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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Defense-Friendly Updates: DUIs and Maintaining Common Nuisance in a Vehicle
By Kevin Karimi, Gemma & Karimi LLP
The Indiana Court of Appeals (COA) has issued two recent opinions that change things in the world of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated (OVWIs; they’re sometimes known as Driving Under the Influence or DUIs) and Maintaining a Common Nuisance (MCN) in a vehicle. In short, Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) examinations now require a Pirtle advisement, and MCN in a vehicle requires proof that it has happened at least twice.
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Mediation Preparation for Less-Experienced Attorneys in Personal Injury Cases
By Robert A. Smith, Smith Wade LLC
Mediation Preparation for Less-Experienced Attorneys in Personal Injury CasesPreparation for mediation is critical. It is as critical as preparing for a trial. 85 to 90 percent of all civil cases settle at mediation or shortly thereafter and well before a jury trial. Therefore, to approach mediation as something that simply will pass and you do all your preparation for trial, is a mistake, on behalf of your client.
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Pre-Nups Avoid Messy Issues that Develop on Death
By Rebecca W. Geyer, Rebecca W. Geyer & Associates PC
One high-risk factor for probate litigation is the so-called “second marriage” situation, Karen Gertsner writes in the American Bar Association’s Law Trends and News. Many people, including the media, the author points out, mistakenly believe that the sole purpose of a pre-nuptial agreement is to specify how assets will be divided if the couple divorces.
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Expect an Increase in Bank M&A?
The recent Dodd-Frank Act rollback includes a number of changes intended to relieve the regulatory burden on financial institutions. One of the most significant of these changes is the increase in the threshold for designating financial institutions as “systemically important financial institutions” from $50 billion to $250 billion in total assets.
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Sneaky Ways to Break Into the Legal Technology Career
Legal technology offers several different areas of specialty. You can go into litigation support, e-discovery, IT, word processing, or utilize technology skills within your practice specialty such as estate planning or bankruptcy. You can find jobs in law firms, in-house legal departments, with vendors or start your own business. You don’t have to only be within the litigation practice arena.
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