In this bizarre online world, even people who have no desire to enter the digital frontier are being forced there, with little understanding of the digital property they own and even less understanding of what may happen to those assets if they die or become incapacitated. Planning is crucial. You can even schedule Facebook, LinkedIn, and tweets to post after you die. Think about it.
Jan. 2, 2013 – In 2009, Wisconsin passed a domestic partnership law granting certain rights to same-sex couples who live together. A lawsuit challenged the law as unconstitutional. Recently, a state appeals court upheld the law in a case likely headed for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Jan. 4, 2012 – The Wisconsin Judicial Benchbook series is among the best sellers of the State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE™ publications. The 2011 revisions and supplements for each of the five criminal and traffic, civil, family, juvenile, and probate, guardianship and mental health volumes include statutory amendments and case law developments occurring since the 2010 supplements.
Dec. 7, 2011 – Although the economy is showing signs of recovery, many people – including first responders – cannot stretch their budgets to include essential legal documents. Despite the inherent risk in a first responder’s job, says Kristine Havlik, it is estimated that 80 to 90 percent of first responders lack even a simple will. That’s where you come in.
April 20, 2011 – State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE™ recently updated Eckhardt's Workbook for Wisconsin Estate Planners. Last revised in 2008, the new supplement highlights developments in the law including the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 and the Uniform Power of Attorney Act in newly created chapter 244 of the Wisconsin Statutes.
April 20, 2011 — This month the State Bar reminds lawyers about the importance of promoting advance care planning with their families, friends, and clients. In this video, William Colby, attorney for the controversial Nancy Cruzan right-to-die case, talks about the legal and medical impact of these issues.
April 6, 2011 – The State Bar Elder and Health Law sections are participating in National Health Care Decisions Day on April 16. Free electronic copies of the State Bar consumer guide, A Gift to Your Family: Planning Ahead for Future Health Needs, will be available from April 8 to April 25 on WisBar.org. Print copies, both English and Spanish, are available to members for a discounted price for the month of April.
Dramatic changes in the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping taxes occurred in December 2010. But unless congress extends them, the changes will expire at the end of 2012 and will revert to the federal law in place in 2001. This uncertainty makes estate planning even more challenging. Here is a look at the federal changes and the current state of Wisconsin's estate and gift taxes.
There’s a little bit of relief for just about every taxpayer in the 2010 Tax Relief Act, including small and family businesses, working individuals, and wealthy people with substantial estates. The law contains several unique, limited-term planning opportunities but is fraught with peril for those who neglect the details.
After your death, will your family know how and where to access sentimental family heirlooms such as the generations of family photos you digitally scanned from well-thumbed originals? What about your online bank, credit card, investment and social media accounts?
- Sometimes what is necessary is not sufficient. That was one lesson learned following the bankruptcy of LandAmerica 1031 Exchange Services.
Sometimes what is necessary is not sufficient. That was one lesson learned following the bankruptcy of LandAmerica 1031 Exchange Services. This article discusses the series of LandAmerica bankruptcy decisions, describes the unanticipated hazards of relying on only one means of protection for clients who desire tax-deferred treatment of their real estate transactions, and explains how to provide more certainty and peace of mind for these clients.
Oct. 20, 2010 – State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE™ codebooks put relevant law at your fingertips, in your briefcase, or at your desk. Each codebook contains the critical statutes, regulations, and other materials for specific areas of law, in easily managed paperbound volumes. Discounted member prices range from $4.50 to $23.75.
2009 Wisconsin Act 28 defines state employee domestic partnerships and same sex domestic partnerships and governs relationships between partners. The Act affects many areas of the law, but its provisions are not comprehensive. This article lists many of the statutes the Act affects, identifies some of the many provisions governing the relationship between spouses that the Act does not directly affect, and addresses several situations in which couples can benefit from advance planning.
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
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.
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.