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gun violence, protect Wisconsin schools, Wisconsin Assembly Bills, weapons law, school shootingsBy: Kenneth Baker

The traumatic horrors of school shootings have become all too familiar in American education. Most recently, on Tuesday March 20, 2018, there was a high school student who entered a Maryland high school with a firearm and killed two innocent classmates. This also comes in the wake of the Parkland shooting in Florida that left 17 innocent students dead.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have spoken out for various forms of response to these shootings. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students have led nationwide school walkouts in an attempt to change current gun laws to prevent assault weapons from getting into the hands of suspect individuals. The response has been wide spread and sustained. It finally seems as though something is going to be done to prevent mass shootings.

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Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys, federal criminal appeal, appeals process,  federal appeal, appealing a verdictMany people are familiar with the idea of appealing a verdict in a criminal trial and taking a case to a higher court if they did not receive a satisfactory outcome. However, the actual appeals process is complicated. Thus, it is important to understand the requirements that must be met and the process that must be followed during a federal appeal.

The Federal Appeals Process

A case cannot be appealed simply because one of the parties did not agree with the verdict; there must be a legal basis for the appeal, such as errors made during the trial or an incorrect interpretation of the law. Furthermore, in criminal cases, only a defendant is typically allowed to appeal a verdict—an appeal by the prosecution could result in the defendant being tried twice for the same crime (known as double jeopardy), which is prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.

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Milwaukee fraud defense lawyers, criminal allegations of fraud, fraud charges, criminal offense, criminal chargesWhen a person deceives someone with the intent of causing him or her harm, this is considered fraud—a serious criminal offense. Fraud can take many forms, including writing bad checks, forging documents, making false insurance claims, identity theft, using another person’s credit card without his or her permission, or misrepresenting the value of property being sold. If you are accused of fraud, it is important to understand the nature of these crimes and the potential defenses against the charges.

What Constitutes Fraud?

For an act to be considered fraud, the act must meet the following requirements:

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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.

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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;

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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?

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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

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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:

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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.

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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:

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