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When You Should Call an Attorney After a Car Accident

Somewhere around the nation someone is careening into a car accident right now. They’re an unavoidable fact of life. The murky area, for many people, is when or if they should call an attorney to help navigate the fallout from potential injuries, property damage, and (last but not least) opposing insurance companies determined to pay […]

Winter Driving: How To Stay Safe

Winter weather often brings snow and ice. This can make driving dangerous. It is estimated that 25 percent of accidents are caused by the weather. Fortunately, there are ways that you can stay safe while driving on the road in the winter. Prepare Your Vehicle A well-maintained vehicle will be able to better withstand the […]

Late Night Driving – Tips To Stay Safe

The McLario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel S.C., law firm wants you to remain safe while driving late at night. A Wisconsin personal injury attorney who works for us understands that many vehicular accidents occur late at night, but you can use these tips to avoid a collision that can lead to an injury. Late Night […]

How Technology Could Impact Your Divorce

Going through a divorce is never easy. In today’s technology-rich culture, however, it can be even more stressful. Understanding how technology can impact your divorce case has become increasingly more important to ensure it is handled efficiently and in your best interest. Texts/Emails Choose your words carefully when responding via text or email. Using the […]

What is Considered Reckless Driving in Wisconsin?

In the State of Wisconsin, driving is considered a privilege and not a right. Following the law and keeping your vehicle under control is imperative for safe roadways. If you drive in a reckless manner, it could impact your ability to hold a valid driver’s license and might even result in a reckless driving charge. […]

Proposed Assembly Bill Could Impose Harsher Penalties for Texting and Driving

Wisconsin roadways could get a little safer, thanks to new legislation that seeks to expand the current texting while driving laws in the state. The existing inattentive driving statute prohibits drivers from composing or sending an electronic text message while operating a motor vehicle. The only exception to the law are the use of hands […]

Am I Legally Obligated to Pay for My Child’s College Tuition?

In general, parents, divorced or otherwise are not required to play for a child’s college tuition. That being said, many parents do contribute something as their children move onto higher education. When the parents are divorced, coming to an agreement regarding how much each parent will fund can be particularly challenging. Wisconsin law In the […]

Advancements in Car Technology: Aides or Distractions

Technology can make driving more convenient in many ways. For example, GPS systems can make it easier for people to find their way to different locations. There is also technology that allows people to email, use social media and text while driving. While these things can make driving more convenient, they can also be a […]

Semi-Truck Rollovers – What Drivers Can do to Help Avoid Accidents

In the United States, semi-truck rollovers happen every day. Consequently, hundreds of truckers lose their lives. While the victims of truck crashes and rollovers need a Wisconsin car accident attorney to help them pursue justice, citizens should also seek to prevent the misfortunes from happening. What is the cause of the unfortunate road accidents? Truckers Fatigue As […]

Considerations When Choosing a Guardian for Your Children

Creating your estate plan comes with a myriad of decisions and considerations. In addition to determining how you will divide your assets, if you are parent of young children, you will also need to select a guardian, should something happen to you and your spouse while you still have dependent minors. Determining a guardian for […]

Reasonable Assistance Provisions for Traffic Accidents in Wisconsin

Involvement in a traffic accident can be one of the most traumatic experiences a person may have in their lifetime. Depending on the seriousness of the accident along with actions taken by both parties immediately following the accident, traffic accidents can have long-term consequences for all involved. Wisconsin Law Explained The state laws of Wisconsin […]

Do I Need a Postnuptial Agreement?

While most people have heard of a prenuptial agreement, they might not be as familiar with a postnuptial agreement. Also referred to as a post-marital agreement, it is a legal document for couples who are already married. In the event of a divorce, this document will define how assets should be divided. Postnuptial agreements are […]

What You Need to Know About Whiplash

Whiplash is a common issue after an automobile accident. For most minor collisions, symptoms are less severe and generally resolve within a week or so. In more serious accidents, issues can be ongoing, leaving the sufferer in extreme pain for an extended period of time. Symptoms of whiplash can manifest themselves immediately following an accident, […]

Why Are Wisconsin Teen Drivers More Prone to Accidents? What Can be Done?

