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Posted on: Jun 25, 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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Ten Rambling Lessons Wrangled Out of Ten Years
By Elisabeth Edwards, Wanzer Edwards PC
It’s hard to fathom that ten years have passed since we put two computers and two phones into a temporary office and officially opened the doors on our law firm.  Suddenly Wanzer Edwards, PC is turning ten, and we are definitely ten years older.  Occasionally we reminisce about the relative simplicity of the earliest days where we were very much like cartoon characters who ran off the side of a cliff but didn’t even know enough to go crashing down.  Somehow, we have muddled and lucked our way through a decade, and we like to think we have learned a thing or two along the way.  Here are ten things we know now that the younger versions of ourselves who started this great adventure had yet to fully 
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Will 2021 Yield a Fourth Federal Stimulus Check?
By Rebecca W. Geyer, Rebecca W. Geyer & Associates PC
Americans do not yet know if there will be another stimulus check in 2021. We do know that the IRS is nearly done sending out its third round of stimulus checks, and some lawmakers are already pushing for a fourth. Though some households are showing signs of economic recovery after more than a year of shutdowns due to the coronavirus, CNBC reports that nearly thirty percent of Americans were unable to cover their living expenses in late March.  Further data from the US Census Bureau indicates about eighteen million adults are going hungry every month.  
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IndyBar Announces Class XVIII of the Bar Leader Series
The Indianapolis Bar Association has selected 18 emerging attorney leaders to participate in its Bar Leader Series. With the goal of preparing talented and diverse early-career lawyers to take their places as both leaders in the legal profession and leaders in addressing needs of the community, the Bar Leader Series is an intensive year-long leadership development program designed specifically for Indianapolis Bar Association member attorneys in their third to tenth year of practice.
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Becoming a Better Lawyer in Five Minutes a Day?
Could it be true? Jeremy W. Richter, an attorney with a civil defense practice in Alabama, writes in his book “Building a Better Law Practice: Become a Better Lawyer in Five Minutes a Day” that reading one topic per day, “over about seven weeks, at the time cost of about 0.1 hours per day, you will have collected dozens of strategies for developing an efficient and collaborative practice that will set the foundation for good relationships with your clients.”  
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Return to the Office
By John Mervilde, Meils Thompson Dietz & Davis
Many small and solo practitioners already have been using home offices, shared workspaces, and other alternative environments, but as this ABA Journal article notes, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated adoption of virtual and alternative setups.  
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