3 Tips for a More Cost-Effective Divorce

If you’re considering divorce as an option, there are a few things to keep in mind as you consider an attorney. Here are three tips to keep in mind to save you time and money.

  1. Be Prepared & Prompt. You will be asked to provide financial information and other documentation to aid the Court in dividing the martial estate. Providing information to your attorney quickly will save you time and money. Depending on the court, those with children may be required to participate in parenting classes either online or in person. Prompt attendance and/or completion will further aid in reducing expenses. Finally, prompt responses to information requests, settlement negotiations and the like will aid the attorney in keeping your matter on track and reduce the time and expense of following up.
  2. Cooperate & Possess A Productive Attitude. Working together toward a customized resolution, can also save time and money. While not always possible, an agreement allows parties to customize a plan for their unique circumstances. Remaining open-minded can aid the parties in reaching an amicable solution. On the other hand, if a party is vindictive or mean-spirited, the result provokes additional communication exchanges, Court appearances, and potential sanctions for the behavior, which delay the process and cost all parties more time and expense.
  3. Be Organized. Organizing questions and concerns so they may all be discussed at one time rather than on separate occasions will aid in reducing time and expense. Whether in person, via phone, or via email, a party will be billed for each individual contact so significant monies can be saved if the questions or issues are consolidated into one meeting or communication rather than several. PLEASE NOTE: If there is an emergency issue, DO NOT DELAY communication.

The office of Taylor, Chadd, Minnette, Schneider & Clutter provides legal representation on behalf of clients. As part of that service, it is essential to develop a relationship with each client and understand the dynamics of each individual’s situation. While we enjoy our clients and developing relationships, it is important to remember our objective of mitigating costs while providing effective representation. Although our firm has knowledge and experience and can provide valuable insight, there may come a point when a party might benefit more from a mental health provider. We are happy to provide references upon request.

Carolyn Powers & Darren Chadd become registered Domestic Relations Mediators

Attorneys Carolyn Powers and Darren Chadd of The Law Office of Taylor, Chadd, Minnette, Schneider & Clutter have completed the required 40 hours of training to become Registered Domestic Relations Mediators. A registered domestic relations mediator is someone who is specially trained as a neutral party to facilitate custom resolutions amongst individuals dealing with family related matters.

“This is an area which has a growing need for qualified, caring individuals to help people,” stated Kent Minnette, Partner at Taylor, Chadd, Minnette, Schneider and Clutter. “Our team is committed to helping families and individuals navigate these often emotionally charged circumstances with the goal of successful outcomes for all parties involved.”

Powers and Chadd serve many surrounding counties including Boone, Clinton, Hamilton, Hendricks, Howard, Marion, Montgomery, and Tipton counties and practice areas include all areas wherein the family is impacted ranging from dissolution matters to matters involving children such as: Dissolution; Property Division; Child Support; Child Custody; Child Parenting Time; Guardianships; Adoptions; CHINS; Delinquencies; Paternity

Taylor, Chadd, Minnette, Schneider & Clutter is committed to providing clients with sound legal counsel and valued legal services by helping people, businesses, and municipalities solve problems in many legal areas including: estate planning or administration, family law or guardianships, criminal defense, injury law, municipal law, mediation and arbitration, business law, real estate, and general litigation.  The attorneys and staff are committed to strong community involvement and their motto is All together, altogether better. For more information, or to request an interview, please contact Kent Minnette at 765.361.9680

Welcome, Suzie Smith!

Suzie SmithWe are pleased to announce the addition of Suzie Smith to the team.  She began as a law clerk in our office and after she passed the Indiana Bar Examination, we brought her on board! Suzie is a recent graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. She is married to Gary Smith and they have five daughters.

Welcome to the team Ethan Myers!

We are excited and proud to welcome DSC_4618Ethan Myers!  You can read more about this local resident below or jump to his bio page.

Ethan grew up in rural northern Montgomery County and graduated from North Montgomery High School in 2010.  He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Ag Economics in May of 2013.  Myers worked in the field of agriculture, at Bane-Welker Equipment, while he attended night school at Robert H. McKinney School of Law where he graduated in May of 2017 with a Corporate and Commercial Law Certificate.

“I’m happy to join the firm because the of the people I get to work with and learn from on a day to day basis,” stated Myers.  “We all believe in hard work and honesty.”

Myers will focus on several areas of law including Corporate/Transactional Law; Bankruptcy (Creditors Rights); Banking Law; Commercial Law and Agricultural Law.

Myers and wife Courtney, who he says does the hard work, have three 3 children—Mitchell, Levi, and Haley and live in Smartsburg.  They are members of Liberty Chapel Christian Church. When not working in the office, Myers coaches youth football at North Montgomery and enjoys hunting, fur trapping, shooting, and camping with his boys.

Ethan Myers can be reached at 765.481.2608 or via email emyers@tcmsclaw.com.

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Carolyn E. Powers Joins Taylor, Chadd, Minnette, Schneider & Clutter Law Firm

carolynTaylor, Chadd, Minnette, Schneider and Clutter, P.C. is excited to announce that Carolyn E. Powers is joining their firm as a senior-associate attorney in the firm’s Lebanon, Indiana office. Practicing since 2006, Carolyn and has a strong background in business as well as in the practice of law. Most recently, Carolyn operated the Powers Law Firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. Carolyn will focus her law practice with TCMSC in the areas of family, criminal, and business law.

Carolyn is a 2002 Indiana University, Kokomo graduate. She earned her doctorate of jurisprudence degree in 2006 from Ohio Northern University Petit College of Law. In 2008, Carolyn also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University, Kokomo.

Carolyn has been a frequent speaker on law practice management, family law, and business leadership. Her passion for community involvement is reflected in her various leadership positions including Children’s Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana, Rupert’s Kids, Soaring Eagle Outreach, Inc., Sagamore Inn of Court, and the Indianapolis Bar Association.

Originally from Peru, Indiana and Kokomo, Indiana, family is most important to Carolyn. Her support comes from her husband and best friend, Mick, and daughter, Michaela. Finally, in addition to her family, community, and work, music is one of Carolyn’s core passions.

Carolyn can be reached at Taylor, Chadd, Minnette, Schneider & Clutter, P.C., 117 West Main Street, Lebanon, Indiana 46052, (765) 483-8549, cpowers@tcmsclaw.com.