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Posted on: Nov 4, 2019


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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Judging Teen Court: My Experience
By Shelley Gupta, Health and Hospital Corporation
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up to be a volunteer judge for Teen Court. To be honest, I only had a vague idea of what it was even about. Turns out, Teen Court is about teens who have engaged in illegal activities or activities against school policies, have accepted responsibility for their behavior and have agreed to be heard by their peers, who decide what the consequences of the behavior should be. 
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Real Estate Community Turns to Drone to Assist with Site Selection
By Marc Pfleging, Scannell Properties
Drone usage for commercial real estate transactions has become more common over the last few years. The real estate community is turning to drones to assist with site selection, inspections and construction monitoring.  If your clients are using drones for commercial real estate purposes, it is important to know that commercial general liability policies typically have exclusions for unmanned aircrafts to cover drone operations.
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Recent Seventh Circuit Decision Gives More Teeth to Judgment Liens
By Dustin DeNeal, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
The Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in Williams v. Jaffe is an interesting read for creditor/debtor’s rights attorneys, as it gives more teeth to judgment liens, at least in Illinois.  In the case, LaVerne Williams obtained a judgment against Scott Jaffe and recorded a judgment lien against property that Jaffe and his wife owned as tenants by the entireties.   
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Important Changes in Standards for Financial Damages Experts
Intro by Bryan Strawbridge, Frost Brown Todd LLC
While all CPAs are governed by industry standards promulgated by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Code of Professional Conduct, until recently, there were no other further standards directed at those specifically providing forensic services, including financial damage analyses.  As Jay Cunningham, CPA/CFF, CVA, MAFF, of Katz, Sapper & Miller, recently penned in The Indiana Lawyer, these experts now have more concrete guidance on how to perform their work. 
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Ten Practical Marketing Tips for Small Law Firms
Intro by Enrique Flores, Flores Law Group LLC
For those of us that enjoy “top ten” lists and are involved in our small firm’s marketing, I found the perfect short read. In this article, Ed Miller offers simple tips for solo and small firm attorneys. As a Chief Marketer with 20 years of experience, Miller understands that our time is limited and goes straight to the point.
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