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    • October
      08
      2019

      Fee Agreements: Answers to Nagging Questions

      No matter how lawyers refer to them – engagement agreements, fee agreements, legal services agreements, or retainer agreements – fee agreements can trip up even the most well-intentioned lawyers. Here's what you need to know to ensure your agreements don’t run afoul of Wisconsin's ethics rules.

    • October
      08
      2019

      Helping a Client Buy or Keep a Home During a Divorce

      When helping clients navigate the complexities of selling or refinancing an existing home or purchasing a new home during a divorce, it's important to understand the ever-changing real property landscape and the client's circumstances. Here's how to guide clients through this emotional and potentially discouraging transaction.

    • October
      08
      2019

      Surviving Michels: Can Third-party Visitation Be Resurrected?

      In Michels v. Lyons, the court held that a grandparent who wishes to have visitation rights to a grandchild in opposition to the parents' wishes must establish by a clear and convincing standard that the parents' decision is not in the child's best interests. Although more difficult, the higher evidentiary threshold can be overcome.

    • October
      08
      2019

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      Choosing a Limited Liability Entity

      Joseph Boucher, John Rather, Ron Bote, and Andrew Seifert discuss the mechanics and legal structure involved in starting a limited liability law firm as well as the tax treatment of such entities.

    • October
      08
      2019

      Briefly

      Interesting facts, trends, tips, bits and bytes in the news.

    • October
      08
      2019

      Court of Appeals Digest

      In this column, Profs. Daniel D. Blinka and Thomas J. Hammer summarize select published opinions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Full-text decisions are linked below.

    • October
      08
      2019

      Lawyer Discipline

      The Office of Lawyer Regulation, an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, provides these summaries for educational purposes.

    • October
      08
      2019

      Shelf Life

      Want to review a book? Request one from us!

    • October
      08
      2019

      Members Only

      If you have moved, become a partner or an associate, or received a promotion or an award, let us know!

    • September
      09
      2019

      The Art of Communication: Neuroscience & the Law

      Advances in neuroscientific research have improved understanding of how humans communicate, including within the framework of the law. Here’s how to improve interactions with clients and reduce the risk of miscommunication and misunderstanding that might lead to poor legal outcomes.

    • September
      09
      2019

      What Is Wisconsin's Pleading Standard?

      For many years, Wisconsin's pleading standard for litigation appeared to differ from the federal-court standard, but in 2019 the Wisconsin Supreme Court announced the standards are essentially the same. In Cattau, the court clarified this decades-long misunderstanding.

    • September
      09
      2019

      Out of Luck: Need a Rural Family Law Attorney?

      Cases involving domestic violence, custody, or child abuse may force couples to run around a maze to locate legal counsel in a place where family law attorneys are scarce. The first one to find the attorney wins. Like a game of musical chairs, the second one to the chair is out of luck.


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