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In 2006, the Wisconsin Supreme Court examined in detail the Good Samaritan law and issued an opinion in which it defined the terms of Wisconsin’s Good Samaritan statute. The court did not modify long-standing law, but in clarifying the law’s terms, the court also clarified its application.
A recent State Bar of Wisconsin comprehensive study that examined unmet civil legal needs of low-income people in our state revealed that 500,000 residents face serious civil legal problems without legal assistance. How will Wisconsin take the next steps and act on the study’s recommendations to close the access to justice gap?
The new fee and trust account rules became effective July 1, 2007. Here, the authors address hourly and flat fee engagements for lawyers, the new opportunity for lawyers to outright deposit advanced fees – whether flat fees or hourly fees – into their general business account, and the changes to the rules that most affect family and criminal law practitioners. Sample end-of-representation letters are included.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • Inside the Bar
  • Take the Time
  • Sometimes we all become so immersed in the bustle of work life that we forget to enjoy summer in Wisconsin and the rest of our lives.
  • Profile
  • Basting Strikes a Chord
  • In the aftermath of the most recent supreme court election, Thomas Basting's vow to work to reform how judicial campaigns are conducted prompted an ovation from lawyers and others attending his swearing-in ceremony. Other issues he will advance while State Bar president include implementing the Access to Justice Study Committee's recommendations to make civil legal services available to low-income people and protecting consumers from nonlawyers who give legal advice.
  • Managing Risk
  • Improving Lawyers' Image Starts with Client Relations
  • Maintaining good relationships with clients - especially keeping them informed about your progress in their legal matters - reduces your exposure to malpractice claims and professional conduct grievances. Good client relations also may provide the positive benefits of business referrals and improved public perception of lawyers and the justice system.
  • What Keeps You Awake at Night
  • I sometimes have difficulty getting clients to pay me on time, or at all. What can I do to ensure that I get paid? Read how some of your colleagues deal with this practice management issue.

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