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  • What you need to know about elder abuse

    Elder abuse may be charged when someone creates (or fails to act against) risk or physical harm to a person who is 60 years or older. About two-thirds of those who cause such abuse are family members of the elder. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), this nationwide and growing concern stems from economic problems as well as the physical and mental states of both the elder and the abuser.

  • Charged With a DUI? What Are My Rights?

    In Wisconsin, a DUI charge is known as an OWI, or operating under the influence charge. Having professional Wisconsin personal injury attorneys can possibly get your charges decreased and get your life back on track.

  • Recovering From an Accident? You Need the Expertise of a Personal Injury Attorney in Wisconsin

    If you have had a personal injury in Wisconsin, you need an attorney on your side. An experienced personal injury attorney can conduct a thorough investigation and prove who the liable party is. McLario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel, S.C. Law Firm has the attorneys to win this battle for you.

  • What are Federal Regulations for Big Trucks?

    About Big Truck Lawsuits

    To start, there are federal size regulations for commercial motor vehicles. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration administers these regulations. As it relates to lawsuits, there are legal options for filing a lawsuit against commercial truck companies or drivers. In other words, absolutely yes, you can file a lawsuit if a commercial motor vehicle or big truck is involved.

    At McLario Helm, Bertling & Spiegel S.C., claims against commercial motor vehicles is one of our subjects of expertise. You can say that if your case meets our requirements, we will take on the lawsuit and proceed to court for a money settlement…

  • Avoid Probate Court in the Future: Create a Living Trust Today!

    It is not easy to think of your own death and plan for it but it is necessary for the sake of the ones you love. Estate planning will ensure those you care about are left financially protected when you are no longer there to provide for them.

    A Wisconsin estate-planning lawyer can help you to take care of this. For decades since McLario Helm Bertling & Spiegel S.C…

  • The Dangers of Farming

    In the state of Wisconsin, farming is one of the main economic activities. The downside to this is the injuries that those working on farms sometimes sustain. Accidents that can happen on a farm include motorized equipment like tractors rolling over, injuries sustained when working heavy or fast farm machines and accidents that happen when handling livestock such as rowdy bulls…

  • The Cost of Freedom on the Road!

    Motorcycle riders enjoy certain freedoms that come with their form of transportation. They are always in a unique position on the roads that expose them to more dangers not met by other motorist and automobile drivers. For instance, lack of a substantial protective barrier between the road and the motorcycle leave riders prone to serious injuries in the case of an accident…

  • When Fun Turns to Tragedy on the Water

    Spending time in the water whether swimming or boating is a great way to spend the weekends or holidays, but these events can lead to a boating accident. Regardless of how careful you are about water safety, there is always the possibility of an accident. We cannot control how other individuals use the water bodies, and unfortunately, due to boating under the influence, negligence, or other…

  • Avoid Financial Hardship while Living in a Nursing Home

    Elder Law and Retirement Planning advice from Milwaukee’s Personal Injury Lawyers

    Nursing homes are notoriously expensive, even with insurance and Medicaid benefits. In fact, Medicaid doesn't even begin to help until your own personal resources have been exhausted. The Milwaukee elder law attorneys at McLario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel, S.C. have extensive experience with elder law, allowing you and your family to conserve your resources and investments, while Medicaid pays…

  • Attorney for Charitable Gifts

    Make Sure Your Charitable Donations Are Tax Deductible

    Individuals and estates making charitable donations face a wide range of IRS rules and regulations. Depending on what is donated and how, the amount allowable for a deduction may vary.

    Be sure you and your estate make intelligent tax decisions when giving to charities. The charitable donation attorneys at McLario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel, S.C. can help you claim the right tax deduction regardless of how complicated …

  • Milwaukee Landlord Tenant Law Attorneys

    Landlord Tenant Laws Govern Many Disputes and Grant Specific Rights and Responsibilities

    Rental units are a common sight throughout Southeast Wisconsin. Whether it’s high rises in Milwaukee, multi-family units in Waukesha or duplexes in Wauwatosa, rented residential living spaces are readily available.

