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milwaukee truck accident injury lawyerEvery winter, the risk of truck accidents increases across the United States. This can be an especially serious issue in Wisconsin, since our state often experiences harsh winters, cold temperatures, and conditions that make roads more dangerous. From icy roads to poor visibility caused by falling snow or freezing rain, truck drivers face a wide range of challenges when operating their vehicles in winter weather. Ultimately, these conditions can lead to dangerous truck accidents that result in serious injuries and even death.

When it comes to winter truck accidents, liability can be a complex issue. It can sometimes be difficult to identify the party or parties who were responsible, as the conditions directly impacting an accident are often variable and unpredictable. By working with an attorney who understands the laws and regulations surrounding liability for winter truck accidents, victims can take the correct steps to pursue compensation, ensuring that they will be able to address their expenses and move forward with their lives.

Common Causes of Winter Truck Accidents

People who are injured in truck accidents may be able to take legal action against the responsible parties. By understanding the specific causes of an accident, a victim can determine who may be held liable. Some common reasons that winter truck accidents may occur include:

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milwaukee criminal chargesThere are a number of different types of offenses that are classified as white collar crimes. These offenses are usually committed in a professional or business setting, and they will typically involve illegal exchanges of money. Bribery is one example of behavior that could potentially lead to criminal charges, and in some cases, people may also face criminal charges due to alleged campaign finance violations. Understanding how the laws in Wisconsin address these issues can help anyone who has been accused of bribery or campaign finance violations ensure that they will be able to defend against criminal charges with the help of an attorney.

What Is Bribery?

Bribery generally involves giving or offering something of value to a public official or politician with the intent to influence their decision-making. Wisconsin law recognizes the offense of bribery of public officers and employees, which involves the attempt to influence people such as police officers, lawmakers, or other government officials into acting in violation of their lawful duty.

If a person transfers property to an official in an attempt to influence them or otherwise grants them an advantage they are not authorized to receive, they may face criminal charges. That is, a person could face criminal charges if they give something of value—such as money, property, contracts, favors, services, or other benefits—in exchange for favorable treatment from a public official. It is also illegal for any public official to solicit or accept anything of value in exchange for influencing decisions related to their office. This offense is a Class H felony, and a conviction can result in a sentence of up to six years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

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milwaukee divorce lawyer By: Attorney Megan Drury and Paralegal Ali Jaeger

Going through a divorce is one of the most difficult experiences that anyone can endure. There are a variety of issues that will need to be addressed by divorcing spouses, and conflicts can often arise as a couple determines how to handle ownership of their marital property. Dividing assets is rarely easy, but it can become even more complex when one or both spouses own a business. There are several different approaches to splitting up business interests between divorcing spouses, and with the help of an experienced divorce attorney, a spouse can understand their options and make an informed decision about the best way to proceed.

Valuing the Business Interests

The first step in deciding how to divide business interests in a divorce is to determine their value. To do this, spouses may need to hire a professional appraiser who specializes in business valuation. The appraiser will look at everything from total assets and liabilities to cash flow and financial documents such as contracts, customer lists, inventory, etc. This will help them come up with an accurate valuation of business interests. Depending on the size of the business and the complexity of its finances, this process could take anywhere from several weeks to several months. Once the appraisal is complete, spouses can begin discussing division options.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_attn-jaclyn_20220817-202310_1.jpgBy: Attorney Jaclyn Kallie

The use of remote work has increased considerably since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. More and more people have been able to work from home, and the ease of online communications has allowed employers to hire people located in other states or even other countries. The growing use of remote work has changed the way many businesses operate, and it has opened up a range of opportunities for both employers and employees. However, it is critical for employers who utilize remote workers to understand the employment laws and regulations that may apply in these situations. Here are some critical legal issues to be aware of with respect to remote employment.

Applicable Law

Knowing what law applies to remote employees is critical to understanding the implications of this business decision. Generally, the default rule is the state where the employee resides is the applicable law. This applies to laws regarding wage and hour, employee injuries and employer data protection, among others. This distinction is particularly important where the laws differ significantly between the home state of the business where a majority of its workforce may reside and that of a single remote employee. For example, where a Wisconsin based company hires a remote employee who lives and works in California, the business must be aware of the differences in various employment laws between the two states. One such distinction relates to restrictive covenants: in California restrictive covenants are virtually unenforceable whereas in Wisconsin they are enforceable. By understanding the differing laws ahead of time, employers can avoid claims for violating them later on.

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milwaukee personal injury lawyerBy: Attorney Jason Luczak

Here at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown LLP, our attorneys provide representation for clients in multiple types of legal matters, including family law, business law, civil litigation, criminal defense, personal injury, and much more.  We regularly publish blogs covering a variety of topics related to these legal fields, and we strive to keep our clients and the readers of our blog updated on legal developments and issues that can affect their lives. We wanted to highlight the blogs that visitors to our website read the most during 2022:

  1. Circumstantial vs. Direct Evidence in Wisconsin Criminal Cases - Criminal prosecutors may rely on different types of evidence as they attempt to demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that a person committed an offense. In this blog, we look at the different types of evidence that may be used. Our attorneys ensure that our clients are prepared to address the evidence in their cases, and we fight to protect their rights when defending against criminal charges.

