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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VOTING IN WISCONSIN

Tomorrow, November 6, 2018 is Election Day.  In Wisconsin, there are several statewide races on the ballot including Governor, United States Senator, Attorney General, and State Treasurer.  There are also races for Congress in Wisconsin’s eight congressional districts and other local races.  Please make sure that you make a plan to go vote tomorrow. Voting […]

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Legal Consequences of “Living in Sin”

It used to be said that a man and woman who lived together, were intimately involved, but who were not married were “living in sin.” We would hate to think what such judgmental people said about same-sex partners.  However, such an idiom is outdated now.  Today the number of cohabitating unmarried partners is on the […]

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A Divorce Could Cost your Business

  Do you own a business or are you thinking about starting your own business?  Are you married or engaged to be married?  If the answers to both of these questions are “yes” then you may want to consider, or you may need, a Marital Property Agreement – more commonly referred to as a pre-nuptial […]

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Supreme Court Dismantles Employee Rights

On May 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court found in favor of corporate America as it relates to employee rights. In a 5-4 decision authored by Trump appointee, Neil Gorsuch, the Court determined that employers could prohibit employees from joining forces in a class action lawsuit to bring violations of the Fair Labor Standards […]

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Landlord Law: Emotional Support Animals

On April 18, 2018, Governor Walker signed 2017 WI Act 317 which contains several provisions pertaining to the rights of landlords and tenants. In general, the changes are landlord-friendly. The breadth of the act is too large in scope for this blog article. But, check back with KEW Tips for more laws affecting landlords. This […]

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Do I need to use the “LLC” in my business name?

So, you pick out the perfect name for your business, and then you go to the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (WI DFI), and register it as a limited liability company, and realize, you’re required to stick that “LLC” at the end of your perfect business name. The same is true if you register as […]

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Vote Tomorrow!

Wisconsin voters once again will head to the polls tomorrow, April 3, 2018 where two statewide concerns will be decided.  One, an election of a new justice to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  The other, whether the Wisconsin Treasurer should remain an elected official or that office’s job duties split apart to varying people appointed by […]

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Can I reject a tenant based on criminal history?

  The law in Wisconsin (including Madison) currently does not prevent using criminal background to screen potential clients. However, federal law does prohibit using arrest records (open criminal cases are considered arrest records) as a basis for a denial.  Even if you are a small local landlord, you are subject to the federal law as […]

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CCAP Changes Ahead

Good news for people with dismissed criminal cases, evictions showing up on CCAP What is CCAP?  You’ve probably used the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access (“WCCA”) website, which displays information on cases in state (circuit) courts in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, called the Consolidated Case Automation Program (“CCAP” – pronounced “see-cap”).  You’ve also probably heard […]

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Can I sell property my tenant left behind?

Your tenant is long gone and he’s left a bunch of his stuff behind in the apartment.  Can you sell the property he leaves behind? In true lawyer fashion, the answer depends on the answer to another question (or, set of questions): Was your lease written after 2013?  Did you get the lease online?  Do […]

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