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Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault? Before you sign a release, consider calling Pinkert Law Firm to discuss your rights.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Personal injury

In Wisconsin, a signed release is a contract and freedom to contract has long been protected in this state.

Case example:

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 probably is.


Don't be a target: Additional Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance Update

Friday, October 20, 2017

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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 ignored.

If you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss your Medicare Secondary Payer compliance obligations, please call our office today.


Rental Weatherization/DILHR Program Eliminated, as of January 1, 2018

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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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.


From the desk of Attorney Amy Goyette

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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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, or NFMSA.

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 office today.


Pinkert Law Firm announces the addition of Amy E. Goyette as Associate Attorney

Thursday, September 7, 2017

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Pinkert Law Firm LLP announces the addition of Amy Goyette as an Associate attorney in the litigation and general practice groups.

While Amy was raised in southeastern Wisconsin, she frequently visited her parents' home in Baileys Harbor.  Amy and her family feel blessed to now make Sturgeon Bay their home and call themselves permanent residents.  Amy is a graduate of Marquette University and received her law degree from Marquette University Law School, where she was honored to return to teach as an associate adjunct professor of law.  Amy is licensed in Wisconsin state and federal courts.

"We are glad to welcome Amy and the broad legal experience she brings to the firm," said partner, Jon Pinkert. "Our team approach to practicing law gives us a unique ability to serve our clients by utilizing the knowledge and experience of more than one attorney.  We know how to create great teams and Amy's addition to the firm will expand the services we offer to our clients, and help us stay connected with the community."

Pinkert Law Firm LLP has offices in both Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay, and serves clients in Door and Kewaunee counties, and throughout northeastern Wisconsin. The firm's attorneys focus their practice in the areas of business transactions, real estate, land use, municipal law, commercial and employment litigation, condominium law, taxation, trusts and estate planning, insurance, worker's comp and personal injury.

For more information visit www.pinkertlawfirm.com or call (920)743-6505.

 

 


Pinkert Law Firm announces the addition of James R.E. Smith as Associate Attorney

Thursday, June 29, 2017

 

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Pinkert Law Firm LLP announces the addition of James R. E. Smith as an Associate attorney in the litigation and general practice groups. James is the son of senior partner Jim Smith. James grew up in Door County, is a graduate of Sevastopol High and the University of Wisconsin and received his law degree from Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. James is licensed in both Wisconsin and Illinois.

"Pinkert Law Firm is very pleased to have James as part of our team" said partner, Jon Pinkert. "Our team approach to practicing law gives us a unique ability to serve our clients by utilizing the knowledge and experience of more than one attorney. James addition to the firm and his local connection will enhance the services we offer to our clients, and help us stay connected with the community. His personable and sincere style and ability matches the culture of our firm."

Pinkert Law Firm LLP has offices in both Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay, and serves clients in Door and Kewaunee counties, and throughout northeastern Wisconsin. The firm's attorneys focus their practice in the areas of business transactions, real estate, land use, municipal law, commercial and employment litigation, condominium law, taxation, trusts and estate planning, insurance, worker's comp and personal injury. For more information visit www.pinkertlawfirm.com or call (920)743-6505.

 


Pinkert Law Firm and Attorney Richard Hauser honored as “Best of Door County”

Friday, April 28, 2017

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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 community.


Shoreland Zoning Update

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.


Attorney Amy M. Sullivan Named as Partner

Thursday, January 5, 2017

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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.


Southern Door Business Law Class Visits Pinkert Law Firm

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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The Southern Door Business Law class with teacher, Maree Baumann, toured Pinkert Law Firm LLP this past Friday, December 9, 2016. The students were interested in learning about how our law firm operates and discussed in detail the different types of law practiced by many of our attorneys.

This tour was organized under the direction of Markie Bscherer, Business & Education Manager for the Door County Business & Education Partnership.

Students (from left to right): Kelsey Todd, Zach Alberts, Cameron Rass, Olivia Mancheski-Thompson, Haley Dawson, Ashley Delfosse, Lydia Strandell, (teacher) Maree Baumann, McKayla Massart, Fiorellina Leocard (exchange student from France), Chris Hirthe, Isaac Delfosse, and Joe VanderMissen.