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Wisconsin Jury Instructions

Wisconsin Jury Instructions-Children*

By Wisconsin Juvenile Jury Instructions Committee
Scott C. Minter, Reporter
2018, Softbound, over 80 instructions - $65.00
Compact Disk (instructions only) - $65.00

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Since 1960, the University of Wisconsin Law School has joined with Wisconsin trial judges to develop uniform jury instructions for civil and criminal cases. This partnership has produced nearly a thousand jury instructions to assist judges, lawyers, and, most importantly, jurors in understanding what the jury must decide at the conclusion of a trial. These instructions are published by the Law School in Wisconsin Jury Instructions - Criminal and Wisconsin Jury Instructions - Civil.

Wisconsin Jury Instructions - Children responds to a need for a comprehensive set of instructions to assist juries in performing their role in child in need of protection or services (CHIPS) cases and involuntary termination of parental rights (TPR) cases. As with the uniform civil and criminal jury instructions, Wisconsin Jury Instructions - Children is a joint project of the Judicial Conference and the University of Wisconsin Law School. This book, published by the University of Wisconsin Law School, is the publication of the committee's work product. In addition to general instructions, the publication contains recommended instructions for CHIPS and TPR grounds, including those grounds most likely to result in a jury trial. Annual supplements are automatically mailed to purchasers with an invoice. The book is supplemented, depending on future legislative and case law developments.

Wisconsin Jury Instructions-Civil*

By Wisconsin Civil Jury Instructions Committee
Scott C. Minter, Reporter
2019, 3-Volume Set, 578 Instructions - $210.00
Compact Disk (instructions only) - $210.00

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Wisconsin Jury Instructions-Civil contains the suggested uniform jury instructions for use in Wisconsin civil trials. Each jury instruction is followed by Committee comments which provide helpful research assistance. In addition, many instructions contain special verdict questions to assist in the preparation of the verdict.

Since its publication in 1960, the book has been used by Wisconsin practitioners for case preparation. The instructions explain the items which must be proved to prevail and are accompanied by discussions of Wisconsin case law related to each instruction. The commentary serves as a convenient and efficient source for legal research. The comments contain citations and explanations of how the instructions should be used and how an instruction relates to other instructions and any other special features of the instruction. Annual supplements are automatically mailed to purchasers with an invoice.

Wisconsin Jury Instructions-Criminal*

By Wisconsin Criminal Jury Instructions Committee
David E. Schultz, Professor of Law Emeritus, Reporter
2018, Through Rel. 56, 5-Volume Set, 835 Instructions - $235.00
Compact Disk (instructions only) - $210.00

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Wisconsin Jury Instructions - Criminal contains the suggested uniform jury instructions for use in Wisconsin criminal cases. Most commonly occurring criminal offenses are covered, with the Committee continuing to work to fill in any gaps. All instructions are followed by comments and footnotes, many of which are helpful research aids. Volume III contains "Special Materials," which offer suggested procedures for handling specific stages of a criminal case, such as accepting a plea of guilty, submitting jury instructions on lesser included offenses, and determining competency to stand trial. The "Special Materials" are also fully footnoted. Regular supplementation and substantial commentary are two important features of the Wisconsin Jury Instructions - Criminal. Annual supplements are automatically mailed to purchasers with an invoice.

*Please note: Annual updates to the jury instruction publications will be automatically shipped to purchasers along with an invoice.

The published instructions are available on a compact disk. The CD contains the text of the instructions and suggested special verdicts. The Committee's commentary to each instruction is not available on the CD. Additional information on the CD is also provided.

Questions About Jury Instructions on Compact Disk

What will I receive?

Purchasers of jury instructions on compact disk will receive a CD containing the text of all instructions in MS Word format. It is important to understand that the commentary by each of the jury instructions committees explaining each instruction is not reproduced on the CD. The CD is purely a database to be copied into your computer. Purchasers receive a license to use the CD.

Will the Law School provide technical or user assistance related to the use of the CDs?

The Law School cannot provide computer support service or consultation. We can provide basic assistance to resolve installation problems.

What computer memory and software do I need to use the Instruction CD?

It is recommended that your office computer have a hard disk of at least 20MB. You will also need MS-DOS version 2.1 or greater, an IBM compatible computer, and MS Word.

