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America’s Dairyland also prizes its lakes and rivers. But as high-capacity wells proliferate in Wisconsin, agriculture and other groundwater users are posing risks to the amount and health of the water, bringing to the legal forefront disagreements about access to the waters that lie beneath.
In Wisconsin, the question is unsettled as to whether a lawyer retained to administer a probate estate or a trust represents the fiduciary or the estate. Similarly, the law is unsettled as to the duties the lawyer owes to the beneficiaries. These are important concerns. Here’s why.
Adverse possession recurrently affects property owners, who might find themselves in disputes with neighbors over seemingly inconsequential strips of land. Three recent Wisconsin cases have involved subjective intent, hunting land, the definition of “substantial enclosure,” and acquiescence. These cases will likely affect almost any adverse possession dispute.

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Good fences make good neighbors; bad ones might lead neighbors into court to battle over mismarked boundaries and “true” ownership of property. Jessica Shrestha overviews adverse possession, and what lawyers should consider.

Opinions, Voices & Ideas

  • President's Message
  • Ralph Cagle: ‘A Perfect Fit’
  • State Bar President Ralph Cagle has a good sense of the hurdles lawyers face. On his agenda: helping lawyers prepare for changes in the practice of law.
  • Your State Bar
  • Summertime Reading
  • George Brown reports the State Bar’s Books Division has wrapped up publishing for fiscal 2015: 54 titles in the last 12 months.
  • 10 Questions
  • Marti Wronski: At Bat for the Brewers
  • As vice president of development for the Milwaukee Brewers, Marti Wronski is an integral part in the deals that fuel the ball club. And, she's Hank's surrogate mom!
  • Final Thought
  • Ditch the Canons of Construction
  • Federal judges advise scrapping the canons of construction when interpreting statutes. Eric Pearson explains why.

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