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Your Future Is Our Concern

Indianapolis Family Law Firm

Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. is a law firm dedicated to helping our clients overcome family law problems and move forward in life in a positive manner.

Our attorneys possess sterling academic credentials, strong community ties, and a deep commitment to your success. They speak plain English and demonstrate the strictest personal and professional ethics. Above all, they are passionately committed to the needs of our clients.

Tax Changes and Your Family-law Matter

Taxes: they’ve been all over the news lately. Specifically, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Regardless of how you feel about the Act, you’re probably wondering how it will affect you in the future—particularly if you are in the midst of a divorce or are considering one.  The attorneys at Ruppert & Schaefer, while not tax advisors, want you to be aware of some major provisions in the Act that may affect you for the 2018 tax year and beyond:

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Alimony will no longer be deductible: While Indiana law does not formally recognize the concept of alimony, alimony payments can be negotiated in certain circumstances.  For alimony payments required under divorce or separation instruments executed after Dec. 31, 2018, the Act eliminates the deduction for alimony payments. This means alimony will no longer be taxable income to those who receive it or tax deductible for those who pay it. This change won’t apply to existing divorces and separations, and special rules will apply to modifications of existing divorces and separations.

Increase to the Child Tax Credit: Through 2025, the Act increases the maximum child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000 per qualifying child, and the refundable portion of the credit increases from $1,000 to $1,400. The higher child tax credit will remain available for qualifying children under age 17.

New Credit for Non-Child Dependents: The Act has created a new $500 non-refundable credit for dependents who do not qualify for the child tax credit. Think children who are too old for the child tax credit and other non-child dependents.

Expansion of 529 College Savings Accounts: The Act expands 529 college savings accounts to allow parents to save for K-12 expenses. Now, educational expenses at all levels qualify for tax-free distributions, with certain annual limits.

More often than not, taxes come up in family-law matters. Make sure you’re aware of how some provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could affect you. Call the attorneys at Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C., at (317) 580-9295; your future is our concern.

FAQ’s – Contacting A Family Law Attorney

Thinking about calling a family-law attorney? Start here.

If you’re thinking about contacting an attorney to discuss your legal matter, you probably have questions. Who do I call? When should I call? What should I ask? To give you a head start, the attorneys at Ruppert & Schaefer have compiled some of the questions we often hear from first-time callers.

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Who should I call? What do you need help with? A divorce? An adoption? A criminal matter? A tax issue? The answer to this question will help you determine who you should call. If you have a family law matter, you should try to make contact with an attorney who specializes in family law, like the attorneys at Ruppert & Schaefer. When you make your first telephone contact with an attorney’s office, be prepared to give a brief explanation of your legal matter so that whomever you’re talking to can make sure the attorneys at that office can assist you with that matter. If they cannot, they may be able to make a referral to another attorney.

How do I know if the attorney I’m calling is the right fit to help me? This goes hand-in-hand with the first question of “who should I call?” Now is the time to do a little research. Use the internet to research attorneys in your area. Many attorneys have websites where they share information about their background, experience, professional accomplishments, and preferred practice area. They may also share limited personal information about themselves which can help you determine whether they might be a good fit for you.

          When should I call?  During business hours. This increases the likelihood of someone answering your call. Also, when thinking about timing, if you receive legal paperwork or court filings in the mail, call an attorney ASAP. Don’t wait until just before a court hearing!

          Will I be able to talk to an attorney that day? The answer to this question varies from law office to law office. At Ruppert & Schaefer, an attorney is almost always available during business hours to take your phone call, even if you do not have an appointment. If no attorney is available, an attorney will return your call as soon as possible.

          What should I ask during the first phone call? Be prepared to ask basic questions that will help you decide if you want to hire the attorney you call, such as:

  • Does the attorney regularly handle cases like mine?
  • What is the attorney’s hourly rate and retainer fee?
  • When is the soonest I can meet with an attorney? Do I need to schedule a consultation?
  • If you have a court date, is the attorney available on that date?
  • Does the attorney work with any other attorneys in their office?
  • Does the attorney have a paralegal who assists them with their cases?
  • How long has the attorney been practicing law?
  • What is the attorney’s style? Are they in court often? Does he/she settle many cases? (One we hear often, but which doesn’t paint a full picture: “Is Attorney X aggressive? I need an aggressive attorney!”)
  • How would the attorney communicate with me? Does the attorney prefer meetings? E-mails? Phone calls?

There are plenty of other questions you may want to ask, and it may be helpful to make some notes prior to, and during, your call. When you’re ready to reach out, the attorneys at Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C., are available to speak to you about your family-law matter. Call us at (317) 580-9295; your future is our concern.

 

 

 

Introducing Paralegal Lori Harbert

Lori Harbert Paralegal

  1. How long have you been with the practice?  12 years
  2. How would you describe yourself?  Independent, go-getter, happy and outgoing.
  3. What do you do when you are not working?  Well, I just graduated from nursing school, so I didn’t have time for hobbies.  Hopefully I can get back to doing some traveling with my kids.
  4. What is your favorite place to vacation?  The beach!
  5. Do you have any pets?  Yes.  I have two cats and one giant dog.
  6. What is your favorite sport to watch?  Football.
  7. What is the best book (or movie/TV show) you’ve read (watched) lately?  Stranger Things on Netflix.  It sort of gave me nightmares, but it was good!
  8. What is your favorite local eatery?  Hmmmm…I don’t have a favorite.
  9. Who would play you in a movie?  No idea on this one.
  10. What do you like most about being a lawyer/paralegal/working in a law firm?  I am a paralegal at the firm.  My favorite thing is that we are all essentially a family.  I also enjoy getting to meet our clients.  I am a people-person, and I enjoy helping others.

Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. represents clients in the Indianapolis and Central Indiana area. Give us a call at (317) 580-9295 with any family law questions. Your future is our concern.

Introducing Paralegal Helen L. O’Malley

Helen L. O'Malley Paralegal

  1. How long have you been with the practice?  8 years.
  2. How would you describe yourself?  Busy, organized, helper, fixer, doer, happy, content, mom, wife, sister.
  3. What do you do when you are not working?  Take care of my family & house; spend time with family and friends.
  4. What is your favorite place to vacation?  Beach.
  5. What is your favorite sport to watch?  Football.
  6. What is the best book (or movie/TV show) you’ve read (watched) lately?  Hunger Games, Mockingjay Part 2.
  7. What is your favorite local eatery?  I have many favorites, I love to go out anywhere.
  8. Who would play you in a movie?  No idea, I’m not much of a movie buff.
  9. What do you like most about being a lawyer/paralegal/working in a law firm?  I have always enjoyed law and found it to be one of the few things that I personally am intrigued and interested to learn more about on an ongoing basis. Even though I have worked in the legal field for more than 33 years, I still find that I learn new things and am intrigued by new and different arguments and issues every day!

Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C. represents clients in the Indianapolis and Central Indiana area. Give us a call at (317) 580-9295 with any family law questions. Your future is our concern.