Straight Talk

The purpose of this blog is to provide education and news that will help clients through the litigation process.

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If you think you’re far too smart or financially savvy to fall for an investment scam, you’re right where the scammers want you. This is because scammers capitalize on your emotional triggers rather than your logical side. Before you claim you’ll never fall for irrational emotional appeals, consider the following: Have you ever spent dollars, [...] Read More
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CPAs should be on the front line alerting their clients to securities fraud much more frequently than they presently do. Why do I say that? Because CPAs meet with their clients each year to prepare taxes and the common “client questionnaire” or “client organizer” which accountants routinely send to clients to fill out for tax [...] Read More
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Florida U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson and more than 100 other investors lost more than $35 million in an investment fraud case in which the man who ran the fraudulent scheme used investors’ money to fund his lavish lifestyle. Grayson's lost about $18 million – more than half of the scheme’s total losses. A federal judge [...] Read More
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Indiana is not the safest place to work. That’s according to a federal investigation which found that Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) mishandled complaints, inhibited investigations and discouraged whistle-blowers. And workplace safety experts say the litany of problems documented in the federal investigators’ 19-page report could put the health and safety of Indiana [...] Read More
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Live Webinar April 16, 2014 1:00 - 2:30 pm This webinar is designed for attorneys, estate planners, accountants, presidents, vice presidents, directors, financial planners, trust administrators, finance directors, business owners and managers. Presented by: Polly J. Dobbs, Attorney, Starr Austen & Miller, LLP Polly is a farm girl and estate planning attorney with a passion for helping [...] Read More
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If your insurance agent, broker or financial adviser urges you to swap your older variable annuities for newer ones, watch out. According to a recent article in Wall Street Journal, your agent may be the only one benefiting from the exchange. The article points out that due to poor market performance from 2007-2009, variable annuities [...] Read More
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March 24, 2014 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Location: Capital Conference Center 201 North Illinois Street, Suite 200 Indianapolis, IN 46204 This is a basic to intermediate level seminar. It is designed for attorneys, estate and financial planners, trust officers, accounting and tax professionals, and paralegals. Course Contents: 1. Elder Law vs. Estate: Learn how the [...] Read More
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As a stock investor, you may still be able to participate in a class action lawsuit charging securities fraud against a corporation, but you may need to prove that fraud affected the stock price. This is the leaning of the United States Supreme Court which, on March 5, 2014, heard oral arguments in the case [...] Read More
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Studies show that when it comes to the division of assets after death, surviving family members are more likely to fight about personal keepsakes than about money. I always tell my clients, it's not your millions of dollars’ worth of farm ground, your cash in the bank or the stock in your portfolios that your [...] Read More
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Apart from being entertaining, the 2013 movie, The Wolf of Wall Street, presents two haunting questions: Could the boiler-room sales tactics presented in the movie take place today? And, is the American investing public better protected now than it was in 1996? According to a recent Investment News article, boiler rooms persist, but not like [...] Read More