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Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers, OWI, buzzed driving, drunk driving, DUI defenseDrunk driving is a serious threat to the safety of everyone who uses the road. Across the United States, there are an average of more than 10,000 fatalities every year in car crashes involving a driver who is under the influence of alcohol.

The penalties for driving while under the influence are severe, and an arrest for operating while intoxicated (OWI) can result in substantial fines, jail time, driver’s license suspension, mandatory alcohol addiction assessment and counseling, and the requirement to use an ignition interlock device (IID) in one’s vehicle.

Even though the potential consequences of drunk driving are well-known, many people continue to get behind the wheel after drinking, believing that if they have had just one or two drinks, they will be able to drive safely. However, this type of activity, known as “buzzed driving,” is incredibly dangerous. Moreover, even if a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is under the legal limit of .08 percent, he or she is still putting himself or herself and others at risk.


Milwaukee juvenile and family court attorneys, juvenile court, family court, CHIPS action, parental rightsBy Max Stephenson and Ray Dall’Osto

A child in need of protection or services (CHIPS) action is brought under Chapter 48, Wis. Stats., when a child (person under age 18) is believed by the government to be in need of protection and/or services. Such cases are initiated, and juvenile court jurisdiction exists under section 48.13, over a child when the child is:

1. Without a parent or guardian;


spousal maintenance, child support payments, divorcing spouses,  Milwaukee divorce attorneys, federal tax reformIn December 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which made the most significant changes to the federal tax code in the last three decades. Since the tax reform law was passed, the news has been filled with discussion of its impact on people in the United States.

While many reports have focused factors such as corporate tax rates, one less-discussed update to the law will have a major impact on divorcing couples, changing the way taxes apply to spousal maintenance (also known as alimony or spousal support).

How is Spousal Maintenance Taxed?


Milwaukee employment law attorneys, employment law, non-compete agreement, employee agreement, employment contractAs an “employment-at-will” state, Wisconsin provides employers and employees with the protection of an implied contract allowing either party to end employment at any point for any legally valid reason. However, many employers ask employees to sign employment contracts before they are hired or when they are terminated.

These contracts often contain a non-compete agreement (also known as a non-compete clause) which provides protections for an employer following an employee’s discharge. When creating these agreements, employers should be sure that they are correctly following Wisconsin employment law.

Creating Valid Non-Compete Agreements


Milwaukee tax assessment lawyer, property tax assessment, Wisconsin tax assessors, Wisconsin property taxes, pay property taxesIn Wisconsin, owners of real estate are required to pay property taxes on an annual basis, and the revenue generated from these taxes is used to fund local government and public schools. Property taxes are based on the value of real estate. However, due to changes in the market, these values can fluctuate from year to year. Property owners should be sure to understand how the process of property tax assessment can affect the taxes they pay.

Understanding Property Tax Assessment

Every year, local officials known as tax assessors determine the taxable value of all property in their district. This assessment consists of three factors:


Wisconsin tax assessment attorney, property taxes, tax deductions, tax reform, Wisconsin homeownersLast December, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which was the most significant change to federal tax law in the last 30 years. This law affected nearly everyone in the United States, and financial experts are still working to fully understand the ramifications of its changes. One area that has caused some confusion is the law’s provisions for the deduction of state and local property taxes from one’s federal tax liability.

Wisconsin Homeowners Cannot Prepay 2018 Property Taxes

Prior to the passage of the new tax bill, property owners could claim an unlimited amount of state and local income and property taxes as deductions from their taxable income. However, the new law will limit this deduction to $10,000, starting in 2018. Some people have sought to take advantage of this impending change by prepaying their property taxes for 2018, allowing them to deduct taxes in excess of $10,000 on their 2017 tax return.


Milwaukee estate planning lawyers, digital assets, power of attorney, social media accounts, digital documentsProper estate planning allows someone to protect his or her assets, pass the assets on to his or her heirs, and ensure that the individual’s wishes are carried out correctly after his or her death. However, in today’s society, this process has become more complicated—the assets people own often extend beyond physical property and financial resources. During the estate planning process, it is important to consider digital assets and understand how they can be protected through power of attorney.