How will supplementation or updates be handled?

The CD will be updated to coincide with the publication of supplements to the instructions ordered by the purchaser. Purchasers of the CD will automatically be sent replacement CD along with an invoice.

What copyright and other protections apply?

The CD is copyrighted by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin. Reproduction of the CD without written permission of the Law School is prohibited.

Does the CD eliminate the need for a printed copy of Wisconsin Jury Instructions-Civil, Wisconsin Jury Instructions-Criminal, or Wisconsin Jury Instructions-Children?

No, the instructions on the CD are intended as a tool to quickly produce written instructions for trial and are not intended as a research or reference guide. The CD does not contain Committee commentary to each instruction. This commentary explains each instruction, provides useful citations, and offers important suggestions and warnings regarding the use of the instructions.

Criminal Law Publications

Wisconsin Crimes - Elements, Definitions, and Penalties

By David E. Schultz, Professor of Law Emeritus
2018 edition, 260 pages, $45.00

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Wisconsin Crimes - Elements, Definitions, and Penalties was completely updated in 2018.  View sample pages.

The University of Wisconsin Law School is pleased to publish the third edition of Wisconsin Crimes - Elements, Definitions, and Penalties.

This unique resource provides concise references specifying the elements of crimes defined in the Wisconsin Statutes and indicating the applicable penalty. The publication was originally designed to assist judges in accepting pleas of guilty, however, its uses also include the following:

  • aiding judges and lawyers in evaluating the sufficiency of criminal complaints;
  • aiding law enforcement officers in making decisions about arrests and drafting complete reports;
  • aiding prosecutors in evaluating charging decisions and preparing for entry of a guilty plea;
  • aiding defense counsel in advising clients regarding the plea decision and preparing for the entry of a guilty plea.

Elements. Wisconsin Crimes - Elements, Definitions, and Penalties contains summaries of the elements of the vast majority of crimes in the Criminal Code of Wisconsin, plus selected criminal traffic offenses and some non-Criminal Code offenses. Virtually all crimes for which there are published jury instructions in Wisconsin Jury Instructions-Criminal are included, along with several offenses for which there are no standard instructions.  Penalties for each crime are specified by reference to its penalty class and each entry also includes, where applicable, reference to significant "collateral consequences" - identifying offenses that qualify as predicates for application of "persistent repeater" provisions ["Three Strikes" and "2 Strikes"], mandatory sex offender registration, Chapter 980 commitment, etc.

Definitions. General definitions of terms used in the Criminal Code are provided.  Also included are summaries of general matters like "party to crime," "attempt," "defenses," etc.

Crimes. Crimes are grouped according to the chapter of the Wisconsin statutes in which they appear, organized by statute number.  The table of contents for each chapter is included, as it appears in the published statutes. 

About the Author.  David Schultz is Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Professor Schultz worked as a staff attorney in the Corrections Legal Services Program for two years before he became affiliated with the UW Extension Law Program. Through the Continuing Legal Education and Outreach Program, Professor Schultz has taught a variety of programs on criminal law for lawyers, judges, and police officers. Professor Schultz has been the Reporter for the Wisconsin Jury Instructions Criminal since 1976. He has published a book review on Escape of the Guilty in the Marquette Law Review (1987) and, earlier, co-authored with UW Law Professors Remington and Dickey an article titled "Law, Trial Judges, and the Psychiatric Witness," which appeared in the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry (1980). He also co authored, with Prof. Walter Dickey and James Fullin, "The Importance of Clarity in the Law of Homicide: The Wisconsin Revision" (1989). Professor Schultz has been a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Council since 1989; he chaired the organization from 1991 through 1996.

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Wisconsin Land Use Law Publications

Wisconsin Land Use & Planning Law

By Professor Brian W. Ohm
2013 edition, 283 pages, $33.00

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The University of Wisconsin Law School announces the publication of Wisconsin Land Use & Planning Law by Professor Brian Ohm. Professor Ohm’s academic career at the University of Wisconsin has emphasized working closely with local Wisconsin communities on land use and planning issues. His efforts in writing this publication, teaching students in the classroom, and working with Wisconsin professionals, officials, and citizens on actual land use and planning challenges are clear evidence of the vitality of the "Wisconsin Idea."

