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Facebook: a word or two for employees...

Tuesday, February 24th 2015 11:11 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC, La Crosse WI Employment Attorneys
Knowing prospective employers look at social media, consider Facebook—for good or for bad—an extension of your interview.  
“Hiring is a very subjective process. A job offer or lack of an offer is often made on impressions,” attorney Brent Smith said. “It is important to realize what you post today may...

Mother Nature gives reason to read home insurance policies

Tuesday, February 24th 2015 11:13 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC, Insurance Attorneys La Crosse WI
So far, 2014 has been a tough year for homeowners. From floods and ice dams to mud slides and tornadoes, many have taken a big hit. Consequently, many for the first time are taking a closer look at...

Juveniles charged as adults: Slender Man stabbing reignites discussion

Tuesday, February 24th 2015 11:39 am
Cheryl Gill, La Crosse Criminal Defense Attorney
The Slender Man stabbing has sparked a lot of attention not only here in Wisconsin but also across the country. It’s tragic on many levels — children hurting children.
From a legal perspective, it’s also reignited discussion about when minors are and/or should be charged as adults. Should the 12-year-old girls charged with the stabbing remain in adult court,...

Six legal questions to ask before you get married

Tuesday, August 25th 2015 9:12 am
Brian Weber, Attorney
A lot of factors go into deciding whether to marry. You can probably guess a lot of them: love, lifelong commitment, companionship, having children and financial stability. Those are the top five...

Even young parents should plan for what might happen

Tuesday, September 29th 2015 9:50 am
Tony Gingrasso, Estate Planning Lawyer
As a father of twin boys, attorney Anthony Gingrasso wants to make sure they are protected if anything happens to him and his wife.
He knows it is a difficult subject. “Death is not something that any of us want to think about,” Gingrasso said. 

Second thoughts about a firing decision?

Tuesday, September 29th 2015 1:48 pm
Brent Smith, La Crosse Employment Lawyer
It isn’t common but occasionally supervisors may rethink the firing of an employee, especially if a legal issue comes to their attention.
If you find yourself in that situation, attorney Brent Smith suggests: In rare instances, offering to hire that person back. Providing a severance package that may include salary and benefits...

Can I be sued?

Tuesday, September 29th 2015 7:26 am
Joe Veenstra | La Crosse Personal Injury Lawyer
I had an adverse reaction to some new medication while driving my car and accidentally hit and injured a bicyclist. Can criminal charges be filed? Can the bicyclist sue me?
The simple response, according to attorney Joe Veenstra, is that “Anyone can sue and criminal charges could be brought, although that doesn’t mean they will stick.”

Five common mistakes in hiring and firing

Tuesday, September 29th 2015 1:36 pm
Ellen Frantz, La Crosse Employment Attorney
Mistakes made in hiring and firing can be costly, which leads to attorney Ellen Frantz’s advice: “Hire slowly; fire fast.”
“When I say fire fast, I don’t mean it should be a snap decision,” Frantz said. “If someone is not working out and you know it, make the decision rather than have that person...

JFC Housing Fund helps homeless kids

Tuesday, September 29th 2015 2:48 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
A dozen local homeless high school students will soon have a safe place to sleep and a continuous source for food thanks to a $70,000 grant from the La Crosse Community Foundation, funded in part by...

Think your work environment is hostile?

Monday, October 5th 2015 2:08 pm
Cheryl Gill, La Crosse Employment Lawyer
Hostile can be a vague term to most of us. We tend to take it at face value—to mean unkind, malicious, vitriolic. But when it comes to the workplace, hostile takes on new meaning, and...

New legislation means taxpayers must act fast

Wednesday, December 23rd 2015 3:54 pm
Greg Bonney, La Crosse Estate Planning Lawyer
Without doubt, this can be a busy—and stressful—time of year. In addition to the bustle of the holiday, this week also marks the last in which to make important year-end tax decisions.
For the last few years, Congress has hurriedly passed end-of-year tax legislation that was retroactive to the first of year. Consequently, taxpayers didn’t know what to do about tax deductions...

The benefits of a parenting agreement

Tuesday, December 15th 2015 12:11 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Over the course of his practice, attorney Brian Weber has seen the importance of creating parenting agreements for children after a divorce. 
“The vaguer you make it, the more problems there are in the future,” he said. “One mistake I often see is where couples assume they can work out problems that occur later. But the...

Independent contractor or employee? Federal rules are changing

Tuesday, December 15th 2015 12:25 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC, Employment Lawyers La Crosse
The U.S. Department of Labor is taking a “good hard look” at whether workers are independent contractors or employees.
Attorney Brent Smith said the issue involves potential misclassification of workers as independent contractors rather than employees. Contractors are not subject to minimum wage, overtime...

