Jones, McGlasson & Arter, P.C. ("JMA") traces its roots to the law office established in the early 1950s by Donald Rogers, who, after serving his country in the military and two terms as the Superior Court Judge in Monroe County, opened his own practice on the second floor of the former Workingmens Federal Bank downtown on Kirkwood Avenue. Rogers represented several banks in the area, focusing his practice mostly in real estate law, but also represented clients with probate matters, estate planning, contracts and other legal matters. He maintained a solo practice until his son, David Rogers, joined him in 1955. David Rogers continued his father's practice in Bloomington and spent time as an Indiana State Senator. RD Jones joined the firm in 1972 and eventually purchased the practice from David Rogers. Thomas M. McGlasson joined the firm in 1993 and with the addition of Judith Benckart, the firm became Jones, McGlasson & Benckart, P.C. In 2017, the firm took its current name.
We have always emphasized a unique mixture of hospitality and professionalism that is difficult to find anywhere else. We understand what it takes to represent the businesses and residents of Southern Indiana, and we look forward to helping you with your legal needs.
- Estate Planning
- Probate and Trust Administration
- Tax Law
- Elder Law
- Medicaid Planning and Applications
- Real Estate
- Banking and Commercial Law
- Business Formations and Corporate Law
- Contracts Related Drafting, Review and Litigation
- Plaintiff's Personal Injury
- General Civil Litigation
- Civil Appeals
Estate planning is important because it gives you control. During your lifetime, with advance directives like a power of attorney, appointment of health care representative, and living will declaration, you have control over who will make important decisions on your behalf in the event you become incapacitated. Upon your death, with a carefully drafted Last Will and Testament or Revocable Trust, you have control over the disposition of your assets to your loved ones or charities. The attorneys at JMA specialize in estate planning and can assist you with all of your estate planning needs. Please fill out our client information form to get started.
PROBATE & TRUST ADMINISTRATION
When a loved one dies, the attorneys at JMA can assist you with the process of transferring assets owned by the decedent to those set forth in any estate planning documents. If the decedent died without a will or trust, then Indiana law dictates who receives the property. Our attorneys have substantial experience with probate, trusts administration, federal estate tax and Indiana inheritance tax.
MEDICAID PLANNING & APPLICATIONS / PUBLIC BENEFITS LAW
Medicaid is a federal program administered by the states. The rules and regulations that govern Medicaid are complex and constantly changing. Unlike Medicare, Medicaid is a means-tested benefit program, and the eligibility requirements are different for single individuals and married couples. We can help guide you through the Medicaid maze. Our Medicaid team of attorneys and paralegals will not only help develop a plan for Medicaid eligibility, but we will also assist you with the application process.
Here are some useful documents to check over before you visit the JMA Legal offices about your Medicaid plan: Client Information Form, Single Required Medicaid Docs, Spousal Required Medicaid Docs.
REAL ESTATE LAW
The attorneys at JMA handle a wide variety of real estate matters, including representing individuals and businesses with the sale or purchase of residential or commercial properties. Our attorneys also have experience with condemnation matters, 1031 exchanges, zoning and use variances and appeals, easements, and rights-of-way.
BUSINESS FORMATIONS / CORPORATE LAW
Individuals and families often come to us wanting to start a new business. We can guide you through the process of selecting the best type of business entity for you. We draft all the necessary business documents and assist your business entity as needed with questions, concerns, and changes over time. Our attorneys also have experience advising clients about creating non-profit and charitable organizations. We can assist with the formation of a charitable organization, approval of tax exempt status, and continued compliance with applicable laws.
BANKING & COMMERCIAL LAW
We handle creditor bankruptcy representation, foreclosures, creditor work for banks, and creditor collection matters.
As our population ages, and as people continue to live longer through medical advances, struggling with the legal needs of older adults will impact most families in some way. We assist families with a wide range of elder law issues, including drafting estate planning documents, preparing advance directives, guardianships for incapacitated elderly adults, and Medicaid planning and applications if an elderly person requires long-term nursing home care.
GENERAL CIVIL LITIGATION & APPEALS
Our attorneys have substantial experience handling a variety of civil litigation matters, including business and commercial matters, real estate, and contract disputes. In addition, once a case has been decided at the trial court, we can advise you regarding an appeal of that decision to the Indiana appellate courts. If you choose to pursue an appeal, we will carefully review the trial court proceedings and draft appellate briefs that raise the strongest possible arguments on your behalf.
PLAINTIFFS' PERSONAL INJURY
If you have been injured in an automobile or other type of accident, we can assist you in obtaining appropriate compensation for lost wages, health care expenses, and pain and suffering.
The attorneys at JMA are experienced in addressing state and federal tax issues, including federal estate tax returns (Form 706), Indiana inheritance tax returns (Form IH-6), and federal gift tax returns (Form 709).
Robert Delano Jones
Thomas M. McGlasson
Chester H. Arter III