This new publication provides a current look at the legal framework for land use planning and regulation in Wisconsin communities. It is meant to serve as an educational tool and a reference work to assist in local decision-making involving land use issues. The book covers legislative, administrative, and judicial developments through July 1, 2013.

Special Features of the New Book

  • Provides a practical overview of the planning process in Wisconsin
  • Details local government bodies involved in planning, particularly the plan commission
  • Summarizes the types of plans related to local development
  • Describes efforts to encourage communities to follow land use plans, with emphasis on consistency between plan implementation tools and the plan
  • Provides valuable advice on the role of citizens in the planning process
  • Explains zoning and subdivision regulations and other planning tools
  • Summarizes the federal and state constitutional framework for regulating land use

Author

Brian Ohm is a professor in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he teaches planning law. He holds a joint appointment with Cooperative Extension of the University of Wisconsin-Extension where he serves as the state specialist in planning and land use law. Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, he practiced law for a Minneapolis law firm and served as inhouse counsel for the Metropolitan Council, the regional governing body for the Twin Cities.


CONTENTS

Chapter 1 Introduction to Community Planning

Chapter 2 The Plan Commission

Chapter 3 Types of Plans

Chapter 4 Exploring the Concept of “Consistency” Under Wisconsin Law

Chapter 5 Zoning

Chapter 6 Subdivision/Land Division Regulations

Chapter 7 Other Laws Affecting Community Planning

Chapter 8 The Federal and State Constitutional Framework

Wisconsin Real Estate Law Publications

Wisconsin Real Estate Law

By Scott C. Minter & Debra Peterson Conrad
2017 edition, 618 pages, $55.00

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The law school is proud to offer the 2017 edition of Wisconsin Real Estate Law, a book with a long history of service to the Wisconsin real estate community. Because earlier editions written by Walter Raushenbush and James MacDonald were widely used and referred to, Wisconsin Real Estate Law is regarded as a standard reference on real estate transactions for brokers, salespersons, lawyers, and other professionals.

The new edition of Wisconsin Real Estate Law (2017) completely updates the prior 2014 edition. It emphasizes the many changes resulting from new forms, new legislation, and recent court decisions. Each chapter of the respected treatise is updated to reflect changes and trends in Wisconsin Real estate practice.

As with past editions, the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association has participated with the University of Wisconsin Law School in the authorship. This collaboration provides Wisconsin REALTORS® with practice-oriented discussions on contemporary legal and regulatory issues facing real estate professionals and parties in real estate transactions.

The new edition contains the current versions of many common real estate forms and provides thorough explanations of legal issues and practice problems that commonly arise in Wisconsin transactions.

Special Features of the 2017 Edition
  • Completely updated text
  • Helpful discussions and updated explanations tied to the new listing contract
  • Expanded and updated discussions on important topics, such as the listing contract, agency duties, offer to purchase, disclosure obligations, and real estate licensure, closings, trust accounts, and landlord-tenant
  • Updated chapters on closing issues, housing discrimination, land use controls, trust accounting and landlord/tenant
  • Updated collection of real estate statutes and administrative regulations
Contents of the 2017 Edition
Chapter 1: State Regulation of Real Estate Brokerage
Chapter 2: The Firm, the Broker, and the Salesperson
Chapter 3: Agency Roles of the Firm, the Broker, and the Salesperson
Chapter 4: Disclosure and Misrepresentation Issues
Chapter 5: The Listing Contract
Chapter 6: Buyer Agency
Chapter 7: The Offer to Purchase
Chapter 8: Closing the Real Estate Transaction
Chapter 9: Real Estate Trust Accounts
Chapter 10: Contract Interpretation and Remedies
Chapter 11: Description of Real Estate
Chapter 12: Deeds
Chapter 13: The Land Contract
Chapter 14: Mortgages
Chapter 15: Title Designations: Ownership, Management, and Control
Chapter 16: Antitrust Law
Chapter 17: Lead-Based Paint Issues
Chapter 18: Consumer Protection
Chapter 19: The Law Against Discrimination In Housing
Chapter 20: Land-Use Controls
Chapter 21: Landlord-Tenant Law

PLUS OVER 25 FORMS AND A CONVENIENT COLLECTION OF WISCONSIN REAL ESTATE STATUTES AND ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

About the Authors

SCOTT C. MINTER is a senior lecturer and program attorney at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has co-authored each edition of Wisconsin Real Estate Law since 1994.  He has also authored Wisconsin Real Estate Trust Accounts and co-authored Wisconsin Real Estate Clauses published by the law school. Mr. Minter was a contributing author of the 1998 edition of Titles to Real Estate, authored by James Vance. He has served as a member of the Real Estate Contractual Forms Advisory Council of the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing from 1984 to 2016.

