Dear Friends and Family, and Blog Readers, I, Brendan McAvoy, am participating in a fundraising event for the Alzheimer’s Association® called The Longest Day®. To show my love for all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, I’m raising funds and awareness to advance Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Will you help by making a donation on my fundraising […]

On behalf of the Startup Stream, we wish a congratulations to both Attorney Brendan McAvoy and Attorney Thomas Murphy for being awarded the prestigious Top 40 under 40 recognition by the National Advocates.  Both attorneys received their recognition for dedication, excellence, and contributions to the practice areas of Immigration Law, Bankruptcy Law and Wills, Trusts and […]

Q: I am interested in hearing more about estate planning services. What documents are part of an estate plan? At McAvoy & Murphy, one of the first things we bring up at our free initial consults is that there is no “one size fits all” approach to estate planning. We offer our services both in […]

In order to help our client’s gain valuable insight into the conversations one must have with their health care agent, we routinely offer the following publication as a handout. The handout we use is from The Center for Public Representation, Madison, Wisconsin and is titled “25 SUGGESTED TOPICS TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE AGENT” […]

In part 1 of this series on real estate ownership and transfer, we had left off with a discussion of the types of freehold interests one has with regards to his or her ownership interest in property. The last type of fee simple we had discussed was the Fee simple determinable: a conveyance that creates […]

[DISCLAIMER: This may be considered attorney advertising] When many people think about Bankruptcy, they are thinking about liquidation, also known as chapter 7 bankruptcy, and all the worries about exemptions that come with it. Many common questions we get from potential clients include the following: I make more than Wisconsin’s median income level, so I […]

Finding an attorney in Wisconsin is easy. Finding the best attorney for your specific legal issue, however, can be quite difficult unless you know what to look for. If you follow these tips, you should have a better chance of finding your ideal attorney. Tip #1: Identify Your Legal Issue. Identify your legal issue. This […]

While immersing myself  in Judge Posner’s Reflections on Judging, again I found myself interested in his discussion on the differences between the concepts of legal realism and legal formalism. In this reading, Judge Posner explains how many judges use both the competing schools of formalism and realism, and usually judges use a mixture of the […]

With this being the last in a series of blog posts regarding the judiciary, I believe it is fitting that we address Federal Court nominations and the increased politicization of the process. I have harped in numerous prior blog posts about my severe disdain for the “first past the post” two party system that currently […]

This week’s post highlights the three general ways of selecting justices and judges at the state level, and highlighted various issues with each method. The readings on this topic tend to outline one central theme that caught my attention: as judicial selection becomes more akin to the process of selecting legislators, as in a partisan election, […]