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By Attorney Denis Regan No matter what stage of your life you are in, it is important to establish an estate plan. Whether you are 18 or 88 years old, planning for the future can make life for yourself, as well as your family and friends, a lot easier should unexpected events arise. What Is a Healthcare Directive? A healthcare directive allows you to choose what forms of medical care you want to receive…
By Attorney Nicole Masnica Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or even certain prescription medications is a serious offense, and a conviction for such an offense may result in a number of significant consequences. An OWI conviction can carry mandatory fines, time in jail or prison, revocation of your driving privileges, installation of an ignition interlock device, and required addiction counseling. While drunk driving is commonly referred to as…
By Attorney Chris Strohbehn If you have been involved in a trucking accident, determining who is at fault can be complicated. From the driver to the manufacturer of the truck, there can be many different liable parties that may be held responsible for your injuries. Identifying the responsible party or parties can allow you to pursue the compensation you deserve, ensuring that the damages you have experienced will be fully addressed. Who Is Responsible?…
By Attorney Jaclyn Kallie and Attorney Erin Strohbehn The death of a family member can be a difficult, highly emotional time. An estate that is contested can make this an even more stressful situation—and one that requires a good probate litigation lawyer. What Is Probate? Probate is the process by which a person’s assets—or estate—are transferred to those who are legally entitled to them. The process is supervised by the court, and it makes sure all…
By Attorney Kristen Nelson In recent years, a number of news stories have surfaced about healthcare providers who have committed fraud by overbilling patients. While there are some unscrupulous entities that intentionally do just that, sometimes what looks like an attempt to commit fraud is nothing more than human error. For example, a bill could come from the billing department that assumed a specific service was performed because it appeared on the original paperwork and…
By Attorney Max Stephenson LGBTQ parents can face some complex issues in child custody cases in Wisconsin. In many cases, these types of situations involve one of two types of disputes. First, as the rights of the LGBTQ community receive more public support, it is increasingly common for an LGBTQ spouse who was in a different-sex marriage to get divorced after acknowledging that he or she is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. In such cases,…
By Attorney Jaclyn Kallie There are three ways a contract can be breached, warranting a civil lawsuit in Wisconsin. These are: Failing to perform a task specified in the contract. Making it impossible for the other party to perform a task stipulated in the contract. Communicating an intent to not perform a task in the contract. While these three criteria may seem clear cut, proving that one or more of them has been met is…
 By Ray Dall’Osto, Jason Luczak & Chris Strohbehn Wisconsin, like most states, considers arson to be a very serious criminal act and imposes stiff penalties on anyone convicted of the crime. An individual facing arson accusations and charges in Wisconsin should consult with and work with a skilled criminal defense attorney who is also familiar with applicable insurance law and claims procedures, to best deal with and understand the charges and potential consequences of…
By Attorney Max Stephenson Families can be complicated, and this means that matters of family law can also involve a variety of complex issues. Divorce and child custody cases often result in contentious disputes, and when issues such as visitation rights of grandparents or other third-parties are added to the mix, they can be difficult to resolve. Parents and grandparents should be sure to understand their rights in these situations.  Constitutional Rights Parents’ right to…
By Jason Luczak & Brianna Meyer The Wisconsin Assembly passed two bills this summer which, if approved by the state Senate, would impose stiffer penalties on individuals convicted of operating while intoxicated (OWI). The first bill would establish a mandatory minimum prison sentence of at least five years for drivers convicted of an OWI that resulted in a fatality.  A driver facing such a charge under current law faces a considerable prison sentence, although a…