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Drunk Driving

Drunk Driving is a serious offense. In Wisconsin, a first offense violation for drunk driving (sometimes referred to as a DUI or OWI) is considered non-criminal, except in extraordinary circumstances, such as having a minor child in the vehicle at the time of the offense. All second and subsequent offenses for drunk driving are regarded […]

Social Security Disability (SSDI) v. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

People are often confused about what federal programs are available to them if they develop a disability. The Social Security Administration offers two programs to those who suffer from a disability. These programs both provide financial assistance to a person with a disability. (SSI), otherwise known as Supplemental Security Income, is a poverty based program […]

Collaboration With Students

At the law firm of Basiliere, Thompson, Bissett, Castonia, and Swardenski­­­, LLP.,  one of our primary objectives is to give back to our local community.  We are especially committed to children, and the importance of education.  To this end, we entered into an internship program with the University of Wisconsin – Madison several years ago. […]

Legal Terms 101: Placement

What are the legal terms that I should be aware of concerning my children in the event of a divorce? “Placement” pertains to whom your children will live with after the divorce is finalized. One parent may be awarded primary placement, or the parents may be awarded some type of shared placement. Primary placement means […]

Legal Terms 101: Custody

What are the legal terms that I should be aware of concerning my children in the event of a divorce? In the State of Wisconsin, there are generally two issues that must be determined in relation to your minor children in the event of a divorce. Those issues are custody and placement/visitation. “Custody” is a […]