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Posts from February 2016.
Posted in Litigation

In the new Legal Forum Column, BGD attorney Benjamin J. Lewis discussed succession and estate plans.

When you Google “employee handbook,” the first non-advertisement returned is “Writing Employee Handbooks,” published by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The post lists a handful of topics that are typically included in employee handbooks and aptly reminds employers that:

A well-written handbook sets forth your expectations for your employees, and describes ...

Posted in Litigation

Jury trials in civil litigation are inherently unpredictable – a reason why over 90 percent of civil cases settle before, or during trial. With respect to trust and estate litigation, i.e., litigation typically brought by a disgruntled (often disinherited) “would be” beneficiary challenging the validity of a trust, will or other estate planning instrument, these issues are ...

Posted in Real Estate

The “Indy Rezone” project required several years of review and evaluation, untold hours of work, and many meetings with community interest groups, citizen committees, and others. As a result, the City of Indianapolis, through its Department of Metropolitan Development, has completed an extensive revision of the zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations for Indianapolis ...

The American Land Title Association® (“ALTA®”) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors, Inc. (“NSPS”) have revised the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys for 2016. These changes will take effect on Feb. 23, 2016, and are expected to provide a more readily understood plat/map of survey resulting in fewer questions and ...

Ever wonder how water is used in manufacturing processes? BGD attorney David T. McGimpsey discusses how manufacturers are employing technologies and processes to become more water efficient with Grant Newhouse of Sustainable Water Solutions, LLC in his latest The Water Values Podcast episode, which you can stream online here (free).

While much of the business news discussed in major periodicals deals with large corporations – from quarterly earnings reports, to initial public offerings, to the nuances of our international tax system and the like – of far greater consequence to our economy are the thousands of small businesses creating jobs across the country.



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