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Milwaukee child custody lawyer for establishing paternityBy Attorney Max T. Stephenson

Until recently, Wisconsin parents seeking to establish the legal paternity of a child could do so in one of three ways. Two of those methods, a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgment and an Acknowledgment of Marital Child, require the consent of both parents, which is not easy to obtain when the parents are in disagreement. The third method, petitioning for a court hearing, can help to resolve disagreements between parents, but it may come with a significant investment of time and money on the part of the parties to the case.

However, since August 2020, a new method known as Conclusive Determination of Paternity can help parents resolve paternity cases without requiring the extensive involvement of the court. If you are an unmarried or alleged parent, it is a good idea to learn about the process of conclusive determination to understand how it could affect your case.

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Milwaukee personal injury law firmMilwaukee, WI rollover car crash lawyersBy Attorney Christopher L. Strohbehn and Paralegal Ruth M. Campos

Rollover accidents can happen for a number of different reasons, and injuries suffered by vehicle occupants are often severe. Though vehicle safety features are continuing to improve in order to better protect drivers and passengers, the force of multiple impacts is still capable of injuring nearly every part of the body, potentially resulting in high medical bills and a long, difficult recovery process. If you have suffered serious injuries in a rollover car crash, it is important to determine whether you can pursue compensation from a negligent party.

Rollover Injuries Vary in Nature and Severity

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other research organizations have studied rollover accidents extensively over time in order to better understand their outcomes and promote measures to mitigate injuries. Through their research, they have determined that certain types of injuries are more common depending on the characteristics of the crash. Some of the most frequently occurring injuries include:

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Milwaukee criminal defense law firmMilwaukee, WI drug charges attorney for diversion programsBy Attorney Cameron Weitzner and Paralegal Rachel Sweet

The circumstances leading to criminal charges for drug possession can be complicated, and in many cases, they involve a history of substance abuse on the part of the alleged offender. The State of Wisconsin recognizes that treatment, education, and rehabilitation are often more effective responses to drug offenses than a harsh prison sentence. As such, the state allows a one-time conditional discharge and dismissal of charges for certain first-time drug offenders. This treatment option is an alternative to a prison sentence for offenders who are dependent on a controlled substance.

Some Wisconsin counties, including Milwaukee County, take these measures a step further by offering pretrial diversion programs for drug offenders. If you are facing drug charges, your attorney can help you understand whether you are eligible for one of these programs and take the necessary steps to fulfill your requirements.

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Milwaukee, WI divorce attorney for spousal maintenanceBy Attorney Max Stephenson

In a Wisconsin divorce, spousal maintenance or alimony is sometimes ordered to provide support for a spouse who is likely to have difficulty providing for themself without their former partner’s income, perhaps due to their health, childcare responsibilities, or lack of education and work experience. When maintenance is ordered, the paying spouse has an important legal responsibility to make the payments on time and in the full amount. However, they should also be aware of other obligations that are likely to be included in the court order.

How Is Spousal Support Paid in Wisconsin?

Typically, rather than making payments directly to their former spouse, the paying party in a maintenance order will be required to make payments to the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) or a party designated by DCF. The recipient of the payments is responsible for ensuring that they are disbursed appropriately to the receiving party. Failure to make full, on-time payments to DCF or their designee can result in enforcement proceedings against the paying spouse.

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Milwaukee criminal defense law firmMilwaukee, WI multiple OWI attorneyBy Attorney Cameron Weitzner and Paralegal Rachel Sweet

Operating while intoxicated (OWI) is a serious criminal offense, regardless of whether you have a prior history of convictions. Consequences of an OWI conviction include fines, driver’s license revocation, and a lasting criminal record, even for first-time offenders. However, the consequences can become much more severe if you are facing OWI charges a second, third, or subsequent time. If you are arrested for OWI with a previous conviction on your record, it is crucial that you hire an attorney who can help you avoid the full extent of the penalties you may face.

Second OWI Offense Penalties Depend on the Timeframe

In Wisconsin, if your second alleged OWI offense comes more than 10 years after your first conviction, the potential penalties will likely be the same as if you had no prior conviction. Namely, you may face a fine of up to $300, a $435 OWI surcharge, and revocation of your driver’s license for up to nine months, but you are unlikely to be sentenced to any period of confinement or imprisonment. However, if the second offense comes within 10 years of the first, the possible penalties become more substantial. Fines can increase to up to $1,100, the license revocation period can increase to up to 18 months, and the sentence can include up to six months in prison.