DEBRA PETERSON CONRAD is director of legal services for the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA). Before joining the WRA, she was in private practice, emphasizing real estate, condominium, small business, trusts and probate law. Her responsibilities for the WRA include writing the monthly Legal Update, drafting WRA forms and other publications, supervising the WRA Legal Hotline (8,000 REALTOR® calls per year).  She co-authored the 2008, 2010, and 2014 editions of Wisconsin Real Estate Law.

Real Estate Trust Accounts in Wisconsin - A Broker's Guide to Complying with State Regulations

By Scott C. Minter & Debra Peterson Conrad
2014 edition, 99 pages, $22.00

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Real Estate Trust Accounts in Wisconsin is a product of a long-standing cooperative relationship between the University of Wisconsin Law School and the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association. The goal of this publication effort is to provide real estate licensees with a clear, concise, and practical explanation of a broker's duty to handle trust funds according to procedures established by the Department of Safety and Professional Services and the Real Estate Examining Board. This handbook identifies problems that arise in a real estate transaction involving earnest money and other types of trust funds and suggests ways to comply with state trust account regulations.

The 2014 edition is again co-authored by Debbi Conrad, Senior Attorney and Director of Legal Affairs for the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association, and Scott Minter, University of Wisconsin Law School.

The first part of this handbook explains the rules of the Department for accounting for trust funds. The second part explains the record keeping requirements of the Department to ensure that trust funds are properly held and accounted for after disbursement. Numerous samples of bookkeeping forms are included to help brokers develop a professional bookkeeping system that complies with Department rules.

The 2014 edition retains the features that made this publication a popular and useful professional resource since 1998, including: updated text, helpful practice recommendations, sample trust accounting forms, and a handy compilation of current statutory and administrative rule provisions. The 2014 edition updates the text to include current trust account issues and new administrative rules that took effect on July 1, 2014. 

Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: What Are Trust Funds?
  • Chapter 3: Account Requirements
  • Chapter 4: Handling Trust Deposits and Disbursements
  • Chapter 5: Disbursing Earnest Money
  • Chapter 6: Property Management Trust Funds
  • Chapter 7: The Bookkeeping System
  • Chapter 8: Step 1: The Cash Journal
  • Chapter 9: Step 2: The Ledger
  • Chapter 10: Steps 3, 4, and 5: Account Reconciliation, Trial Balance, and Validation of Account
  • Chapter 11: Computerized Trust Accounting
  • Chapter 12: Trust Account Problem Areas for the Broker
  • Chapter 13: Who is Responsible for Handling Trust Account Funds?
  • Chapter 14: Retaining Trust Account Records
  • Chapter 15: A Review of the Legal Requirements for Trust Accounts

Illustrations

    • Sample Cash Journals
    • Computer-Printed Cash Journal
    • Sample Ledgers
    • Broker's Funds
    • Rental Ledger
    • Computer-Printed Ledgers
    • Sample Reconciliation
    • Sample Trial Balance
    • Setup Class
    • Reconciled Bank Statement
    • Reconciliation Report Setup
    • Monthly Reconciliation
    • Customized Transaction Report
    • Trial Balance Report
    • Memorize Report
    • Journal Pages Report
    • Ledger Pages Report

Wisconsin Real Estate Clauses: Contingencies and Other Standard Provisions

By Debra P. Conrad, Cori Lamont, Tracy Rucka, Scott Minter
2012 edition, 239 pages, $30.00

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This popular handbook is a basic and current source book for drafting clause language and other common contractual provisions in real estate transactions. The handbook contains sample clauses dealing with issues raised in contemporary real estate transactions. The new edition is an up-to-date collection of contract clauses which are typically inserted into real estate offers to purchase. Also included in this handbook are checklists and advice to follow in the drafting of offers and counteroffers. The 2012 edition adds 136 new clauses to bring the total number of suggested clauses to 266. The updated text discusses the revised offers to purchase approved by the Wisconsin Real Estate Examining Board.  Offers to purchase and other forms approved by the board are included as appendices, along with Wisconsin REALTORS® Association preprinted addenda containing contingencies.

