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    • Jun
      26
      2013
      • Assembly Bill 40 – more commonly referred to as the “budget bill” – passed through both legislative houses last week with only a few technical changes to the governor’s original proposal. Now the bill heads to Gov. Walker, so he can sign the bill into law.
    • Mar
      06
      2013
      • March 6, 2013 – Investor abuse is at an all-time high, and the elderly are most at risk. In this video, attorney Jeff Salas discusses how financial abuse occurs, reveals the tell-tale signs of investment harm, and explains how investors can bring claims for harm caused by inappropriate investment sales.
    • Mar
      01
      2013
      • Investor abuse is at an all-time high and elderly investors and retirees are especially vulnerable. For investors who lose money due to stockbroker misconduct, there are options for recovery through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or state and federal courts.
    • Oct
      01
      2011
      • Wisconsin's new power of attorney for finances provides more guidance for agents and protection for principals. Still, some uncertainties remain as to the meaning and effect of the law that created the new POA.
    • Sep
      30
      2011
      • Oct. 5, 2011 – Gov. Scott Walker called the Wisconsin Legislature into special session on Sept. 29 to consider a number of bills, including four tort reform measures. Learn what's in store for this special session.
    • 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.
    • Apr
      06
      2010
      • Secret offshore accounts – especially Swiss bank accounts – have a certain cachet, having become synonymous with glamour, financial sophistication, and international intrigue. Following the U.S. Justice Department’s 2009 settlement with the United Bank of Switzerland, increased state and federal enforcement efforts against such accounts might dampen their allure.
    • Feb
      01
      2010
      • Feb. 1, 2010 – The Wisconsin Court of Appeals urged the state supreme court to revisit its 2004 decision that prevents creditors from suing officers and directors for their mismanagement of an insolvent corporation.
    • Oct
      06
      2009
      • The Wisconsin Uniform Securities Act (WUSA), which became effective on Jan. 1, 2009, clarifies what is a security, modifies how securities professionals are regulated in Wisconsin, and significantly expands the Division of Securities’ enforcement powers. Attorneys representing Wisconsin-based businesses need to be aware of these and other key issues resulting from the adoption of the WUSA.
    • 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.
    • 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
      • 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
      01
      2009
      • Changes to the trust account rules will require banks to pay an interest rate on IOLTA trust accounts similar to that paid to similarly situated business accounts held by the bank.
      • Changes to the trust account rules will require banks to pay an interest rate on IOLTA trust accounts similar to that paid to similarly situated business accounts held by the bank.
    • 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.
    • Oct
      08
      2008
      • Under recently adopted amendments to SCR 10.03(4), effective Jan. 1, 2009, non-Wisconsin licensed lawyers who are employed by a single entity to provide legal services to their employers must register with the Board of Bar Examiners.
      • Under recently adopted amendments to SCR 10.03(4), effective Jan. 1, 2009, non-Wisconsin licensed lawyers who are employed by a single entity to provide legal services to their employers must register with the Board of Bar Examiners and meet other requirements.
    • Mar
      10
      2008
      • Every business engaged in Internet commerce or using a Web site to collect personal information – not just those businesses subject to financial services industry regulations – must comply with the Federal Trade Commission rules governing the use and protection of personal information. Failure to comply can be very costly.
    • 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.
    • Nov
      29
      2006
      • The Wisconsin Supreme Court's opinion in Borst v. Allstate Insurance Co. has clarified several ill-defined aspects of the arbitration process, including the role of party-appointed arbitrators, the right of parties to seek equitable relief due to arbitrator partiality, and the taking of discovery.
    • Nov
      29
      2006
      • Unforgettable convention guru Pat Kelley retires this month
      • On Dec. 1, 2006, amendments to the federal rules took effect, making electronic information explicitly subject to discovery and providing mechanisms to address difficulties posed by electronic discovery. Can amendments to state rules be far behind?
    • Dec
      07
      2005
      • On Dec. 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the privacy provisions of Title V of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) do not apply to lawyers. In 2001, The New York Bar Association (NYSBA) and the ABA challenged the Act’s application to lawyers. The State Bar of Wisconsin joined with Ohio in its amicus brief to the NYSBA’s action against the FTC.
    • May
      01
      2003
      • LLCs are becoming more popular as an alternative to the irrevocable life insurance trust as a way to remove life insurance from a taxable estate. Learn how LLCs can benefit your clients.