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Significant Changes to Medical Collection Debt Reporting: How Might it Affect Business?

Posted on July 27, 2022 by

In March of this year, the three major nationwide credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) announced there would be substantial changes to medical collection debt reporting coming this summer in an effort to help consumers faced with unexpected medical bills.  The changes will remove nearly 70% of medical collection debt tradelines from consumer credit […]

Estate Planning for Young Farmers

Posted on July 20, 2022 by

Estate planning isn’t just for the elderly. Young farmers can also benefit from taking a quick look at their own estate and succession plans. It is not uncommon for the estate and succession planning process to focus on the older generation, as they may be the individuals that have the most assets to plan for, […]

Wisconsin Rapids-Based Attorneys Join Ruder Ware

Posted on July 11, 2022

Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Wisconsin Rapids-based Attorneys J.P. La Chapelle and Eric Preu to its team. La Chapelle, whose family has deep ties to the area, has practiced in Wisconsin Rapids for more than a decade. “Joining Ruder Ware will allow us to offer a broader range of legal services […]

Attorney Aric Burch Receives Certification In Elder Law

Posted on July 7, 2022 by

The National Elder Law Foundation recently certified Attorney Aric Burch as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) – one of twelve in the state of Wisconsin.  The only certification program approved by the American Bar Association for elder law, the program was developed to identify lawyers who have the enhanced knowledge, skills, and experience to […]

Consumer Collections in Wisconsin

Posted on June 29, 2022 by

Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided to some extent, banks and lenders are beginning to resume collections.  Further, as interest rates and inflation continue to rise, it is likely that the number of past due accounts will also rise.  One of the issues with collections are the slew of regulations that come with collections […]

Will or Trust: Which is Right for Me?

Posted on June 21, 2022 by

One of the most common questions asked by our clients is, “What is the difference between a will and a trust, and which is right for me?”  Last week, I provided a brief summary of the differences between these two common estate planning tools in a vlog.  You can view the vlog here.  In this […]

Pain at the Pump: IRS Announces Mid-Year Adjustment of Business and Medical Mileage Rates

Posted on June 9, 2022 by

Due to the increase in the cost of gasoline since establishing the 2022 rates last year, the Internal Revenue Service is increasing mid-year the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses.  Effective July 1, 2022, the optional standard mileage rates will be 62.5 […]

Are You Keeping an Eye on Your Form I-9?!

Posted on May 26, 2022 by

Recently, we have been fielding calls from clients regarding “remote” Form I-9 verification. The current rule is that employers can ONLY verify I-9 forms remotely for employees who are remote due to COVID -19. For the curious, read our FAQ below: 1. What was the rule pre-COVID? The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ALWAYS […]

Carefully Consider Carbon Credit Contracts

Posted on May 13, 2022 by

Carbon credits have been a hot topic around the country as a potential opportunity for extra farm revenue. However, like any contract, farmers should carefully consider the terms of a carbon credit sale before signing an agreement. There are several terms that could trip up the unwary signer. What is a “carbon credit?” A carbon […]

Resolving Business Disputes

Posted on May 10, 2022 by

In a perfect world, business owners could spend all of their time and money focusing on a singular task:  running their business.  Despite the best laid plans, however, at some point ancillary concerns will arise and require—at least to some extent—that a business divert its resources to address and correct an issue.  One area of […]