  • CHAPTER I: DRAFTING CONSIDERATIONS AND ADVICE
  • CHAPTER II: SAMPLE CLAUSES: AGENCY AGREEMENTS
  • CHAPTER III: SAMPLE CLAUSES: OFFER TO PURCHASE AND OTHER CONTRACTS
  • CHAPTER IV: SAMPLE CLAUSES: REPRESENTATIONS AND DISCLOSURES
  • CHAPTER V: SAMPLE CLAUSES: BROKER DISCLOSURES
  • CHAPTER VI: SAMPLE CLAUSES: CONDOMINIUM PROVISIONS
  • CHAPTER VII: SAMPLE CLAUSES: SHORT SALE PROVISIONS
  • CHAPTER VIII: SAMPLE CLAUSES: RENTAL PROPERTIES
  • CHAPTER IX: SAMPLE CLAUSES: COMMERCIAL AND BUSINESS OFFER PROVISIONS
  • APPENDIX: FORMS & REGULATIONS

Wisconsin Tax Law Publications

Drafting Marital Property Agreement Provisions: Estate Planning Considerations and Related Marital Property Issues

By David W. Reinecke
1994 edition, 104 pages, $35.00

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The Marital Property Act gave estate planning practitioners an entirely new responsibility in estate planning: marital property agreements. Now,virtually every estate plan for a married couple should include some type of marital property agreement. Since January 1, 1986, marital property agreements have become the rule rather than the exception.

This book provides lawyers with guidance concerning what can be the most complicated and difficult aspect of estate planning drafting marital property agreements - death disposition clauses.

The book discusses drafting techniques in the context of six typical fact situations. Practitioners will be able to evaluate clients as being in one of the defined fact situations, and then incorporate into a marital property agreement the detailed drafting provisions from the Appendix which are applicable for such situations. In some instances, a particular client may fall somewhere in between two defined groups. The book contains suggestions for blending portions of the various forms provided to come up with a specific "hybrid" form tailor fit for the client's needs. In either case, the forms in the Appendix provide the resources required by the practitioner to complete the project.

The book also includes a detailed discussion of tax concepts relating to the Marital Property Act and a discussion of the Act's provisions relating to various postmortem elections and other concepts important in estate administration.

Author

David W. Reinecke is a partner with Foley &Lardner in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Law School and teaches courses dealing with estate planning, probate administration, and taxation of trusts and estates. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel and a member of the board of directors in the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Wisconsin State Bar.

This publication contains the following text and sample forms:

Chapter 1: Application of the Marital Property Act to Death Transfers

Rules Regarding Testamentary Transfers of Marital and Nonmarital Property

Nonprobate Testamentary Transfers and Marital Property Drafting Considerations

Unintended Testamentary Dispositions

Chapter 2: Marital Property Agreement Provisions for Death Dispositions

Drafting Techniques in Typical Fact Situations

Are Death Provisions in Marital Property Agreements"Contractual Wills"?

Chapter 3: Alternative Testamentary Dispositions by Written Instruments

Will Substitute Agreements

Chapter 4: Postmortem Marital Property Elections and Remedies

Deferred Marital Property Election

Augmented Marital Property Estate Election

Equitable Election

Miscellaneous Postmortem Marital Property Elections

Sample Forms and Provisions: Insurance Marital Property Agreement; Authorization to Divide Marital Property on Basis of Aggregate Value;Specific Bequest of Marital Property Titled in Spouse's Name; Life Insurance and Deferred Employment Benefits Classified as Individual Property; Death Provision of Marital Property Titled in Spouse's Name; Death Provision; No Provisions for Death Disposition to Spouse;Will Substitute Agreement; Spouse's Elective Rights; No Forced Equitable Election.

Marital Property, Taxation, and Estate Planning in Wisconsin

By Professor Howard S. Erlanger
1991 edition, 190 pages, $35.00

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This publication provides an introduction to taxation of marital property in estate planning in Wisconsin. It is intended for the general practitioner and nontax specialist, as well as for the lawyer who may be familiar with tax principles but not with marital property rules.

