Monthly Archives September 2018

Avoid Guardianships

A Healthcare Power of Attorney and a General and Durable Power of Attorney can help avoid the need for guardianships in the court system.  By pre-planning who will make decisions for you if you are declared to be incapacitated or incompetent, it avoids the need for attorney fees and  guardian ad litem involvement in front of a judge.  These documents are usually the least expensive documents through an attorney’s office and every competent adult over the age of eighteen should have them.  One of the exceptions is developmentally disabled children who will need guardianships as they turn eighteen years of
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Think You’ll Live Forever?

Of course, none of us believes that we will live forever. However, because many people think they will live well into their 80s or 90s, they postpone drawing up a will much earlier. In fact, according to a recent 2017 poll, 78 percent of millennials (ages 18-36) do not have a will and 64 percent of Generation Xers (ages 37 to 52) do not have one either. Nor do 40 percent of respondents in the 53- to 71-year-old age group. However, 81 percent of those age 72 years or older have a will or living trust. Those without wills should
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Guardian ad Litem

For many cases that come through the court system, a Guardian ad Litem will be appointed.  These court officials are attorneys who are appointed on behalf of children or alleged incompetent individuals.  They appear in such cases involving Family Court and adoptions to help determine what is in the best interest of the minor child.  The Probate Court appoints them when there are minor guardianships or if there is a minor heir in an estate.  Other courts that involve Guardians ad Litem would be in the Juvenile Court in a CHIPS action (Child in Need of Protection and Services) and
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Hot Market

There’s a hot real estate market in southeastern Wisconsin right now. If you are selling your home or another property in a for sale by owner manner you can hire a real estate attorney to handle the entire deal. Rates are much cheaper than a typical sale through a realtor. Your legal rights will also be monitored and protected when you hire an attorney to review or help draft an Offer to Purchase. The lawyer can draft the offer if the buyer and seller have a common meeting of the minds as to the terms and conditions of the deal.
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