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milwaukee business lawyerBusiness owners have multiple options during the business formation process as they determine how a company should be structured. In many cases, structuring a business as a limited liability company (LLC) can provide advantages, since this type of structure will shield business owners from being personally liable for business debts while providing them with flexibility as they determine how to manage and operate their business. However, it is important for LLC owners to understand the laws that may affect their businesses. On January 1, 2023, a new Wisconsin law went into effect that may impact LLC members and managers.

Changes to LLC Laws in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Uniform Limited Liability Company Law (WULLCL) has made a number of adjustments to the regulations and requirements that apply to LLCs, including:

  • Operating agreements - Most LLCs use a written operating agreement to set forth the rights and responsibilities of members and make decisions about the management of the company. Under the WULLCL, multiple types of operating agreements are recognized, and in addition to written agreements, members may be bound by oral agreements, implied covenants, or a combination of different types of agreements. Because of this, it is important for a business to have a written operating agreement in place that covers all applicable issues and requires changes to the agreement to be made in writing.

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milwaukee personal injury lawyerThe state of Wisconsin provides residents and visitors with many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors during the winter, including skiing or snowboarding at a variety of ski areas and resorts. However, these activities can be dangerous, and accidents can occur that may result in serious injuries. In these situations, injury victims may wonder whether someone else was at fault for the harm they have suffered and whether they can file a lawsuit against a ski area or another liable party and pursue compensation for their damages. If you have been injured, understanding the laws that affect these cases in Wisconsin can help you determine your options, and by working with a personal injury attorney, you can take steps to identify the liable parties and pursue the compensation you deserve.

Types of Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries 

Skiing and snowboarding injuries can vary widely depending on the circumstances surrounding an accident. Common types of injuries include broken bones, head trauma, sprains and strains, spinal cord damage, and other serious physical harm. In some cases, these injuries may occur because of errors made by a skier or snowboarder, such as using a trail that is too difficult for their abilities or attempting dangerous tricks or stunts. However, injuries may also be caused by the negligence of other parties, such as a ski resort operator who failed to properly maintain trails, a ski rental company that did not ensure that equipment was safe to use, or other skiers or snowboarders who acted dangerously and put others at risk.

Liability for Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries

In order to successfully file a lawsuit for an injury sustained while skiing or snowboarding, you must have clear evidence that another party was responsible for causing your harm. There are certain duties that apply to both ski resort operators and people who are skiing or snowboarding. In general, skiers and snowboarders are required to obey posted signs or other types of warnings, stay within the bounds of a ski area, understand and act within the limits of their abilities, maintain a safe speed and control their direction, be able to avoid colliding with other people or objects, yield to others when necessary, avoid obstructing trails, and be able to safely board and deboard ski lifts. Skiers and snowboarders are required to accept the risks of these activities, as well as safety issues related to weather, snow conditions, variations in terrain, and obstacles such as rocks, trees, signs, and equipment.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_cw.gifBy: Attorney Cameron Weitzner

While drunk and intoxicated driving are serious issues at all times of the year, they can be a significant concern during the holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, OWI cases often increase, and they can lead to accidents that may result in serious injuries or death. Wisconsin officials have reported that during the 2021 holiday season, 373 accidents involving intoxicated drivers occurred throughout the state, and these crashes led to 192 injuries and seven deaths. In their efforts to prevent drunk driving, law enforcement officials may increase the number of arrests that are performed during the holidays. Drivers who may potentially face OWI charges will need to be aware of the best ways to address these issues, and they can do so with the help of a criminal defense attorney.

 

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 milwaukee divorce lawyerBy: Attorney Megan Drury

If you are getting a divorce in Wisconsin, it is essential to understand the procedures that will be followed during your case. One issue that you may need to address during the divorce process involves stipulations, which may put temporary orders in place that will determine how certain issues will be handled as you work to dissolve your marriage. By understanding the role that stipulations can play in your divorce and working with an experienced family law attorney, you can make sure you will be able to complete the divorce process successfully.

What Are Stipulations? 

In a legal context, stipulations are agreements made between the parties involved in a case. As you proceed with the divorce process, you may reach agreements with your spouse on how certain issues will be handled, and you can then file a stipulation in court asking the judge in your case to approve these agreements and put temporary orders in place. These temporary orders may remain in effect until your divorce is finalized, or they can be modified when necessary. While the issues addressed in stipulations will not necessarily be the final decisions made about divorce-related issues, they can often serve as a framework for the terms of a divorce settlement, and agreements between you and your spouses may become permanent once your divorce decree is issued.

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milwaukee child support lawyerBy: Attorney Megan Drury and Paralegal Ali Jaeger

In many divorce and family law cases, child support is one of the most important matters that will need to be addressed. Determining child support obligations can be a daunting task for parents, and balancing financial responsibility with the child's best interests is an ever-evolving challenge. As parents address these issues, they will need to understand the types of expenses that child support will cover, including the "variable costs" and medical expenses that may be added to a child support order.

What Are Variable Costs?

In Wisconsin, parents' financial obligations toward their children are determined by the state's child support guidelines, which calculate child support amounts based on the number of children and each parent's income. Wisconsin uses a "percentage of income" standard in which a non-custodial parent's income is multiplied by a specific percentage corresponding to their number of children to determine the amount of child support they will be required to pay. This standard is used in non-shared-placement cases where children will primarily live with one parent. However, in shared-placement cases where children will be living with each parent at least 92 days per year or 25% of the time, the percentages may be applied to both parents' incomes, and each parent's obligations will be adjusted based on the percentage of time the children spend with the other parent.

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