Empty nesters: do we need to update our estate plan?

Sunday, December 27th 2015 2:47 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC, La Crosse WI Lawyers
We sent our youngest child off to college last fall and are now officially empty nesters. Is there anything we need to do with our will at this point?
Many parents write wills when their children are young to designate who would be responsible for their care and finances should both parents die while the children are still minors (or in some cases,...

A look behind our curtain

Saturday, December 26th 2015 9:38 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC, La Crosse Lawyers
Though you may see and work mostly with your attorney or paralegal at Johns, Flaherty & Collins, some other very important people keep the whole process running smoothly—making certain...

Insta-trap: 5 ways Instagram can get you into legal trouble

Sunday, September 11th 2016 10:34 am
Joseph Veenstra, La Crosse Lawyer
The photo and video sharing social network known as Instagram is more popular than ever. In just five years since its release, the service has allowed millions to snap it up, connect and share images...

Weird Wisconsin laws make unwitting criminals

Monday, April 25th 2016 6:16 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
You probably fancy yourself a law-abiding citizen: you pay your taxes, shovel your sidewalks and abide by parking regulations. But in Wisconsin, there are several laws still on the books that you may...

Expungement: Getting "That" Off Your Record

Tuesday, September 20th 2016 1:19 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, Criminal Defense Lawyers La Crosse WI
If you or a loved one is convicted of a crime, you probably want to get beyond that mistake quickly. Is there any way to remove the charges from your record? 
“Wisconsin and Minnesota have very separate systems for expungement,” said Attorney Cheryl Gill. “In Wisconsin, you can only get expungement if you request it at the time of...

What Is "Pain and Suffering?"

Tuesday, September 20th 2016 1:32 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, Personal Injury Lawyers
In a personal injury case how is “pain and suffering” defined, and how is it calculated?
“Pain and suffering represents physical pain and emotional distress that you suffer as a result of an accident,” said attorney Brian Weber. “It can include actual pain and...

How much do you REALLY know about presidential election laws?

Saturday, November 5th 2016 1:19 pm
Joe Veenstra, Constitutional Attorney

Changes to Financial Laws Possible in the Wake of Recent Election

Wednesday, November 16th 2016 11:39 am
Brent Smith, La Crosse Lawyer
In the wake of the recent election, many are speculating how changes in our nation’s highest levels of leadership will affect financial laws and regulations. The truth is, with the election...

Four considerations for people Googling "divorce" after Christmas

Wednesday, December 9th 2015 12:27 pm
Maureen Kinney, Divorce Lawyer La Crosse
New York Times Contributing Op-Ed Writer Seth Stephens-Davidowitz uncovered an interesting trend when investigating depression rates during the holidays. While, overall, Google searches for the word...

Lawsuit basics: what to do when your business gets sued

Saturday, December 17th 2016 12:42 pm
Brian Weber, La Crosse Lawyer
Few business owners begin operations expecting to be sued, but statistics from the United States Department of Justice suggest it’s a reality many will face at some point. In Wisconsin alone,...

New Year resolutions for business: 6 steps to protect your entity

Saturday, December 17th 2016 11:30 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
With a new year comes an opportunity for a fresh start. Whether you’ve been in business for years or you’re just starting up, it’s a good time to make sure you’re getting all...

Business Lawsuits: By the Numbers

Saturday, December 17th 2016 12:28 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
If you ever find your business faced with a lawsuit, these numbers may help you make some big-money decisions.
This infographic shows who most often wins (plaintiff or defendant), in what kinds of cases and how much is awarded in damages on average and whether you're better off with judge or a...

What NOT to Wear to Court

Tuesday, February 14th 2017 5:53 pm
Tony Gingrasso, La Crosse Attorney
Chances are, if you plan to appear before a judge, the stakes are high for you. Regardless of the role you play—plaintiff or defendant—keep one crucial fact in mind: the majority of...

Primary Custody, Shared Custody and Split Custody: Understanding the Differences

Friday, February 10th 2017 9:36 am
Sonja Davig, Divorce Lawyer La Crosse WI
For parents navigating divorce, the question of how the children will be impacted is often a serious concern, and frequently, the most contentious matter between the splitting parties. When parents...

5 Legal Tips to Consider Before Retirement

Monday, February 27th 2017 10:55 am
Greg Bonney, La Crosse Estate Planning Attorney
Most Americans look forward to their retirement for years, if not decades. It’s a time when at last you can embark upon all the activities you wished you’d had time and resources to do...