What Are Digital Assets?

Digital assets include any information that is stored electronically. These assets can include:


assault weapons ban, violence against children, school shootings, gun violence prevention, dangers of firearmsBy Ray Dall’Osto of Gimbel Reilly Guerin & Brown, Milwaukee

Our nation is once again reeling in shock and horror, after the Valentine’s Day 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. How was a former student suffering from depression, who previously exhibited violent tendencies, able to arm himself with a military assault rifle and go on a shooting spree killing 17 innocent students and teachers? Why are such military-grade weapons available to persons who have no business having such in their possession? Why isn’t the President, Congress and Wisconsin’s Legislature doing anything effective to address and prevent gun violence victimizing our youth?

The Parkland shooter used an Armalite (AR-15) semi-automatic rifle to kill the 17 on Valentine’s Day. So too did the Orlando, Florida shooter, who killed 49 people at a nightclub, as well as the shooters at a community college in San Bernardino, California and at the Sandy Hook elementary school. The AR-15 is a weapon of war, and used to be illegal. President Bill Clinton’s assault weapons ban, which was in effect from 1994 to 2004, banned the AR-15 and other guns that were too similar to military-style weapons. Former President Obama’s attempts to reinstitute the assault weapon ban was blocked by Congress, and the carnage needlessly goes on and is accelerating.


giving an oath, Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer, appellate attorney, court testimony, taking an oathBy: Kenneth Baker

Joseph Jakubowski, notorious in Wisconsin last year for his 161-page handwritten manifesto he sent to President Trump, was in Rock County circuit court on January 28th on charges of burglary while arming himself, theft, and possession of burglary tools. In the course of the proceedings, he was barred from testifying as a witness in his own case because he refused to raise his right hand while being sworn in. While he promised to tell the truth, he nevertheless refused to raise his right hand. The trial judge thus barred him from giving testimony in front of a jury. This raises serious questions that could lead to an appeal; the main question being - is there an affirmative rule that forces witnesses to raise their right hands prior to giving testimony in court?

What about when the president or any federal officer is being sworn in to duty? What are the requirements that must be met? There is no constitutional requirement for any federal official—firefighter, ambassador, or President—to take the oath of office over a particular text or, in fact, over any text at all. President Theodore Roosevelt did not use a bible when he was sworn into office in 1901. Both John Quincy Adams and Franklin Pierce swore on a book of law with the intention that they were swearing on the constitution. In 1973, Henry Kissinger swore on a Hebrew bible while being sworn in as secretary of state. In 2006, Keith Ellison swore on Thomas Jefferson’s English translated copy of the Koran while being sworn in as America’s first ever Muslim congressman. In 2014, Suzi LeVine swore on an Amazon Kindle tablet showing the bible while being sworn in as Ambassador to Liechtenstein and Switzerland. It is clear that the use of a bible is not a requirement but is often the book that is used in swearing in ceremonies, less so in courtrooms.


Milwaukee divorce lawyers,  divorce settlement, divorce negotiation, favorable divorce settlement, division of assetsWhen married couples decide to divorce in Wisconsin, a variety of legal requirements must be met to finalize the dissolution of marriage. While many of the outstanding issues that must be resolved can be settled in court through litigation, spouses are more often able to reach an agreement through negotiation or mediation.

As spouses work to negotiate a settlement in their divorce, they must be sure they understand and address the following issues:

1. Division of assets and debts - Wisconsin is a community property state, which means that the property a couple owns and the debts they are responsible for will be divided equally between the spouses during divorce. However, this division can become complicated, especially when considering factors such as the value of different types of property (including real estate, investment and retirement accounts, and closely held businesses), the tax consequences of property division, the spouses’ earning ability, and the value of assets that are not considered communal property. Spouses should take steps to fully understand the implications of the decisions made regarding the division of property, thus making sure that they will have the financial resources needed following divorce.


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