Common methods of splitting retirement benefits in divorce

  Splitting retirement assets is one of the most challenging aspects of a divorce. It is extremely important to accurately appraise a retirement plan and ensure that it is divided fairly. There are currently two ways that retirement accounts can be divided in a divorce. The first way is through a qualified domestic relations order, […]


Will the Insurance Company Pay What is Demanded?

Each insurance company which insures a Defendant does their own evaluation of a claim.  An injured person should keep in mind in dealing with an insurance company that they are profit seeking companies.  The insurance companies have investors or stockholders who are concerned about the insurance companies bottom line.  The more money that the insurance […]


Stopping Distances

  Driving too fast is a major cause of car crashes.  A driver must adjust their speed based upon the terrain and road conditions.  Here are a few things to keep in mind as you drive to stay safe:    Lookout —  Try to look far ahead when driving.  This will give you more time […]

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How Long Will it Take For My Case to Resolve?

The attorney that you hire to represent you in your personal injury action will want to conclude your claim as soon as reasonably possible.  A major factor in determining when your claim can be valued is your medical condition.  A personal injury lawyer has to be careful not to settle a case before the full […]


Truck Maintenance

Semi-trucks are required to undergo regular checks and maintenance, both by the owner of the truck and the driver.   A driver is required to do a walk around of a truck before proceeding out with it on the road.  Unfortunately, the failure to perform these routine inspections leads to trucks that are neglected and […]


How Does A Dollar Value Get Placed on Pain and Suffering?

This is a question that courts and juries have struggled with for a long time.  The jury is instructed by the court before deliberating that pain and suffering damages include the actual physical pain, worry, distress, embarrassment and humiliation which the injured person goes through as a result of the injury.  A claim for future […]


What is Attorney – Client Privilege?

When a client communicates with an attorney on a legal matter, the communication between the client and the lawyer need not be disclosed to other parties.  The law protects the right of the client to have the matter discussed be confidential.  The rule which governs attorneys on the issue of privilege is SCR 20:1.6.  This […]


Who Determines the Value of My Personal Injury Claim?

If a case cannot be resolved short of trial, a judge or jury will place a value on your claim.  This value is determined after a trial.  At the trial, evidence would be presented.  The evidence would consist of testimony from witnesses and exhibits presented to the trier of fact.  This does not mean that […]


Big Box Retailers

Home Depot and Wal-Mart are “big box”retailers.  Almost all of us, have been either to a Wal-Mart or Home Depot.  As places of employment, they are subject to the Wisconsin Safe Place law.  A typical “big box” retailer is filled with various activities.  At times throughout the day, the floors may be being cleaned or […]

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I have been Injured in an Accident. How Much is My Claim Worth?

This is a question that personal injury lawyers are often asked by their clients.  The answer depends upon many factors.  Every injury has its own individual characteristics that will impact the value of the claim.  An injured person should not assume because their accident happened in certain way or because they have a certain type […]