August 27, 2014

How to Use Mediation To Avoid a Stressful Divorce in Wisconsin

written by Lane Fitzgerald


It can be very difficult to get both sides to come to the table as equals in a divorce. In fact, it’s not uncommon for couples to be at odds over whether or not a divorce is necessary in the first place.


When both sides are pulling in opposite directions, a separation can turn out much more combative and stressful than a game of tug-of-war.


Luckily for couples who find themselves on the brink of a bad separation, mediation can be an extremely helpful solution for those in need of another way to work out a solution both sides can solve together.


Family Law

August 06, 2014

How to Choose Between a Will and a Living Trust in Wisconsin

written by Lane Fitzgerald

If you or someone you know has been thinking about planning the transference of assets upon death, there are two common options many people decide to pursue.


The will has become known as the “standard” planning method, but another option––the living trust––is quickly becoming a very popular choice among many people today.


In short, the difference between a trust and a living will has mostly to do with probate. If you’re unfamiliar with probate, it’s a court-supervised process designed to protect the rights of both the creditors and the beneficiaries involved and make sure any transfer of assets is organized, planned, and relatively quick.



August 05, 2014

How Social Media Activity Can Impact a Divorce Case in Wisconsin

written by Lane Fitzgerald


Just about everybody is active on at least one social media website these days.


While these social networks can seem like casual places to connect with friends and family, share pictures, and learn about upcoming events, it’s important to keep in mind it’s anything but private––especially when facing legal issues.


For years now, evidence gathered from Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites have been submitted in a wide variety of family law cases. Today, you may be surprised to know it’s routinely seen during divorce cases, custody disputes, and hearings on child support just to name a few.


While courts usually don’t place as much weight on this kind of evidence, there are many scenarios where social media content can be absolutely pivotal to the case.


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