Driving is a rite of passage in our culture. Young drivers must be trained and advised about proper driving safety. Many young drivers do not behave responsibly behind the wheel and this causes dangerous, or fatal, accidents. Wisconsin’s teen crash rate is above the national average. This is a result of inexperience and irresponsible driving […]

Keeping Mom and Dad Safe – The Signs of Elder Abuse

Selecting a care facility or caregiver for an aging parent is never an easy process. In addition to price, services and amenities, knowing that the staff will treat them with the utmost care and respect is a top priority. Sadly, elder abuse is a common issue for individuals 60 and older. According to the National […]

Am I Responsible if a Holiday Party Guest Received a OWI?

The holiday season is filled with festivities and merriment as we celebrate the season with family and friends. Unfortunately, drinking and driving can also be a part of the holiday season as party-goers overindulge. If an individual causes an accident and is intoxicated, it is no surprise that in addition to potential criminal charges, individuals […]

The Most Wonderful Time to Discuss Your Estate Plan

Spending time with family and celebrating the holidays generally go hand-in-hand. While the holidays offer moments for special family memories, they might not seem like the optimal time to have a serious conversation about your estate plan. We would suggest, however, that the most wonderful time of the year might also be the perfect opportunity […]

Tips to Avoid and Unwanted Holiday Accident

The holidays are in full swing and with this comes an onslaught of holiday parties, decorating and other jolly festivities. While the Christmas season is touted as the “most wonderful time of the year,” it can also be an opportunity for mishaps and accidents. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe […]

Am I Negligent for an Accident During a Winter Storm?

While we are currently enjoying a mild start to December 2017, snow and ice will most likely be a part of the Southeast Wisconsin winter weather forecast at some point to come. With the onset of inclement conditions comes an opportunity for perilous driving conditions. In addition to following standard traffic laws, when winter weather […]

Do You Have a Valid Slip and Fall Claim?

We have all had a moment when our feet just seem to get the best of us and we end up on the ground. While a slip and fall accident is often caused by our own misstep, there are times when it can happen as a result of some else’s negligence. Here are some things […]

Tips for Safe Thanksgiving Travel

For many of us, the Thanksgiving holiday means delicious food, football, holiday parades and time with family friends. In addition, it can mean a bit of time behind the wheel heading to our holiday destinations. Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel periods in the US. In 2016, the AAA estimated that nearly 48.7 […]

Should I Appoint an Adult Child as Trustee of my Estate?

Selecting the best person to serve as the trustee of your estate is a decision that requires careful consideration. While an adult child often seems like the obvious choice, there are several things to keep in mind as you are determining what is best for your specific situation. Are they responsible?Has your adult child demonstrated […]

Fighting for the Underdog – Get to Know Attorney Michael Bertling

Attorney Michael Bertling had aspirations to be a police officer when he first attended UW-Platteville back in the late 1970’s. Little did he know that the law courses he would take during his undergraduate coursework would lead to a different way of upholding the law, while fighting for the underdog. His affinity for the smattering […]

Estate Planning Awareness Week – More Reasons You Need an Estate Plan

As we discussed in our September blog, there are many individuals who choose to forego the use of both an estate plan and an estate planning attorney. In honor of National Estate Planning Awareness Week, here are some additional reasons the use of both is highly recommended. There are many excuses individuals use to not […]

Divorce and Your Retirement Plans

To say that divorce has a profound impact on all areas of your life would be a significant understatement. While most people are well aware that they will need to make decisions regarding their home, children and bank accounts, often they do not give a great deal of thought to how this change will impact […]

What Makes a Great Family Law Attorney?

It is a question which can have many answers. Words like empathy, patience and understanding come to mind as well as ability to negotiate a good settlement and no-nonsense, yet objective. At McLario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel, we are fortunate that attorney, Alan (Al) Spiegel embodies all of these personality traits as he assists clients, in […]

What Photos Should I Capture at an Accident Scene?