Top 5 Legal Issues for Pregnant Women and New Moms

Monday, March 13th 2017 12:07 pm
Heidi Eglash, La Crosse Estate Planning Lawyer
There are few life events more exciting and more life-changing than having a child. From your schedule to your finances to many aspects of your daily lifestyle, a baby seems to change absolutely...

Top 5 legal tips for traveling abroad

Monday, March 13th 2017 12:16 pm
Maureen Kinney, La Crosse WI Attorney
You’ve bought your ticket overseas, and you’ve read the travel guide. Hotel reservations have been secured, and you’ve drafted your itinerary. But before you begin your trip,...

Identity Theft Checklist

Saturday, April 1st 2017 9:31 am
Brent Smith, La Crosse Lawyer at Johns, Flaherty & Collins

Full Disclosure: Heidi Eglash

Sunday, March 26th 2017 11:42 am
La Crosse WI Estate Planning Lawyers at Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Heidi Eglash is a partner at Johns, Flaherty & Collins, concentrating in business and real estate law, consumer law, estate planning, wills and elder law. Here's your chance to see a whole...

New Parent Legal Checklist

Wednesday, April 19th 2017 11:04 am
Greg Bonney
Once you become a parent, there’s never a shortage of things to do. Many days, one just feels lucky to take a shower. But it’s critical to make time to protect your baby and yourself with...

Think you understand small claims court? Take our quiz and find out.

Saturday, April 1st 2017 9:06 am
Joe Veenstra, La Crosse Attorney at Johns, Flaherty & Collins
Test your knowledge! How well do you understand small claims court?  

The Most Common Fines Assessed Against Small Businesses

Saturday, May 13th 2017 3:33 pm
Tony Gingrasso, La Crosse Business Lawyer
When you own a small business, complying with regulations and laws is an essential part of your role. But let’s face it, the responsibility can be overwhelming, particularly when laws and...

EEOC Charges Filed in 2016

Sunday, March 26th 2017 11:53 am
La Crosse WI Employment Lawyers at Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
If you think we've moved beyond employment discrimination issues in recent years, think again. More than 1,000 charges were filed in Wisconsin alone in 2016, race still being the most common...

Full Disclosure: Brandon Prinsen

Friday, July 28th 2017 11:17 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
At work, Brandon Prinsen is all business. Outside the office, well, we'll let you discover that on your own. Here's a glimpse of what you might find.
If you could master one skill that you don't have right now, what would it be?

Johns, Flaherty & Collins' top 3 all-time most popular blogs

Sunday, September 17th 2017 4:36 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, La Crosse Attorneys
As attorneys, we get legal questions all the time. If you were to ask us what questions are most common, we’d probably mention something about estate planning or family law. But the blogs...

Respect the rodents and defer to the dairy: scary laws in Wisconsin and beyond

Saturday, October 28th 2017 4:18 pm
Cheryl Gill, Criminal Defense Lawyer in La Crosse
Laws are written to protect the fundamental rights of citizens, and most laws aren’t scary unless you break them. Sometimes, however, local ordinances can get pretty specific…and a...

Succession planning: turning your company over to the next generation

Saturday, November 4th 2017 9:46 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, Estate Planning & Business Attorneys
Your business is going well and even includes two of your six kids in its management. What will happen when you decide to retire or die?
It can be quite tricky if you don't have a business succession plan, according to Johns, Flaherty & Collins attorney Bob Smyth. Depending on the type of business you have, this can be...

Full Disclosure: Tony Gingrasso

Friday, September 22nd 2017 8:25 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Tony Gingrasso joined Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC, in 2014. He concentrates on commercial litigation; consumer law; estate planning, wills and elder law; business and real estate law;...

Do's and don'ts after a car accident

Thursday, November 9th 2017 2:35 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Did you know that on average in Wisconsin, there's an auto accident every four minutes? Always best to be prepared, so even before you get behind the wheel, we highly recommend carrying both...

10 Great Gifts for Lawyers

Saturday, November 25th 2017 2:56 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins
Prime gift-giving season is approaching. If you count a lawyer amongst your loved ones, check out some legal-themed surprises you might consider sharing this holiday season.
 
1. Lawsuit Board Game

Do we have to repay financial gift?

Monday, December 4th 2017 12:06 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
A relative inherited a good deal of money and gifted a portion of that money to us to help us get into the house we are building. The money ran out before we were able to finish our house. The...

Full Disclosure: Joe Veenstra

Friday, June 29th 2018 4:46 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
If you know Joe Veenstra, you know he's passionate about the law, but he also knows how to enjoy his downtime. Here's a side to him perhaps you haven't seen. If you could have...

