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Is Collaborative Law right for Your Family?

When a spouse files for divorce in court there are various paths the divorce process can follow.  The case can be litigated in court where neither party knows what the outcome will be and they leave their fate in the judge’s hands.  The parties can choose mediation and work with a mediator who listens to both spouses and attempts to reach settlement in one or two sessions, or;  the parties can choose to resolve their various issues using the Collaborative Law process.  In the Collaborative Law process the fate of the family is in the hands of those who know the family the best – the parents/spouses.

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Collaborative Law gaining traction in Indiana

The first Collaborative Law training in Indiana  occurred 10 years ago.  The presenters were Stu Webb, the Father of Collaborative Law, and Ron Ousky.  Though Stu started developing the practice of Collaborative Law in the 1980’s and the practice is worldwide, it is only now coming of age in Indiana now.  Indiana attorneys, mental health experts and financial professionals have all been trained in the practice of collaborative law.  It is a paradigm shift for litigators and in my estimation it is the best method of dissolving a marriage.  Many practitioners think of Collaborative Law as a form of ADR and those practitioners who are mediators seem to latch onto this method.  We know that the vast majority of cases that go to mediation are settled, but this method surpasses mediation in client satisfaction and meeting the interests of the parties. 

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Landmark Supreme Court Judgment on Costs – Sheehan (minor) v Corr

On 15th June 2017, the Supreme Court gave a decision in the case of Isabelle Sheehan (a minor) v David Corr which has been described by the Law Society as a “landmark decision on legal costs”.

The matter arose on foot of a medical negligence action in which the costs were taxed by the Taxing Master, with the general instructions fee being the main item of contention. Same had been claimed in the sum of €485,000.00 and after an initial ruling in 2012 and a further ruling in 2014 on foot of objections raised, the instructions fee was assessed at €276,000.00.

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UK beneficial ownership registers: now it’s your turn, trustees

On 26 June 2017, the UK Government introduced a beneficial ownership register for trusts for the first time, in response to its need to comply with the EU’s 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive.  Which trusts will be affected and what will trustees have to do?

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Talking Tax – Issue 85

ATO updates

TR 2017/4 – taxation of rights and retail premiums under renounceable rights offers where shares are held on capital account

The Commissioner of Taxation has recently issued Taxation Ruling TR 2017/4 (Ruling) which concerns the taxation of rights granted, and the retail premiums paid, to retail shareholders in connection with renounceable rights offers where shares are held on capital account.

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Properly Maintaining Personnel Files

EMPLOYMENT LAW ESSENTIALS

E. Jason Tremblay

E. Jason Tremblay

Properly Maintaining Personnel Files

Since virtually all employment disputes relate in some way to what documents are kept in an employee’s personnel file, it is crucial that employers properly maintain employee personnel files. Of course, few employers enjoy dealing with paperwork, but taking the time to properly create and maintain personnel files will pay off in the long run.

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WOLPERT RECHTSANWÄLTE selected from Best Lawyers

We are happy to inform you that the law office WOLPERT RECHTSANWÄLTE has again been selected  from Best Lawyers in co-operation with Handelsblatt for inclusion in the list of The Best Lawyers in Germany for Intellectual Property Law.

In addition Marga Wolpert-Witzel is being elected as the “Lawyer of the Year” for  Intellectual Property Law in Germany (Hessen).

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Brendan Aloysius Barry & Aliette D. Rodz Comment on Trump’s New Cuban Policies

In a commentary published in the Daily Business Review, partners Brendan Aloysius Barryand Aliette D. Rodz discuss the negative effect President Trump’s rollback of Obama Cuban policies means for businesses in South Florida.

According to a study by Engage Cuba, rolling back the Obama-era U.S. policy on Cuba would cost U.S. businesses and taxpayers up to $6.6 billion over the next four years and airlines would lose $512 million annually. “There is too much momentum and investment of both financial and intellectual capital for companies to simply abandon Cuba altogether,” said Aliette and Brendan. The new regulations will force a rethinking of how the growing hospitality sector will do business. Unless, Cuba reacts quickly and allows for a more direct employment and payment of its people by foreign enterprise, which may positively impact their economy and people.

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Can you claim solicitor-client privilege against your own insurer?

By Benoît G. Bourgon and Nicholas J. Krnjevic, from our Insurance Law Practice Group.

July 12, 2017 — On June 20, 2017, the Court of Appeal of Québec confirmed that an insured cannot invoke solicitor-client privilege to refuse to provide its insurers with legal opinions upon which it relied to settle a claim in which it was a defendant (Chubb Insurance Company of Canada c. Domtar inc., 2017 QCCA 1004).

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HOMS News Issue 1 2017

Martin Luther King once said,

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Emerging from recession and faced with the looming prospect of Brexit, it is a challenging time for most enterprises.

“I am excited to announce the opening of our London office”

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