  • Milwaukee Small Claims Lawyers

    Statue of Justice Representing Small Claims Legal Disputes

    Legal Assistance in Small Claims Court Costs Little and Pays Big

    Small claims court is a great way for individuals to settle legal matters quickly and cost effectively.

  • Nursing Home Safety Violation Information in Waukesha

    Wisconsin Assisted Care Center Safety Records Are Publicly Accessible

    Most nursing homes are generally safe and secure. They provide good care and a high standard of living for their residents. Sometimes, though, patients are subjected to abuse and neglect at the hands of the staff. Finding out whether a current or prospective nursing home has a troubling history of providing substandard care or mistreating its patients is key to preventing abuse to you or your loved one.


  • Wisconsin’s Washington County Nursing Home Centers

    Check Nursing Home Safety Records in Washington County to Avoid Abuse

    Nursing home abuse is always unexpected and comes as a shock to patients, their friends and family. Society trusts nursing homes and assisted care facilities to take care of their patients, but this trust is sometimes misplaced. Making sure your family member does not suffer injuries takes a bit of research before enrolling them in a facility.

    Washington County has five assisted living centers, located in …

  • Nursing Home Data for Ozaukee County

    Cedarburg, Port Washington and Mequon Are Home to Ozaukee County’s Assisted Living Facilities

    Upscale Ozaukee County only offers residents a few nursing homes to choose from, all located in Cedarburg, Port Washington and Mequon. The limited number of options offers some benefits. It is easier for senior citizens and their adult children to look into each facility, checking for safety violations and ensuring it fits their personal lifestyle requirements.

    Avoid putting y…

  • Check Milwaukee Nursing Homes' Safety Record Before Entering

    Avoid Nursing Home Abuse by Checking for Violations First

    Milwaukee County has many nursing homes providing care for Wisconsin’s elderly and disabled citizens. Serving the most vulnerable members of society, these organizations provide loving care in difficult moments. Although rare, cases of nursing home abuse do exist.

    A good way to avoid nursing home abuse is avoiding abusive homes.

    Our map is only intended as a resource to show where Milwaukee’s nursi…

  • Abuse of Nursing Home Patients

    When we place a family member or other loved one in a nursing home, we trust they will be well cared for. Unfortunately, some employees of these elder care centers are not worthy of the trust society has placed in them.

    They may neglect or abuse the people entrusted to their care. Generally, nursing home abuse falls into one of three categories: Physical, Emotional and Financial.

    Abuse Breakdown By Source

    Statistically, 9.5% of all seniors will experience some kind o…

  • Ozaukee County’s Rising Car Accident Statistics Show It’s a Dangerous Place to Drive

    Over 1,000 Car Crashes Happen Every Year in Ozaukee County

    There are consistently over 1,000 car accidents in Ozaukee County every year. 2014’s death toll surpassed the previous year’s total fatality number with several months left in the year. From head on collisions and rollovers to minor fender benders, Ozaukee County is slowly climbing up the list of Wisconsin’s most dangerous counties for drivers.

    Many Car Accidents Happen on Ozaukee County’s Co…

  • Menomonee Falls Motorcycle Accident Injury Severity

    Motorcycle Crashes Cause Severe Injuries in Menomonee Falls

    Motorcycle accidents are terrifying and dangerous. With very little protection from other vehicles and objects, riders are often severely injured. Data from the Wisconsin Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory shows exactly how serious the injuries are. Between 1994 and 2013, there were 162 reported motorcycle crashes in Menomonee Falls. Fortunately, only one of them resulted in a fatal injury. The remaining injuries pain…

  • Fatal Vehicle Accidents in Waukesha County

    Where Do Waukesha County’s Fatal Accidents Happen?

    According to data available from the Wisconsin Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory, there were 480 fatal accidents involving motor vehicles in Waukesha County between 1994 and 2013. These crashes occurred in many locations. From Chenequa to Muskego, no town was left untouched, but more than half of the accidents occurred in only six cities. Waukesha, New Berlin, Brookfield, Pewaukee, Menomonee Falls and Vernon were the sc…

  • Car Accidents in Washington County on the Rise

    Rural Roads and Busy Intersections Make Washington County Surprisingly Dangerous

    Car accidents are becoming increasingly common in Washington County. Many drivers don’t think twice about hopping in their cars and driving to work or running errands, but the likelihood of getting into a car accident is escalating.