This book:

    • Contains numerous examples of problems and proposed solutions
    • Suggests planning techniques and strategies
    • Analyzes marital property case law and statutory law and identifies practical questions not clearly answered by existing law
    • Contains Department of Revenue marital property publications and position papers
    • Contains relevant IRS rulings

Contents include:

Chapter 1: Income Tax Basis

Chapter 2: Reclassification of Property

Chapter 3: Life Insurance

Chapter 4: Problems in Irrevocable Coordinated Plans

Chapter 5: Income and Transfer Tax Consequences of Gifts of Marital Property

Wisconsin Estate Tax Handbook

By Neal E. Schmidt
2003 edition, $40.00

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Wisconsin Estate Tax Handbook was first published in 1996 and updated in 2000. This 2003 edition completely reformats and updates the 2000 and 2002 editions. It discusses the Wisconsin estate tax and fiduciary tax and provides valuable information to tax professionals about these taxes.

This new edition of the Wisconsin Estate Tax Handbook is necessitated by the federal changes enacted in the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA) effective June 7, 2001, and the Wisconsin Budget, 2001 Wisconsin Act 16, published on August 31, 2001, which will impact Wisconsin estates when death occurs on or after October 1, 2002.

Wisconsin will follow federal changes in the estate tax for deaths through September 30, 2002. Therefore, for the first nine months of 2002, Wisconsin will have an exemption equivalent of $1,000,000 and the dollar credit equivalent amount will be $345,800.

The new edition concisely explains Department of Revenue procedures and answers practical questions encountered by tax professionals working on an estate tax filing. Basic questions, such as: Who must file? When to file? and Where to file? are answered. The handbook also deals with complex problems, such as audits and appeals. Numerous examples, with completed tax forms, are provided.

AUTHOR

Neal E. Schmidt was an attorney with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue from 1966 to 2002. He previously authored the Wisconsin Inheritance Estate and Gift Tax Handbook which was a staple in Wisconsin tax law libraries. Mr. Schmidt is a popular speaker on Wisconsin tax law and has spoken at the UW Law School's CLEW Tax Workshop for the past 32 years.

SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE 2003 EDITION

  • Updated and practical information on Department of Revenue procedures and forms as of March 1, 2002
  • A detailed analysis of the changes in state law regarding the taxation of irrevocable trusts
  • Answers to the most commonly asked questions; solutions to common problems; advice on avoiding typical professional errors* Numerous examples; completed tax forms
  • Expanded analyses, examples, and cautionary notes for tax professionals
  • Updated discussions of penalties, interstate issues, tax audits, fiduciary returns, credits, and exclusions
  • Federal changes enacted in 2001 that impact Wisconsin taxpayers
  • Wisconsin's response to the federal changes
  • Estate tax provisions of 2001 Wisconsin Act 16, the Wisconsin Budget

This handbook answers a variety of common questions by tax professionals, including the following:

  • Who is liable for the estate tax?
  • Who must file a Wisconsin estate tax return? What must be filed? When is the return due? When is payment due?
  • How is interest computed?
  • How do you report trust income after October 29, 1999? After October 1, 2002?
  • What assets are subject to inclusion for determining the state death tax credit allocated to Wisconsin?
  • How is the estate tax with out of state property handled? How are the apportionment issues resolved?*
  • How does an estate make the election to pay the estate tax by installments?
  • When should you consider overpaying the state death tax credit to Wisconsin to avoid interest being computed from the date of death at 12%?
  • What audit procedures does the Wisconsin Department of Revenue use?
  • What should a tax professional do when there is after discovered property in pre-1992 estates?
  • Wisconsin fiduciary tax returns: Who must file? When to File?
  • How is a closing certificate obtained? What is the impact of the closing certificate?
  • What suggestions are there for expediting the issuance of the closing certificate?
  • What appeal procedures apply to the estate tax and fiduciary tax?

