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Western District of Wisconsin Ranks 2nd in the Nation in Chapter 12 Farm Bankruptcy Filings in 2018

Posted on January 29, 2019 by

The latest federal bankruptcy statistics contain more bad news for Wisconsin’s farmers. Chapter 12 farm bankruptcies continue to rise even though overall bankruptcies continue to fall. Although total bankruptcy filings (including Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 12 and Chapter 13) in the Western District of Wisconsin fell 2.8% in 2018 and have decreased every year […]

Will the Nursing Home take my house?

Posted on January 16, 2019 by

When faced with the possibility of paying for nursing home care, many people I meet with are concerned about what will happen to their house. Inevitably, I am asked, “Will the nursing home take my house?” To protect the house, clients want to immediately give it away to their child or children. Although this sounds […]

Create Your Emergency Money List

Posted on December 28, 2018 by

If you are married, it is likely that either you or your spouse assume primary responsibility for financial matters, like paying your bills, filing your tax returns, choosing your investments, buying insurance, and applying for loans.  If you are single, then you are probably the only person who knows everything about your finances.  In either […]

Avoiding Guardianship

Posted on December 28, 2018 by

The term “Guardianship” makes most people think of a child whose parents passed away or are in the process of getting divorced.  However, in the estate planning arena we speak of Guardianships for adults.  In Wisconsin, a Guardian is an agent, appointed by the Court, to take over for an adult individual who becomes incapacitated […]

What Kind Of Property Owner Are You?

Posted on December 28, 2018 by

You might own a house.  Maybe you own a cabin or cottage, hunting or farm land, or other properties as well.  Regardless of the type of property that you own, the previous owner of the property gave you a deed when you bought the property.  If you bought the property by yourself, the deed named […]

Estate Planning for Blended Families and Second Marriages

Posted on December 28, 2018 by

In today’s world the “traditional family” of a man, woman and their 2.5 children is becoming a lot less common.  The term “blended family” has been coined to describe multiple families that are brought together and integrated into each other.  A blended family can mean that one or both parents bring children from a previous […]

Increased Gasoline Prices Lead to Increase in Optional Standard Mileage Rates for 2019

Posted on December 14, 2018 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2019, and the increased rates reflect the increase in the fixed and variable costs of operating a vehicle.  Effective January 1, 2019, the optional standard mileage rates will […]

Farm Succession Planning

Posted on November 15, 2018 by

A huge number of baby boomers have created or continued successful family owned farms. As they approach retirement the future of those farms hinges on their ability to successfully transition to a next generation. Less than 30 percent of family farms successfully transfer to a subsequent generation. A clear succession plan is the most important […]

October OSHA News in Brief – New Interpretation on Drug Testing and Safety Incentives, Targeting Employers Using Form 300A Data, and Limiting Inspection Warrants

Posted on November 6, 2018 by

Three related developments on the OSHA front in October have implications for employers.  First, OSHA has walked back its previous interpretation of the anti-retaliation rule it implemented in 2016.  That rule prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for or discouraging them from reporting on-the-job injuries and illnesses.  OSHA had interpreted the rule, controversially, as prohibiting […]

Expanded Examination Cycle

Posted on November 5, 2018 by

The OCC, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the FDIC published an interagency interim final rule effective August 29, 2018.  The interim final rule amends the regulations governing eligibility for an 18-month on-site examination cycle.  Under the interim final rule, qualifying depository institutions with less than $3 billion in total assets […]