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A new beginning

Posted by Mara Spring | Dec 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.”  This is a quote from a song that was popular when I was in law school.  It is a different spin on saying goodbye, and closing various chapters of our lives.  I think of this a lot when I am dealing with situations where people are leav...

What are Unbundled Legal Services anyway?

Posted by Mara Spring | Nov 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sometimes we like to do things on our own. Sometimes we need a little help. Sometimes, wed rather have someone else do it for us.    Take, for instance, a Thanksgiving feast.  You can buy your entire feast, ready-made, at many grocery stores. You can buy all the ingredients and put it all toge...

"Slender Man" Case Tries Minor Defendants As Adults

Posted by Mara Spring | Aug 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

In June of the year 2014, the community of Waukesha was shaken by a case that is now infamous nationwide. Two young girls, in an effort to engage in a ritual to appease a fictional entity, lured one of their friends into the woods and stabbed the girl 19 times. The source material of the case ste...

Benefits of Mediation in Family Law

Posted by Mara Spring | Jun 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

While many times a person believes they must proceed to court in order to resolve a divorce proceeding, many times, divorces can be resolved through mediation. Divorces can be difficult, confusing, and frustrating legal struggles. This is especially the case when a family is undergoing emotional ...

Weird Wisconsin Law

Posted by Mara Spring | Apr 08, 2016 | 0 Comments

STRANGE BUT TRUE……In Wisconsin, a restaurant cannot serve margarine instead of butter, unless the customer specifically requests it! See Wis. Stat. Sec. 97.18(4) Oleomargarine regulation:“The serving of colored oleomargarine or margarine at a public eating place as a substitute for table butter ...

Contractors in Trouble

Posted by Mara Spring | Mar 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Attorneys frequently receive questions from contractors and homeowners regarding remodeling projects. Contractors can get into trouble if they don't pay close attention to the Wisconsin Administrative Code. Wisconsin law requires any contractor who makes improvements to an existing home and takes...

Can judges help?

Posted by Mara Spring | Feb 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yesterday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held a public hearing on a proposal to allow Wisconsin judges to assist litigants in court. If it is approved, this change to the Judicial Code would allow judges to use their discretion to assist litigants in having their cases heard in court. The proposal ...

Spring receives AV rating

Posted by Mara Spring | Feb 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Martindale-Hubbell® has confirmed that attorney Mara C. Spring received the AV Preeminent Rating. The Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellen...

Mara C. Spring joins firm

Posted by Mara Spring | Feb 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Attorney Mara Spring joined Wassel, Harvey & Schuk, LLP this month. Mara began her career as a prosecutor, serving two terms as the Taylor County District Attorney in Medford, WI. For the past ten years she has been an associate with Godfrey, Leibsle, Blackbourn and Howarth, S.C. in Elkhorn. ...

Changes in Landlord Law

Posted by Mara Spring | Nov 08, 2013 | 0 Comments

LANDLORDS BE ON THE LOOKOUT – Senate Bill 179 is making its way to the Governor's office for signature. It is expected to be signed into law this year. There are sweeping changes, and some “gotcha's” that all landlords need to know about that deal with disclosures, security deposits and criminal ...

Healthy Placement Arrangements

Posted by Mara Spring | Sep 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

In recent years, it has become more common for divorced parents to each have substantial overnight care and placement of their marital children. The older model of the children just seeing dad every other weekend is becoming less common. Therefore, both mothers and fathers in a divorce should be ...

Child’s Best Interest

Posted by Mara Spring | Sep 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you have ever been involved in a physical placement dispute, then you are familiar with the term child's best interest. Child's best interest is a simple concept which guides the court's decisions when it comes to which parent gets how much placement (time) with the child. Section 767.41(5) in...

Landlords and Act 143

Posted by Mara Spring | Sep 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

With the help of attorneys for landlords, Wisconsin legislatures have been drafting a new law to fix some of the issues created with the April 2012 legislation (Act 143).  This new law has been passed out of committee and is now before the State Senate. This bill will have many changes that shou...

Change in Small Claims

Posted by Mara Spring | Aug 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Effective July 1, 2011, the Wisconsin legislature raised the jurisdictional limit for actions that may be handled through the small claims court, from $5,000 to $10,000. Previously, any cause of action for a money judgment greater than $5,000 against a person had to be filed before the circuit c...

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