September 26, 2016

Bankruptcy and Divorce: Which is Best to File First in Wisconsin?

written by Lane Fitzgerald

There is no doubt of the emotional impact when considering a divorce. Couple this with financial issues and your level of stress can fly off the charts. Considering money issues are often a leading factor in divorce, it isn't surprising so many Wisconsin residents end up wondering which to file first: divorce or bankruptcy.

The good news (and the challenge) is this: if you and your spouse are able to have a calm and focused conversation about the timing of these two very significant events, you can potentially save yourselves a lot of money and frustration later.

This article will offer a number of things to consider when determining if it's better to file for divorce or bankruptcy first in Wisconsin.

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Bankruptcy Law

September 14, 2016

When Can I Buy Property After Filing for Bankruptcy in Wisconsin?

written by Lane Fitzgerald

Trying to decide whether or not to file for bankruptcy can undoubtedly be a stressful time, especially when you have questions concerning your housing needs. One worry can follow the next, especially if you don't have all the information you need to determine which type of bankruptcy makes the most sense for you to file.

In considering debt relief or reorganization, many people wonder, "Will I lose my house if I file for Chapter 13?" or "Can I buy a house after Chapter 7?"

Keep reading to learn if you can buy a house or other property (and keep it) after filing for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Wisconsin.

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Bankruptcy Law

September 02, 2016

How Long Will My License Be Suspended Under the Wisconsin Point System?

written by Lane Fitzgerald

If you've ever been stopped for speeding or another moving violation in Wisconsin, you're probably already familiar with driver's license points. Under this system, demerit points are assigned to your driver's license for each moving violation for which you are convicted, in addition to other fines and penalties.

The number of points that are assigned to your license in Wisconsin depends upon both the violation, itself, and your license type. Once you accumulate a certain number of points on your Wisconsin license, you risk suspension of your driving privileges.

If you're wondering how many demerit points it takes before your driving privileges are suspended, the answer is 12 points within 12 months. However, the length of time the suspension to your driver's license will last depends upon the type of operator's license you have been issued and the number of points on your license.

This article will explain the range of suspension times to various Wisconsin driving licenses, including: instructional permit, probationary license, commercial driver's license (CDL) and a standard (or regular) driver's license, including a motorcycle license.

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Criminal Defense

September 01, 2016

Understanding Wisconsin's Point System for Moving Violations

written by Lane Fitzgerald

If you're like most Wisconsin residents, you likely do not challenge a traffic ticket when you get one, but pay it immediately. Most people do. After all, if you don't pay or otherwise address your traffic ticket by the due date you risk serious penalties including higher fines, suspension of your driver's license, arrest and even jail time.

However, what many people do not stop to consider is that by paying a traffic ticket without question, you are also pleading guilty to the charges assigned in that traffic citation. Each time you are found guilty of a traffic offense in Wisconsin, a number of points, or demerits, are assigned to your driver's license. Once you accumulate a certain number of points, you risk having your driver's license suspended.

This article will take a closer look at Wisconsin's Point System so that you have a better understanding of the consequences of failing to challenge your traffic tickets.

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Criminal Defense