Corporate & Business Law

Corporate & Business Law

Our corporate and business law attorneys represent business entities of all types and sizes, from large corporations to sole proprietorships, including partnerships and limited liability companies. We advise business owners at all stages of the life of a business, from putting together a business plan and drafting organizational documents to reorganizations, termination and liquidation.

General Corporate Matters

Our attorneys work closely with business owners and management in order to understand each client’s business objectives, operations, and industry. We frequently serve as general counsel for our clients, advise boards of directors and shareholders on governing the business, and assist the client in identifying specialized legal requirements of proposed business plans and strategies.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Our attorneys assist clients in purchasing or selling businesses, often recommending tax-favored transactions for achieving client goals. We also handle a wide variety of commercial transactions, including equipment purchase and sales, project financing, licensing, and marketing arrangements.

Start-ups

We assist clients in forming all types of business entities, including corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, and joint ventures.

Taxation

We enhance the value of our corporate and business advice through tax planning, which allows clients to engage in a transaction while being subject to the lowest tax burden possible. Our attorneys frequently provide transactional tax advice for clients engaged in mergers and acquisitions and in the sale, purchase or exchange of real estate. We also work with business owners to develop strategies for business succession and estate planning.

Employment Matters

Our business clients often need advice regarding employment and compensation issues. We provide advice regarding employment agreements, non-compete covenants, compensation arrangements, and employment policies.

Civil Litigation

The attorneys at Lin.Liebmann.Wied have successfully represented individuals and business clients in a wide variety of litigation matters before state and federal district and appellate courts. Clients range from business entities to individuals, families, and trustees or other fiduciaries. Our commercial litigation practice covers the entire range of business litigation, from insurance coverage and collection matters to multi-party, complex commercial litigation. Our civil litigation practice includes personal injury, insurance coverage disputes, and personal life challenges.

We approach each case recognizing its potential to go to trial, fully aware that favorable results come from thorough and strategic preparation. Our litigators conduct aggressive pretrial discovery with the goal of positioning each case for swift and successful resolution. At all stages we offer ongoing evaluation of the case and advise clients on their options. We also take full advantage of the increasingly prevalent forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation and neutral evaluation.

Commercial Litigation Areas:
Business Litigation

The firm frequently represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of commercial cases, including breach of contract claims, claims under the Wisconsin Deceptive Trade Practices Act (“DTPA”), Uniform Commercial Code cases, insurance coverage disputes, commercial fraud cases, and collection actions.

Construction Litigation

The firm is experienced representing property owners, general contractors and subcontractors in a range of construction related litigation, including lien claims, collection cases, breach of contract cases, product liability claims, warranty claims, and defense of personal injury claims.

Insurance Coverage/Policyholders' Insurance Coverage

In business, rewards are always balanced by risks. The insurance industry has developed a broad range of policies and plans to help minimize potential threats to companies and their customers. However, when insurers make changes to—or refuse to honor—these policies, the very security that they were intended to provide can be put in jeopardy.

At Lin.Liebmann.Wied, we believe that insurance coverage counseling and litigation services are most successful when they work hand-in-hand. As experienced litigators, we are deeply familiar with the methods used by insurance companies to delay or avoid paying claims, and how insurance companies interpret their policies. We apply these insights when analyzing and negotiating terms and contracts that not only help contain risks, but also minimize the likelihood of future litigation. When litigation cannot be avoided, we use our extensive trial experience to obtain for our clients the coverage they have bought and paid for.

Personal Litigation Areas:
Personal Injury

If you or a loved one have recently been injured in an accident that resulted in a personal injury, it is absolutely vital that you do not hesitate to secure the necessary legal assistance from a skilled personal injury attorney. The wake of a personal injury accident can be frightening and difficult to overcome, but by getting the aggressive and compassionate legal assistance that you deserve, you can breathe easier knowing that you do not have to face it alone.

Although it may be tempting to fight insurance companies on your own, the simple truth is that insurance companies do not have your best interests at heart. They are a business first and foremost and are only concerned with keeping their stockholders content with high profit. If you attempt to secure a settlement on your own, it is not unlikely that your case will be dismissed, delayed or settle for far below the actual amount that you deserve. You cannot treat your future flippantly at a time such as this. You need to be confident that you are receiving the legal representation that you deserve in your efforts to achieve your desired result. Examples of personal injuries include:

