Quarterly Publication                                                                                                                    January 2019
 Pleased to Announce
OCHDL Elects Lavey and Kuglitsch as Shareholders 
We are pleased to announce that Attorneys Laura J. Lavey and Kelly S. Kuglitsch were recently elected as shareholders of the firm.
Laura has been with the firm since 2010 and is a member of the firm's Litigation Practice Group. She represents clients in the prosecution and defense of civil litigation matters in both state and federal court, primarily in the areas of commercial and business litigation.

Kelly has been with the firm since 2016. She is a member of the firm's Employment Law Practice Group, and concentrates her practice on employee benefits and compensation law for employers, plan administrators, plan fiduciaries, plan service providers, consultants, and advisors.
Both Laura and Kelly will be tremendous additions to the shareholder group, and we are proud to have them on our team.
 Firm News
OCHDL Attorneys Argue Three Cases Before WI Supreme Court 
Dean Laing argued two cases. One  which involves the issue of a bank's liability under the Uniform Fiduciaries Act. Mr. Laing also argued a case which involves the issue of the circumstances under which a constructive trust can be imposed against an innocent party.

Paul Zimmer argued a case which involves the issue of whether land should be classified as residential or agricultural for real estate tax purposes.

A law firm having three arguments before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in a two-month period is a rare feat. We are appreciative of the opportunity.

to Our Attorneys Listed 
in the 2018 Edition of 
Super  Lawyers
*  Douglas P. Dehler
*  James G. DeJong
*  Seth E. Dizard
*  Pete J. Faust
*  Robert R. Gagan
*  John G. Gehringer
*  Joseph E. Gumina
*  Carl D. Holborn
*  Dean P. Laing
*  Gregory W. Lyons
*  Gregory S. Mager
*  Patrick G. McBride
*  Joseph D. Newbold
*  Chad J. Richter
*  John R. Schreiber
*  Jason R. Scoby 
*  Steven J. Slawinski 

Rising Stars:
*  Laura J. Lavey
*  Erica N. Reib
Super Lawyers 
surveyed more than 15,000 
attorneys and judges in Wisconsin, looking for the 
best attorneys  in the State. 

Even the Brightest Minds Can Suffer from Dementia
Recently, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, wrote a letter addressed to "Friends and fellow Americans" discussing her diagnosis with the beginning stages of dementia. In her letter, Justice O'Connor explained that her condition is "probably Alzheimer's disease."

Terms & Conditions: How Sellers Can Avoid Getting Injured in 
a "Battle of the Forms"

A well-drafted, signed contract confirms the parties' intentions to create a contract and clearly articulates its material terms in a single document. If a dispute arises, the parties can refer to that contract to determine each side's rights and obligations.

The Art, Science & Law of Business Succession Planning
The Need for Succession Planning

"Why do I need succession planning?"
"Can't I just hand my business over to my children?"
"Why can't I just leave the business to someone in my will?"

As a law firm focused on helping business owners plan for the succession of their businesses, we hear these questions, and others like them, all the time. We understand. After spending decades dealing with all the details of a successful family business, the last thing many business owners want to do is handle more details. When the time comes, they wish they could just wave a wand, instantly transfer their company to someone else, and not think about it anymore.  Unfortunately, that's not how it works.

Employment LawScene Alert
Should I Use E-Verify or Not?

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E-Verify is an internet-based system that is operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in conjunction with the Social Security Administration (SSA). In theory, the program simplifies the process of ensuring new employees have the appropriate work authorization. The program sounds like an easy way to navigate the dark waters of unintentional unauthorized employment; however, the program, with many advantages and disadvantages is not for everyone.
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Tax & Wealth Advisor  Alert
How Much Should a Trustee Be Paid?
Let's say you have been named trustee of a loved one's trust. Now, you've just found out how much time and work it will take to fulfill your trustee responsibilities and duties. How much should you be paid to be trustee?  Because every situation is unique, there are no hard and fast rules in Wisconsin on what constitutes "reasonable compensation" for a trustee. 

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Proud to be a Member of Meritas

O'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C. is the Milwaukee, Wisconsin member of Meritas, a global alliance of 6,998 experienced lawyers in 180 full-service law firms serving 243 markets. Through Meritas, clients seeking legal services can easily connect with pre-qualified legal expertise worldwide. OCHDL and all Meritas firms must consistently meet rigorous quality standards and a stringent code of ethics. Meritas firms are also required to participate in ongoing recertification and client satisfaction evaluations. 


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