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The corporate veil, one of the bedrock principles of business law, holds that the owner of a corporation or other similar business entity is not personally responsible for the company’s liabilities. This is one of the reasons why people were encouraged to start businesses in the first place. However, the corporate veil is not absolute.

At Bingham Greenebaum Doll, we strive to publish quality content in articles, on our blog and in our newsletters to inform our clients, readers and subscribers on today’s legal issues. That is why we are excited to announce the publication of BGD Magazine, a quarterly collection of outlooks, articles and feature stories from the bright minds at Bingham Greenebaum Doll.

In our first issue of BGD Magazine, we’re focused on business transactions and “Getting Deals Done.” But business deals can turn sour, and sometimes, a company’s debts become a personal liability. Read the following excerpt from “Piercing the Corporate Veil” to learn more.

Posted in Litigation

Attorneys engaging in alternative methods of stress-relief beware: a conviction for the possession of marijuana may result in a suspension of your law license.

On March 8, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), issued a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. 

Posted in Tax and Finance
IC-DISC Structure Offers Real Tax Savings for Exporters

Does your company export domestic products or provide services to customers located outside of the United States? If so, how would you like to cut your federal individual income tax rate by nearly 20 percent?

A recent report from White House officials states that the pace of economic espionage and trade secret theft against U.S. corporations is increasing. As the federal government seeks to find ways to support the private sector’s ability to prevent the theft of trade secrets, businesses can take actions today that will help to reduce the threat to their valuable proprietary information.

Posted in Estate Planning
Three Things in Life are (or were) Certain: Estate planning after the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

It is commonly said that two things in life are certain: death and taxes. When thinking about “death taxes” prior to the enactment of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, though, a third certainty in life seemed to be that federal gift and estate tax laws would change (almost) every year. However, the passage of the Act has changed that.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently issued a newly revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers are encouraged to begin using the new Form I-9 immediately, though older versions of Form I-9 (dated 02/02/09 and 08/07/09) will be accepted until May 7, 2013.  After May 7, only the new Form I-9 (dated 03/08/2013) will be accepted. 

Posted in General
Posted in Litigation

An Indiana attorney was recently suspended from practice for 90 days with automatic reinstatement after admitting to four counts of misconduct, including neglecting client’s cases, failing to do the work for which he was hired, failing to respond to clients’ requests for information and failing to inform them of the status of their cases.

Posted in Estate Planning

Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP partner Michael Kohlhass’ Family Law Case Review blog remains a regular feature on Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum’s (ICLEF) web site. ICLEF has featured Kohlhaas’ blog for over two years, as it continues to serve many members of the legal community.

Posted in General

Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP proudly continues its tradition of sponsoring thought-provoking, controversial, quality theater in Indianapolis with the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s current production of “The Whipping Man.”

The Indiana Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case that could have significant repercussions for nearly every business owner in the State.  At issue is whether the so-called “very duty” doctrine, which requires landowners to take reasonable precautions to protect their guests from criminal attacks, is still the law in Indiana.

The case at issue is Estate of Santelli v ...

Posted in Government

It’s important for cities and towns to legally ensure that a casino developer provides the resources that are necessary to maximize the benefits and minimize the impacts that come along with casino gaming in a new location.

Posted in Womens Forum

Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP and the Bingham Greenebaum Doll Women’s Forum are proud to announce that a number of attorneys, including a Women’s Forum member, have been named firm partners! On Feb. 27, 2013, Melissa Norman Bork, Jeremy P. Gerch and Ben Johnson II, from our firm’s Louisville office joined the ranks of our firm’s partners.



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