Heed embezzlement warning signs

Monday, September 10th 2018 6:10 pm
Brandon Prinsen, Business Attorney
Recent events in the greater La Crosse area demonstrate that no business, no region is immune from the threat of embezzlement. It's an unfortunate reality that employers need to vigilantly...

7 signs someone is embezzling from your company

Tuesday, September 11th 2018 12:24 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
It's an unfortunate reality that employers need to vigilantly safeguard their assets from those they must trust the most: their own employees. Interestingly, offenders are most often...

Full Disclosure: Ellen Frantz

Saturday, September 8th 2018 3:36 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Ellen Frantz is one of our most seasoned attorneys, having practiced law since 1980. While you may have worked with her in the past on an employment or family law matter, we bet you never knew...

Can you spot a scam? Take our quiz to find out.

Tuesday, November 27th 2018 6:36 pm
Cheryl Gill, Consumer Law Attorney
 
 
It would seem with every new form of telecommunications comes a bevy of new ways for fraudsters to try to bilk you. In fact, by the end of last year, the average email user was receiving 16 malicious...

What we can learn from Picasso about estate planning

Thursday, August 30th 2018 3:02 pm
Greg Bonney, Estate Planning Attorney
When Pablo Picasso died at the age of 91, he left behind a fortune in assets, including far more than artwork. He also left five homes, cash, gold and bonds. But what he didn't leave behind was a...

Six things you need to know before buying a timeshare

Tuesday, November 27th 2018 7:22 pm
David Pierce, Real Estate Lawyer
With cold and snow hitting Wisconsin right now, your thoughts may be turning to a warm escape…not just for this year but on a more permanent basis. Timeshares may seem like the way to go....

Charitable giving: tips for gifts that last

Monday, November 26th 2018 9:25 am
Maureen Kinney, Estate Planning Attorney
Despite recent tax changes dramatically increasing the standard deduction, many people in the Coulee Region continue to give generously to charities. And as another season of giving rolls around,...

How to (realistically) avoid drunken driving this holiday season

Saturday, September 8th 2018 2:49 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
And why you can’t realistically judge your ability to drive
The holidays are just around the corner and with them, celebrations and libations. But that also brings a sobering fact: an average of 300 people die each year in drunken driving crashes during the...

Legal dilemma: Divorcing spouses disagree on child's religion

Saturday, September 8th 2018 3:09 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
My ex and I disagree on our child’s religion. If we leave it up to the court, how will it make a decision?
Divorce is painful and highly emotional enough, says attorney Brian Weber who concentrates in family law. “Add in the heightened passion around closely held religious beliefs, and finding a...

Even the best students can face truancy issues

Saturday, September 8th 2018 3:25 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Oftentimes when we think of truancy, we don’t think of straight-A students from “good homes.” Instead we envision a struggling or troubled child. But it’s not uncommon for any...

Consent forms: do I give up all my legal rights by signing

Sunday, September 30th 2018 4:00 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
With the new school year, I'm getting bombarded with parental consent and release forms. While they're required for my child to participate in both regular and extracurricular activities,...

Overtime pay: do I have to take comp time instead?

Sunday, September 30th 2018 4:14 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
My current employer has me working ten hours on some days, then requires me to take straight comp time instead of overtime pay (which is 1.5 times the usual rate). Is my employer violating the law in...

Billing disputes: tips for consumers

Sunday, September 30th 2018 4:27 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Communicating with the business should be your first step in any billing dispute, according to attorney Joe Veenstra. “If you ignore the bill, it could end up in collections which would affect...

Easements: what are my rights as landowner?

Sunday, September 30th 2018 4:39 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
My local power company just requested an easement to erect some windmills on my farm property. What is an easement, and do I have to oblige? An easement is the legal right to use someone...

Understanding the process of small claims court

Sunday, September 30th 2018 4:57 pm
Joe Veenstra, Consumer Lawyer
The small claims court process begins with the filing of a small claims summons and complaint with the clerk of courts. The filing fee is $85, and, depending on the county you are in, the clerk can...

Q&A: As a nonprofit board member, can I be held liable?

Sunday, September 30th 2018 5:22 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
I recently accepted an invitation to join a nonprofit board. Once I got on the board, I learned the organization was in big debt and I began receiving letters from bill collectors. As a board member,...

