Shawn D. Cox | Hodges & Davis Law Firm Northwest Indiana

On August 14 and 15, 2020, Attorney Shawn Cox attended the Sigmund J. Beck Advanced Bankruptcy Roundtable Seminar in Evansville, Indiana. The program is an annual “Masters Series Seminar” conducted through the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, and it focuses on issues related to Chapter 11 bankruptcies. This was Attorney Cox’s fourth consecutive year attending the annual event.  If you or someone you know has questions regarding bankruptcy, please contact Shawn Cox at Hodges and Davis for more information.

 

Hodges & Davis-September 2020

Benjamin T. Ballou | Hodges & Davis Law Firm Northwest Indiana

On August 28, 2020, Attorney Benjamin T. Ballou and Attorney R. Lawrence Steele attended the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum’s seminar on Probate and Trust Litigation.  Some of the topics presented at the seminar included: applicability of the Indiana “Deadman Statutes”, No Contest Clauses and the use of Mediation in Probate and Trust litigation .   If you or someone you know is interested in discussing issues related to Trust and Probate laws, please contact Benjamin T. Ballou at Hodges and Davis for more information.

 

Hodges & Davis-September 2020

On August 14 and August 15, 2020, Attorney Emilie Hunt attended the annual Advanced Elder Law Seminar at Fair Oaks Farm in Fair Oaks, Indiana.  Topics presented at the seminar included: Medicaid issues including the treatment of the retirement account of a Medicaid applicant or their spouse, Medicaid estate recovery, Medicaid changes due to COVID-19, advance care planning in Indiana and proposed legislation, and beneficiary distribution changes under the Secure Act.   If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about elder law, please contact Emilie Hunt at Hodges and Davis for more information.

 

Hodges & Davis-September 2020

Attorney Carl Hall was recently selected to be on the Board of Directors for the DeMotte/Kankakee Valley Rotary Club and serve as the club’s Treasurer.  The Demotte/Kankakee Valley Rotary Club serves the greater northern Jasper County area encompassing Demotte and Wheatfield and is a part of Rotary International.  The goal of Rotary is to unite people and take action to create lasting change in our communities.

 

Hodges and Davis-August 2020

Steven J. Scott | Hodges & Davis Law Firm Northwest Indiana

On August 18, 2020, Attorney Steven Scott attended the Indianapolis Virtual EEO Seminar.  The seminar included presentations from employment professionals from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on new changes to federal and state employment laws and inclusion in the workplace.  If you or your organization are interested in learning more about employment laws and the requirements under state and federal laws, please contact Steven J. Scott at Hodges and Davis for more information.

 

The information contained herein does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney/client relationship.

Hodges and Davis, P.C. – August 2020

Benjamin T. Ballou | Hodges & Davis Law Firm Northwest Indiana

In July of 2020, the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission issued an opinion advising lawyers about the ethical risks of third party comments or tags on a lawyer’s social media. The opinion was in response to a prospective or hypothetical question regarding the ethical rules of attorneys and how the rules apply to the hypothetical scenario.

In the opinion, the Commission discusses the “minefield” attorneys must negotiate in monitoring their social media pages and the risks involved in not doing so.

This is the third formal written advisory opinion issued since the Commission began the practice in April of 2018. It is the first advisory opinion issued in 2020.

To read the full advisory opinion please click the link below:

https://www.in.gov/judiciary/discipline/files/dc-opn-1-20.pdf

 

The information provided does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney/client relationship.  If you have any questions regarding the contents of this article, please contact the attorneys at Hodges and Davis.

 

Hodges & Davis- August 2020

At Hodges and Davis, we continue to review how to balance client service and safety in this most unusual year.  In June, the State of Indiana entered Phase 4 of Governor Holcomb’s plan for reopening the State.  While we are encouraged by recent developments, the safety of our clients, team and community is always our top priority.

With that safety in mind, we have opened our office for visits with clients on an appointment only basis.  Our offices, though remaining operational, will continue to be closed to the general public.  As has been the case throughout these difficult times, we will remain available for meetings and other appointments via teleconferencing through the utilization of remote workspaces and other technological means, while we begin scheduling in-person office appointments.

