South Bend Bankruptcy Lawyer
A graduate of Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law, Mr. Jonas has been licensed to practice law since 1981. He is admitted before all Indiana state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Jonas is a past President of the Indiana State Bar Association and presently serves as a member of the Supreme Court committee overseeing the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP). He has served on boards for the Indiana Bar Foundation, the Indiana Continnuing Legal Education Forum, Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law Alumni Association, the Indiana University Bloomington Media School Alumni Association, and Rural Services of Indiana, Inc.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
Want to check lawyer discipline?
It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can:
- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.