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WISCONSIN RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE AND ONLINE FORMS DO NOT MIX

Before I start haranguing landlords about the hazards of using online forms, let me start at the beginning of why we have lawyers, laws, and even crazy laws. Lawyers are necessary in this nation of laws. Laws govern collective behavior from how fast you can drive to where you can build a building and whether you have to follow safe building practices in doing so. Without elaborating on anarchy, suffice to say that anarchy means people drive as fast as they want, on or off the road, cut corners when building houses, skyscrapers, or bridges. And when they see something someone...

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How Vacation Planning is Similar to Estate Planning

My husband and I just returned from a much-needed vacation to Cozumel, Mexico.  When I considered the steps it took to get us there, it occurred to me that vacation planning is surprisingly similar to estate planning! From considering the type of vacation that made the most sense for our family, to researching options online, to choosing a travel agent, every step was equally important to ensure our vacation would meet our expectations. Because we would be traveling with our 3.5-year-old daughter, traveling on the cheap and hoping the pieces came together in the end was simply not a viable option. Therefore,...

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Considerations in a “Gray Divorce”

The frequency of “Gray Divorce” is increasing in Wisconsin.    According to the Washington Post, in the last 25 years, the divorce rate for couples over 50 years old has doubled.  The rate for those over 65 has more than doubled.  As a Wisconsin divorce lawyer, I have noticed the changing demographic of my clients.  To meet the challenges and needs of my clients, I must be educated on the specific issues involved in a  “gray divorce.”  Some of those issues are:        Social security:  be aware of the benefits available for both spouses.  For example, spouses married at least 10...

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The Handshake Agreement is Worth the Paper it is Written On

Co-ownership of an airplane is the cheapest way to fly. Many pilots start out in one of these. Variations of this type of ownership are flying clubs, fractional ownership, or unspoken agreements that more than one person fly an aircraft titled to one person. As the cost of aircraft maintenance and storage is high, it makes sense for most pilots to share the costs with others in exchange for flight time. Anyone in one of these situations, however, could face unseen risk. This risk generally exists in handshake agreements, gentlemen’s pacts, or unwritten rules about part ownership, when nothing is on...

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