Divorce, Custody, and Support
Divorce can be a hard on a family, especially children. Having an attorney who is looking out for your best interests is beneficial to work with you to not only navigate the process but to also insure that the children are properly provided for and to diminish the stress felt by children when a couple parts ways or a marriage is dissolved. Attorneys Coe and Pasztor both have experience in this arena and can help guide you through the divorce, custody, and support process, as well as work with both parties under existing court orders.
An uncomfortable reality that everyone must face is the prospect of our own death. While you largely cannot control the time and circumstances of such an event, you can control what happens with your possessions, assets, and estate afterwards. From simple wills and medical directives to complex estate tax planning, powers of attorney, and trusts, there is no financial aspect that cannot be accounted for, and protected within the limits of the law. One may also plan for the possibility of incapacity and direct those that will be responsible for your well being as to who will make decisions for you should you be unable to do so, and who will be the guardians of your person and estate.
Larger estates will benefit from Attorney Pasztor's expertise in taxation to avoid as much as possible of the estate tax, as well as various other gift taxes. Complex trust instruments can benefit people from all walks of life, but are of particular use to those with large estates.
There are many issues that surround real estate, from mortgage foreclosure, to boundary disputes, to quiet title actions. Attorneys Coe and Pasztor have experience in all of these. In 2008 we discovered that mortgages were not as secure as we once thought. Mortgage companies dissolved, and there was no system in place to sort it out. This led to many people losing their homes through no fault of their own, and the repercussions of that are still felt today. Because your house is typically the largest single purchase one is ever likely to make, it is important to make sure that from the moment of purchase and at every stage along the way, you are not only protected from predatory lending, but especially from predatory foreclosure.
Then there are times when a trespasser or contractor causes damage to your property, if your property insurance will not cover it, you may be left trying to figure out how to get such damage fixed with limited income. Be it in small claims, or on the plenary docket, Pasztor & Coe will be able to help make you whole again.
A growing investment trend has become purchasing property from the county at their quarterly tax sale. Each county has its own process by which investors, or simply someone looking to purchase a home, may do so. Attorney Coe is familiar with these procedures, and can help make to process go smoothly.
Similar to Real Property, personal property can be damaged through no fault of the owner. Personal property is less likely to be covered by an insurance policy, so you may be forced to seek judicial intervention to recover from such damage or loss.
Criminal Record Expungement
A recent change to Indiana law on the matter of expungement and sealing of criminal records allows individuals with past indiscretions on their record to wipe the slate clean. This could be very important, and the deciding factor when looking for employment. Attorney Coe has experience with doing just that, so your past doesn't come back to haunt you and keep you from getting the job you are qualified for.
Known historically as Libel and Slander, modern law has condensed these into their parent designation, defamation. Defamation, and other reputation and privacy torts can seriously damage a person's standing in their community, be that professional or personal. Misstatements, outright lies, or simply publication of personal private information can be mitigated by going to the courts. This particular set of tort law is a personal favorite of Attorney Coe who will help you clear up any untruths, or help make you whole again if the damage has already been done.
With the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal and state governments are now taking a more active role to insure that the financial crisis that the United States, and the world, is clawing its way out of doesn't happen again. But they cannot be everywhere all the time. Federal and State laws such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, state Lemon Laws, and usury laws, are examples of just a few ways individuals can protect themselves against abusive practices by lending agencies and vendors. Indiana's own Trial Rules provide for further protection of individuals against collection of debts when that is taken to the courts. Attorney Coe is familiar with all of these, and will make sure that you are not successfully sued for a debt you don't owe.
Indiana is an "at-will" employment state. However, there are numerous civil rights and other employment related laws, not the least of which are the 13th and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act, to name just a few. The State of Indiana also has similar laws to the federal government as well as the anti-black listing statute and workplace regulations to help protect employees. All of these exceptions provide employees with protections against abusive employment practices and provide a means to correct wrongs against employees.
Business owners should engage the services of attorneys to make sure that their policies and practices do not open them up to liability regarding employee issues. Consulting with an attorney can be best way to avoid litigation by employees or former employees, as well as making sure that they are compliant with federal, state, and local regulations.
Tax law can be a very complex area that many attorneys choose to steer clear of. The fact is, however, taxes and our tax system have drastic impact on numerous areas of our lives both personally and professionally. From issues such as estate plans, structuring a new business, or personal income just to name a few, proper planning is crucial to obtain desired favorable results. Attorney Pasztor not only emphasized her studies in law school to gain knowledge in the field of taxation, she went on to further her proficiency by obtaining her Masters in Law in Taxation from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Whether structuring a plan to avoid unfavorable tax consequences or working to remedy an already occurred problem, having an attorney who knows her way around the tax system can have a significant effect on the outcome of a situation.