Family Feud: Children Lose Claim Seeking Partial Ownership of Late Father’s Property

A man’s death without an estate plan triggered a protracted legal squabble between his children and their stepmother over a parcel of property the father and stepmother purchased prior to their marriage. Because the man died without placing his intentions in writing, the Wisconsin courts had to decide the issue of ownership, and concluded in […]

Timeshares and Living Trusts: Funding Issues

The weather this time of year inspires many to contemplate warm, sunny escapes. For some, this involves a timeshare property. While timeshare rights may not be as valuable as outright ownership, it is nevertheless worthwhile to consider your timeshare in planning your estate. If you have a living trust, this means taking the necessary steps […]

Domestic Partner Registry Statute: Wisconsin Supreme Court Weighs Future of Law

A four-year-long court dispute over the constitutionality of Wisconsin’s domestic registry statute for same-sex couples arrived at the state’s supreme court in October. During oral arguments in the case of Appling v. Walker, advocates from both sides, along with the court’s justices discussed and weighed the prospects of upholding or striking down the law. Changes […]