Monthly Archives July 2019

Congratulations! You’ve Had A Baby!

According to YaleGlobal Online, by 2014, 40% of child births in the U.S. involved unmarried parents. In Wisconsin, the rights of unmarried parents differ greatly from those of married parents. When a married woman gives birth to a child, her spouse is presumed by law to be the father (or other mother) of the child. Both parents have legal custody and placement rights regarding that child. Conversely, when an unmarried woman gives birth to a child, the mother is the child’s only legal parent, and the father has no rights unless and until further legal action is taken. The parents
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What Should I Do If I Am Pulled Over?

Summer’s finally here. You’re cruising down the highway, top down, radio blaring, going – oops – 90 mph in a 70 mph zone. And then you see the flashing lights. First off, do not try to outrun the officer. You most likely will not get away and, even if you do, they’ll find you. And instead of a speeding ticket, you will be charged with a felony. Be smart. Pull over, keep your hands on the steering wheel and wait for the officer to approach and give you instructions. You will need to produce your driver’s license and proof of insurance (keep it in the glove box or console). If you have a good reason for
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What is Probate?

According to Black’s Law Dictionary, probate is a court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid.  That sounds simple enough, however, a probate in Wisconsin is required if a person dies with more than $50,000.00 of assets solely in his or her name, without beneficiary designations. The average probate lasts between 9 -13 months and some are well over two years with a cost in the thousands. Consequently, avoiding probate is the way to go. Wisconsin statutes dictate what must be done in probate cases. A Notice to Creditors is filed to allow claims to
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Personal Business

Don’t be that guy. Take care of your personal business. Every person over the age of 18 needs a Healthcare Power of Attorney and a General and Durable Power of Attorney. These are the basic legal necessities to avoid a court guardianship in the future if you become medically incapacitated. If you don’t do it for yourself, think about the people around you. Those are the ones who will be forced to hire an attorney to file a guardianship petition, go before a judge for approval, and visit with a Guardian ad Litem to make recommendations to the court as
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Have a Safe (and Lawful) 4th of July

The 4th of July is a time for taking pride in and celebrating our freedoms and liberties. Freedoms and liberties, however, do not exist without corresponding laws and restrictions. Such is the make-up of a civilized society. While many laws are the same state-wide (drunk driving and drinking age restrictions, for example), others are more county, city, or village specific (fireworks and noise restrictions). Know the laws in your area and follow them. Know your neighborhood as well and be considerate of your neighbors, particularly during your evening and night-time celebrations. At Pruitt Law Offices S.C., we hope you all
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