Year in Review: Top 10 InsideTrack Articles from 2013
Jan 2, 2014 – With federal and state legislation and court decisions impacting lawyers and their practices, contributing authors covered a lot of ground in the 2013 issues of WisBar InsideTrack. Here we highlight the year’s top 10 articles.
A Look Ahead: Top 5 Health Law Issues for 2014
Jan. 2, 2014 – Health law issues will continue to keep lawyers busy in 2014, and not just lawyers who work in health law. In this article, Milwaukee lawyer Meghan O’Conner breaks down the regulation, implementation, and other issues to monitor this year.
Surrogacy Agreements and Patients’ Rights – Top Supreme Court Cases of Interest
Jan. 2, 2013 – In this video, appellate lawyer Beth Ermatinger Hanan explains why she believes two cases in particular deserve inclusion in her December 2013 Wisconsin Lawyer™ article, “Top 9 Recent Wisconsin Supreme Court Decisions.” One case deals with surrogacy agreements and the nexus between family law issues and contract principles, the other deals with the standard by which a mental health patient may refuse medication.
Deadlines Approach: Seeking Leaders for 2014 State Bar Elections
Jan. 2, 2014 – State Bar election deadlines are approaching quickly, some deadlines are only weeks away. Membership will elect a president-elect, secretary, Judicial Council representative, and district governors. Each division will elect a president-elect and several directors.
Need Money for Your Public Service Project? Apply for Local Bar Grant by March 28
Jan. 2, 2014 – The State Bar Local Bar Grant Competition Committee has funds available for local and specialty bar associations seeking to develop and implement public service projects. Applications must be received at the State Bar on or before March 28, 2014. The committee will consider grant applications on April 4, 2014.
West's Jury Verdicts, Bench Decisions, Settlements, and Arbitration Awards
Jan. 2, 2014 – As a service to its members, the State Bar of Wisconsin has entered into an alliance agreement with West, a Thomson Reuters business, to provide award information on Wisconsin civil jury trials, bench trials, settlements, and arbitrations. West's editorial staff selects a few key Wisconsin cases from Westlaw's® West's Jury Verdicts – Wisconsin Reports to highlight in each issue of WisBar InsideTrack.
Valuing a Business in Divorce
Valuing a marital estate and determining property division and spousal support in a divorce requires extra care when one of the spouses owns a business. Extra care is needed to protect the livelihood of the business owner and to ensure the non-business-owning spouse receives a fair share.
Substantive Consolidation: Adding Assets to the Bankruptcy Pot
Substantive consolidation is an equitable doctrine that allows a bankruptcy court to join entities that are members of the same group but are legally separate. This process typically has the effect of adding more assets to the pot for paying off creditors but also puts at a disadvantage creditors of the entities with higher asset-to-debt ratios.