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August 2017
08/03/2017 Termination of Parental Rights in Wisconsin
Terminating parental rights is a process that we get a lot of questions about. It’s also a very misunderstood process, and one that varies from state to state. We’ve listed a few pieces of information specific to Wisconsin and what parents (and other
July 2017
07/26/2017 How can I appoint a guardian for my child?
Appointing a guardian for your child or children is a good idea because the alternative is not appealing. If you do not appoint a guardian to watch over your children, the courts decide who the guardian is going to be—even if it’s not the person you
07/07/2017 Living Trust versus Will: What’s the difference?
Annulments and divorces may be related concepts—and may seem to be the synonymous—but in reality, they are two different Wisconsin legal proceedings. Both of these processes end a marriage, though an annulment is different in a very key way. An annul
June 2017
06/20/2017 Annulment vs. Divorce: What’s the difference in Wisconsin?
Annulments and divorces may be related concepts—and may seem to be the synonymous—but in reality, they are two different Wisconsin legal proceedings. Both of these processes end a marriage, though an annulment is different in a very key way. An annul
06/09/2017 All Your Questions about Father’s Rights & Child Support Answered
It’s almost Father’s Day, the time of year when we honor dads throughout Wisconsin and the nation for their role in supporting their kids as they grow. Unfortunately, if you are a father separated from your child’s mother, your legal standing as a fa
May 2017
05/24/2017 What are divorce alternatives? What are my options for divorce?
Your divorce doesn’t have to be like the hostile contentious divorce proceedings you see on TV. There are other options to the traditional litigated divorce; both options are confidential and can save you money and time during the very stressful divo
05/10/2017 What is considered excessive damage that warrants keeping the security deposit?
A security deposit is standard operating procedure for most landlords; charging a fee to cover any excessive wear and tear to the rental unit is a protection for the landlord. While that protection is completely logical, the reasons for keeping the
April 2017
04/27/2017 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Landlord
Deciding to buy a rental property may not seem like a legal decision; however, one of the most important parts of being a landlord (besides building maintenance) is making sure your actions are legally sound. From the signing of the rental agreement
04/12/2017 Can I move with my child if we have a custody agreement
“I want to relocate out of state and we have joint custody. How do I go about it?” “What do I do if I want to move and am a custodial parent?” “How do I move if I am part of a custody agreement?” “My ex wants to relocate with our child. What can I do
March 2017
03/15/2017 4 Mistakes You Should Avoid After an OWI DUI
Operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Driving under the influence. Just hearing these terms can make you break out in a sweat, and for good reason. The penalties for an OWI or DUI can be serious and long-term. Unfortunately, the consequences can
03/10/2017 Girls Softball Sponsorship
Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP is proud to sponsor athlete Erin Jones for the Watertown High School Softball Spring 2017 Season.

Go Erin, and Go Goslings!
February 2017
02/24/2017 5 Common Wisconsin Child Support and Custody Questions Answered
Questions about child support and child custody are some of the most common questions we hear from concerned parents.
January 2017
01/13/2017 Can a tenant be evicted during the winter?
Can a tenant be evicted during the winter?
December 2016
12/20/2016 Estate Planning Tips for the New Year
The New Year is the logical time for financial planning and estate planning.
November 2016
11/07/2016 Mark S. Sweet Assists Veterans
Attorney Mark S. Sweet assisted veterans in preparing basic estate planning documents.
October 2016
10/03/2016 Firm Donates for New Santa House
Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP donates to help Santa get a new home in time for Christmas.
September 2016
09/23/2016 Firm Supports Jefferson County Fair
Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP continued its long history of community involvement by providing support to the 2016 Jefferson County Fair.
August 2016
08/24/2016 Jonathan P. Longfield Assists Seniors
Attorney Jonathan P. Longfield assists low-income seniors in preparing basic estate planning documents.
08/17/2016 Former Partner Carol M. Lorenz Helps Flood Victims
Former Partner Carol M. Lorenz continues her service with the American Red Cross.
