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Month: August 2011

What is a guardian ad litem (GAL) and why is one needed?

Posted on August 24, 2011 What Does This Word Mean?,What We Do For You (Civil Process)

           The term ad litem means “for the suit.”[1]  A guardian ad litem is a special guardian appointed by the judge to prosecute or defend a child, or an incompetent person, just for the duration of the lawsuit.  A guardian ad litem is considered to be an officer of the court. [2]  The guardian ad… read more

Wisconsin’s Highway Safety Statute should not be repealed.

Posted on August 16, 2011 Bicycle Injury,Bus Accidents,Construction Accidents,In The News,Pedestrian Injury,Semi Truck Accidents,Slip & Fall,State Law,That’s Outrageous!,Vehicle Accidents

            Wisconsin Assembly Bill 180 and Senate Bill 125, still in committee as of August 16, 2011, would repeal Wis. Stat. § 893.83, Wisconsin’s highway safety statute, except for suits related to snow.  This change would end Wisconsin’s long commitment to keeping Wisconsin highways (including shoulders, bridges and sidewalks) safe for use by the public. … read more

2011 Pierce County Fair

Posted on August 15, 2011 In The News

Thanks to those who came out to Ellsoworth and visited us at our booth at the Pierce County Fair this year.  Congratulations to the winners of the Packer and Vikings jerseys.  The magic number of tootsie rolls in the jar was 452!  The two winners guessed the exact number!

What is Minnesota No-Fault Insurance, and what does it cover?

Posted on August 10, 2011 Insurance Disputes

     The Minnesota No-Fault Automobile Insurance Act (“the No-Fault Act”) covers persons injured in motor vehicle accidents occurring in Minnesota, as well as those injured in another state if the injured person is covered by a policy complying with the act.  All automobile owners in Minnesota are required to carry no-fault insurance.  In addition, a… read more

Although recreational immunity applies in a wide variety of situations, there are some exceptions.

Posted on August 2, 2011 Personal Injury,That’s Outrageous!,What Does This Word Mean?,What We Do For You (Civil Process),You’re Injured, Now What?

Under Wisconsin’s recreational immunity law, property owners are often not held accountable for negligently injuring or causing the death of another person who is recreating on their property.  See Wis. Stat. § 895.52.  In addition to private citizens, governmental bodies and nonprofit organization are immunized.  In addition to some other activities, all of the following… read more