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Wisconsin Boating Safety Precautions

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Amid the summer season, boating is a popular activity in Wisconsin, and for good reason. It offers beautiful views, and a fun experience for family and friends. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, “operator inexperience, inattention, recklessness and speeding are the four leading causes of tragic watercraft crashes”. Here are tips on safety […]

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Avi Berk Achieves Recertification in Civil Trial Law With the National Board of Trial Advocacy

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

We are pleased to announce that Attorney Avram D. Berk of the law firm has successfully achieved recertification as a Civil Trial Specialist from the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  The NBTA was formed out of a strong conviction that both the law profession and its clients would benefit from an organization designed specifically to create an objective set […]

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Bicycle Accidents in Wisconsin: Who is Responsible?

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT), more than 90% of bicycle accidents are caused by human error. In other words, bicycle accidents and the injuries associated with them are largely preventable. Automobile drivers are responsible for about 60% of bicycle accidents involving adult cyclists according to the Wisconsin DOT. However, cyclists can contribute […]

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Estate Planning

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

If you do not involve the guidance of a lawyer to craft an estate plan that aligns with your wishes, many mistakes are possible. Such possible mistakes include: -Procrastination of creating a comprehensive estate plan in the first place -Utilizing wills and forms that are outdated -Failing to coordinate beneficiaries -Failure to involve legal advice […]

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Prenuptial Agreements

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

As you prepare for your wedding, a prenuptial agreement surely is not a subject you are excited to discuss. However, it is important to prepare for the worst, especially when your hard earned assets could be on the line. Here are some tips on how to bring up the subject of a prenuptial agreement with […]

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10 Fundamental Estate Planning Documents in Wisconsin

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Last Will and Testament Perhaps the most commonly known document.  A person’s Last Will and Testament is the final direction for all belongings and responsibilities (children, pets, debts, etc.).  A will is authenticated and followed by a process known as “Probate.”  Probate proceedings are a matter of public record, meaning that a person’s will becomes public record once […]

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Visitation Rights as a Grandparent in Wisconsin

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

What are your visitation rights as a grandparent in Wisconsin? If you wish to visit your grandchild but their parent objects, you must file a petition requesting visitation. There is a list of factors that must be present in order to be granted visitation rights. Such factors include that the grandparent has attempted to maintain […]

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Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

If a partner or relative has committed abuse against you, your child or another family member, it is important that you take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. A domestic violence restraining order, also called a protective order, may be appropriate. The process of being granted a restraining order commences when you complete […]

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Same-Sex Partnership or Marriage Separation

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

In Wisconsin domestic partnerships became effective on August 1, 2009 and same-sex marriage was legalized on October 6, 2014. The family law legal system hasn’t quite caught up to all the needs of separating same-sex couples though, so it’s important to seek legal help when there are disputes or a separation. Knowing your legal rights […]

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Summer Hazards

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

As a personal injury lawyer, I help people who have been injured by someone else’s negligence. As summer approaches, I can’t help but recall all of my clients who suffered unforeseen consequences while engaging in outdoor activities. Many times, my clients’ lives are thrown into complete disarray as the result of catastrophic injuries, which occurred […]

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