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    • Avoiding the Accidental Franchise
    • Whenever drafting licensing and dealer arrangements, cautious practitioners should consider whether the Wisconsin Franchise Investment and Fair Dealership laws apply. Both laws offer a potential trap for the unwary - the creation of an accidental franchise, with resulting severe penalties and restrictions.
    • Removing Life Insurance from Taxable Estates
    • 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.
    • Chief Justice John B. Winslow: Stretching the Procrustean Bed
    • Winslow pleaded with judges and the public for constructive conservatism, arguing that laws should be reformed through the legislative process and not through court decisions. To do otherwise would stretch the unchanged constitution on a Procrustean bed to fit the desired reform.
    • Lawyer Discipline - Private Reprimand Summaries
    • The Wisconsin Supreme Court allows the Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility (BAPR) to publish for educational purposes in an official State Bar publication a summary of facts and professional conduct rule violations in matters in which BAPR has imposed private reprimands. The summaries do not disclose information identifying the reprimanded atttorneys.

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  • Email Contact May Impose Restrictions
  • Be cautious of information received via email contact by a prospective client. While the unsolicited email itself may not create an attorney- client relationship (with exceptions) the lawyer may be obligated to maintain the confidentiality of information in the email.