Divorce and property division: a house divided

Wednesday, September 26th 2018 9:10 am
Ellen Frantz, Family Law Attorney
Even if you are the primary wage earner in your marriage or the spouse who brought more to the marriage, you can expect assets—and debts—to be divided in a divorce.
“There is a presumption of dividing marital assets 50/50 and not just the positive assets, but also mortgages, loans and other debts,” said attorney Ellen Frantz. “The bottom line...

Unemployment compensation: do I qualify?

Wednesday, September 26th 2018 9:27 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
My supervisor chewed me out at work, but I didn't say anything to him at the time. When I walked away, I told one of my co-workers what I thought of him. He overheard me and fired me. Now...

Bullying: when should you call law enforcement?

Thursday, September 13th 2018 9:53 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
How can you protect your children when they’ve been bullied at school?
“First, it’s important to recognize there is a difference between normal kid behavior and bullying,” said attorney Cheryl Gill. “Kids can be mean, but there is a difference...

Infographic shows consequences of drinking and driving this holiday season

Monday, September 10th 2018 9:29 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
As if the human consequences -- death and injury -- aren't enough, legal consequences can be pretty severe as well. including fines up to $100,000 and imprisonment. This infographic offers a...

Child support — Do I have to keep paying even though I lost my job?

Monday, September 10th 2018 12:27 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Just because you lose your job or sustain an injury that keeps you from working, don’t assume the amount you pay in child support will automatically be reduced. Even with a layoff, your...

Estate planning eases headaches and heartaches for survivors

Sunday, September 2nd 2018 11:56 am
Greg Bonney, Estate Planning Attorney
The death of the legendary, beloved Aretha Franklin departed with no will in place, leaving her four sons to determine what will happen to her estimated $80 million estate. While no discord has...

Billing disputes: tips for businesses

Monday, August 20th 2018 8:47 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins
A billing dispute can happen in any business, but how you handle it has an impact on that customer and many others.
“Address it immediately,” said Johns, Flaherty & Collins attorney Brandon Prinsen. “Don’t avoid it.”

Personnel records: What should you keep?

Monday, August 20th 2018 3:15 pm
Ellen Frantz, Employment Law Attorney
Under Wisconsin law, employers don’t have to keep individual personnel files. But if they do, employees – current and former – may inspect their records at least twice a year.
These records apply to qualifications related to employment, promotion, compensation, termination and other disciplinary action.

Intellectual property: protecting your ideas with copyrights, trademarks and patents

Friday, August 10th 2018 5:12 pm
Gregy Bonney and Brandon Prinsen
Virtually every business deals in some way with intellectual property. Whether it’s a restaurant wanting to protect its secret recipes, a computer firm laying claim to newly developed software...

How to find hidden bank accounts in divorce

Friday, August 10th 2018 6:19 pm
Sonja Davig, Family Law Attorney
Anyone who thinks all is fair in love and war never had a spouse who hid bank accounts on them. It happens, unfortunately, and when it’s time to call it quits on a marriage, you deserve a fair...

Seatbelt law: how does law affect insurance claims?

Thursday, August 2nd 2018 11:45 am
Brent Smith, Personal Injury and Insurance Lawyer
I was in a car accident and wasn't wearing my seatbelt. How will that affect my insurance claim? Wisconsin law requires drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts. Not wearing a seatbelt can...

Thinking of challenging a will? Consider the risk of disinheritance.

Thursday, August 2nd 2018 11:22 am
David Pierce, Estate Planning Lawyer
With the help of a trusted attorney, it is possible to challenge a will after someone has passed away. And while it’s natural to want to challenge a will if you believe it or the conditions...

Guide to adopting stepchildren

Sunday, July 29th 2018 1:15 pm
Sonja Davig, Family Law Attorney
There are many reasons you might be interested in adopting your stepchildren: to reduce the potentially negative influence of a biological but noncustodial parent, to have the legal rights and...

Primer on abortion laws in Wisconsin

Monday, July 23rd 2018 9:48 am
Cheryl Gill, La Crosse Attorney
With eyes on the Supreme Court these days, and rapidly-changing public policy under the current administration, many are wondering how the latest shifts will affect abortion laws nationally, as well...

Infographic shows statistics about dog bites

Saturday, June 30th 2018 9:13 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
 
In tracking dog bite data throughout the year, the Centers for Disease Control have made some interesting discoveries not only about how frequently and severely dogs bite, but also when dogs are most...

Fireworks: What's legal in Wisconsin?

Sunday, June 24th 2018 9:23 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Some would argue there is nothing more American than apple pie, mom and fireworks, especially around the Fourth of July.
But fireworks — anything manufactured, processed or packaged for exploding, emitting sparks or combustion that does not have another common use — are illegal in Wisconsin, according to...

