While for some it may not come fast enough, election days will soon arrive—September 9 for primary contests, November 4 for the general election. As a reminder, Wisconsin law gives time off to employees to vote or work as an election official. Employees must be allowed up to three (3) successive hours off to vote […]

Employers who want to protect their customer base and their businesses often ask their employees to sign an agreement pledging not to solicit customers or compete in the same area when they leave the employer. Two recent Court of Appeals cases demonstrate just how difficult writing an enforceable agreement on these two points can be. […]

The E-Verify system is the best available means for employers to maintain a legal workforce. E-Verify allows employers to confirm employment eligibility in seconds, virtually eliminates the hassle of social security number mismatch letters, and improves the accuracy of wage and tax reporting. E-Verify is an Internet-based program that is free to participating employers. The […]

A small business man recently called and indicated that a limited liability company he ran had been sued. He had filed a response to the allegations of the complaint with the court and sent a copy to the attorney for the plaintiff. The plaintiff’s lawyer immediately filed a motion to strike the answer and for […]

“Don’t worry, I have plenty of automobile insurance.” Such a belief is shared by many individuals, including those who have just been injured in a serious automobile accident as a result of the negligence of another, and also by those who have just caused one. In either situation, insurance coverages and the amount of such […]

One of the smartest things a potential homebuyer can do in connection with the purchase of a new home is to have an inspection of the property conducted by a licensed home inspector prior to closing. Such inspections tend to be money well spent as they provide the potential homebuyer with a more detailed picture […]

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals, in Jakubow v. Lichosyt, 2007 WI App 150, recently addressed the interplay of competing interests to real property where a land contract is involved: Namely, that of a third-party attempting to execute on a judgment lien against a land contract vendee’s equitable interest in real property and that of a […]

On July 3, 2007 the Wisconsin Court of Appeals issued a decision in favor of OCHD’s client, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc., in an appeal of a case arising out of the construction of Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. That case involved the issue of which of Mitsubishi’s insurers, Federal Insurance Company or […]

Some duplex owners have considered converting their properties into two unit condominiums, known as “twindominiums”. There are several legal steps and quite a bit of paperwork that must be completed in order to accomplish the conversion. In order to create a condominium, the owner, with the assistance of an attorney and a surveyor, must prepare […]

Chapter 815 of the Wisconsin Statutes provides that certain personal assets are exempt from judgment creditors, and these exemptions can be claimed by individuals when they file federal bankruptcy. Likewise, the federal Bankruptcy Code [11 U.S.C. Section 522(d)] also provides an alternative set of exemptions that the individual can claim instead of using the Wisconsin […]