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Milwaukee, WI business insurance litigation lawyerBy Attorney Chris Strohbehn

If you or your business is the subject of a claim or lawsuit, and you have insurance, there is a good chance you might receive one of these letters from the insurance company. What is a “reservation of rights letter,” and how does it impact you or your business?

Often, an insurance company is willing to provide a defense to these claims to protect its insured, as well as the company’s own interests in mitigating damages or disputing liability. However, some of these interests can come into conflict when the insurance company discovers pursuant to its review of the file or further investigation that it may not cover some or all the claims against you or your business in a lawsuit. 

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Milwaukee, WI car accident lawyer for hit-and-run injuriesRecovering fair compensation for car accident injuries is often challenging, as negligent drivers may attempt to deny their fault, and insurance companies may seek to keep payouts to a minimum. Hit-and-run accidents add another layer to these challenges, making it difficult to know whom you can even file a claim against. However, with the help of a personal injury attorney, you can better understand your options and determine the course of action that is most likely to lead to a favorable result.

Identify the At-Fault Driver

One option for recovering compensation after a hit-and-run accident is to work with law enforcement and your attorney to investigate, identify, and locate the driver who fled the scene. You should be sure to call the police as soon as possible after the crash and give them any information you can that may help them find the driver, including a description of the vehicle or the driver’s appearance, the direction in which you saw them leave, and anything you can remember of a license plate number. Your attorney can also help you collect statements from witnesses and determine whether the driver may have been caught on camera.

Leaving the scene of an accident, especially one resulting in injury, without stopping to assist and identify oneself is a criminal offense in Wisconsin, so law enforcement is often motivated to find the offender and make an arrest. Once the driver is identified, your attorney can help you file a personal injury claim for economic and non-economic damages. In some cases, a hit-and-run offense could also justify punitive damages.

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Milwaukee, WI child custody attorney for physical placement enforcementBy Attorney Max Stephenson

When a couple with children chooses to get a divorce in Wisconsin, one of the most important issues that must be resolved is the children’s custody and physical placement. Physical placement decisions are often complicated and emotionally charged, and they require the consideration of many different factors, including the children’s needs and best interests, the wishes of the children and parents, and the effects on relationships between parents and children.

Extensive discussions or a contested battle in court are sometimes needed to reach a decision on these matters, and once a child custody order has been issued, it can be incredibly frustrating and distressing when your former spouse fails to follow its terms. You should know that if you find yourself in such a situation, you can take legal action to enforce the order and ensure that you have the time with your children to which you are entitled.

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Milwaukee probate attorney for litigation against a personal representativeBy Attorney Erin Strohbehn

If you have recently lost a loved one and expect to inherit from his or her estate, you will most likely be impacted by the process of probate, during which the estate is settled and assets are distributed to the deceased’s heirs and beneficiaries. One of the most important figures during the probate process is the estate personal representative or executor. Many estate representatives are motivated to perform their duties to the best of their abilities, but some are not so capable. If you believe that your loved one’s estate representative is not suited for his or her role, you may be able to take legal action to have that person removed and replaced.

What Are the Duties of a Personal Representative in Wisconsin?

Typically, a personal representative is named in the deceased’s will or appointed by the probate court according to state law. An estate representative has significant authority to manage a person’s property after his or her death, along with important responsibilities to settle any claims against the estate by creditors and to distribute the remaining assets to the appropriate heirs according to the decedent’s will or intestate succession laws. The personal representative is also responsible for keeping interested parties informed throughout the probate process.

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Milwaukee criminal defense law firmMilwaukee, WI drug crimes defense lawyerBy Attorney Cameron Weitzner and Paralegal Rachel Sweet

A large portion of drug-related arrests and convictions in Wisconsin involve the crime of drug possession. The penalties for a first offense of possession of a controlled substance are relatively minor, typically including a fine between $1,000 and $5,000 and jail time of six months to one year, depending on the type of drug. However, under certain circumstances, an arrest for drug possession could result in more serious consequences, particularly if there is evidence of possessing the drug for something other than one’s personal use. When you are facing felony drug charges, an attorney can help you protect your rights.

What Qualifies as Possession With Intent to Distribute or Manufacture?

Unlike simple possession, the crime of possession with intent to manufacture, distribute, or deliver a controlled substance is always considered at least a Class I felony in Wisconsin, meaning that a conviction can result in a sentence of up to 42 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. However, the penalties can greatly increase in severity based on the schedule or type of substance and the amount possessed. The most serious crimes of this nature, involving large amounts of heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine, are charged as Class C felonies with fines up to $100,000 and up to 40 years of imprisonment.

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