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Attorney at Gingras Cates & Wachs LLP
- Employment Law
- Business Law
- Civil Rights
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- French: Spoken, Written
- von Briesen & Roper SC
- Peterson Johson & Murray SC
- Associate Attorney
- Sulton Law Offices LLC
- University of Wisconsin Law School
- J.D. (2008) | Law
- Activities: Wisconsin Court of Appeals, Wisconsin International Law Journal, Wisconsin Moot Court Board
- Michigan State University
- B.A. (2005) | Political Science
- Honors: Most Outstanding Senior in Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa, National Collegiate Scholar, Honors College
- Rising Star
- Milwaukee Bar Association
- - Current
- Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
- - Current
- Federal Bar Association
- - Current
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67 Questions Answered
- Q. I have been suspended from my job pending an investigation but my employer will not tell me what it’s about?
- A: It does not sound like you need a lawyer at this point in time. Many employers would refuse to allow attorney representatives in an interview about an internal matter. If you are an at will employee, that could result in termination. The best advice I can provide is to request your employment file before you are interviewed.
- Q. i have a company i hired to paint my home and garage. There is a lot to it, but the gist is they did not complete
- A: You need a lawyer that will file a lawsuit in small claims or regular civil court.
- Q. Can a judge deny expungement due to a failed drug test during probation?
- A: The law is that you must successfully complete your probation. That differs from whether you were revoked. But given that you were not revoked, I have question about why your case ended up back in front of a judge. Expungement is supposed to happen automatically when the clerk of court receives paperwork from the probation office. Because you were not revoked, I wonder why clerk of court did not expunge the record. It sounds like a mistake on the clerk's part.
- Q. I was on probation at the time I applied for employment. I was denied because of my criminal background. Is this ok.
- A: Sections 111.321 and 111.322(1) of the Wisconsin Statutes prohibit employers from denying opportunities because of an arrest or conviction record. The facts you describe violate those prohibitions.
- Q. What do I do if sellar won't sign release of contract for home inspection failure?
- A: You could file a lawsuit for a declaration stating that the sale is null and void. But that seems unnecessary in this circumstance. You can probably just walk away from the deal. It happens everyday.
- Q. What is the best way for an adult child to buy her mother's house? Mother is in assisted living, house is paid off.
- A: Your mother can transfer the property to you at any time by signing a deed. She could also use a will or trust.
- Q. My tenants want to leave. I agreed to let them out of the lease but they refuse to leave in a timely fashion. What now?
- A: You have a coupe of options. One is to file an eviction action for unlawfully holding over. Another is to hold the tenants to the terms of the original lease agreement.
- Q. Could my 4th Amendment rights have been violated?
- A: More information is needed to provide meaningful advice. You cannot be arrested for (or charged with) possession of prescription medication without having a valid prescription absent probable cause. So unless you had a large number of pills or confessed, it would ordinarily be difficult to get to probable cause. It sounds like you were stopped for the purpose of investigating cocaine possession. Without knowing what the tip precisely said, it is difficult to evaluate whether the police had the prerequisite reasonable suspicion. It does not sound like they did, however. I say that because of the steps they went through.
- Q. Awarded house in divorce, no $ owed to ex. Cannot get them to sign Quit Claim Deed. Can judge sign deed in ex's place?
- A: Your question is unclear. If you have an order awarding the house to you, you do not need the ex to sign. You can simply extinguish the ex’s interest and have another deed recorded on the property.
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