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    • Mar
      17
      2020
      • Supported decision-making agreements provide a means for individuals with functional impairments to maintain their self-determination when making decisions. Leah Ruedinger breaks down the scope of a supported decision-making agreement and discusses the role of the supporter in assisting individuals with functional impairments.
    • Mar
      09
      2020
      • In Wisconsin, financial exploitation is the largest category of elder abuse after self-neglect. This article looks at certain vulnerabilities among older clients, along with options and resources to address them, especially through drafting and statutory provisions for financial powers of attorney.
    • Mar
      09
      2020
      • Representing older clients in financial abuse cases requires the readiness to act quickly but also the recognition that traditional law enforcement and judicial system responses might not be appropriate. Here are considerations and steps to take when investigating and remedying financial abuse of an elder.
    • Mar
      09
      2020
      • In Wisconsin, two sets of courts potentially have jurisdiction over children and families. In cases involving child abuse allegations against a parent, consider the advantages and disadvantages to filing for a child abuse injunction first versus raising the allegations as part of an active family law matter. The authors discuss jurisdictional differences and areas of authority.
    • Feb
      11
      2020
      • Health-care and financial powers of attorney protect the people for whom they are created, not deprive them of autonomy and decision-making authority. Learn how to help older clients by crafting and using POA documents appropriately. These articles on POAs continue the series on protecting older clients.
    • Dec
      04
      2019
      • Family lawyers trained to identify the effects of childhood trauma and compassion fatigue can better serve their clients. Lauren Otte discusses identifying and addressing the trauma experience of children and parents to mitigate the potential damage during custody and placement disputes.
    • Oct
      15
      2019
      • Exposure to domestic violence can have serious health effects for children, according to recent scientific studies. Tiffany Highstrom gives a broad overview of these studies on the link between early childhood exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) and children’s physical and health risks. “While exposure to IPV leaves no actual bruises, it has real effects on the health of the child. Research suggests that intervention can be effective in mitigating those effects,” she writes.
    • Oct
      08
      2019
      • 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.
    • Oct
      08
      2019
      • 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.
    • Sep
      16
      2019
      • Adversarial, collaborative, cooperative, or mediation? Choosing the method in family law matters depends on your client’s situation. Margaret Hickey discusses what to consider when selecting an approach to resolving family law cases.
    • Sep
      09
      2019
      • 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.
    • Sep
      03
      2019
      • Mediation may seem like a traffic jam, but with the right mediation tools situations can successfully merge into a solution. James Mathie lists a few ways lawyers can set up a mediation for success.
    • Jul
      26
      2019
      • In 2018 the Legislative Council established a study committee to address potential changes to child support and the notion of presumed equal placement. Twelve measures are moving forward. Here is a summary of each measure, and the case for or against the action.
    • Jul
      16
      2019
      • Knowledge of a child's underlying trauma is the first step toward making the most appropriate recommendation regarding the best interest of the child. Kelsey Stefka discusses trauma-informed care and how it can be used by guardians ad litem to better understand their young clients.
    • Jun
      25
      2019
      • Your views needed: The Wisconsin Legislature is exploring reform of Wisconsin’s termination of parental rights (TPR) and adoption systems. Emily Dudak Leiter discusses the details of these potential changes, and urges section members to take the poll, linked at the end of the article, to inform the section board of your views on these critical issues.
    • Apr
      09
      2019
      • The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently held that a circuit court judge who appointed a referee to resolve disputes delegated authority that he could not delegate. Margaret Hickey discusses the case and its implications when using third-party decision-makersin family law.
    • Mar
      05
      2019
      • Listening closely and carefully is one of the most effective tools of the family court mediator. Nancy Mills discusses this subtle mediator skill that helps the mediator bring adversarial parents to an agreement that places the needs of the child first.
    • Feb
      13
      2019
      • Advocates for Marsy’s Law – equal rights for crime victims as defendants – have introduced resolutions recently in the Wisconsin Legislature. Donna Ginzl talks about Marsy’s Law For All and what’s happening in Wisconsin.
    • Dec
      19
      2018
      • No matter the area of practice, lawyers should be aware of the legal issues relevant to individuals whose families do not conform precisely to the structures for which many statutes and judicial decisions have been tailored. A vital guide is Advising the Evolving Family, recently released from State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE®.
    • Dec
      14
      2018
      • Recent Wisconsin Supreme Court oral arguments in Michels v. Lyons dissected the constitutionality of a grandparent visitation statute. Tiffany Highstrom and Sara Vanden Brook discuss the court’s recent oral arguments regarding the statute and cases involved.
    • Dec
      14
      2018
      • Recent Wisconsin Supreme Court oral arguments in Michels v. Lyons dissected the constitutionality of a grandparent visitation statute. Tiffany Highstrom and Sara Vanden Brook discuss the court’s recent oral arguments regarding the statute and cases involved.
    • Dec
      13
      2018
      • ​2003 Wis. Act 130 created a rebuttable presumption that when one party engaged in domestic abuse, joint or sole custody to the abusive parent is contrary to the child's best interest. Rather, the safety and well-being of the abused parent and child become paramount concerns when determining custody and placement. Research shows that this has not countered the trend toward joint legal custody and more equalized physical placement.
    • Dec
      12
      2018
      • Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts allow family members to save for a disabled child while not disqualifying the child from receiving government benefits. Amy Krier discusses the requirements and limitations for ABLE accounts.
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