How to Impress or Annoy a Judge

Timothy O’Brien, chair-elect of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Litigation Section, served as the moderator for a session entitled “How to Impress or Annoy a Judge” at PINNACLE’s Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and Appellate Practice Section Institute on May 6, at the Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee.

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Deanne Koll named “Rising Star”

Deanne Koll was named a “Rising Star” by Wisconsin SuperLawyers, which recognizes the best attorneys under age 40 or within their first 10 years of practice. Only 2.5 percent of lawyers in Wisconsin are named to the Rising Star list each year. Click here to learn more.

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Tom Schumacher honored

The St. Croix Economic Development Corporation (EDC) honored Tom Schumacher for his service as EDC president from May 2010 to May 2011 at its recent annual meeting. He will continue to serve on the EDC executive committee. To learn more, click here.

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Bankruptcy 101 for Bankers

This outline is designed to provide basic information about bankruptcy. It also contains specific information about the unique challenges and considerations of bankruptcy as it applies to banks as creditors.

The topics addressed in this outline include:

  • What are the different types of bankruptcy?
  • What is included in the bankruptcy estate?
  • What is the automatic stay?
  • Why should I have the debtor reaffirm the debt?
  • What information is important on the notice of bankruptcy filing?
  • How does a bankruptcy affect a foreclosure?

Disclaimer: This outline is designed to be educational and informative, but it is not legal advice. Bankruptcy law is constantly evolving and subject to change. Each situation is unique, and each bankruptcy should be addressed to fit the unique situation.

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When Good Loans Go Bad: Avoiding the Pitfalls in Collecting on Accounts

This outline is designed to provide basic information about collection pitfalls and strategies for lending institutions in Wisconsin. It also contains specific information about foreclosures, replevins and bankruptcy issues.

The topics addressed in this outline include:

  • When do I call the attorney?
  • What is the process of a foreclosure action?
  • How does the replevin fit?
  • What if the customer files bankruptcy?

Disclaimer: This outline is designed to be educational and informative, but it is not legal advice. Collection law is constantly evolving and subject to change. Each situation is unique, and each foreclosure should be addressed to fit the unique situation.

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Until Debt Do Us Part: The Financial Issues in a Divorce

This outline is designed to provide basic information about the financial aspects of a divorce. It contains specific information about the unique challenges and considerations in contemplating divorce, about division of assets in divorce and bankruptcy as it affects divorce.

The topics addressed in this outline include

  • What happens to assets and debts in a divorce?
  • What are the essential financial considerations in my divorce?
  • What should I do if my ex-spouse’s creditors call me?
  • How does a bankruptcy affect a divorce?

Disclaimer: This outline is designed to be educational and informative, but it is not legal advice. The law and divorce concepts contained in this outline are accurate today. However, divorce law is constantly evolving and subject to change. Each situation is unique, and each divorce should be addressed to fit the unique situation.

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Foreclosure 101

This outline is designed to provide basic information about foreclosures in Wisconsin. It also contains specific information about the court process, tenants’ rights and purchasing a property at a foreclosure sale.

The topics addressed in this outline include:

  • What is foreclosure?
  • What is the foreclosure process?
  • What should I do if I am served a foreclosure complaint?
  • What are the risks to purchasing a property at a foreclosure sale?
  • What rights do I have as a tenant in a foreclosed property?

Disclaimer: This outline is designed to be educational and informative, but it is not legal advice. Foreclosure law is constantly evolving and subject to change. Each situation is unique, and each foreclosure should be addressed to fit the unique situation.

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Tim O’Brien and Pete Reinhardt recognized

Tim O’Brien and Pete Reinhardt were named “Super Lawyers,” by Wisconsin Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor given to the top 5 percent of attorneys in the state each year. To earn the honor, nominees must pass a rigorous, multi-phase selection process that considers 15 indicators of peer recognition, professional achievement and high ethical standards.

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New Wind Turbine Bill Introduced (here we go again)

As has been noted in the past on this blog and in many other places, the current law in Wisconsin regarding wind turbines has been unsettled, to say the least. On May 20, 2011, Senator Frank Lasee from Senate District 1 (east of Green Bay) has introduced a bill that would modify the statute, changing the setback requirements and making other significant changes. The legislative analysis can be found at the following link: SB98.

Among other things, the bill proposes a minimum setback of a half mile from the nearest property line, unless all property owners agree to a lesser setback. The bill also requires a minimum setback of 1.1 times the height of the turbine (including the tallest extension of a blade). The bill also requires the PSC rules to provide reasonable protection from any health effects associated with wind energy systems, including health effects from noise and shadow flicker. Finally, the bill requires a study of the effect on property values.

No legislative schedule has been set for the bill as of this writing.