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Forensic accounting: A new twist on bean counting

Tracy L. Coenen Traditional accountants and auditors have long been referred to as “bean counters.” Some may take offense at the phrase, but if they’re being honest, they admit that it is a simplistic but accurate representation of the work ...

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A moving case against removal law

Gregg Herman On Nov. 9, 2005, the Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill by a 57-38 vote that would substantially change Wisconsin’s removal law, greatly restricting a parent’s ability to move with a minor child. The proposed legislation, AB 400, now ...

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The eyes have it: Seeing the signs of fraud

Tracy L. Coenen Would you recognize the clues that your client has been ripped off by one of its employees? Or would management conduct business as usual, blindly trusting their employees? Companies make the mistake of not actively searching for ...

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No placement of children by default

Gregg Herman Can placement of minor children be decided by default? Even though the Legislature said "yes," the Wisconsin Court of Appeals said "no" in a recent case. Specifically, the issue involves the failure of a parent to file a ...

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Fee opinion recommended for pub

Gregg Herman Thanks to action by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the issue of whether an attorney is entitled to a judgment for attorney fees from a client under Wis. Stat. §767.23(3)(a) when the attorney ...

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Appellate court upholds life insurance coverage

Part II Gregg Herman If the much-publicized case of Terri Schiavo wasn't enough to make you reconsider the importance of good estate planning, a recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals case re-emphasizes that point. This is the second of two articles ...

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Appellate court addresses support issue in Vlies

Part I Gregg Herman One gray area of family law was recently made black-and-white by a recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision. Another area, however, may have been made a shade grayer. This is the first of two articles discussing ...

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Father seeks ‘virtual visitation’ with daughter

Gregg Herman After Michael Gough's divorce in Utah, he found himself living 1,000 miles away from his four-year-old daughter. Not satisfied with simple telephone calls in between physical visitations, he sought a court order allowing "virtual visitation" through electronic communication. ...

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Father seeks ‘virtual visitation’ with daughter

Gregg Herman After Michael Gough's divorce in Utah, he found himself living 1,000 miles away from his four-year-old daughter. Not satisfied with simple telephone calls in between physical visitations, he sought a court order allowing "virtual visitation" through electronic communication. ...

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Supreme Court will review conflicting custody elements

Gregg Herman On June 1, the Wisconsin Supreme Court granted the petition for review of the unpublished Court of Appeals District IV opinion in Landwehr v. Landwehr, No. 2003AP2555 (Wis. Ct. App. Jan. 27, 2005) (per curiam) (unpublished). This is ...

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Application of Chen to other cases troubling

Gregg Herman The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently issued its opinion in Chen v. Warner, 2005 WI 55 (May 6, 2005), affirming the circuit court's conclusion that a physician mother's post-judgment decision to quit her employment to stay home with the ...

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Bill encourages resolution of placement disputes

Gregg Herman Settling placement issues in a divorce case can be difficult enough, but two Wisconsin Court of Appeals cases have had the unfortunate effect of making settlement more difficult. Now, legislation has been introduced to reverse the effects of ...

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Potential Derr v. Derr problem

Don't worry — this column hasn't gone soft. Gregg Herman In my March 30 column, I praised the Wisconsin District IV Court of Appeals for its opinion in Derr v. Derr, No. 03-2181 (Wis. Ct. App. Mar. 17, 2005) (recommended ...

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Derr decision helps ‘cut through the haze’

Gregg Herman This column has criticized appellate courts from time-to-time for inconsistency in their use of language. Recently, the District IV Court of Appeals used their opinion in Derr v. Derr, No. 03-2181 (Wis. Ct. App. Mar. 17, 2005) (recommended ...

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Derr decision helps ‘cut through the haze’

Gregg Herman This column has criticized appellate courts from time-to-time for inconsistency in their use of language. Recently, the District IV Court of Appeals used their opinion in Derr v. Derr, No. 03-2181 (Wis. Ct. App. Mar. 17, 2005) (recommended ...

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Decision addresses child support arrears

Gregg Herman Any confusion about Wisconsin law regarding credits for child support arrears might have (finally) been put to rest, thanks to a recent Wisconsin Supreme Court decision. In In re the Paternity of John R. B., 2005 WI 6, ...

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