PLUS MANY EXAMPLES TO AID PRACTITIONERS

The text contains numerous hypothetical tax problems. Here's one sample fact situation presented in the text:

Mr. Hector MacQueen died a resident of France on January 3, 2003. He had a grantor trust, a bank account and a brokerage account in Milwaukee which had been his residence before moving to Saint Jean Cap Ferrat in 1991. His house, contents and personal possessions in St. Jean had a value in United States' currency of $1,000,000. The total value of his intangibles in Wisconsin totaled $2,500,000. His federal gross estate was $3,500,000 with a federal taxable estate of $3,000,000. The state death tax credit before reduction would be $182,000. As death occurred in 2003, the federal state death tax credit is reduced by 50% to $91,000. With $1,000,000 of property not subject to tax in Wisconsin the percentage of state death tax credit payable to Wisconsin is $130,001. (Calculations shown in the text.)

PLUS MANY CAUTIONARY NOTES FOR TAX PROFESSIONALS

The updated text contains numerous warnings and precautionary notes for tax professionals on such topics as: tax liability, foreign death tax payments, installment payments, refunds, overpayments, arbitration, taxation of irrevocable trusts, and the pick-up tax.

Special Publications

Hattie's Boy

By Professor James E. Jones, Jr.
2006 edition, Hardbound, 864 pages, $30.00

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The University of Wisconsin Law School has recently completed a new book, the autobiography of Professor James Jones, Jr. The book, "Hattie's Boy - The Life & Times of a Transitional Negro," is a special book about a special member of the law school community.

For a generation, students of Jim Jones have recognized that his story needed to be told -- not just for the historical and racial perspectives he could offer, but also for the panoramic story of motivation and success it represents. With their encouragement, Professor Jones set out to record his life with the same work ethic, frankness, and strength of character that he has applied to many challenges. The result is a personal, captivating, and candid sharing of his life's story. It depicts the poverty and segregation he faced in Little Rock in the 1920's and 1930's, his pursuit of education to escape, his role in shaping national labor relations and affirmative action policies, and his celebrated impact as a teacher, scholar, and colleague in what he calls the "legal academy

Throughout his story, Professor Jones reflects on the trilogy of motivation, striving, and success and how it shaped him. Foremost, he reflects on the profound and lasting influence of Hattie, his grandmother.

FROM THE PREFACE . . .

This memoir is the final "homework" that my students assigned to me. Over 25 years or more, students have been intensely curious about "where I came from," or perhaps more accurately how I came to be . . . Students rarely asked the question directly and a naked resume or bio-blurb only seemed to heighten their curiosity. . . .I came to realize that cv's, resumes, bio blurbs, and even occasional newspaper reports portrayed "significant accomplishments" in which students, particularly, could see little with which they could identify as they struggled not only to become professionally (or at least academically) competent, but to grow, mature -- to "be." This memoir attempts to "fill-in-the-gaps" of how I came to be. It shares the struggles, the mistakes, the happy accidents in my life. In doing so, it also describes the "life and times" of the U.S. through the eyes and experiences of one participant/observer during major changes in the country -- the Depression, World War II, post-war social and economic change, Brown v. Board of Education and post-Brown "desegregation, the civil rights movement, affirmative action -- and the desegregation/integration of higher education." The author was "carried along" on the crest of each wave, as I came to be.

James E. Jones, Jr

A Sampling of Chapter Titles in Hattie's Boy . . .
  • Alias June Cummings
  • Of Motivation and Role Models and Things Like That
  • The First Six or Seven Years
  • White School, Red School, and the Logic of Jim Crow Laws
  • Why I Don't Like Fish
  • On Spousal Abuse, Child Abuse, Discipline and Respect
  • 1944: Of Joy and Pain, Growth and Change
  • Search for My Father
  • Of Success and Failures, Triumphs and Defeats
  • The Law School Years
  • United States Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Legislation and General Legal Services
  • Taking Advantage with Stereotypes
  • Realizing the American Dream
  • The Transition from Federal Government to Academe
  • The Wisconsin Initiative 1968-69
  • Teaching While Black
  • The Afro Student Center Connection
  • The UW Athletic Board 1972-1989
  • The Madison Police and Fire Commission and the Winds of Change
  • Flirting With "Burnout"
  • Serendipity and Success
  • "Professor Jones, The White House Called!"
  • The LEO Tribute
  • Labor Law at Wisconsin
  • The William H. Hastie Minority Teaching Fellowship Program
  • Contribution, Satisfaction, Recognition
  • Dunbar Legacy
  • The National Bar Association Hall of Fame

Trusting Nothing to Providence: A History of Wisconsin's Legal System

By Joseph Ranney
1999 edition, 778 pages, $35.00

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Providing a comprehensive and thoughtful perspective on the persons, events, and public debates shaping Wisconsin's legal system

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This publication, Joseph Ranney notes, "throughout Wisconsin's history, legal debates and judicial opinions have reflected a genuine effort to think through difficult problems and reach principled results, either without regard to the political consequences or as a good faith effort to achieve a reasonable compromise between competing interests."

