Survey shows how people really use lawyers Survey shows how people really use lawyers Consumers most often use lawyers for reasons other than to file a lawsuit, according to a new Florida Bar survey.Of the more than 800 responses to the online survey conducted by the Bar as part of the Dignity in Law initiative between June and September, more than 80 percent of respondents said they have used an attorney over the past year for reasons other than filing a lawsuit or defending one.The Bar survey found that 16 percent of the participants cited real estate transactions as the reason they used a lawyer in the past year, followed by child support/custody matters, which garnered 13 percent of total responses. Those who filed a lawsuit or sought to litigate a matter in court consisted of only 11 percent of the total participants. Bankruptcy filings and divorce/separation issues rounded out the top five, with each garnering nine percent of responses.Bar President Tod Aronovitz said the purpose of the online survey was to identify which common legal matters Floridians most often use an attorney. The findings are important, he said, to help combat the negative perception created by television and movie portrayals that glamorize criminal law, when, in fact, criminal law is only one of many legal specialties.The survey results — along with downloadable graphics — are being offered to media outlets across the state.“Contrary to the sensationalized criminal cases that the public most often associates with the legal profession, most legal work is essential and goes largely unnoticed,” Aronovitz said. “From buying or selling a home to preparing a will, Floridians rely on attorneys to ensure that their rights and best interests are protected.”Drawing up a will was the reason another 8 percent of survey participants hired a lawyer, while 7 percent needed counsel on probate and estate settlement matters. A lawyer was used to draw up an agreement or contract by only 5 percent of respondents, while traffic cases and insurance claims were cited least often. In addition, 13 percent of those surveyed responded that legal services were obtained for other situations not indicated in the survey. October 15, 2002 Regular News
Greensburg, IN—On Sunday, December 22, 2019, the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) responded to reported child abduction in Forest Hill, located in western Decatur County. During the investigation, the Sheriff’s Department alleges that a family member observed the child at their residence in a vehicle with a stranger. The family member confronted the stranger, and before the stranger could flee the scene with the child, the family member flattened a tire.Though the vehicle was partially disabled, the stranger was able to leave the residence with the child. A short time later, deputies identified and stopped the vehicle and rescued the child. DCSO deputies arrested the suspect on the scene, who was later identified as Miguel Hernandez, 27, of Indianapolis. Hernandez was not known to the child’s family.Preliminary evidence indicates Hernandez and the child may have connected through social media. Hernandez was arrested on allegations of one count of child molestation and kidnapping. He is currently being held at the Decatur County Detention Center.
Bernadine Hessler, 92, Greensburg, died on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at her residence with her daughter, Bonnie by her side. Born, June 25, 1927 in Connersville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Luther and Myrtle (Johnson) Witt. She was a graduate of Connersville High School. She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church. She was a loving housewife to John D. “Jack” Hessler whom she married on June 30, 1944 in Connersville and he preceded her in death on February 25, 2009. She is survived by one daughter, Bonnie Hamilton, Greensburg; one brother, Tony Vernon (Martha) Witt, Fairland; three sisters, Barbara (Marion) Weston, Connersville, Linda (Rodney) Blaes, Connersville, Pat Black, Florida; adopted grandchild, Paul Joe (Lisa) Sweezey; four great grandchildren, Josh, Nate, Denny, and Jess; one great great grandson, Easton. She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Jack; her adored grandson, David Brent Hamilton; son in law, David Lee Hamilton; two brothers; Voley Witt and Bob Witt; two sisters, Virginia “Jenny” Johnson and Jerry Blair. Due to the recent public health safety mandate of limited gatherings, a private graveside service will be held for the immediate family at the South Park Cemetery in Greensburg with Rev. Tony Evan Witt officiating. Memorials may be made to the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com