  • ATV or Snowmobile Accidents
  • Auto, Motorcycle or other Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Automotive Product Liability
    In some cases, a car accident may be caused by a defective auto part. Faulty brakes or a defective steering mechanism may cause an accident to occur, or a seatbelt or airbag may malfunction and cause a driver or passenger to experience serious injuries that could have otherwise been avoided. In these cases, it may be possible to hold the manufacturer accountable.
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
    An accident on a boat or other watercraft or involving a collision of these vehicles may lead to drowning, near drowning and serious injuries that may lead to extensive medical bills and an entirely changed life for the victim or victims.
  • Burn Injury
  • Dog Bites & Attacks
    When a dog attacks, a victim may be left with serious physical injuries that will lead to scarring and infection. Depending on the severity of the attack, a victim may even lose his or her life, particularly if a small child. In the event of a dog attack in Wisconsin, the dog owner may be held strictly liable for injuries the dog inflicts.
  • Drunk Driving Accidents
    According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approximately one in three fatal auto accidents involves at least one driver who has an unlawful blood alcohol concentration. Our injury lawyers are dedicated to holding drunk drivers accountable for their conduct.
  • Motorcycle Accidents
    Of all the different types of motor vehicle accidents, those involving motorcycles are among the most serious. Motorcycles are significantly smaller and lighter than other vehicles on the road, and when a collision with a larger vehicle occurs, the motorcycle and rider are likely to sustain the brunt of the impact.
  • Pedestrian Accidents
    A pedestrian who is struck by a car or other motor vehicle may be at risk of sustaining catastrophic injuries that significantly interfere with his or her way of life. Our firm handles pedestrian accidents at crosswalks, in parking lots and virtually everywhere else in the Northeastern Wisconsin area.
  • Slip & Fall
    A wet floor, spill, object in a walkway, missing stair or inadequate lighting may all cause a person to slip and fall. When these accidents occur on another's property due to the property owner or manager's negligence, the victim may be able to file a personal injury claim.
  • Wrongful Death
    The loss of a loved one may bring unbearable pain and may put one's entire future at risk. To seek justice against the individual or company responsible for your loss, contact our firm. We handle wrongful death claims for clients throughout Wisconsin.
Policyholders' Insurance Coverage

Please see the description in the business litigation section above.

Life Challenges

At Lin.Liebmann.Wied we recognize that sometimes bad things happen to good people.  And when those unfortunate events occur, you need effective, discrete assistance to help you over life’s unplanned obstacles.  Whether you are in need of OWI / DWI / DUI defense or assistance with traffic or ordinance violations, Lin.Liebmann.Wied is available to guide you through those trying times.

Estate Planning

Our estate planning attorneys provide personalized and comprehensive estate planning services for individuals and their families. We listen first for our clients’ needs and wishes and then work with our clients to formulate and implement an appropriate plan for the preservation and disposition of family assets. We offer highly personalized and sophisticated estate planning and wealth transfer services to accommodate the needs of our clients, from estate plans for those engagements where estate taxes are not a major concern, to specialized engagements for larger estates involving sophisticated estate planning techniques designed to reduce transfer taxes, protect assets, and preserve family wealth. We consult with the individual with respect to particular family needs and objectives and we offer advice on estate planning techniques designed to avoid the probate process. We offer expertise in planning for individuals who are interested in charitable giving and our work is highly customized to the specific needs of the individual and his or her family.

As part of our estate planning practice, we prepare wills and various types of trust agreements, and, where appropriate, organize business entities (such as a family limited partnership). We also prepare health care power of attorney and durable power of attorney instruments. We assist individuals with transferring assets to accomplish estate planning objectives. We also assist individuals with preparing appropriate beneficiary designation forms for distributions from non-probate assets such as life insurance and retirement plan accounts.

We assist our clients in designing, implementing and maintaining appropriate estate planning documents, which include:
• Wills
• Trusts
• Revocable and IrrevocableTrusts
• Charitable Remainder and Charitable Lead Trusts
• Trusts for Minors
• Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILITs)
• Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRTs)
• Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs)
• Special Needs Trusts
• Powers of Attorney for Finances and Health Care
• Living Will (Declaration to Physicians)
• Authorizations for Final Disposition
• Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements
• Lifetime Gift Planning and Implementation
• Preparation of Beneficiary Designations for life insurance and retirement plan accounts

In addition, we provide compassionate personal support and legal counsel in the settlement and administration of estates and trusts.

Family Law

At Lin.Liebmann.Wied we are committed to helping people facing difficult family disputes and legal challenges. Based in Green Bay, we represent clients throughout the Fox River Valley and Northeastern Wisconsin. Our clients include legal professionals, doctors and business executives and their spouses, so we understand how important it is to protect their financial interests through the entire divorce settlement process. We offer the legal, technical and professional resources to help you resolve most family law matters.

As a full-service family law practice, we are pleased to assist clients in these and other family law matters:

  • Divorce
  • Property division
  • Child custody and placement/visitation
  • Child support and spousal support/maintenance (alimony)
  • Modifications to child custody, visitation, and support
  • Motions to enforce court orders/contempt proceedings
  • Paternity
  • Relocation within state or to another state
  • Name changes
Experienced Negotiators and Trial Lawyers

Whether you are going through a divorce or trying to resolve a conflict involving children, the attorney you choose will play a significant role in the outcome of your case. You want an attorney who is dedicated to protecting your financial and parental rights. You want an attorney with the skills and experience to manage your case effectively.

Working closely with clients to understand the issues that matter most to their families, our family law attorneys actively seek efficient long-term solutions to complex family challenges. As experienced negotiators and trial lawyers our family law attorneys have helped numerous clients throughout Wisconsin protect their property rights, parental rights and family security.

Real Estate

Our real estate attorneys handle transactions of all sizes and complexities involving the financing, acquisition, ownership, and operation of commercial and residential real estate. We have assisted clients in land acquisitions and sales, issues arising in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and all types of agreements related to real estate, including lease agreements, construction and architectural contracts. Our real estate practice regularly includes traditional purchases, sales, leases and financing, and our attorneys are experienced in complex multi-asset transactions involving multiple jurisdictions. Our attorneys have represented developers, investors, and lenders in all types of real estate, including:

  • Apartment complexes
  • Condominiums
  • Industrial parks
  • Mixed-use commercial and residential developments
  • New construction
  • Office buildings
  • Residential developments
  • Shopping centers
  • Vacant and undeveloped property