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    • Estate & Business Planning for Family Farms
    • Effective estate planning for many rural Wisconsin residents is a matter not only of the typical goal of treating all heirs fairly but also the goal of ensuring that the family’s assets can continue for agricultural purposes by future generations within the family. The author lays out the types of farm-specific information a lawyer should gather from the client and offers a farm-client case study.
    • Getting Your Ducks in a Row:
      Three Steps to Effective Succession Plans
    • Effective succession planning includes preserving and transmitting knowledge, maintaining existing client relationships and creating new sources of revenue, developing future leaders, valuing the law practice, acknowledging generational differences, and adhering to ethics rules throughout the planning process. Read why serving clients well now includes planning for what will happen when you’re no longer around.
    • John Doe II and Political Speech: A Constitutional Perspective
    • The four-year-long John Doe II investigation into campaign finance activities associated with Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election captured statewide and national attention. This constitutional-law analysis of the John Doe II decision offers an overview of John Doe II, focusing particularly on the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to terminate the investigation on the basis that it violated constitutional free speech protections.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • Paul Swanson
  • ‘It Takes a Touch’
  • A willingness and ability to take a new path when it appears has served new State Bar President Paul Swanson well, in his education and career and with his family and personal pursuits.
  • Your State Bar
  • A New Beginning Starts with New Shoes
  • New executive director Larry Martin says you can’t fill someone else’s shoes, so he’s bringing his own vision and enthusiasm to help State Bar members thrive in an ever-changing world.
  • Final Thought
  • Pick Up the Damn Phone
  • Brandon Evans says even phone-phobic lawyers can save time and hassle just by having a conversation instead of exchanging emails.