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Who are my heirs?

When it comes to planning your estate, naming your heirs is one of the most crucial steps you will take. This is because the way you name your heirs and how you distribute your assets to them may vary from the way the courts would do it.

Without guidance in a will or other estate planning documents, the courts will pass your property on to heirs specified under the law, and in a specific order. This order follows below.

Despite tech tools, construction defects still plague projects

Construction projects have the potential to be massive, complex undertakings. This is especially true when the project involves commercial property or other large-scale operations. Between the number of people involved and the scale of work being performed, there are a lot details and moving parts to keep track of.

For example, construction defects are details that need to be monitored and tracked throughout a project. Failure to note and address a defect can lead to serious problems with the property and the cost of completing a project. Thankfully, there are a number of tools available, including various apps, that should make defect tracking easier.

Who cares for children when the court terminates parental rights?

Anyone in Wisconsin who cares for children on a regular basis understands how challenging it can be. Today's world presents so many types of obstacles, problems and situations that were extremely rare or non-existent several decades ago. Some people say advanced technology is a crucial leading factor in the changing landscape of parenting and family life throughout the nation.

Regardless of what has caused such changes, the fact remains that raising children in 2017 may be a rewarding experience indeed, but is also often wrought with complicated issues that make parents, grandparents and other caregivers feel overwhelmed and unsure where to turn for help. Sometimes, the gravity of a particular situation may lead to parental rights termination.

Why would a proposed merger or acquisition be blocked?

If you own a business, you have a number of difficult decisions to make on a regular basis. You are frequently going to be the final word in hiring and firing decisions, budgetary concerns and partnerships with other companies.

However, there situations in which you are not going to be the one who approves or denies an act that could affect your company’s future. For instance, if you want to participate in a merger or acquisition with another company that is valued at over $78.2 million, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice will actually make the decision on whether that can happen or not.

If we share custody, does someone still pay child support?

Child support was established at a time when courts typically awarded primary custody of the children to mothers, who often did not work outside the home. In most cases, there was an obvious need for financial assistance from the noncustodial parent.

Because of how and why child support began, you might assume that if two parents are sharing custody of their kids, there would be no need for child support. However, you can expect that even if you share custody of your kids with the other parent, one of you will still be ordered to pay child support

Planning for a baby? Consider planning for your estate as well

If you are expecting a child, whether it is your first or fifth, there is a lot of planning to do. You need to get the nursery ready, find childcare for when Mom and Dad return to work and figure out a budget, including how you might save for your child's college. All this is on top of taking care of the mother and ensuring the baby is safe and healthy.

The last thing you might want to think about is planning for even longer into the future, or the end of a parent's life. This can be stressful and uncomfortable, but in the long run, parents can be very relieved they took a few steps to plan ahead early on.

5 commercial lease terms of which you should be wary

Leasing commercial space is critical for any business owner in Wisconsin. Without the proper space, you could wind up getting shut down or being extremely limited in what you can and cannot do.

However, before you sign a lease for commercial space, you will want to be cautious, as not all leases are created equal. There are numerous clauses, restrictions and definitions that a landlord might include in a lease that could be cause for concern. Below are five of such clauses you could encounter.

The understated importance of a pet trust

Many people understand the need for a will, and most people understand that having an estate plan is a good idea for protecting their assets and beneficiaries down the line. One thing that isn't always spoken about is the need for a pet trust.

If you're a pet lover, then you probably have at least one at home. What happens if you get into an accident and can't care for your pet any longer? What if you pass away? A pet trust is necessary for these situations, especially if you aren't sure who would adopt your pet.

Balancing relations in light of bad PR

When a business is successful and has a positive reputation, business owners certainly deserve whatever acclaim that comes their way. And while a steady, strong image may not make for flashy headlines, it is something to be celebrated because the truth is that things can change in the blink of an eye.

This was illustrated recently after a video of a United Airlines passenger being dragged off a plane went viral. In a matter of hours, the company took a major hit to its image, leaving the CEO in the difficult position of having to respond. In this case, he defended his employees and their actions, but that support may have jeopardized other relationships.

Understanding child custody in Wisconsin

Sharing child custody in light of a divorce can be one of the most upsetting experiences a parent can go through. Not only is it difficult to think about giving up time with your kids, it can be painful to know you are giving that time to your ex, who you may not like or trust any more.

However, custody plans are about protecting the best interests of your children, and kids typically benefit from having a meaningful relationship with both parents. This will often mean parents share physical and/or legal custody of the children, so it can be crucial that you understand what these mean.