Commercial leases: what to look for

Friday, June 8th 2018 8:12 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
I’m relocating my home-based business to downtown La Crosse and have been looking at a number of commercial properties to lease. What are some of the things that I should look out for in a...

Full Disclosure: David Pierce

Thursday, March 29th 2018 7:37 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
David Pierce is our newest associate at Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC, having joined us in June 2017. Here's a chance to get to know a bit more about him...outside the office.
If you could live in a book, TV show or movie, what would it be?

Maternity leave: can I take off three months?

Monday, March 26th 2018 10:08 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
I’m expecting a baby in a couple months and want to take 12 weeks off from work after my baby is born. My employer says I can only take six weeks since I’ve only been with the company a...

Beyond the here and now: Buy-sell agreements can protect your business interests for years to come

Saturday, March 17th 2018 12:08 pm
Gregory S. Bonney, Business Attorney, Johns, Flaherty & Collins
Organizing a new corporation can be a daunting task. While new owners are eager to begin providing and marketing their new product or service, they face a multitude of forms and details required to...

Bank accounts: can boyfriend transfer funds without my permission

Saturday, March 17th 2018 12:24 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
My boyfriend and I own a house together (both names on title and mortgage). The bank allowed him to have the automatic monthly payment transferred from our joint checking account to his individual...

Renting: what can I do about mold?

Saturday, March 17th 2018 12:33 pm
Joe Veenstra, Landlord-Tenant Lawyer
What rights do I have as a tenant living in a residence with black mold in the walls? You have the right to request the landlord address the problem, according to attorney Joe Veenstra who...

Termination: depression was a factor; do I have recourse?

Friday, March 9th 2018 4:54 pm
Ellen Frantz, Employment Law Attorney
I was fired from my job for being late for work or calling in sick, a minor violation of our work rules. Although our union contract stated that termination would occur after seven minor violations...

Home buying: an extra set of eyes helps when buying a house

Monday, February 26th 2018 12:58 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Buying a house is the biggest purchase most of us make in our lifetime.
It is important for the buyer to fully understand that the home-buying process involves more than just choosing a home and making an offer. Buyers are presented with an abundance of paperwork when...

Leasing: understand the risks when guaranteeing your child's lease

Monday, February 26th 2018 1:09 pm
Terry Collins, Johns, Flaherty & Collins
It’s exciting when your children head off to college for the first time. It signals a new era of learning, making new friends and, for most, living on their own.
When they find that first (or subsequent) apartment, however, they — and you — can be in for some surprises. Landlords are looking for someone to guarantee their leases, and they’re...

Custody decisions must focus on children

Friday, March 9th 2018 4:30 pm
Maureen Kinney, Attorney, Johns, Flaherty & Collins
While many families are working to return to a normal routine following the holidays, others are struggling to define a new routine. That’s because divorce filings often increase after the...

Full Disclosure: Maureen Kinney

Saturday, December 30th 2017 10:45 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
In this Full Disclosure update, we're sharing more about Maureen Kinney. While she's been a devoted attorney for more than 40 years, she's still managed to find time not just for pro bono...

Estate Planning Guide: From age 18 to 118

Wednesday, September 21st 2016 10:13 am
Greg Bonney, La Crosse Estate Planning Lawyer
Many people are surprised to learn that estate planning becomes relevant for all upon turning 18. Check this guide to see what you need at this point in your life. 

Estate planning through the ages

Tuesday, September 20th 2016 1:04 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, La Crosse Lawyers
One size does not fit all when it comes to estate planning. Each of us has different needs and priorities, depending on where we and our family members are in our lives.
(Check this guide for a handy reference to what you need at this point in yours.)

Top 10 questions to ask your divorce attorney

Thursday, December 27th 2018 3:19 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
If you’re contemplating divorce, one of the most important steps you can take to relieve stress is hiring the right attorney. This is someone with whom you’ll be sharing significant...

Legal Dilemma: Does workers comp cover mental health?

Thursday, December 27th 2018 3:42 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
I know that workers’ compensation will cover physical injuries sustained while on the job, but will it also cover mental illness stemming from my workplace? I’ve been so stressed about...

Full Disclosure: Ellen Atterbury

Sunday, December 30th 2018 4:09 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
  Ellen Atterbury joined Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC, last year after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, Wisconsin. We're delighted to have her at...

Debunked: five myths about wills and probate

Thursday, December 27th 2018 4:54 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Let’s just say it: Planning for your own demise is a downer. But you know what’s an even bigger downer? Leaving the work of sorting through your earthly assets to your heirs, especially...

