Thousands of disputes are resolved in administrative hearings, and relaxed rules generally apply to them. But some of the rules are not so much relaxed as merely different, and they might trip up parties and lawyers who appear at hearings with an anything-goes mindset. One potentially confusing procedure concerns the admissibility of hearsay evidence in unemployment insurance hearings.
Lawyers have an ethical obligation to understand core principles surrounding the preservation and production of electronically stored information, including steps that can be taken to preserve confidential and privileged data. The author outlines some of the most relevant rules of professional conduct and ethics opinions for litigators dealing with 21st-century technology.
Are you a lawyer who regularly engages in debt collection activities on behalf of clients? If so, be aware that your legal pleadings are subject to the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, under a recent decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ensure the validity of real estate conveyances when you and clients electronically dot your i’s and cross your t’s. This article highlights major sources of law concerning e-transactions, Wisconsin Realtors Association forms, and federal laws. It also identifies inconsistencies and potential hazards that could cause a transaction to be found invalid.
Mandatory e-filing in Wisconsin circuit courts begins July 1 in some counties and in all counties by the end of 2017. This article discusses when mandatory e-filing will affect lawyers in the various legal practice areas, how much it will cost, and what lawyers must do now to prepare for e-filing.
Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, if approved by the U.S. Supreme Court, will take effect in December 2015. The Wisconsin and federal rules are different, but a trend to conform Wisconsin procedural rules to their federal counterparts may herald significant change in how state judges and lawyers proceed in civil matters.
Feb. 5, 2014 – In this article, Milwaukee lawyer Joseph Russell explains potential changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. He notes that any amendments at the federal level would likely be adopted by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the near future.
Oct. 2, 2013 – An overhaul of Wisconsin's Criminal Procedure Code is taking shape through a comprehensive bill that is 20 years in the making but just recently introduced. In this article, Wisconsin Judicial Council attorney April Southwick and U.W. Law Professor David Schultz, who helped draft the bill, explain the major provisions.