Archives: Estates

Supreme Court Wastes Time On Decision In First Family-law Case In Eight Years

Published: Friday, May 29th, 2020

It has been 8 years since the WI Supreme Court accepted a review of a family-law case. Their recent decision makes one wonder why they spent their time.

The Role of a Family Law Attorney in Settlement Negotiations

Published: Monday, May 4th, 2020

It’s far more common to accompany a client to a mediation session than to a contested court hearing. But that requires experience and negotiation skills.

Wisconsin Family Law Case Finder

Published: Friday, February 23rd, 2018

On March 1, 2018, Loeb & Herman will debut Wisconsin Family Law Case Finder, a subscription based legal research service specifically designed for family law attorneys.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Voids a Marriage

Published: Friday, July 17th, 2015

As expected, the Wisconsin Supreme Court found a way to void the marriage when it issued its decision yesterday in Laubenheimer v. McLeod.

Dead Son’s Sperm in Israel

Published: Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Should his parents have power of attorney to use his frozen sperm? It appears that there is no legal obstacle to using the frozen sperm.

Most Expensive Divorce in History

Published: Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Large cases are generally easier to settle than smaller ones. For one, both sides have a lot to lose. Fear can do wonders to promote compromise.

Equitable Distribution in Property Division

Published: Friday, March 28th, 2014

“Getting it right” meant ruling that only gifts and inheritances, whenever received, are exempt.

The Marriage That Shouldn’t Be

Published: Friday, August 9th, 2013

I’m not sure that the recent Wisconsin Supreme Court decision in McLeod v. Mudlaff is bad law. But the case certainly seems to involve bizarre facts.

Federal Preemption in Divorce Cases

Published: Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Does federal law preempt state law when the state revokes a life insurance policy designation upon divorce? SCOTUS says yes.

Life Insurance and The U.S. Supreme Court

Published: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

It is rare that the U.S. Supreme Court rules on issues in family law, but one exception is for employment benefits. On Monday, the high court heard oral arguments in Hillman v. Maretta, Case No. 11-1221.  According to the court’s summary, the husband died before changing beneficiaries on a life insurance policy from his first […]