Tips for business owners facing divorce

Saturday, February 16th 2019 6:09 pm
Tony Gingrasso, Business and Familiy Law Attorney
Anyone contemplating a divorce has a lot at stake: from income and insurance to child placement and custody, you’ll face many decisions. And if you’re a business owner, you can add a...

Infographic shows divorce by the numbers

Friday, December 28th 2018 11:26 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Do you ever feel like you're alone in thinking about or getting divorced? This infographic offers a snapshot of divorce in Wisconsin and the U.S., including frequency, risk factors and the most...

Grandparents rights: not a sure thing

Monday, March 18th 2019 8:11 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Your heart melts when you think of your grandchildren, but your kids won’t allow you to see them. It can leave you wondering whether you have any rights concerning your grandchildren.
“Wisconsin has created a lot of statutes that allow for third-party visitation for anyone who has maintained parent-like relationships with the child,” said attorney Brian Weber. This...

New divorce laws in 2019

Sunday, March 31st 2019 12:10 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
For better or worse, the new tax laws now in effect are creating significant ripple effects through homes across America, and some of the homes feeling it the most are those where couples are...

Should you say I do to the prenup?

Thursday, March 2nd 2017 6:24 pm
Ellen Frantz, Family Law Attorney in La Crosse WI

Service animals at work

Sunday, March 31st 2019 12:00 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins
Service dogs have been helping people with disabilities live more independently for 250 years. These smart, loyal companions serve as guides for people who are visually impaired, increase...

If I’m fired, will I lose my pension?

Sunday, March 31st 2019 12:16 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
I work at a national chain that recently filed bankruptcy protection as they try to reorganize. They have since announced they’re closing several locations as part of the reorganization....

Full Disclosure: Brandon Prinsen

Sunday, March 31st 2019 12:31 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Brandon Prinsen joined Johns, Flaherty & Collins in 2009 and became a partner five years ago. Most clients know him for his business law and estate planning acumen, but here we show another side.
Are you an older, middle, youngest or only child and do you fit the stereotype?

The odds of a felony conviction [Infographic]

Monday, May 6th 2019 12:40 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Each year, the Bureau of Justice Statistics releases the latest numbers on arrests and convictions in the United States. Can you guess which crime ranks highest for convictions? See the answer on...

Business partnerships: What you need to know about getting in, out

Monday, May 13th 2019 11:25 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins
Business partnerships offer several advantages when they work
It’s well known that half of all new businesses will fail in the first five years. The outlook is even bleaker for partnerships: up to 70 percent of those don’t last, according...

Flag desecration: is it OK to wear clothes decorated with an old flag?

Monday, May 13th 2019 12:04 pm
Joe Veenstra, Constitutional Lawyer
I have a pair of bell bottoms that I found at a thrift store with flares made from an old American flag. Is it considered flag desecration to wear them? It seemed patriotic to purchase...

Full disclosure: Terry Collins

Saturday, December 17th 2016 1:29 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC, La Crosse Law Firm
Terry Collins is a name partner at Johns, Flaherty & Collins, concentrating in government relations, municipal law, commercial litigation, insurance, personal injury, business and real estate...

My ex says she has tenancy rights to my home

Monday, June 17th 2019 9:25 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
My girlfriend of two years and I recently broke up. During the last year of our relationship, she basically lived at my place. Now she won’t leave, saying she has “tenancy” rights,...

Full Disclosure: Brian Weber

Thursday, June 27th 2019 2:50 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
This young-looking guy has been practicing law with Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC, for nearly 25 years! Today, Brian Weber focuses his practice on commercial litigation; insurance and...

Child custody: how can I get missing father's permission for international travel?

Wednesday, July 24th 2019 7:33 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
My daughter is 13 years old. I was never married to her biological father, but he is listed on the birth certificate, and she has his last name. We haven't had contact with him for eight years....

In divorce and family law, Fido counts too

Monday, July 29th 2019 9:18 am
Ellen Atterbury, Family Law Attorney
Animal companions like family to many
Courts now are finally recognizing what dog lovers have known all along. Our animal companions are more than our best friends; they’re family and sometimes our only children. As such, however,...

5 reasons you should call your insurance company after a car accident

Tuesday, August 6th 2019 10:15 am
Brian Weber, La Crosse Insurance Lawyer
Fear of rate increases discourages reporting
Many people are reluctant to call the police or their insurance company after an automobile accident, primarily for two reasons. First, they’re afraid their insurance premiums will increase....

Online shopping safety guide a must-read

Monday, August 12th 2019 8:03 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins
It appears any skittishness about online shopping is fading into the past. Since 2010, online sales in the U.S. have more than doubled; and worldwide next year, the number of e-commerce...

