Business Litigation

What happens if I get sued? – Part 2- Discovery

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After the initial pleadings are entered, there will generally be a scheduling conference between the Attorneys and the Judge to set the schedule for the case. Part of that schedule will include a date in which all discovery must be completed. Litigation has been described as playing poker with everyone’s cards face up. While this […]

Business Litigation

Be Careful When Granting the Power to Terminate a Contract Early

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It seems quite often you see contracts that contain provisions similar to the following: Either party may cancel this contract at any time by giving the other party 60 days written notice. This always sounds like a good idea when you discuss it. Basically it is the back-out provision, if things are going badly, you […]

Business Formation

The Benefits of a Joint Venture

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There are many situations where two existing businesses, or two just starting entrepreneurs want to jointly take on an endeavor, but do not want to be so tied to each other as to be the same entity. This is where a joint venture can come in handy. It creates a legally binding relationship, and if […]

Business Formation

Where is the real value? In the Company or the Employees?

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Often, when a company is looking to acquire another business, it looks at all of its gleaming equipment and its wonderful balance sheet as the reason to purchase the company, but in reality all of that success is probably more tied to the employees that work there then the systems or equipment associated with the […]

Business Law

Why does legal language need to be so complicated?

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This is a question that is frequently asked, or thought of, even if it is not verbalized, by my clients. The lawyerly answer is because language is an imperfect medium to describe complex thoughts, ideas, and meanings. There are vagaries to every word, and every sentence written.  However, a better way to explain it may […]

Business Law

Dangers of Businesses taking the Law into their own hands

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To the unsuspecting business, there are a surprising amount of consumer protection laws in Wisconsin, especially relating to penalties from a business. Businesses regularly get themselves into hot water by imposing sanctions on consumers without taking those laws into account, the consequences can be dire and expensive. A recent Wisconsin Appellate case James Cook et […]

Business Law

How to Find an Attorney in Milwaukee?

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It is probably relatively obvious how to find an attorney, open the yellow pages or jump on Google and you will have thousands to choose from. The title of this post should be “how to find a GOOD attorney in Milwaukee?” The first thing to realize is that a good attorney for one person, is […]

Business Formation

The Problem with On-Line Form Contracts

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If you are looking to start a business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, or already own a business in the Wauwatosa or Milwaukee area, you might think, “I can save some money on using contracts and business formation services from an on-line website.” And this is true, you will certainly get a cheap alternative. Of course, as […]

Business Law

What if there was no written Contract?

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This is an issue that comes up quite often in my Business Litigation Practice. When two businesses, especially small businesses, first get together they are excited to have the service/ a new client and other than maybe a written a proposal have nothing in writing setting out the terms of the agreement. If everything does […]

Business Law

Anatomy of a Contract (Part 1 of 3)

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Always a question that concerns business owners is what should be included in a contract? The short answer: everything that is needed. However, there are ways to break up drafting a contract to make it easier to know what should be included, and when it is too much and jeopardizes the deal getting done. Even […]