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Posted on: Mar 1, 2021

The latest legal scoop to keep you in the loop: Here are the top five stories from the IndyBar this month.

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Communication Matters: Turns Out Your Style of Communication May Matter Even More
Intro by Hon. Helen Marchal, Marion Superior Court
Whether you’re saving the world from COVID-19 or sharing an opinion during a meeting at work, the delivery of your message makes a big difference. Words can be impactful and inspiring or quickly forgotten. 
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How a Veteran Sketch Artist Offers a Peek into Oral Arguments in the Work-From-Home Era
Intro by Ruth Johnson, Indiana Public Defender Council
When the pandemic triggered closures and shutdowns, the Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Court of Appeals quickly harnessed technology and moved to remote oral arguments using Zoom. Since March 2020, oral arguments in the United States Supreme Court have been remote as well. The United States Supreme Court now offers livestreaming of its audio and is hearing arguments via telephone. 
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Blockchain's Future Impact on Commercial Real Estate Transactions
By Chris Engel, Krieg DeVault LLP
Blockchain technology has become a popular topic over the past few years, most recently in connection with the significant price increase of Bitcoin during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although blockchain technology is most commonly associated with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the technology is poised to disrupt the commercial real estate market as industry professionals continue to learn more about blockchain-based smart contracts which will streamline purchase and lease transactions.
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Indiana Supreme Court Affirms Freedom of Contract Principles in Closely Held Company Valuation Case: Choose Your Words Carefully
By Robert Greising and Virginia Talley, Krieg DeVault LLP
On Jan. 28, 2021, the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed freedom of contract principles and upheld discounts of over thirty percent in the fair market valuation of shares in a dispute over the buyback provision in a shareholder agreement among all of the shareholders of a closely held company. In a recent case, the Supreme Court unanimously held that the plain language of the shareholder agreement contemplated the fair market valuation of the selling shareholder’s shares and that a third-party appraiser could apply minority and marketability discounts in the valuation of those shares. The Supreme Court rejected the plaintiff’s claims that the discounts should not have been applied.
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Studying Technology for Legal Professional Development: Six Questions Before Starting
By Helen Geib, Hoover Hull Turner LLP
In my last post, I recommended studying a software program for professional development as one of three work resolutions for litigators and e-discovery professionals. But which program? Time is short and the choices are near-endless. These six questions can help you choose the option that makes the most sense for your career.
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