “wronged” individual may seek judicial relief, and the court…Read More

Transfering Guardianships Between States
  • By: Thomas Scifres
  • Published: January 7, 2020

Guardianships are generally subject to the ongoing supervision of the court where the guardianship was first established. Occasionally, someone who has been granted guardianship by the probate court in one state needs to transfer the guardianship to another state. This generally happens for one of two reasons: (1) the guardian and incapacitated person move to that other state; or (2)…Read More

Child-Custody—Who-Gets-It-and-What-is-it-Based-On
  • By: Thomas Scifres
  • Published: January 7, 2020

Child custody is often the stickiest issue in family law cases. The custody determination impacts both parents in very personal ways. If you are facing a divorce or paternity lawsuit, you probably share some of these concerns: Wouldn’t I be the better parent? Will my relationship with my child suffer if I don’t custody? Living on my own will be…Read More

Overview of Personal Injury Cases and Their Evaluation
  • By: Thomas Scifres
  • Published: January 7, 2020

From a legal standpoint, every personal injury case has two main issues: (1) liability; and (2) damages. Your attorney will be evaluating both of these issues at all phases of representation, starting from the moment you have your initial meeting. The “liability” aspect of the case is concerned with, “who is at fault?” It is answering the necessary question of who caused…Read More

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