Election Against Ex-husband’s Will Barred Due to Unresolved Marriage Status

Our own Brock Jordan recently obtained a favorable appellate court ruling in an estate dispute of unique precedence. Most lawyers haven’t thought about the Dead Man’s Statute since law school, and view laches as an idle threat. Brock Jordan saw these doctrines for what they are: good law. Through bold and strategic advocacy, Brock handed his client a victory on Tuesday, when the Indiana Court of Appeals issued a favorable ruling.

When Keeping it Bold Goes Wrong: Recent Case Construes Insurance Policy Against Insurer Based, in Part, on a Bold Ambiguity

By Justin Wiser and Sebastian Spears

 

One of the most important skills for an attorney is legal writing. Yet, it goes beyond “an arresting opener, a clean narrative line, and polish throughout.”[1] Whether you are a litigator or a transactional attorney, a recent case from the Indiana Court of Appeals emphasizes the importance of incorporating proofreading into your writing process, specifically focusing on formatting and uniformity.

More Change is Needed

Altman Weil recently published its annual report on Law Firms in Transition. The takeaway: law firms are changing, but not fast enough. The report analyzes a recent survey Altman Weil conducted of nearly 800 of the U.S.’s largest law firms. Its findings starkly highlight the challenges faced by traditional law firms. It’s clear many are failing to deliver what clients need from their lawyer. Law firms must change their business model to be more client-focused. Yet resistance to change dominates most big law firms. Clients need practical and efficient solutions (i.e. technology-driven) to their problems. Seems simple.

The Importance of Punctuation

There is an old adage that the devil is in the details. A recent decision from the First Circuit Court of Appeals demonstrates that sometimes the smallest oversight can create huge problems. At issue was a wage overtime statute which exempted from the payment of overtime wages certain work, including the “packing for shipment or distribution” of certain foods. When dairy drivers were not paid overtime wages, they sued, arguing that the exemption applied only to employees who packaged food for shipment or distribution, as opposed to employees who simply distributed the packaged food as they did.

Densborn Blachly Announces Partnership of Brian Bouggy

Brian joined Densborn Blachly in 2013. Brian’s expertise in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and life sciences fills a specific need within the practice to expand representation in industries crucial to growth in central Indiana, and the nation in general. Brian is part of our next generation of sharp-minded, young attorneys, which are helping to reshape the legal landscape as we know it. We could not be happier to have him onboard.

Best Lawyers Selects DB Attorneys

Densborn Blachly is pleased to announce that 4 attorneys were selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® 2017.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The Best Lawyers lists of attorneys are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on the lists.

DB Welcomes Sebastian Spears

Densborn Blachly is pleased to announce that Sebastian Spears has permanently joined the DB family. Sebastian is originally from the Indianapolis area, and previously served DB as a clerk while finishing his degree at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from Southern Methodist University, and now plans to focus primarily on corporate and commercial law.