If you have ever been in a car accident, you are all too aware of the overwhelming feelings that accompany the minutes following the incident. Unfortunately, information collected during this timeframe can be very valuable. Thankfully smartphones make it easy to capture the scene so that you don’t miss any important details that could be […]

Why You Need an Estate Planning Attorney

According to AARP, one in four American adults do not have an estate plan in place. And, while the ostrich approach might be appealing to some as they consider end-of-life decisions, without this important documentation your assets may not be dispersed to your loved ones as you desire. While it is possible to create an […]

Five New School Year Tips for Divorced Parents

Getting into the routine of a new school year after a hectic summer can be a difficult transition for kids. The close of endless days of sun and playing make way for more structured time in a classroom setting. These change can be particularly daunting for children whose parents have recently separated or divorced, as […]

Ka-Ching! Child Support Totals Explained

The goal of child support is to provide for the needs of minor children based on the resources of their parents. To that end, the State of Wisconsin uses a formula that takes a number of factors into account in order to determine the appropriate amount. Your Wisconsin divorce attorney and the courts use these […]

We Split The House-How Do We Split The Business?

3 Strategies For Splitting The Family Business During A Divorce When couples divorce, one of the biggest headaches is how to divide the assets. It can also be one of the most volatile issues in a divorce; right after custody and visitation. Once the house and the other assets are divided, there’s usually little left […]

Bicycle Laws in Wisconsin – What You May Not Know

Bicycling in the summer months is a favorite pastime for many. While it is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise, cyclists also have legal responsibilities to those around them as they travel the local roadways and bicycle trails. Same as a car – While a bicycle is not exactly the […]

I’m Hurt! How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?

Getting hurt in a personal injury accident can turn your life upside down. When that happens, you might wonder how much time you have to bring a claim. In Wisconsin, if you don’t bring you case in a certain amount of time, you lose your chance to bring the case forever. This time limit is […]

Is a Prenuptial Agreement Right for Your Marriage?

Entering into a marriage relationship requires careful consideration. From a financial stance, it is important to know what each person brings to the marriage, be it assets or debt. Sometimes couples utilize a prenuptial agreement so there are no surprises or preconceived notions about expectations down the road. What Is a prenuptial agreement? Wisconsin is […]

Delayed Injury Symptoms After a Car Accident

If you have been injured in a car accident you can probably attest that the pain seems to be worse on the second or even third day after the incident. While this is normal, sometimes injuries can take several weeks to become troublesome. Knowing what to expect is important, especially if your injuries are the […]

Car Accidents in Wisconsin – Preparing for the Unplanned

By Michael Bertling There is no way to predict when and how a car accident will happen. Despite this uncertainty, there are several things you should know to be prepared. It important to understand how the laws in the State of Wisconsin impact the legal outcome of an accident. Stay on the Scene If you […]

McLario, Helm, Bertling & Spiegel Welcomes Attorney Edward Bremberger to Their Legal Team

McLario, Helm, Bertling, & Spiegel, S.C. (MHB&S) is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Edward Bremberger to the firm. Bremberger joins MHB&S after working as a Public Service Special Prosecutor for the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office as well as having prior private practice experience. “We are excited to welcome Ed to the MHB&S […]

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 […]

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. How Wisconsin defines intoxication If your blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent or greater, you are intoxicated. If you drive […]

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. About the firm Located in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. ters live in a nice, safe location and the landlords maintain the building […]

Milwaukee Small Claims Lawyers

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. Schedule FREE Consultation Now In Wisconsin, the plaintiff and defendant are not required to have an attorney represent them in small claims court. Having a lawyer’s assistance, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Abuse of Nursing Home Patients

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 vehicle 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 […]

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% […]

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 […]

Milwaukee County’s Five Dangerous Intersections

Milwaukee County’s Five 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 […]

Wisconsin Grounds for Divorce

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 […]

What to do When You’ve Been in an Auto Accident

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 […]

Wisconsin Small Claims Attorney

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 […]

The Importance of Wisconsin Power of Attorney

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 […]

Wisconsin Attorney Redesigns Website

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 […]

Why Hire a Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyer

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 […]

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