The lawyers of Fuhrman & Dodge, S.C. are passionate, honest and thoughtful advocates, counseling clients to reach workable and creative solutions at a fair price. The attorneys at Fuhrman & Dodge, S.C. represent clients in a vast range of practice areas including:
Business law encompasses the law governing contracts, sales, commercial paper, agency, employment law, business organizations, duties of officers, shareholders and members, property, insurance and business succession planning. We work on the above issues, including starting, selling, or buying a business, mergers and acquisitions, managing a business, dealing with employees, drafting contract and other business-related matters.
Business Succession Planning
No company can survive without an able owner or manager in control. In the event of a shareholder, owner or manager’s death, illness, or retirement, businesses are often left scrambling to find suitable replacements. Without a succession plan, an owner, manager or shareholder’s interest in the company is passed on as part of a Probate estate or absorbed by another shareholder or member. This often leads to disputes, particularly in family-owned businesses. This, in turn, leads to instability or the inability to purchase the shares or membership interest in the deceased, ill or disabled individual. The idea behind Business Succession Planning is to put in place a plan that will allow for a smooth transition in the event of death, illness or disability. Our attorneys work with the key members of the organization to devise a plan that allows the entity to move forward with as little disruption as possible.
Collections & Consumer Law
We help businesses & individuals recover their money. If you are having trouble recouping money from a debtor, we can help you obtain judgments and collect on those judgments by seizing bank accounts and accounts receivable, garnishing wages, seizing property, and utilizing other methods allowed under Wisconsin law. We approach debt collection based on the belief that debts should be paid, both as a matter of principle and as a pillar of healthy commerce.
Construction law addresses the legal needs of General Contractors, Subcontractors, Specialty Contractors, Material Supplier and Project Owners. We represent clients in construction litigation; construction arbitration; contract disputes; contract drafting; contract review and negotiation; equipment leases, home improvement practices, bid protests and bid disputes; uniform commercial code issues; mechanics liens; payment and performance bond claims; risk management and safety issues including OSHA and MSHA; as well as construction delay and impact claims.
Like you, we have all seen the schemes of being promised millions of dollars by a foreign entity in our e-mail inbox. Some of us have bought a new car that has problems shortly after you drive it off the lot. Our attorneys work with claims involving these issues, and more. We also cover problems with repairs or improvements to your Home; Deceptive or Unfair door to door selling practices; unfair debt collection; problems and harassment associated with debt collection; Fair Dealership Law claims and compliance with the Wisconsin Consumer Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
Contracts are agreements that are legally enforceable. A contract may involve a duty to do or refrain from doing something, and the failure to perform such duty is called a breach of contract. The law provides remedies if a promise is breached – aiming to restore the person wronged to the position they would occupy if the contract had not been breached. A contract may be express or implied, lateral or bilateral, or written or oral. However, oral contracts may be more difficult to prove and the time to sue on the contract is shorter. We focus on reviewing, drafting and enforcing all types of contracts for clients. In fact, many of the practice areas of our firm involve reviewing, drafting and enforcement of contracts.
Criminal Law (misdemeanor) with emphasis on DUI/DWI
Criminal law is the body of rules and statutes defining and regulating the offenses against the community at large. It regulates how suspects are investigated, charged and tried. The law also provides the punishments for convicted offenders. Our practice areas include battery, domestic abuse, disorderly conduct, minor drug offenses, traffic violations, including operating after revocation and suspension, and other misdemeanors. Most importantly, we have a very strong practice in drunk driving – OWI/DWI – defense.
As we age, we frequently find ourselves dealing with complicated financial and health issues. Typical dilemmas involve retirement, end-of-life decisions, Social Security benefits, long-term care, Medicare benefits, Medicaid coverage, nursing home care, in-home health care, tax planning, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives, guardianships, conservatorships, elder abuse and protecting seniors against fraud. An Elder Law attorney handles all of the above issues that we may face as we age.
Practicing in this area: Matt Suing
Employment law involves rights under both federal and Wisconsin law, including non-discrimination because of race, color, gender, religion, national origin or sex. Additional employment statutes cover equal pay, disability discrimination, age discrimination, sexual orientation, salaried versus hourly pay and minimum wage. We draft and review separation and release agreements, employee handbooks, employment contracts as well as represent both plaintiffs and management in employment-related matters.
Estate Planning is the process of anticipating and arranging for the management of an estate during a person’s life. Our estate planning attorneys typically attempt to eliminate uncertainties over the administration of a probate and maximize the value of the estate by reducing taxes, and other expenses. However, the ultimate goal of an Estate Plan is determined by the specific goals of the client and may be as simple or complex as the client’s needs dictate. Estate planning involves the drafting of wills, numerous types of trusts, the naming of guardians for minor children, Powers of Attorney for Finance and Powers of Attorney for Health Care. In some respects, this area of the law can overlap with Elder Law where the specific needs of seniors are concerned.
Family Law is an area of the law that deals with family matters and domestic relations including: marriage, civil union and domestic partnerships; adoption and surrogacy; child abuse; divorce, annulment; marital property agreements; cohabitation agreements; property settlements; maintenance (alimony); child custody and placement; child support, paternity testing and name changes.
Litigation is the term used to describe proceedings initiated between two opposing parties (a lawsuit) to enforce or defend a legal right. Litigation can include lawsuits for breach of contract, negligence (such as a Personal Injury case) or Temporary or Permanent Restraining Orders (preventing one from continuing to violate a person’s legal rights). Litigation is not simply another name for a lawsuit, but rather any number of activities before, during and after a lawsuit to enforce a legal right. In addition to the actual lawsuit, pre-suit negotiations, mediations, trials (before a Judge or Jury), collection of judgments and appeals may also be part of the litigation process. Additionally, the attorneys at Fuhrman & Dodge also assist clients in arbitration. Arbitration is usually a less formal process and is typically administered by the American Arbitration Association. Most arbitrations result from contract disputes where the contract requires that all issues between two parties be resolved by arbitration.
Personal injury law involves bodily injury, which is often caused accidentally by another’s failure to use reasonable care. The definition of reasonable care is determined on a case-by-case basis. A person may be liable for the injury caused through intentional negligent or reckless action. Types of personal injury lawsuits brought include injury and wrongful death cases arising from automobile, bike and pedestrian collisions, construction accidents, OSHA violations, premises liability, product liability, and nursing home liability. A successful plaintiff in a personal injury suit may recover damages for medical expenses, property damage, emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of consortium or companionship, lost wages, costs and attorney fees, and lost future earnings.
Probate is a court-supervised procedure for transferring ownership of someone’s assets after he or she dies. This process validates the person’s will and distributes property as the will directs. If the decedent left no will or other legal arrangement for transferring assets upon death, the estate may still go through probate. The goal of probate is to protect the rights of heirs or other beneficiaries and others who have an interest in an estate. Probate determines what the estate owes in taxes and to creditors.
Our Real Estate practice involves representation of individuals and businesses in commercial and residential real estate, Foreclosure and Foreclosure defense, and Landlord/Tenant disputes. In so doing, we negotiate and draft commercial real estate sales and purchases; draft easements and deeds, review Residential and Commercial Offers to Purchase and Closing Documents, including title work and bank documents. We also draft commercial and residential leases, easements and joint property agreements. We also litigate all matters involving real estate, including landlord/tenant evictions, contract disputes, disputes involving misrepresentation in a sale, broker disputes, and neighbor disputes.