574.282.1231 | 137 N. Michigan St. | South Bend, IN
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Hammerschmidt, Amaral, & Jonas is a full-service law firm providing legal solutions to business and individual clients in South Bend, Mishawaka, LaPorte, Elkhart, Plymouth, and the greater northern Indiana area. Located in downtown South Bend, our firm has been present in the community for over 100 years.

The attorneys at Hammerschmidt, Amaral, & Jonas have more than 80 years of experience handling the variety of legal problems facing you and your business. Our commitment is to provide each and every client with trustworthy and reliable representation.

If your legal issue needs immediate attention, contract with Hammerschmidt, Amaral, & Jonas today.

Attorneys

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Joseph L. Amaral

R. William Jonas

Benjamin W. Jonas

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Partner, Joseph L. Amaral, has been practicing since 1973 after receiving his law degree from Indiana University (Maurer School of Law - Bloomington, IN). He is admitted to practice in all Indiana Courts, the Federal District courts in Northern and Southern Indiana, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a certified civil mediator and arbitrator. Mr. Amaral focuses his practice on health care issues, civil litigation, and domestic relations, as well as civil mediation and arbitration. He serves as outside general counsel to Beacon Health System (Memorial Hospital of South Bend and Elkhart General Hospital) and its affiliated entities.

Mr. Amaral is a member of several professional associations, including the American Health Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, and St. Joseph County Bar Association.

Partner, R. William (Bill) Jonas, Jr., has been practicing law in northern Indiana since 1981 after receiving his law degree from Indiana University (Maurer Shool of Law - Bloomington, IN). He is admitted to practice in all the courts of Indiana, U.S. District Courts for Northern and Southern Indiana, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. His practice focuses on bankruptcy and insolvency, estate planning and administration, commercial and other civil litigation, and professional discipline.

Mr. Jonas is a past President of the Indiana State Bar Association and is currently a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, and the St. Joseph County Bar Association. Mr. Jonas has served as a director and officer of Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, a director of the Indiana Bar Foundation, and director and officer of the Indiana State Bar Association. Mr. Jonas has been a frequent speaker for Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum on bankruptcy-related topics. He has served on the boards of Rural Services of Indiana, Specialized Transportation Service, Indiana University School of Journalism Alumni Association, and Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Law Alumni Association. He is as a class agent for the Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Law Class of 1981.

Mr. Jonas has been annually named an Indiana Super Lawyer since 2011.

Associate, Benjamin W. Jonas, graduated from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law (Indianapolis, IN) in 2013 with a concentration in oral advocacy. Mr. Jonas participated in the legal clinic, moot court, and trial practice while attending law school in Indianapolis and also served as a student representative for the Indiana State Bar Association Litigation Section and a member of the Criminal Law Association.

Mr. Jonas is admitted to practice in all the courts of Indiana and the U.S. District Court for Northern Indiana. His practice focuses on bankruptcy, family law, civil litigation, social security disability appeals, and estate planning. He is currently the district representative for the Indiana State Bar Association Small General Practice, Solo, & Small Firm Section.

Services

Family Law & Domestic Relations

  • Adoption
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Child Support
  • Guardianship
  • Name Change
  • Parental Rights

Health Care Law

  • Compliance
  • Transactions
  • Covenants Not to Compete
  • Professional Licensing & Discipline

Corporate & Business Law

  • Agency Relationships
  • Contracts
  • Closely Held Corporations
  • General Partnerships
  • Litigation
  • LLCs
  • LLPs
  • Non-Profits
  • Professional Associations
  • Sole Proprietorships
  • Transactions

Civil Litigation

Real Estate

Bankruptcy & Insolvency

  • Individual/Personal Chapter 7
  • Chapter 13
  • Chapter 12 (Farmers)
  • Chapter 11 (Corporate/Business)
  • Re-Organization
  • Debtor Rights

Estate Planning & Administration

  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Probate
  • Power of Attorney
  • Living Wills / Health Care Directives
  • Non-Probate Transfers
  • Annuities

Personal Injury

  • Business Torts
  • Personal Injury
  • Negligence
  • Malpractice and Professional Liability
  • Premises Liability

Criminal History Expungement

Social Security Disability Appeals

Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Contact Us

Hammerschmidt, Amaral, & Jonas
137 N. Michigan St.
South Bend, IN 46601

574-282-1231

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