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    • Apr
      11
      2014
      • The State Bar of Wisconsin National Mock Trial planning team is calling on attorneys, judges and experienced teachers and coaches from around the state to step up to the bench and volunteer to serve on a judging panel during the 2014 National High School Mock Trial Championship on May 9 and 10 in Madison.
    • Mar
      11
      2014
      • Rhinelander High School captured its 17th high school mock trial state title yesterday after defeating Shorewood High School in a very close final round judged by six members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The team will now advance to the National High School Mock Trial Tournament, May 8-10 in Madison.
    • Jan
      01
      2014
      • 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.
    • Jun
      29
      2012
      • July 5, 2012 – The Wisconsin Law Foundation (WLF) recently awarded $24,080 in grants to law-related programs in Wisconsin. Grants include educating the public on health care reform, providing estate planning services to Native Americans, smoothing the way through bankruptcy issues for pro se litigants, helping Spanish-speaking residents understand family court issues, expanding teen court programs, and supporting the State Bar-sponsored Mock Trial Program and the translation of a popular publicati
    • Apr
      01
      2011
      • This is the second of a two-part series to familiarize nonbankruptcy lawyers with basic bankruptcy law concepts and practices. This part focuses on specific aspects of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 proceedings and provides practice hints. Part 1 appeared in the March Wisconsin Lawyer.
    • Apr
      01
      2011
      • Recent revelations concerning unreliable mortgage-processing methods nationwide have cast a negative light on industry practices but also opened the door to new defenses for homeowners and their lawyers involved in foreclosure actions. This article is a basic key for finding potential mortgage-document mistakes and using this information to help clients keep their homes.
    • Apr
      01
      2011
      • Although the Act of God defense – that a defendant is insulated from liability for personal injury or property damages caused by a natural cause – is rarely used, it may become more common in the future if predictions of catastrophic weather events caused by global warming prove true.
    • Mar
      01
      2011
      • Part one of this two-part series on bankruptcy law introduces concepts and practice tips so that nonbankruptcy lawyers may identify situations in which it is appropriate to consult with a bankruptcy attorney on the lawyer's own behalf or on behalf of prospective or current clients.
    • Aug
      10
      2010
      • If a foreclosure involves a federal interest, the requirements of 28 U.S.C. § 2410 apply, preempting any conflicting state statutes. This overview helps attorneys navigate the federal process and avoid the common mistakes and problems that can slow down or derail a state foreclosure proceeding.
    • Aug
      07
      2009
      • Tenants whose landlords are in foreclosure might lose their security deposits and any prepaid rent, face eviction with 24 hours’ notice, and grapple with prospective landlords who refuse to rent to them because they were removed from a residential property because of a mortgage foreclosure. Wisconsin’s new Residential Tenants in Foreclosure Act and recent federal legislation now offer some protections to residential tenants.
    • Jul
      10
      2009
      • Make sure you know what you’re doing before you expand your practice by taking on a bankruptcy case – or any other matter outside your usual practice area.
      • Make sure you know what you’re doing before you expand your practice by taking on a bankruptcy case – or any other matter outside your usual practice area.
    • Jul
      01
      2009
      • July 1, 2009 – Some circuit court filing fees across Wisconsin have increased effective July 1 as part of the new budget drafted by the Legislature and approved by the governor. A schedule of the fees is publicly available from the courts system.
    • May
      06
      2009
      • May 6, 2009 – Last year’s rampant flooding in Wisconsin pointed out a need that this program is designed to meet. Attend an afternoon of free training from 12:30 to 4:10 p.m. on May 21 in Madison to educate lawyers about common legal issues faced by victims of a natural disaster. Hear legal services professionals from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, as well as private practitioners discuss how disasters af
    • Apr
      15
      2009
      • April 15, 2009 – The next time you plan to attend a State Bar seminar, you can add it to your electronic calendar when you register by using WisBar’s new “Add to My Calendar” feature. Once you have registered, click the “Add to My Calendar” hyperlink. You will receive an email notification of your event with instructions on how to save the event to your electronic calendar. The feature works for Outlook and Google users.
