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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Lucky in Law?

Think you’ve got the “Luck o’ the Irish?” Well, maybe you have, but don’t leave your legal matters to chance. Whatever your legal needs, you are best served by an attorney with knowledge and experience in both your type of case and the court in which it will be heard. Out of town attorneys may be
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End-of-Life Decisions

An “advance directive” is a collective term for a legal document that enables individuals to make known their decisions about the kind of end-of-life care they wish to receive in the event they become incapacitated. The “living will” or “health care directive,” sets forth a person’s desires with respect to
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Yes, You’ve Created a Contract

In the simplest terms, a contract is an agreement which consists of an offer by one party and an acceptance by another. Your auto insurance policy is a contract – the insurance company offers to provide insurance coverage for a certain fee, and you agree to buy the insurance and
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Pay It Down

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is reserved for people who have enough disposable future income to pay some of their debts back. In the case of Chapter 13 bankruptcy, your ‘disposable income’ will be used to pay down your debts under the plan over the next three to five years.  No matter
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Love Your Lawyer

Let’s face it: we lawyers get a bad rap. People call us “sharks” and “shysters.” We are the butt of countless jokes. But who do you call when you have a problem? When you get a speeding ticket? When your parent passes away unexpectedly? When your child gets caught shoplifting?
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