May 30, 2016

Remembering with Gratitude All Who Have Served

written by Lane Fitzgerald

"We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue."  

-James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery

 

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February 15, 2016

What is First Degree Intentional Homicide in Wisconsin?

written by Lane Fitzgerald

Based in Beloit, The Fitzgerald Law Firm represents clients from both Illinois and Wisconsin. As a result, we offer twice the knowledge when providing criminal defense against charges such as First Degree Intentional Homicide--considered a Class A Felony in Wisconsin.

We understand what a frightening and stressful experience it is to have criminal charges brought against a loved one or be facing charges, yourself. Worrying--though understandably difficult to avoid--won't be of any help in preparing a strong defense. You need to contact a law firm specializing in criminal defense right away.

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Criminal Defense, Blog

January 29, 2016

Filing Bankruptcy in Wisconsin and Illinois

written by Lane Fitzgerald

 

 

Should I file bankruptcy?

 

The Fitzgerald Law Firm is a Wisconsin law firm specializing in bankruptcy for residents of Wisconsin and Illinois. We understand filing for bankruptcy can be an intimidating process. Clients come to us wondering whether or not bankruptcy is the right decision.

 

There is no blanket answer to the question, "Is filing bankruptcy bad or good?" Whether or not filing bankruptcy is the right decision for you will depend on your specific situation. The best way to determine if filing bankruptcy is the right choice for you is to contact a lawyer who specializes in bankruptcy cases.

 

Having helped many clients--individuals and businesses--looking for debt forgiveness or financial reorganization, we have seen how bankruptcy can offer debt relief and a fresh start when greatly needed.

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Bankruptcy Law, Blog

December 30, 2015

A Quick Guide to Wisconsin’s Alimony Laws

written by Lane Fitzgerald

 

In Wisconsin, alimony is officially referred to as spousal maintenance, but the concept is the same: payments made from one spouse to the other in order to lessen the financial hardship that can follow divorce.

 

Mutual agreement or court decision?

 

Many people assume alimony is always ordered by a court, however, this isn’t always the case. In Wisconsin, either spouse can request spousal maintenance no matter how or why the marriage came to an end.

 

Many separating couples end up agreeing that spousal maintenance is appropriate as well as the amount and length of the payments involved––all without the court ever getting involved. These agreements can be put into writing through a contract called a marital settlement agreement.

 

However, if a mutual agreement can’t be reached, it can be left to the court to decide if alimony should be awarded as well as how much and how long the payments will be required.

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Blog, Family Law

December 28, 2015

Using Alternative Dispute Resolution to Solve Family Conflict Around the Holidays

written by Lane Fitzgerald

 

At The Fitzgerald Law Firm, we understand family conflicts can arise for any number of reasons around the holidays as well as the desire to resolve them together.

 

One especially challenging and heart-breaking time where family conflict can unfortunately arise, surrounds the addition of a new child to the family.

 

The heart of the matter

 

When relatives are meeting a new addition to the family over the holidays, it is all about the baby.

 

Families love children and babies. As relatives descend beyond the normal visiting routine, keep in mind they are likely just very anxious to share in all the excitement of your new child and start exploring their new roles in life as an aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc.

 

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Blog, Family Law

November 27, 2015

3 Ways to Get an OWI Dismissed in Wisconsin

written by Lane Fitzgerald

 

In Wisconsin, Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) is an offense that can bring severe penalties to those convicted both legally and otherwise. In addition to costs and possible jail time, driving restrictions and the loss of your driver's license can have huge implications on your employment and lifestyle well into the future.

 

Despite the potential consequences, partnering with an experienced Wisconsin OWI attorney knowledgeable in the law and court system can help you possibly reduce your charges or have them dismissed altogether.

 

While there’s no guarantee your situation presents a viable opportunity to have your OWI charges dismissed, here are three common defenses attorneys routinely use in Wisconsin courts:

 

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Criminal Defense, Blog

November 18, 2015

How to Initiate a Divorce in Wisconsin

written by Lane Fitzgerald

 

The decision to file for a divorce is rarely an easy one to make. Once you’ve decided to move forward, taking the first step can be a confusing ordeal. That’s why we’ve created a simple guide to help you initiate a divorce in Wisconsin.

 

1. Get the facts straight and surround yourself with those who want to help

 

The decision to get divorced should not be taken lightly. If you decide to move forward, be extremely cautious of what you say and to whom. This goes for online interactions such as posts and comments on Facebook too. In today’s highly connected world, it’s very easy for rumors to spread and unwanted information to pass inadvertently from person to person.

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Blog, Family Law

October 27, 2015

5 Divorce Apps to Make Your Life Easier During a Separation

written by admin


Divorce is stressful. Time commitments, paperwork, tension, expenses and lifestyle changes can make it an emotional and logistical nightmare. But just like virtually every other task we go through in life, there’s an app for that.

 

While mobile apps usually aren’t the first thing people think of to help them get through an intense legal process, there are a variety of apps designed to help do just that.

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September 28, 2015

Hit and Run in Wisconsin: What You Need to Know

written by Lane Fitzgerald

Hit and run is a serious offense in Wisconsin. It’s one of the clearest laws on the books when it comes to interpretation: If you get into an accident, you need to stay and exchange key information with the other person.

 

Leaving the scene knowing you’ve been involved in an accident without contact is considered hit and run.

 

Whether you’ve been charged with a hit and run in Wisconsin, are worried you may be charged with hit and run, or know someone else involved in a Wisconsin hit and run, we’ve compiled the things you need to know:

 

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Criminal Defense, Blog

September 17, 2015

5 Things To Do If Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence in Wisconsin

written by Lane Fitzgerald

 

Accusations of domestic violence can leave a permanent stain on your reputation affecting both your personal and professional life.

 

If your partner or spouse has falsely accused you of domestic violence or you believe they may be planning to, there are a number of actions you should take right now to protect yourself. Remember, just because you know you’re innocent doesn’t mean the truth will ultimately win.

 

Here are five essential things to do to protect your freedom and reputation if you’ve been falsely accused of domestic violence in Wisconsin:

 

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