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Robert S. Duxstad
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Why Wait? Early Advice Can Avoid Costly Mistakes

Posted: 5.30.2019

In comedy, they say, timing is everything. The same can be true when it comes to getting help from a lawyer. A new client came in to talk about a divorce that was "almost done". The parties had been handling things on their own for quite a while and put together an agreement that both thought they could live with. The other party decided to have the agreement reviewed by a lawyer (some  ...Read More

Lawyers Have Values, Too

Posted: 5.30.2019

I don’t think I could ever argue for something I didn’t believe in”. Lawyers hear comments like this all the time. The stock answer goes something like this: our legal system is essential to the protection of individual property and liberty. The lawyer's job in that system isn’t to decide right and wrong; our job is to represent and advocate for those who entrust us with their life, liberty and   ...Read More

How You Get There Matters

Posted: 5.30.2019

Just as the leaves on the trees were beginning to turn color, my wife and I were able to get away for a short vacation. We headed to northern Wisconsin and spent most of our time taking in a dozen or so waterfalls in Iron, Ashland and Bayfield Counties. Several of the falls were easily accessible. In a couple of state parks, the Wisconsin Tourism Department had even set up “selfie stations”  ...Read More

The Search For A Child’s “Best Interests”

Posted: 8.29.2018

"Best interests of the child.” Wisconsin law is peppered with this phrase, and it is the guiding principle for judges when they make decisions affecting the child’s welfare.However, it is not always clear where “best interests” lie.One recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals case illustrates how hard it can be to protect a child’s best interests. The case involves a termination of parental rig  ...Read More

Big Money Case Decided on Basic Principles

Posted: 5.23.2017

Relationships, unfortunately, often come to an end. When the relationship involves the founder of one of the most recognizable businesses in the Midwest, and his lawyer/former fiancée, you have the makings of a plot worthy of a primetime soap opera. Such was the case of Dawn Sands v. John Menard & Menard, Inc., which recently found its way to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Menar  ...Read More

Engineering Better Outcomes For Families

Posted: 2.18.2016

I’m the kind of person who will read anything – books and newspapers, cereal boxes, even junk mail – and I’m always on the hunt for new material. When my software developer son told me he was picking up a lot of good ideas from a 20 year old book, I thought I’d give it a try. It turns out that To Engineer is Human, by Professor Henry Petroski, has lessons that go well beyond the structural failure  ...Read More