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Estate Tax Update: Initial Thoughts

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was signed into law on December 22, 2017, and became effective January 1, 2018 (the “Act”). While most of the Act is made up of provisions that change individual and business income taxes, there were some significant changes to the...

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GOP Tax Reform Proposal

The GOP has released its “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code”.  Unfortunately, the framework is heavy on generalities and light on specifics, so there is still a long way to go.  Nonetheless, I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss the proposals,...

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How to Deed Florida Property

By: Wyon F. Wiegratz As a licensed attorney in both Florida (FL) & Wisconsin (WI), I am often retained by other WI law firms to assist with estate planning for their clients who have property in FL, are actual FL residents, or are planning to be residents in FL....

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When Do Powers Of Attorney Start And End?

One common estate planning misconception is when Powers of Attorney start and end. A Power of Attorney is a tool used to grant authority to someone to act on your behalf in case they need to. Powers of Attorney can start or be effective either immediately or...

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When Are Powers Of Attorney Required?

One common estate planning misconception is when powers of attorney are required. Powers of attorney are required if you are determined to be incompetent. Incompetency can mean a mental illness or a physical ailment, such as being unconscious.  What a power of...

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The Guardian ad Litem

A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is generally appointed by the Court after mediation is unsuccessful or when custody/placement is highly contentious.   The GAL is an attorney appointed to represent the best interest of the child(ren), as opposed to the child(ren)...

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The Divorce Sequence

This Blog is focused on divorce and family law practice in the Fox Cities of Wisconsin, but is generally applicable for the entire state of Wisconsin. A divorce begins with the Summons, Petition, and Confidential Petition Addendum. Attorneys usually recommend that an...

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