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In appellate briefs, don't forget the brief part

May 2, 2016

Diane Slomowitz, The Daily Record Newswire Appellate briefs. The bane of some lawyers, the boon of others, including me. Section 809.19, Wis. Stats. lays out the basic specifications for Court of Appeals briefs, Sec. 809.62 for Supreme Court Petitions for ...

New Elder Law to take effect in June

May 2, 2016

By Alan Polack We have a new law that takes effect on June 27, 2016. It amends EPIC to enable a person (declarant) to designate a funeral representative who would have the right and power to make decisions about funeral arrangements and the handling, disposition ...

Attorney discipline: Special concerns for patent lawyers

May 2, 2016

Thomas Hallin, Fishman Stewart PLLC Almost 40 years ago, an old-time lawyer I was litigating against lamented during one of the breaks, “The practice of law isn’t what it used to be.” What would he say today? The adage that “if you ...

A tent vs. jail cell, you make the call

May 2, 2016

By Marie E. Matyjaszek I renewed my license tabs, and noticed that if my plate was 10 years or older, it had to be replaced to ensure that it was legible.  MCL 257.225(2) states a registration plate shall be “in a place and position that is clearly ...

Take balanced approach to business writing: Too much is not good, not enough is also bad

May 2, 2016

David Anderson, The Daily Record Newswire Most non-lawyers are well-steeped in two legal principles: possession is nine-tenths of the law and an agreement that is not reduced to writing never happened. Neither principle is entirely accurate, but each provides ...

'Trailblazer' turned focus to career in law

May 2, 2016

Tom Kirvan Legal News, Editor-in-Chief Her lawyer called her the “perfect plaintiff.” It was a legal compliment that took years for the litigant to fully appreciate. In 1988, Shelly Schellenberg had her parents uppermost in mind when she decided ...