Friday, October 27, 2017
CMS is working on the transition from Social Security Number
based Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs) to new numbers, known
as Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs).
If you would like more information on the transition to new
Medicare nnumbers and cards, contact Amy Goyette at Pinkert Law
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Last weekend, Governor Walker attended the Leadership
Summit of The Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors
and Premiers to discuss the economic role our Great Lakes play and
the stewardship responsibility to protect these resources for the
future.Do you live on the water? Are you
considering purchasing land on the water? If you have
questions about your riparian rights or responsibilities contact
Jim Smith at Pinkert Law Firm LLP today.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Governor Walker announced yesterday that the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources state forestry headquarters will be
relocating from Madison to the DNR Rhinelander Service Center by
the first of next year.
Through the Managed Forest Law and Forest Crop Law programs,
some private forest lands are open to the public for recreational
purposes. Did you know that Wisconsin is in the minority of
states that has recreational immunity protection for
If you have questions about recreational immunity protection
for public use of your land, please contact Pinkert Law Firm
Friday, October 20, 2017
In Wisconsin, a signed release is a contract and freedom to
contract has long been protected in this state.
Antrice Hart was injured when her car was rear-ended by a
car that was pushed by a vehicle driven by Esvin Gomez. Ms.
Hart immediately called Artisan and Truckers Casualty Company to
report the claim. Shortly thereafter, an Artisan
representative telephoned and discussed settlement with Ms.
Hart. The representative told Ms. Hart she would need to sign
a release to settle her claim. On the same day of the
accident, Ms. Hart signed a release entitled "Full Release of All
Claims with Indemnity." In fact, Artisan had the release
ready for her to sign when she went to the Artisan service center
to drop off her car for repair.
Approximately 9 ½ months later, Ms. Hart filed a personal
injury action, and Artisan moved to dismiss her lawsuit based on
the signed release. The legal issue was whether the release
Ms. Hart signed was admissible evidence. Wisconsin Statute
section 904.12(1) bars admissibility of statements made or writings
signed by an injured party within 72 hours of an accident.
However, the Court of Appeals holds that this statute does not
apply to releases.
Before you sign off on your injury claim, call Pinkert Law Firm
LLP to discuss your rights. If it seems too quick, it
Friday, October 20, 2017
The latest litigation continues a trend by Medicare Advantage
Plans (MAPs) to establish their rights of recovery.
Specifically, MAPs are now aggressively seeking the right to
recover double damages against Plaintiff attorneys, in addition to
their pursuit of primary plans, for failure to reimburse.
While primary plans have been the traditional target,
there have been several lawsuits against Plaintiff attorneys.
These lawsuits have involved United Healthcare, Aetna, and
Humana. Just recently, Humana filed two more actions, one in
Florida and one in Louisiana. In each case, Humana alleges
that it put the attorneys on notice and that its lien was
If you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss your Medicare
Secondary Payer compliance obligations, please call our office
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The budget bill, recently signed by Governor Walker and
submitted to the legislature, eliminates the Rental
Weatherization/DILHR program. This program made it difficult
to buy and sell residential properties that were rented.
Previously, the state required buyers and/or sellers of rental
properties to obtain special inspections and certificates to make a
rental property compliant. The repeal of this bill will
remove yet another barrier to those who want to invest in rental
properties. Specifically, as of the New Year, rental property
owners will not have to file Stipulations, Waivers or Certificates
of Compliance related to the weatherization of the property.
It also means that the Rental Weatherization requirements will no
longer inhibit the recording of deeds.
For more information on the repeal of the Rental
Weatherization/DILHR Program or the legalities involved with the
sale or purchase of rental properties, please contact our office to
speak with Amy Sullivan.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Medicare Secondary Payer: Compliance Update
On October 3, 2017, CMS rescinded its previously issued
MLN Matters Article, dated September 19, 2017, that had directed
health care professionals to bill a patient's MSA and not Medicare
when a Medicare beneficiary indicated he or she had a WCMSA, LMSA,
Through the Medicare Learning Network®, CMS provides
health care professionals with free educational materials on CMS
programs, policies, and initiatives.
If you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss your
Medicare Secondary Payer compliance obligations, please call our
Friday, April 28, 2017
The Best of Door County 2017 award winners were announced on
April 24, 2017 by DCDN, and we are pleased to announce that Pinkert
Law Firm LLP was selected Best Law Firm, and Attorney Richard
Hauser was selected Best Attorney. Congratulations to Attorney
Hauser and all of the "Best of Door County" winners in the
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
On March 6, 2017, Attorneys Jim Smith, Randy Nesbitt, Jon
Pinkert, and Amy Sullivan attended the Door County Planning
Department's Informational Meeting Regarding New Shoreland Zoning
Regulations. Shoreland zoning affects all waterfront properties in
Door County. There were significant changes to the state statutes
in July 2015 and to the Door County Ordinances in late 2016
regarding shoreland zoning. Zoning changes include averaging
setbacks for buildable shoreland lots, impervious surface
calculations, non-conforming structures, and much more. The changes
in rules even make some previously unbuildable lots now buildable.
Pinkert Law Firm LLP advises clients on all types of projects which
relate to zoning, including commercial and residential development,
the purchase and sale of real estate, variances, and conditional
use permits. Staying on top of the most recent legislation is an
important part of our practice. If you would like to schedule a
meeting to discuss the shoreland zoning changes or any other zoning
issues, please call our office today.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Pinkert Law Firm LLP is pleased to announce that Attorney Amy M.
Sullivan has been named a Partner of the firm as of January 1,
2017. Amy is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and a past
president of the Door County Bar Association. A native of Southern
Door, Amy graduated from Ripon College and from the University of
Wisconsin Law School. She joined the firm in 2012 and focuses her
practice on real estate, estate planning, business law, and general
practice. Amy is involved in several community organizations
including the Boys and Girls Club of Door County and Money
Management Counselors. She currently resides in Southern Door with
her husband, Michael.