For the safety of our attorneys, staff, and clients who will be coming into our office, we have implemented certain procedures to keep everyone safe:

  1. We ask that all clients arriving for their appointment call and let the receptionist know that they have arrived.  Because our office doors will still be locked, someone from our staff will need to meet you at the door to let you into the office.
  2. All clients entering our offices will be required to bring and wear a mask while inside.  The attorneys meeting with clients will also wear masks.
  3. Unfortunately, Hodges and Davis will not be providing beverages to our clients at this time.  However, clients should feel free to bring their own beverages with them.
  4. We ask that you take your temperature before your appointment to confirm you are not running a fever.  If you schedule an appointment and then begin to feel ill, have any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been in personal contract with someone with COVID-19 in the last two weeks, we ask that you please call in advance of the meeting to let us know.  We would be happy to conduct your appointment telephonically or reschedule your appointment.
  5. To ensure that we follow recommended CDC Guidelines on social distancing, we are also going to limit the number of persons allowed in our conference rooms.  In our Merrillville office, we will limit the total number of people (including our attorneys) in the meeting room to five (5).  In our Portage and Rensselaer offices, we will limit the number of people (including our attorneys) in the meeting room to four (4).

We will continue to review these procedures and will update them as needed, and as more information becomes available.  Although we understand that the above restrictions may be inconvenient, the safety of our staff, attorneys and clients is our top priority.  We hope that everyone remains safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.  We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we find new ways to interact while remaining committed to serving you.

 

Hodges and Davis, P.C. – June 2020

At Hodges and Davis, we continue to review how to balance client service and safety in this most unusual year. As you are probably aware, most of the state entered Phase 3 of Governor Holcomb’s plan for reopening the State, and Lake County will soon follow. While we are encouraged by recent developments, the safety of our clients, team and community is very important to us.

Although we have modified and limited in-office activities, our office has remained open and staffed, and we have also utilized remote workspaces and technology to continue to serve our clients and community. Our Lake County office will remain operational from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and our Rensselaer office will remain operational Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to noon, and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Additionally, our Portage office will be available for “curbside” meetings, as needed.

Hodges and Davis will continue to limit certain in-office activities, including client meetings, until at least June 14, 2020. Consistent with our office policies since March, we are asking that our clients continue to refrain from visiting our offices without making prior arrangements. If necessary, we are scheduling meetings, including “curbside” meetings, for the execution and exchange of documents on a case-by-case basis. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your needs, so that we can promptly address them. We will reassess our operational policies in the coming weeks, based on new developments and information.

We hope that everyone remains safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we find new ways to interact while remaining committed to serving you.

Hodges and Davis, P.C. – May 2020

At Hodges and Davis, we are committed to serving our clients during this difficult time.

Pursuant to the State of Indiana Executive Order 20-08, dated March 23, 2020, Hodges and Davis is included in the definition of an “Essential Business.” The Executive Order permits and encourages our firm to continue operating to address your legal needs. Our Merrillville office will remain operational from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, until further notice. Our Rensselaer office will remain operational Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to noon, and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. To comply with Social Distancing Requirements, we have restricted access to our offices, and are asking our clients to refrain from visiting our offices without making prior arrangements. If necessary, we are scheduling meetings for the execution and exchange of documents on a case-by-case basis, so please call us to discuss your needs.

While the current situation does not allow for “business as usual,” we hope you understand that we have made these changes to comply with the ever-changing necessities of this crisis, and out of our concern for the health and safety of our clients, our team, and their families. Hodges and Davis will continue to review how we operate as there are new developments. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding.

Hodges and Davis, P.C. – March 2020

Gregory A. Sobkowski | Hodges & Davis Law Firm Northwest Indiana

Attorney Gregory Sobkowski is participating in the Junior Achievement’s JA in a Day program. As part of that program, Attorney Sobkowski will be presenting a Junior Achievement’s Career Success program to ninth grade students at Portage High School in conjunction with two Purdue Northwest students. The Junior Achievement’s JA in a Day program is designed to allow students to explore career interests and develop work-readiness skills.

 

Hodges and Davis, P.C. – February 2020