Wisconsin Questions & Answers

Q: Is my principal allowed to follow me home and question me why I left?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Education Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 21, 2018

Your question is a valid concern for a number of reasons. Having said that, I don't know what school or school district you are in and what the regulations are regarding the duties of the principal and the protocol regarding errant students or students deemed not to be compliant with attendance. If as you indicate you had a modified schedule allowing you to leave earlier than the rest of the students, I would on that basis think that the principal or any school official would have been aware of...
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Q: My puppy was taken from the vet by the person I bought him from and she won't give him back.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 20, 2018

It is not clear to me where your issues stem from as there are several individuals you have been transacting business with. What is clear to me is that you do not have paperwork suggesting or documenting that you actually own the animal. As such, the veterinarian is going by what the apparent owner tells him or her. It also appears that the prior owner took the animal to the vet I assume knows the animal's history since that is the vet the prior owner elected to take the animal to ostensibly on...
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Q: For how long does an inventor(s) maintain the right to control the dissemination and usage of their patented content?

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property and Patents for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 19, 2018

Patent term is more confusing than it should be. The one part that is simple, is that patent term is not a function of the technology. There is not a way for the applicant to apply to extend the patent term (unlike trademarks or copyrights). (but as noted below, there are things that can shorten the term) It is the same for dishwasher patents or patents on an ultrasound machine. Unfortunately, to try to make things fair, the rules have a number of layers.

Old patents had a term of...
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Q: When does a hostile work environment become a potential legal issue?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 15, 2018

To render you a specific advice, please elaborate what rules does your employer apply to mitigate hostile work environment or harassment as a whole? As you have already reported on countless times to the concerned and no action is foreseeable, it would be appropriate if you at least dig out your employer's rules on harassment, as to how and whom to report, will help you. For instance if you do not find it or does not exist, then you must immediately report all such incidents, in writing, to...
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Q: Can a landlord sue only one person on a lease?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 14, 2018

LL can sue that person whom LL wants to evict for reasons of rent default or otherwise.
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Q: Can Green Bay, WI charge a person for a crime that happened in another state even after that state dropped charges?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 13, 2018

Sometimes a crime will have a nexus in two different states, so the answer is yes. The dropping of the charge in one state is not determinative here. Perhaps the state of Wisconsin was the preferred juirisdiction. Sounds like a federal offense is also possible. Not enough information to speculate more.
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Q: My boss ask me for a Dr note when I called in sick but she did not ask anyone else for the same circumstance.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 12, 2018

That's why a discriminatory action on the part of your employer.
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Q: What are some questions when meeting with the hospital after a wrongful death?

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Wrongful Death and Medical Malpractice for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 11, 2018

Listen, don't say much except "we're processing."

Take notes.Ask for records if they talk about what happened.

Contact a member of the Wisconsin Assn for Justice who handles medical cases--they give free consults.
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Q: Can the host of a party be arrested if a guest later drives drunk?

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 9, 2018

It all depends on whether a crime was committed. Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions.
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Q: What do I do If I believe my vehicle was repossessed illegally

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 9, 2018

You may have a case for an "illegal repossession" and be entitled to get the vehicle back -- AND return of all the money you paid on the car. Contact a local consumer lawyer that specializes in repossession cases and request a free consultation.
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Q: How long can the police have my phone without a warrant?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 9, 2018

You should file a petition for the return of the phone under Section 968.20 of the Wisconsin Statutes. It is unclear whether there is a violation of the Fourth Amendment. You were told that you were not under arrest and voluntarily handed the phone over. You should have said no.
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Q: my mom has not done her taxes in four years, what are her options?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 8, 2018

I believe that your best option is to contact a low income taxpayer clinic in your area. I volunteer at one and we handle cases like this all the time. The following is a link to find one in your area: https://taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/about/litc
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Q: Can a probation officer force you to quit a job

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 7, 2018

You don't reveal your crime of conviction. The bar may have everything to do with the request to quit. Don't kid yourself. They can revoke you or request alternatives to revocation. Do you work regular hours. How long have you had the job. Not enough information.
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Q: If I surrender my dog will I have to pay citation we don't have the money?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 7, 2018

What did the citation say? If you were cited because your dog was off the premises which offense you were previously warned would result in a citation if there were future violations, you need to retain someone who practices in the area about such matters so that they may, in turn, represent you. Alternatively, and because you indicated that you don't have the money, you may have to consider calling the city attorney for the city in which you reside and find out when s/he would be available to...
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Q: What kind of lawyer do I need?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 6, 2018

If I assume that you are being sued in Small Claims Court for an amount of damage that does not exceed $10,000.00, I would recommend you speak with and or retain someone who practices in Small Claims Court. Having said that, you may also wish to consult with a Bankruptcy lawyer but that will depend on a range of issues including what the extent of the damages Progressive is seeking and can get a judgment against you for, whether you have other debts that are significant enough for you to...
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Q: My school is threatening that if i talk to 1 specific person on school grounds ill get a ticket and in trouble can they?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Education Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 6, 2018

While you do have rights of speech as you clearly articulate, those rights of speech must be contextualized. You must remember that the school as an institution has rules and regulations governing the conduct of students like you. Schools usually design their rules and regulations on the basis of the rights and privileges the US Constitution affords you as a matter of law. Further, those rules and regulations are designed to ensure that the health, safety and wellbeing of staff and students are...
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Q: If I got injured in a car accident due to the other driver's negligence but they have insufficient insurance coverage to

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 6, 2018

Yes. You may file a claim over and above the amount of the special damages in this case, your medical bills. If for example the medical bills are $30,000.00 and the medical pay provisions of the applicable insurance policy are $25,000.00 and the liability coverage is , for example, $50,000.00, there is nothing that prohibits you to collect over and above what your medical bills were and or amounts over the med pay provisions of the applicable insurance policy.

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Q: My siblings and I own land. I want to sell, one sibling does not and refuses to discuss. What are my options?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 5, 2018

You should consider going to court. At court, your sibling would be forced to buy your share or accept the allocation after the land is sold.
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Q: A friend of mine did retail theft in the of $1,200 he has a clean record will he get jail time? He’s 19

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 4, 2018

Yes, but probably not. He should at the minimum, at sentencing, ask for the chance for future expungement.
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Q: My 17 year old was arrested for disorderly conduct in Wisconsin. What rights do I have as a parent in this situation?

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Juvenile Law for Wisconsin on
Answered on Feb 3, 2018

You do not have rights, as the law defines that term. However, the situation is ridiculous and you should expect the charged to be dismissed.
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