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Residential foreclosures not seen as economic detractor

Foreclosures are up in Wisconsin in a pretty significant way.ForeclosuresWI.com reports that over the last year, the foreclosure rate shot up 45 percent in Milwaukee County, while they rose 11 percent in Dane County. The state as a whole, meanwhile, averaged a 21 percent increase. And while more people ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, ...

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Foreclosure fallout

Following the residential housing boom earlier in the decade, Wisconsin, like the rest of the country, has taken a turn in recent years and seen a rise in the number of residential foreclosures. Looking at figures for the first quarter of 2007, the Mortgage Bankers Association has ranked the state ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 ...

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Fundamental aspects of foreclosures

Click here for larger imageA mortgage payment hasn’t been made in months. It’s time to foreclose. Here’s what debtors and creditors can expect, legally speaking.Wisconsin is a judicial foreclosure state, meaning that a lawsuit must be commenced to foreclose on property. It also means that the process in general ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, ...

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Lending practice changes mulled

The era of the high-risk mortgage loan could soon come to a close.With many of the economy’s current struggles being blamed on overzealous mortgage lending by financial institutions, federal regulators are stepping up efforts to crack down on loose lending practices.Responding to pressure from Congress, the Federal Reserve is ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, ...

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Work with mortgage company before filing bankruptcy

"I always recommend to people that they should at least contact the mortgage company because with so many foreclosures going on, I think as a whole, the industry is becoming a little more willing to do work-outs with people."Robert M. Waud, debtor’s bankruptcy attorney“I’m about to lose my car.”“I’m ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, ...

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Foreclosures not a major factor in slow home starts

There’s no clear-cut way to determine how the rising number of foreclosures is contributing to the decrease in new homes being built. In 2006, Wisconsinites pulled 8,005 fewer home-building permits than they did in 2005.The short answer is that rising foreclosures didn’t help the situation any. But the 34 ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, ...

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Frivolousness Case Analysis

If nothing else comes of this case, it should be expected that, the next time the court makes a rule change, it will consider whether its application should be retroactive and state so explicitly.Even if the court doesn’t, however, the court has issued an opinion that will provide guidance ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, ...

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Assembly budget would cut $19 million from circuit courts

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly made good on its promise to cut spending with passage of its version of the biennium budget on July 10. The budget, passed by a 51-44 vote, calls for approximately $9.8 billion less in spending than the state Senate version which was approved on June 26.Casualties ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 ...

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Eminent Domain Case Analysis

This is the most fractured decision of the court this term, and reckoning its holdings requires an XY chart, with seven justices spanning one axis and 2 issues spanning the other axis.The first issue is whether replacement property implicates the Takings Clause. Justice Prosser says it does; Justices Roggensack, ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, ...

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Senate makes few changes to judicial aspects of budget

County PaymentsUnder the Senate-approved budget, payments to counties for circuit court costs would increase by $9.1 million in 2007-08 and $10 million in 2008-09. Under the existing budget, counties receive a total of $18.7 million annually.Of the 150 changes made by the Wisconsin State Senate to the Joint Finance ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, ...

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State’s first lead paint verdict splits on issues

The split decision in the city of Milwaukee’s civil suit against NL Industries may have only served as a primer for the next coat of questions in cases calling for the remediation of lead paint from local residences.A jury voted 10-2 that the existence of lead paint in a portion ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 ...

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Public Trial Case Analysis

The court’s reliance on Walton v. Briley, 361 F.3d 431 (7th Cir. 2004), and Peterson v. Williams, 85 F.3d 39 (2nd Cir. 1996), to conclude that it is “irrelevant” whether closure was inadvertent or intentional, is not necessarily misplaced, but the reliance is clearly overextended.The Seventh Circuit did declare ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, ...

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Plea Withdrawal Case Analysis

The Lackershire decision seems unlikely to be cited as precedent often, but the Howell decision may have great impact.The facts in Lackershire — a legally blind, cognitively disabled defendant charged and convicted of sexual assault of a child, despite her claims of being raped and admissions by the “victim” ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, ...

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Reasonableness Case Analysis

The decision does not change the law regarding appellate review of within-guideline sentences in the Seventh Circuit.In U.S. v. Mykytiuk, 415 F.3d 606, 608 (7th Cir. 2005), the court adopted a rebuttable presumption that within-guideline sentences are reasonable.Nor does the decision affect the current law regarding sentences that are ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, ...

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Vision of the Future

The goal of a new Marquette Law School took another step toward becoming a reality as a preliminary rendering of the complex was recently developed. Dean Joseph D. Kearney projected the price tag of the new law school to be around $80 million, with a substantial portion of the funds ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 ...

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Untimely Appeal Case Analysis

The decision is coincidentally timed in the Seventh Circuit. Just two days earlier, a panel of the appellate court predicted the imminent demise of the “unique circumstances” doctrine.The doctrine was once “well-established” in the Seventh Circuit. Varhol v. National Railroad Passenger Corp., 909 F.2d 1557, 1562 (7th Cir. 1990).But, ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, ...

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Survey considers downside of time-based billing

Tracy L. Coenen A recent survey completed by William G. Ross, professor at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, is ruffling some feathers. Ross has a special interest in billing ethics, and has done two previous surveys ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, digital and mobile1 Year$329 Print, digital and mobile1 Year$329 Digital ...

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Ability to Pay Case Analysis

The decision in this case is untenable, and attorneys whose clients receive such a condition of extended supervision should object to the condition, and preserve it for potential review in the Wisconsin Supreme Court.The most logical interpretation of the statutes is that a sentencing court may not impose a ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, ...

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University of Wisconsin graduates take the oath

Wisconsin’s legal community welcomed 142 new attorneys from the University of Wisconsin Law School. (Center) Edward J. Evans of Brookfield was among the recent graduates sworn in at the Wisconsin Supreme Court on June 19. (Bottom) Justice Ann Walsh Bradley congratulates Stephanie A. Czukas of Milwaukee. (Top) Jamie Hickey-Mendoza ... Subscribe Login Digital and mobile only1 MonthIntro Rate$34----------1 Year$289 Print, ...

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