    • Apr
      15
      2009
      • Apirl 15, 2009 – Did you know that the State Bar of Wisconsin is the official record keeper for agencies that regulate the practice of law in Wisconsin? That means, when your State Bar member record is out of date or incorrect, it affects more than just the Bar. It could affect communications from the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation, Board of Bar Examiners, and Wisconsin Supreme Court.
    • Apr
      15
      2009
      • April 15, 2009 – Today, our country is experiencing one of the most troubling economic periods since the Great Depression, and the legal profession is not immune from the effects. These difficult times make finding cost-effective ways to connect with paying clients more important than ever.
    • Apr
      15
      2009
      • April 15, 2009 – The State Bar Practice411™ Breakfast & Business: Eggs, Ethics and Answers series will be presented on April 22 in Platteville and June 17 in Pembine. Pembine program information is not yet available. Pembine is conveniently located about an hour and a half from Rhinelander, Green Bay, and Marinette, and about a half hour from Iron Mountain, Mich. Both seminars, presented in two sessions, will begin with a hot breakfast at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 11:15 a.m.
    • Apr
      01
      2009
      • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 makes more than 300 changes to the Internal Revenue Code to provide nearly $300 billion in tax relief and other benefits to individuals, businesses, the environment, and state governments. This summary of the Act’s fundamental tax law changes provides attorneys with the working knowledge they need to advise their clients about the Act’s provisions.
    • Mar
      18
      2009
      • March 18, 2009, – Today, our country is experiencing one of the most troubling economic periods since the Great Depression, and the legal profession is not immune from the effects. These difficult times make finding cost-effective resources to connect with paying clients more important than ever.
    • Mar
      04
      2009
      • March 4, 2009 – The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is one of the most massive and far-reaching pieces of legislation in history. Through direct spending on infrastructure in the public and private sectors, and nearly $300 billion in tax relief, ARRA is intended to boost the economy out of recession. In all, the new law makes more than 300 changes to the Internal Revenue Code. Jamey Rappis gives an overview of the Act’s individual and business tax benefits.
    • Feb
      19
      2009
    • May
      14
      2008
      • Wis. Stat. chapter 128 is an old, but still little-known alternative to bankruptcy that attorneys should explore as the first option for their clients who wish to repay debt and need the help of a structured plan to get back on their feet.
    • Dec
      04
      2007
      • When the American dream of home ownership turns into a financial nightmare, the realities of foreclosure can intersect with many legal practice areas, including bankruptcy, family law, probate, employment law, worker’s compensation, business law, and real estate and property law. Lawyers who understand the foreclosure process can help clients facing difficult circumstances.
    • Dec
      04
      2007
      • Although Wisconsin’s housing market did not overheat in recent years as the housing markets did in California, Nevada, and other areas, it is a mistake to view the meltdown and related mortgage foreclosures as someone else’s problem. The authors explain the factors on Main Street and Wall Street that led to the subprime mortgage meltdown and survey the resulting litigation fallout in Wisconsin and elsewhere.
    • May
      01
      2006
      • The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) is the most comprehensive change in the Medicaid laws since 1993. In 1993, with an aging U.S. population and rising nursing home costs, Congress passed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 (OBRA '93). OBRA '93 contained provisions that required states to try to recover the cost of Medicaid benefits paid, by passing new state laws mandating estate recovery and liens on homes.
    • May
      01
      2006
      • The examples below examine how typical fact scenarios would have played out under the policies in effect before the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), and how they would work following the enactment of the DRA.
    • Aug
      02
      2005
      • At its July 22 meeting, the Board of Governors opposed proposed legislation that would allow real estate brokers to provide legal advice, affirmed the Legislative Oversight Committee’s decision on section advocacy on the proposed marriage amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution, authorized the ADR Section to file an amicus brief, approved revisions to the State Bar strategic plan and supported the current ABA delegate representation at the state level, among other actions.
    • Jun
      11
      2003
      • The House passed a bill designed to help people whose credit histories are damaged by bankruptcy filings that have been maliciously filed by third parties.
    • Mar
      17
      1999
      • In December 1992, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin set $1,000 as a "reasonable fee" for attorneys representing debtors in Chapter 13 cases. The court now is considering a general order increasing the fee to $1,250.