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Is probate part of your practice? Get your 2017 WI Probate and Estate Planning Statutes book today.
Are you current on Wisconsin's PROM laws? The "Wisconsin Public Records and Open Meetings Handbook" is newly updated for 2017 with the latest case law and court opinions. Get yours today!
The Wisconsin Judicial Benchbook: Criminal and Traffic has been newly updated for 2017. Find the latest legislation and court decisions impacting criminal and traffic issues. Order yours now.
Determining the immigration consequences of a criminal offense is not always easy for a lawyer not familiar with immigration law. The newly revised book "Immigration Consequences of Wisconsin Criminal Offenses" can help. Click here to learn more.
The Unattainable High of the Marijuana Industry
Several states have legalized the recreational or medical use of marijuana and their treasuries are seeing the benefits. Wisconsin is not one of them, yet. Federal law still criminalizes use of marijuana. Lawyers representing marijuana-related businesses must navigate conflicting state and federal laws to help their clients operate legally and reach full commercial potential.
Hearsay Problems at Unemployment Insurance Hearings
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.
Respecting Others’ Privileged Information: Lawyers’ Obligations to Third Persons
SCR 20:4.4 governs lawyers’ behaviors and obligations when they receive a document or electronically stored information that was inadvertently sent. Read about the types of behavior the rule proscribes, examples of cases in which lawyers have been sanctioned, and a new provision that directs lawyers how to respond if they receive privileged information or work product.
The Post-lawyer Law Firm
The Legal Industry’s Rise of Productivity Engines
Tomorrow’s law firm “engine room” is not comprised of collected lawyers, but of collected legal expertise, applied to client needs through the innovative use of systems, processes, technology, and expert professionals.
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Devoted to Equal Justice
Lawyers working for legal services organizations are doing the hard work needed to achieve equal justice. But now, Fran Deisinger says, they face the prospect of lost federal funding.
Your State Bar
George Brown says technological and social developments might take today’s lawyers on previously unanticipated professional paths.
As I See It
Following Alaska's Lead: A Wisconsin Pet Custody Statute
Christopher Krimmer says a pet custody statute would provide courts and parties to a divorce with a clear legal standard – such as Alaska’s “well being of the pet” standard – of how to best recognize the special relationship that pets play in our families.
Time to Get a .Law Domain? Hold on There …
Larry Bodine says web marketing experts see no real benefit for law firms in getting a .law domain.
Six Ways to Reduce Employee Burnout
Paula Davis-Laack provides six organizational-directed approaches law firm leaders should focus on to reduce burnout and build well-being.
So, You Want To … Know How to Sign Documents Electronically
Tison Rhine presents the easiest ways to bring e-signing to your law practice.
Conflicts of Interest: Revealing Client’s Name Permitted in Limited Circumstances
Dean Dietrich says a lawyer may reveal a client’s name to determine if a conflict of interest exists, but the parameters for disclosure are narrow.
Honoring Those Who Defend
Public defenders are often criticized and rarely thanked, says Nick Chiarkas, but the work they do to represent accused individuals helps everyone by protecting constitutional rights.
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