Monthly Archives May 2018

No Fooling!

Easy Internet access to self-help sites has led many people to think of using the available information to take on a variety of legal issues themselves. While doing so may be appropriate in some instances, it also brings to mind Abraham Lincoln’s famous quote: “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” Even lawyers get their own lawyers. The fact is that, when money, power, and/or legal rights are at stake, you want to make sure that your interests are well represented by a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. Going through a divorce? Launching a business? Writing a will?
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Grandparent Visitation Rights

Divorce, death or absence of a parent may result in grandparents being denied access to their grandchildren. If unable to resolve the issue amicably, grandparents in that situation may decide to seek legal advice. Wisconsin, like most other states, has a “third party visitation” statute under which a court may grant grandparents, or other qualified third parties, visitation with their grandchildren over the objection of the parent(s). This can be a difficult process as the law presumes that a fit parent makes decisions that are in the best interest of his/her child. However, under the right circumstances, grandparent visitation may
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Naming a Personal Guardian

Among the many gut-wrenching prospects that people face when drawing up their wills or trusts is the matter of who will care for their minor children in the event that one or both parents die before the children reach adulthood. This involves naming a guardian for minor children in the will or trust after consulting with potential candidates. Choosing the right guardian for your children can be one of the most important decisions parents will make. It may seem easy and natural to choose the child’s grandparents but age is an important consideration. Aunts, uncles, and other family members can be
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Legal Discovery

Among the many gut-wrenching prospects that people face when drawing up their wills or trusts is the matter of who will care for their minor children in the event that one or both parents die before the children reach adulthood. This involves naming a guardian for minor children in the will or trust after consulting with potential candidates. Choosing the right guardian for your children can be one of the most important decisions parents will make. It may seem easy and natural to choose the child’s grandparents but age is an important consideration. Aunts, uncles, and other family members can be
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Ties that Bind

One of the key elements of a binding contract is that each side must have the capacity to enter into it. Those with impaired capacity, such as a mentally impaired person, may not be held to the terms of a contract. There is also the element of consideration, which means that, if one side is to be held to the contract, the other must give up something in exchange. Neither side can have a free way out or the ability to obtain something of value without providing something in exchange. Finally, there must be mutual assent, or meeting of the
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