Klenda Austerman Law Firm Welcomes Joe Dempewolf



Klenda Austerman law firm Wichita, Kansas welcomes Joe Dempewolf as Associate. Joe practice areas include civil litigation, commercial litigation, insurance defense and employment law. Joe received his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law and his B.S. in Business from Emporia State University. As a litigator, Joe believes that alternative dispute resolution can be a valuable and cost-effective tool. Through negotiation and mediation, Joe works to resolve matters outside of litigation. When it is apparent …

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Klenda Austerman Law Firm Welcomes Ethan McInteer



Klenda Austerman law firm Wichita, Kansas welcomes Ethan McInteer as Associate. Ethan’s practice focuses on business, aviation law. A majority of his law practice is focused on finance and regulatory compliance as it relates to the aviation industry. Ethan received his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law and his B.A. in Political Science from Kansas State University. At Klenda Austerman Ethan McInteer is dedicated to maximizing client interests through diligent representation. With expertise spanning …

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Klenda Austerman Law Firm Welcomes Lauren Wright



Klenda Austerman law firm Wichita, Kansas welcomes Lauren Wright as Associate. Lauren is a seasoned oil and gas litigation attorney. A former military brat who considers Wichita home, Lauren received her J.D. from Washburn University School of Law and her B.S. from Fayetteville State University. Lauren worked directly with local, state, and federal agencies on issues relating to environmental concerns and compliance with local, state, and federal rules and regulations in the areas of energy …

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Use Protection



Cohabitation in Kansas and throughout the United States is an increasingly popular alternative to marriage. With these numbers on the rise, it is easy to assume the law has you covered should separation or death occur. A vast number of unmarried couples are finding the opposite to be true and left with a financial mess in the process. How can you protect yourself if you are in a civil partnership? The solution is simple: make …

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Val Wachtel – What I Have Learned



By Chasity Helm | Originally published in July 2019 Bar-o-Meter | https://www.wichitabar.org “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Chapter 3, To Kill a Mockingbird The year was 1962. A young man with sisters, raised by a single mom, and like me, an upbringing we refer to in our adult lives as “growing up poor.” Impressionable, …

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Kansas Chapter 12 Farm Bankruptcy on the Rise



With ongoing trade disputes and a depressed farm economy, debt relief for farmers has been a hot topic. As farming and ranching operations have increased in size, farmers have taken on more debt in their operations. To allow for increased debt relief for farmers, Congress recently introduced the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019. The bill aims to increase access to Chapter 12 bankruptcy by raising the Chapter 12 debt limit to $10 million, from …

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Now is the Time to Update Your Employment Handbook



An employee policy manual, or employment handbook, can serve multiple purposes if prepared correctly. Not only can it effectively communicate an employer’s company policies and expectations to employees, but it can function as part of the employer’s defense to unwanted, and unwarranted, labor and employment disputes. But, if the handbook is haphazardly assembled from Google search results, or was prepared by a lawyer so long ago that the attorney is no longer in practice, it …

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Federal Courts Avoid Government Shutdown for One More Week



Those that work for the federal court system look to be the latest government employees that will feel the impact of the government shutdown. According to www.ajc.com, the U.S. judiciary has made “aggressive efforts to reduce expenditures,” which reportedly means the judiciary is only funded to operate as normal through January 25th. After that, employees considered “essential” will have to work without pay. Each federal district is handling the shutdown in a way that makes …

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2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars



Three attorneys at Klenda Austerman have been named Super Lawyers by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2018: Gary M. Austerman; J. Michael Morris; David W. Steed. In addition, three attorneys were recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers Rising Stars: Aaron J. Good; Chasity M. Helm; Eric W. Lomas. This is Gary Austerman’s 13th consecutive year recognized as a top rated attorney in medical malpractice defense. Mike Morris has been selected as a top rated bankruptcy attorney …

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We Salute Our Veterans



In commemoration of Veterans Day, the attorneys at Klenda Austerman sincerely thank all of our veterans who preserve our country’s freedom, including our own, Val Wachtel who served in Vietnam. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on November 11, 1919 – the first anniversary of World War I. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day honors all American veterans – living or deceased – for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for …

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