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May 16 2019

"I Do" or "I Don't" – Estate Plan Considerations as a Result of Marriage or Divorce

You recently got married... or divorced... Do you need to review and update your estate plan? The answer is yes. These major life changes – for you or your children – can have a significant impact on various components of your estate plan that should not be ignored.

So, what happens if you have been married or divorced and you have not reviewed or updated your estate plan? You may be surprised how Wisconsin law will step in to adjust your plan and even more surprised as to how it may not. This Legal Update will highlight some key results and considerations.

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May 13 2019

Tetra Tech Agency Deference Standard Here To Stay

On January 18, 2019, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a decision in Myers v. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources ("DNR"), a closely watched case involving administrative deference. The decision affirmed the holding in Tetra Tech EC, Inc. v. Wisconsin Department of Revenue, a 2018 decision that upended the decades long standard used by Wisconsin courts to interpret executive agency interpretations of law.

The analysis below necessarily begins with a review of the Court's holding in Tetra Tech and explains how the Court in Myers seems to have fully adopted the Tetra Tech deference standard when it rejected the DNR's justifications for amending a permit.

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May 09 2019

Gov. Evers Creates Task Force to Address Worker Misclassification

On April 15, 2019 Governor Evers signed Executive Order #20, creating the Joint Enforcement Task Force on Payroll Fraud and Worker Misclassification. The Task Force is intended to address issues of worker misclassification, specifically independent contractor status, in the State of Wisconsin by improving interagency cooperation in the enforcement of Wisconsin's Wage and Hour laws.

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Apr 29 2019

New Federal Rules are Helping Energy Storage Grow in the Midwest

Rapidly falling costs for lithium-ion batteries are leading to exponential growth in energy storage in the US. When fully implemented, new rulings from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will further accelerate the growth of the storage industry, by requiring equal access to wholesale energy markets for storage projects. A recently-proposed 200 megawatt (MW) solar development in Kenosha County includes an option for a 50 MW battery, which would be the first utility-scale storage project in Wisconsin if it is built.[i]

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Apr 24 2019

von Briesen & Roper, s.c. Welcomes Five Attorneys

Randall D. Crocker, President and CEO of von Briesen & Roper, s.c., announced today that five lawyers have joined the firm: Daniel J. Balk III, Jacob J. Curtis, Matthew R. McGovern, Samuel G. Robertson and Peter J. Walsh.

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