What is Paternity? Paternity actions are brought when a child is born to parents who are not married. If the mother and/or the child are on Badgercare or other state-funded programs, the county in which they reside will often bring a paternity action against the parents to ensure that the child is being financially supported by both parents. Paternity actions can also be brought by one or both parents to work out legal custody, placement, child support, allocation of birthing costs, responsibility to provide health insurance for the child and determination of which parent may claim the child as a dependent on his or her income taxes.
Probate is a legal process through which an individual's estate is administered after that individual passes away. Generally, the probate process is supervised by the Court. The probate process is designed to ensure that debts of the decedent are paid and that any assets are distributed to the appropriate beneficiaries.
Attorneys Margaret Hickey, Emily Tercilla, and Lauren Otte attended the 37th Annual Family Law Workshop in Door County at the beginning of August. The three day Workshop in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin included both educational and networking events.
One of the most common questions clients have is what is the difference between a financial Power of Attorney and a Last Will and Testament, and why do I need both. Both documents can be vital parts of an estate plan, as they serve separate purposes, so it is important to understand the difference between the two.
You and your spouse are splitting up, and you are preparing for the divorce. Going through a divorce can be very complex, and there are many legal details that you will have to confront. As you learn about the process, you are encountering questions that never even occurred to you.