Attention Graduates!

The excitement of graduating from high school cannot be overstated. It is an exhilarating time for students and parents alike. The thought of going off to a distant city and a new college, or going out into the work force, is filled with nervous excitement for the young adult. As
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A Trust with Restrictions

When the person creating a trust has concerns about the spending habits of a beneficiary of that trust, a “spendthrift trust” may be created that provides an independent trustee with authority to make decisions about how the trust’s funds may be spent. The terms of the trust, which can be
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The Real Deal

When it comes to making the largest purchase in their lives, home buyers should leave nothing to chance. It is important that an attorney who has real estate experience review a real estate contract and provide advice that could help avoid errors, omissions, misinterpretations, or even misrepresentations that could jeopardize
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Is Bankruptcy Right for You?

If you are paying off existing debt with more than 40 percent of your income, then bankruptcy might be right for you. This “debt-to-income ratio,” which is a marker of potential financial distress, can indicate that your debts are too high to pay off on your own. Furthermore, if you
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The Many Paths to Adoption

The pathways to adoption are varied. The adoptive child may be a relative, a foster child, or a stranger; he or she may have been born around the corner or on the other side of the world. The adoptive parent(s) may already know the adoptive child or may be meeting
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Buckle Up

BUCKLE UP Typically, in the State of Wisconsin, when someone dies with more than $50,000 worth of assets that have no beneficiary designation on the assets, the person’s estate is headed for probate. Some people create trusts and have assets transferred into the name of the trust to avoid probate.
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To Your Wealth and Health

Increasingly, aging adults with blended families in charge of their care are finding themselves in the midst of family battles over decision-making authority. While a second wife or husband may be designated as health care power of attorney, adult children from the first marriage may pursue a legal challenge to
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Starting Your Own Business

Those starting new businesses should know that the simplest form of business is a “sole proprietorship,” which is not a legal entity and simply refers to a person who owns a business. While this popular business form is easy and inexpensive to set up, the owner of a sole proprietorship
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Grandparent Visitation Rights

Divorce, death or absence of a parent may result in grandparents being denied access to their grandchildren. Most people are surprised to learn that grandparents have no automatic right to contact with their grandchildren. A court order may be needed. Wisconsin has a “third party visitation” statute under which a
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Think of Your Children

One of the most important aspects of drawing up a will for parents of young children is appointing a “guardian” to raise the children if both parents were to die before the children reach adult age. If a guardian is not named, the judge would appoint a guardian without knowing
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Update, Update, Update

I have seen it plenty of times at senior fairs that I attend, when a person comes up to me and explains that they have all of their estate planning documents taken care of. I’m here to tell you that there are plenty of reasons why you should consider updating
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Why Use a Bankruptcy Lawyer?

Filing for bankruptcy helps debtors discharge burdensome debt, but the process may seem a bit bewildering for those unfamiliar with legal and financial paperwork. However, much in the same way that an accountant helps tax filers gather information and submit it properly, an experienced bankruptcy lawyer can advise debtors and
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