Don’t Play the Fool

Although the old adage “He who represents himself has a fool for his client” needs little explanation, the law does allow an individual to represent himself or herself in most judicial proceedings. This is called acting “pro se” (Latin meaning “for oneself”). Despite what the internet might tell you, there
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Coming to Terms Before Going to the Altar

While many might assume that a “prenuptial agreement” (also known as a “premarital agreement”) is a contract that only wealthy individuals need to be concerned with, it can also be important for the rest of us.  Sometimes the issue is protecting an asset, but sometimes it is protection from liability. 
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Relying on Trust

If you want to transfer your property to your beneficiaries after your death without probate, ask an attorney about drawing up the legal document known as a “living trust.” Another big advantage of a living trust is that it can be very flexible. It can be used to transfer all,
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Nondisclosure Agreements

A nondisclosure agreement (NDA) is a legally enforceable contract that creates a confidential relationship between a person who holds a trade secret (such as plans for a new product, client information, sales and marketing plans, or a unique manufacturing process), and a person to whom the secret will be disclosed.
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The Reality of Debt

No one really expects that he or she will file for bankruptcy until the moment finally arrives when the numbers bring home the reality. According to the Federal Reserve, overall household debt stood at more than $13 trillion at the end of 2017, which included $8.8 trillion in mortgages, $1.4
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Family Matters

The 4th of July is a time for family celebrations. Are you considering expanding your family? Perhaps joining two families into a new blended family? If you are considering marrying someone who has been married before or who has children from a previous relationship, there are certain things you will
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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 full authority to make decisions about how the trust’s funds may be spent. The terms of the trust, which can
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Get a Fresh Start

According to a recent analysis by Jonathan Fisher, who is a research scholar at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, the “median income for bankruptcy filers is $42,000, which is $6,000 less than the national median.” His analysis goes on to point out that bankruptcy filers are more likely
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Mediation

Mediation is an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional divorce process.  During mediation, the parties work with a neutral attorney-mediator to assist them in reaching agreements regarding child placement, financial matters, and future planning. The attorney-mediator does not represent either party and does not provide legal advice.  The attorney-mediator guides
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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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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
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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
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