    From 2012 to 2013, there was a 9% increase in auto crashes countywide.

    It is always advisable to practice defensive driving and motorists should exerci…

  • Waukesha County: One of the Three Most Dangerous Places for Car Crashes in Wisconsin

    Waukesha Car Accident Statistics Do Not Lie

    Waukesha County is generally viewed as a safe place to live and drive, but the numbers tell a different story. In 2008 through 2012, there was an average of 6,888 car crashes every year, making Waukesha County one of the top three most dangerous places to drive in Wisconsin.

    Fatal car accidents in Waukesha happen 22 times every year, on average.

    Compiling car crash data in Waukesha County from several years, it is readily a…

  • Milwaukee County’s Five Most Dangerous Intersections

    Milwaukee Had 20,000 Car Crashes Resulting in 47 Fatalities in 2013

    In 2013, there were over 118,000 car crashes in Wisconsin, 20,000 of which occurred in Milwaukee County. 47 of the 500 people who lost their lives in traffic related incidents were driving in Milwaukee at the time of the accident. These unsettling numbers show how dangerous Milwaukee’s roads and highways can be. Not surprisingly, certain intersections have higher than average numbers of car accidents. McLario, Hel…

  • Wisconsin Grounds for Divorce

    McLario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel, S.C.

    In years past, divorce proceedings could only occur if there was evidence of spousal abuse, an extramarital affair, or abandonment, and BOTH parties consented to the divorce. However, this is no longer the case. With the implementation of the "No Fault" divorce provision in the 1970s, Wisconsin state law does not require an act of wrong-doing to file for divorce (though wrong doing acts may be taken into consideration when awarding alimony or dividing property). The only requirement needed to…

  • What to do When You’ve Been in a Car Accident

    McLario, Helm, Bertling, & Spiegel, S.C.

    7 Key Steps to Follow in an Auto Accident

    Being in a car accident can be a terrifying experience. Everything happens so fast it can be easy to slip into a panic - especially if you don't know what to do at the scene. Below are some steps to follow when you've been in an auto accident.

    1. Your number one priority should always be safety. Turn on your hazard lights, call the police, and make sure you and any other individuals involved in the accident receive necessary med…
  • Wisconsin Small Claims Attorney

    McLario, Helm, Bertling, & Spiegel, S.C.

    What Can a Lawyer do for Your Case?

    Small claims court is a court where claims are limited to $10,000 or less (depending on the type of claim), and disputes may be resolved more quickly and inexpensively than in civil court. When you have a small claims case you may be led to believe you don’t need an attorney and won’t need any legal knowledge to understand your claim or the court process. Unfortunately, simply arriving at the court on time, being polite to the judge, a…

  • The Importance of Wisconsin Power of Attorney

    McLario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel, S.C.

    Menomonee Falls Estate Planning Lawyer Explains Why Everyone Should Have a Power of Attorney Directive

    It’s not the most comfortable topic thinking about the possibility of incapacitation or being near the end of life. It may not be comfortable, but it is important to talk about what might happen if you are unable to make decisions for yourself one day. If something were to happen to you, like a coma or vegetative state, would anyone know what you truly want regarding health c…

  • Wisconsin Lawyer Website Redesign

    McLario, Helm, Bertling, & Spiegel, S.C.

    Welcome to the New Website of Our Menomonee Falls Attorneys

    McLario, Helm, Bertling, & Spiegel, S.C. invites you to browse our new user friendly site which provides easy access to all our extensive content. We provide comprehensive and detailed information for all our practice areas, ensuring you are fully informed when seeking legal representation. With over 60 years of experience, our law firm in Menomonee Falls provides the legal advocates you can trust to put your needs firs…

  • Why Hire a Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyer

    Michael L. Bertling

    Some people are reluctant to hire a personal injury lawyer following an accident. It seems many people feel it may be in their best interest to proceed on their own. This approach is not only welcomed, but encouraged by the insurance company. Insurance adjusters are well trained in using certain language with injured people. One of the primary purposes in their communications is to convince the injured party that they should not seek counsel. They will inform the injured that obtaining an att…

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