08/04/2016 4 Reasons You Should Contact a Lawyer for your OWI
Drinking and driving may seem trivial, but the consequences can be serious—and not always readily apparent at the time. A few beers, a failed field sobriety test, or a high test can lead to jail time, loss of driving privileges, significant financia
June 2016
06/01/2016 Ethan C. Geis Joins Firm
Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP is delighted to welcome Ethan C. Geis to the firm.
May 2016
05/16/2016 Former Partner Arnold K. Schumann Passes Away
Former partner, Arnold K. Schumann, 84, passed away at his home on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
05/10/2016 Advance planning seminars help families prepare

WATERTOWN—On May 24, 2016, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home will be hosting Advance Planning Seminars dealing with a variety of key topics for seniors.
April 2016
04/07/2016 Mark S. Sweet Appointed Judge
Mark S. Sweet has been appointed as Municipal Judge for the City of Watertown.
March 2016
03/24/2016 Have you been injured
A car accident, even a minor incident, can turn into a pile of medical bills, auto repair appointments and expenses, and car rental costs. To increase the chance of recouping funds to pay for all those expenses, you need to take a few essential step
03/10/2016 Get Security Deposit Back
It would be so easy to just pay a security deposit, and then receive it back when you move out. However, there are circumstances and regulations that may inhibit that simple process—but there are steps you can take to make the return of your security
February 2016
02/12/2016 Mistakes a Landlord Should Avoid
Owning an income property, and consistently generating income from that rental property, can feel like an art—the art of always trying to minimize mistakes that interrupt your bottom line. In addition to common home repair mistakes, a landlord also
December 2015
12/23/2015 Firm Donates to Local Charities
Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP is happy to continue its community involvement with donations to the Watertown Human Society and Mary's Room this holiday season.
October 2015
10/06/2015 Mark S. Sweet Announces Candidacy for Judge
Attorney Mark Sweet has announced that he will seek the Municipal Judge position for the City of Watertown in the 2015 spring election.
May 2015
05/15/2015 Importance of Advance Directives
Advance directives are a very important component of any estate plan and they are relevant for every person regardless of their wealth.
February 2015
02/17/2015 Former Partner John A. Neupert Passes Away
John A. Neupert, former partner with Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP, passed away on February 15, 2015.
December 2014
12/19/2014 Firm Changes Name to Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP
Neuberger, Wakeman, Lorenz, Griggs and Sweet is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2015 our firm’s name will change to Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP.
September 2014
09/29/2014 Former Partner Thomas O. Wakeman Passes Away
Thomas O. Wakeman, former partner with Neuberger, Wakeman, Lorenz, Griggs & Sweet, passed away on September 20, 2014.
August 2014
08/07/2014 2014 Riverfest Gets Underway
The 2014 Watertown Riverfest begins on August 7, 2014 and will last through August 10, 2014.
May 2014
05/21/2014 National Mock Trial Championship Complete
The National Mock Trial Championship in Madison, Wisconsin, a three-day event that culminated in a final championship round on May 10, 2014, concluded with Rhinelander High School finishing in eighth place.
March 2014
03/06/2014 Wisconsin Adopts New Trust Code
Wisconsin trust law will take on a dramatically new look when 2013 Wisconsin Act 92 takes effect on July 1, 2014.
February 2014
02/04/2014 Wisconsin Enacts Another New Landlord/Tenant Law
2013 Wisconsin Act 76, which makes several changes to Landlord & Tenant Law in Wisconsin, was signed on December 12, 2013 by Governor Scott Walker. The law generally becomes effective as of March 1, 2014.
December 2013
12/10/2013 What Should You Do If You Are In An Accident?
The immediate aftermath of an accident is a very stressful and emotional time. Even a minor “fender bender” can cause significant and long lasting physical and emotional injuries.
12/10/2013 Attorneys Prepare for 2014 Mock Trial Season
Winter in Wisconsin typically means one thing to its residents: snow – and lots of it. But to high school mock trial teams, it means that it’s time to prepare for the regional high school mock trial competition.