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Overview of the Wisconsin Court System

The state of Wisconsin is home to 69 circuit courts separated into 10 judicial districts. The Wisconsin Circuit Court as a whole is responsible for overseeing criminal and civil cases. The potential for procedural errors among the circuit courts led to the formation of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in 1977, which is charged with reviewing the opinions and conduct of lower courts if and when the need arises.

At the highest level sits the Wisconsin Supreme Court, whose jurisdiction encompasses that of both the Court of Appeals and the circuit courts. The Wisconsin Supreme Court exercises jurisdiction over the constitutionality of various legislative actions, cases up for appellate review and more.

Wisconsin Attorneys and Lawyers

When faced with a legal issue, contacting an experienced attorney is always the best bet. At LawInfo you can search for a skilled, Lead Counsel Rated Wisconsin attorney by location and by practice area. We have Wisconsin attorneys who dedicate their practice to specific areas of the law, so you will not only find an attorney, but an attorney who is knowledgeable to help you with your particular legal issue.

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Wisconsin Legal Forms

LawInfo offers free Wisconsin legal forms and documents to help resolve many of your issues on your own. Whether you need a power of attorney or you want to complete your will, we have you covered. You can click on our most popular forms located in the right column of this page. A user account is required to use the service, but it’s completely free.

Prospective landlords may utilize LawInfo's Residential Lease Agreement to organize the terms and conditions under which they may choose to lease their property. When people own a piece of real estate that they do not necessarily want to live in, renting it out may be a valuable source of continuous income so long as a few precautions are made. A lease agreement protects both the landlord and tenant in the event of a potentially costly dispute by providing a reference and guidelines regarding issues such as lease timeframe, security deposits and payment requirements.

Many people who spend their lifetimes working and accumulating assets wish to see those assets passed on to their appointed inheritors. Estate plans can be either trust-based, in which a trustee is elected to oversee the owner's asset distribution, or will-based, in which the owner specifically names his or her inheritors and outlines the assets they are to receive. LawInfo's Last Will and Testament form may simplify the vital estate planning process.

In cases where individuals may be unable to oversee their assets, regardless of the reason, a Power of Attorney allows a trusted executor, such as a family member or legally authorized attorney, to manage the estate in their stead. Through a power of attorney, property owners need not necessarily concern themselves with the day-to-day operation of their assets. In the event of their incapacitation, this document may facilitate the transition of ownership or allow another person to make important decisions on their behalf.

Starting a Wisconsin Business

The State of Wisconsin Business Services site offers prospective business owners the tools they need to allow their organization to thrive in Wisconsin. Potential entrepreneurs may find information regarding state business regulations, employment statistics and why the state is a great place to start a new business. The website also links to Forward Wisconsin, where visitors may peruse the state's tax regulations and compare them to neighboring states.

Wisconsin Business Statistics

The three most prominent Fortune 500 companies to be found in Wisconsin are Johnson Controls (JCI), Manpowergroup (MAN) and Kohls ( KSS).

Furthermore, the 439,699 small businesses in Wisconsin employ approximately 51.8 percent of the state's private-sector labor and consist of 97.8 percent of its employers. Unemployment in recent years has decreased in the aftermath of the 2007-2010 economic crisis, and the Bureau of Labor Analysis reports that Wisconsin's real gross state product increased by 3.7 percent in 2011. 75 percent of these small businesses have no employees whatsoever while the vast majority of them have fewer than 20 employees.