The circumstances involving Anne Heche’s estate are a stark reminder of the uncertainties that may exist following the death of a loved one and the issues that can arise even when someone thinks they have their estate plan in place. Heche’s (Possible) Will When the Emmy Award-winning actress died after a fiery car crash in […]

On August 14, 1945, Life magazine photojournalist, Alfred Eisenstaedt, captured the spirit of the nation in his photo of a sailor embracing a nurse in New York’s Times Square. It was the end of World War II, and America was at the top of its game. Although the US had been late to enter the […]

Recently, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, wrote a letter addressed to “Friends and fellow Americans” discussing her diagnosis with the beginning stages of dementia. In her letter, Justice O’Connor explained that her condition is “probably Alzheimer’s disease.” Justice O’Connor, age 88, was appointed to the Supreme […]

The extended family of a reclusive millionaire secured a large settlement on the eve of trial. As reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, when LeRoy Ern died at the age of 92, he purportedly left his entire $1.6 million estate to his financial advisor. At the time of the changes, Mr. Ern suffered from dementia […]

In what has become an all-too-common story, it was recently reported that a 92 year-old Wisconsin woman suffering from dementia was defrauded by her caregiver. The caregiver, who allegedly stole $25,000, recently pled guilty to fraud and identity theft. More details on the story, which was reported by Milwaukee WISN 12, can be found here. […]

In March 2017, Milwaukee WISN 12 reported a heart-wrenching story about a criminal investigation alleging two neighbors defrauded a 92-year-old woman suffering from dementia. According to the allegations, they acquired her home as a gift through a deed and gained control of her nearly $2 million in assets through the execution of a durable power […]

As Baby Boomers continue to age, an increasing number of elderly Americans and their families are forced to deal with the devastating effects of dementia. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, approximately 5.1 million Americans over the age of 65 suffer from some form of dementia. In addition, nearly half of all individuals […]

Wisconsin Act 76 went into effect on March 1, 2014. This Act makes numerous changes to Wisconsin’s landlord/tenant law, Chapter 704 of the Wisconsin statutes. There are a number of changes that have an immediate impact on the ordinary course of a landlord’s business that landlords and their counsel should consider. First, Wis. Stat. § […]

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