Trusting Nothing to Providence is the first book on Wisconsin legal history, and it is believed to be the first comprehensive history written on the legal system of an individual state. In this unique book, Joseph Ranney has analyzed major court decisions, statutory initiatives, and legal debates that have shaped the development of life and trade in Wisconsin. He features Wisconsin citizens--prominent, notorious, persuasive, or courageous-- who played key roles in shaping these legal developments.

This book is written for a broad audience. For Wisconsin lawyers, legislators, and judges, this book will provide a broad historical appreciation of Wisconsin's legal heritage and the development of the legal system within which they work. For others interested in Wisconsin history, Mr. Ranney provides a clearly written description and explanation of the development of Wisconsin's legal system, presented both chronologically and thematically. This book is especially significant for persons interested and intrigued by Wisconsin's reputation for innovation and reform. Wisconsin, a state of average size far from the national centers of power, has nonetheless been a leader of governmental reform since statehood. Mr.Ranney's thoughtful analysis and perspective show how Wisconsin has earned this leadership position and developed a respected legal system of civil and criminal justice.

Author

Joseph A. Ranney received a B.A. degree from the University of Chicago in 1972 and a J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1978. He is a shareholder in the Madison, Wisconsin, law firm of DeWitt Ross & Stevens, S.C., where he practices civil litigation.

From The Text. . .

"Throughout Wisconsin's history, its lawmakers have actively and constantly considered the need for change though they have often disagreed, sometimes bitterly so, on whether change was necessary and on its details. They have not waited for other states to act when they felt change was needed. Nor have they felt constrained to follow changes adopted in other states, even wide-spread changes, if they disagreed with the reasoning behind the changes. Above all else, Wisconsin has "trust[ed] nothing to concession, nothing to time, nothing to Providence" in developing a legal system to provide social order and promote its vision of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

778 pages of text and illustrations

Includes a timeline of major events in Wisconsin legal history and a bibliographical essay

A mural at the Wisconsin Historical Society

Chapters

  1. Law in the Wilderness
  2. Building a Territorial Legal System, 1836-1848
  3. The Making of the Wisconsin Constitution
  4. Law for a New State: The Tumultuous Years, 1848-1870
  5. The States Rights Movement and the Civil War Era
  6. The Wide Open Era: Law in Wisconsin's Early Industrial Age, 1848-1875
  7. The Limitations of Buoyant Opportunism: Corporate Consolidation and Regulation, 1875-1915
  8. Tort Law in 19th Century Wisconsin
  9. "The Last Thing a Man Becomes Progressive About": Wisconsin Women and the Law, 1846-1920
  10. Aliens and "Real Americans": Law and Ethnic Assimilation in Wisconsin, 1846-1920
  11. The Good Government Movement in Wisconsin, 1895-1925
  12. The Transformation of Wisconsin's Tax System, 1897-1925
  13. Taming the Utilities, 1890-1920
  14. Improving the Workplace, 1867-1925
  15. Wisconsin Law in the Age of Institutions: Substantive Due Process and the Rise of Administrative Law
  16. The Rise of Labor and Wisconsin's "Little New Deal"
  17. Hesitant Socialization: Wisconsin Tort Law in the 20th Century
  18. Orderly Logic, Disorderly Reality: A Short History of Wisconsin Contract Law
  19. Wisconsin Criminal Law: The Elusive Goal of Ordered Liberty
  20. "Looking Further Than the Skin": A History of Civil Rights Law in Wisconsin
  21. "Equal in All Other Respects": Wisconsin Women and the Law Since 1920
  22. The Practice of Law in Wisconsin: From the Heroic Age to the Age of Growth
  23. The Thompson Years and the Age of Autonomy
  24. Trusting Nothing to Providence

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