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Investor abuse is at an all-time high and elderly investors and retirees are especially vulnerable. For investors who lose money due to stockbroker misconduct, there are options for recovery through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or state and federal courts.
Some features of Wisconsin law may undermine a decedent’s true wishes, rather than advance them. Estate-planning attorneys should advise clients about the potential pitfalls of using payable-on-death designations to make changes to their estate plans.
We’re all busy, but providing pro bono legal services doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Here, lawyers experienced with the practical, and sometimes political, challenges posed by pro bono work offer tips to get involved in pro bono work.

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March 6, 2013 – Investor abuse is at an all-time high, and the elderly are most at risk. In this video, attorney Jeff Salas discusses how financial abuse occurs, reveals the tell-tale signs of investment harm, and explains how investors can bring claims for harm caused by inappropriate investment sales.

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  • An Important Time
  • Kevin Klein identifies four items that loom important for the State Bar for the remainder of this fiscal year.
  • Your State Bar
  • Show Me the Money
  • Nick Vivian, chair of the Finance Committee, explains how members can learn about the State Bar’s finances.
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  • The Basics of Malpractice Insurance
  • Nerino Petro Jr. and Joe McCarthy tell new lawyers about the importance of malpractice insurance, how premiums are determined, and how to report a matter that might be the basis of a claim.
  • On Balance
  • 5 Components of Balance
  • Everyone needs to define balance and well-being on their own terms, says Paula Davis-Laack.
  • Final Thought
  • The Promise of Gideon
  • State Public Defender Kelli Thompson reflects on 50 years of Gideon v. Wainwright, requiring states to provide legal representation to indigent defendants facing serious offenses.

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