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This article was first posted by Benjamin Streckert on the State Bar of Wisconsin Business Law Section blog and is being used here with the permission of the State Bar of Wisconsin and its author. Benjamin Streckert, Minnesota 2017, is an attorney with Ruder Ware in Wausau, where he concentrates his practice on various business transactional matters. Did you know that the “full and equal enjoyment” requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act also applies…
This article was originally written for the Business Law Section blog of the State Bar of Wisconsin and appears here with the permission of the State Bar and the article’s authors. MaiVue K. Xiong, U.W. 2010, is a partner with Weld Riley, S.C. in Eau Claire, where she practices in business, real estate, copyright/trademark, and banking law. Obtaining a credit card or consumer loan as a married individual in Wisconsin actually requires compliance with…
This article was originally written for the Business Law Section blog of the State Bar of Wisconsin and appears here with the permission of the State Bar and the article’s authors. THOMAS J. NICHOLS & JAMES DECLEENE Thomas J. Nichols, Marquette 1979, is a shareholder with Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., Milwaukee, where he focuses his practice on business law and tax law. James W. DeCleene,Marquette 2015, is an attorney with Meissner
The EU’s new data privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation, represents far-reaching changes that make it one of the strictest in the world. Randal Brotherhood discusses this new law and why U.S. businesses need to pay attention to it. This post was originally posted on the “State Bar of Wisconsin Business Law Section Blog” and was written by Attorney Randal J. Brotherhood ,Washington University 1981, who is a shareholder in the Milwaukee law firm…
This post was originally posted on the “State Bar of Wisconsin Business Law Section Blog” and was written by Attorney James M. Ledvina. James Ledvina, Marquette 2009, is an attorney with Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry S.C., Green Bay, where he focuses his practice on business law and estate planning. Annual legal reviews for nonprofit corporations can help maintain their tax-exempt status. James M. Ledvina outlines the steps to conduct legal reviews for a nonprofit…
This post was originally posted on the “State Bar of Wisconsin Business Law Section Blog” and was written by Attorney J. William Boucher. Many business attorneys will recognize the WB-17 Offer to Purchase – Business Without Real Estate Interest form developed by the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing.  The WB-17 is popular because of its pre-printed nature, and thus apparent fairness, and its familiarity to attorneys, agents and business owners alike, especially in smaller…
This post was originally posted on the “State Bar of Wisconsin Business Law Section Blog” and was written by Attorney Walter J. Skipper.   One of the most common and repeated requests I receive from clients is to draft a consulting agreement or a professional services contract. When doing so, it’s important to consider the key terms to be addressed and defined within the document. Here are 15 important lessons to follow when drafting the…
How does a business stop a former employee from poaching the business’ employees after the employee has left employment of the business? Generally, to achieve this goal, employers have entered into a contract with the employee that includes a restriction called a “non-solicitation provision”. In a recent case, The Manitowoc Company, Inc., v. Lanning, the Wisconsin Supreme Court made a landmark decision which imposes significant limitations on employers with respect to non-solicitation provisions in…
This article was originally posted on the “State Bar of Wisconsin’s Business Law Section Blog,” and was written by Attorney James Phillips.   The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act brings significant changes to the structure, financing, and agreements in mergers and acquisitions transactions. James Phillips details the more noteworthy provisions that apply in 2018 and beyond. At the end of 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Job Act…
We do a lot of non-profit work. Oftentimes, we are working with new startups that are driven by strong social motivation, but to form and survive need investment capital. This puts us at a crossroad: do we go non-profit and non-stock or conventional corporation? Now, Wisconsin, joining 33 other states, has another alternative: the Benefit Corporation. Non-profit corporations must have certain characteristics in order to qualify as exempt entities under section 501(c) of the Internal…