Student rights: yes, they have them

Wednesday, September 4th 2019 1:04 pm
Joseph G. Veenstra
Few people understand students' rights in public schools
Most people at one time or another have heard stories about students’ lockers being searched, student newspaper articles being censored, and students sent home from school because of something...

Full disclosure: Katelyn Doyle

Friday, September 6th 2019 9:26 am
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Katelyn Doyle joined Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC, earlier this summer. Here's your chance to get to know our newest associate a little better. If you could have one superpower, what...

Can I get overtime pay?

Monday, September 9th 2019 8:31 am
David Pierce, Employment Lawyer
Overtime pay: who qualifies
Whether you live to work or work to live, there’s no arguing that the paycheck is an important part of the process. Employees want to be fairly compensated and employers want to keep good...

Wisconsin businesses: trade secret misappropriation could end your career

Monday, September 16th 2019 9:45 am
Brent Smith, La Crosse Employment Lawyer
A case earlier this year is serving as a warning shot to would-be trade secret blabbers.  
In a remarkable move, the Federal Reserve acted earlier this year to ban two Wyoming bankers from ever working again in the industry after they took proprietary information with them from one bank to...

Substance abuse affects child custody and visitation decisions

Monday, September 23rd 2019 5:01 pm
Tony Gingrasso, Family Law Attorney
Drugs and alcohol contribute to divorce
There’s no question that alcohol and drug abuse are a rampant problem in society. It seems a week doesn’t go by without news related to today’s opioid epidemic, meth busts or...

Can you speak legalese? Test your knowledge of legal lingo [Quiz]

Thursday, October 3rd 2019 9:56 am
Brent Smith, Attorney at Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC
Are you a Law & Order fan? How about The Good Wife, Boston Legal or Ally McBeal? Legal dramas are known for incorporating the legal lingo into their scripts. Even if you aren’t big on the...

Top six myths about personal injury cases

Sunday, December 30th 2018 2:15 pm
Joe Veenstra
The truth about personal injury cases If you’ve ever watched daytime television, you’ve seen the commercials: “If you’ve been injured in an accident…,”...

Full disclosure: Brent Smith

Tuesday, October 8th 2019 11:39 am
Johns, Flaherty & Colllins, SC
His is a familiar face to many. But how much do you really know about our managing partner Brent Smith? Here's a little insight to the man, the myth, the legend!
If you could have dinner with one past U.S. president, dead or living, who would it be?

Corporate integrity: maintaining separate corporate identity protects officers, owners

Thursday, October 26th 2017 3:20 pm
Greg Bonney, La Crosse Business Attorney
The scandals swirling around some of America’s corporate giants lately has seriously threatened their long-term viability and in at least one case led to bankruptcy. While these...

Safe toys for the Holidays: What smart consumers need to know

Tuesday, February 24th 2015 4:01 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins SC
Each year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports more than 200,000 toy-related injuries. In addition to all the choking, lacerations, bruising, abrasions and other injuries treated in...

Conscious Uncoupling: a new spin on Collaborative Divorce?

Tuesday, February 24th 2015 12:08 pm
Ellen Frantz, Divorce Attorney La Crosse WI
When Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin last week announced their plans for “conscious uncoupling,” the term began buzzing throughout social media. It’s a term that’s new to...

Updating your will.... and your estate

Tuesday, February 24th 2015 2:46 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins SC
Wills need to be updated whenever something significant happens like the death of a loved one, the birth of a child or grandchild or a divorce. And while you're at it, it's wise to review...

Getting engaged: legal considerations lack romance

Tuesday, February 24th 2015 12:22 pm
Ellen Frantz, La Crosse Family Attorney
Some may contend that a marriage proposal and acceptance represent an oral contract to begin with. After all, the agreement contains the basic elements of a contract: (1) an offer, (2) acceptance,...

Four tips for protecting privacy in the smart phone age

Thursday, May 14th 2015 11:25 am
Tony Gingrasso, La Crosse Attorney
Smart phone technology has vastly changed the way we live. We can communicate with others in seconds, find directions to out-of-the-way places, take, post selfies to our favorite social...

Combating myths of maintenance after divorce

Tuesday, February 24th 2015 12:19 pm
Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC, La Crosse Divorce Attorneys
Once upon a time in America, men were the breadwinners and women sacrificed careers to raise the kids. Thus, women often received alimony after a divorce.
Alimony, now called maintenance, is given in as few as 15 percent of divorces. When provided, it may go to either men or women.