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April 29, 2016

Final eFiling Order Issued

The final Supreme Court order creating Wisconsin Statute 801.18 was issued on April 28.

This rule requires eFiling for civil, family, small claims, and paternity cases and will begin to be phased in on July 1, 2016. With this rule eFiling will be required for attorneys and high-volume filing agents. Those who are not represented by an attorney and low-volume filing agents may use the system on a voluntary basis. There will be a fee per case, but this can be waived for indigent parties and governmental units.
The Court System has an eFiling page on their website which links to the online eFiling system as well as user guides and training materials. Check for training opportunities through local colleges or bar associations or watch the demo.

April 28, 2016

Law Day in Dane County

Friday only! Get a free legal consultation with a volunteer attorney at the Dane County courthouse. 

When: Friday, April 29th, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Dane County Law Library, Room L1007 of the Dane County courthouse

This drop in clinic is offered as a part of Law Day celebrations at the Dane County courthouse

There are also events for attorneys, students, and families. To learn more, visit the Dane County Bar Association's Law Day page

April 26, 2016

WSLL Recommends: Advising the Elderly Client

Advising the Elderly Client is a 4 volume set dedicated to a host of legal issues that aging adults face in today's world. In broad terms, it focuses on finances, health, and discrimination. Additionally, it includes a section on grandparent rights and kinship caregivers. It includes a surprisingly robust set of forms available on CD, containing more than 100 sample documents.

The authors introduce the researcher to an overview of elder law practice, including establishing your practice, ethical considerations, consumer issues, and daily living problems of aging clients. The majority of 2 volumes deal with financial issues. These topics span from financial and estate planning to dealing with a variety of benefits, retirement plans, as well as tax and insurance issues.

You will also find analysis of long-term care, assisted living, skilled nursing care, inpatient hospital services, hospices, in addition to paying for health care. Medicare and Medicaid coverage, claims, and administrative proceedings are also addressed. The final volume examines discrimination against the elderly. The subjects range from employment and age discrimination to disability discrimination and access to accommodations.

For more information, you can review the content notes in the catalog record for a detailed listing of the variety of issues presented in this title.

If you regularly refer to the State Bar of Wisconsin's title Advising older clients and their families, consider reviewing this larger set to expand your research.

April 25, 2016

BadgerLink Scheduled Maintenance

BadgerLink databases, like Academic Search Premier and Newspaper Source Plus, may be unavailable for a few hours this evening beginning at 9 p.m.

This maintenance will not affect access to the Hein Online Law Journal Library or Index to Legal Periodicals. For a list of all databases available with your library card, see our Articles & Journals page.

April 22, 2016

Top 5 Ways the Library Makes Your Life Greener

There are a lot of ways to live sustainably. For Earth Day 2016 UW Stevens Point put together 10 tips to live more sustainably to get you started.

Did you know that the library can help you with your own green goals? 
  1. Don't buy new books. Borrow new books from the library and save a little paper. (And a little green!)
  2. Get copies emailed to you through our order a document service.
  3. Conserve gas by borrowing books by mail.
  4. Read journals online through the library's subscription databases. Just log in with your library card!
  5. Follow our blog and online newsletter to keep up with the latest best practices for efficient research in print and online.
Don't buy new books. Borrow new books from the library and save a little paper. (And a little green!)

April 21, 2016

Catalog and Database Scheduled Maintenance

On Sunday, April 24 from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. our catalog and online databases will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance. 

Access should resume at 2 p.m. Please contact a librarian if you need help logging in to databases after this time. 

April 19, 2016

Crossword Puzzle Answers

Did you fill out our crossword puzzle, Wisconsin Courts & More? You can check your answers now by downloading the answer key. Thanks for playing!
Check your answers with our answer key.

April 18, 2016

Libraries Transform: Week Three

Thanks to everyone who celebrated National Library Week with us. During the week we posted a new image on our Facebook page every day through April 15th. In case you missed it, here's our third week in pictures.

Read our new titles lists each month or browse our new book shelves to stay on top of the latest legal information. http://wiscl.wsll.state.wi.us/screens/newtitles.html

Asking a librarian for help saves time every time. http://wilawlibrary.gov/services/ask.html

Log in to our online databases with your library card. http://wilawlibrary.gov/search/articles.html

You can rent a conference room (pictured) for smaller groups, our Rare Book Room for large gatherings, and our Training Room for hands-on meetings or training. http://wilawlibrary.gov/services/roomrental.html

April 15, 2016

Email Problems This Week

We discovered this morning that some emails sent to us through our email form located at http://wilawlibrary.gov/services/ask.html did not get through to our inbox. Affected emails were sent between Wednesday and Friday morning.

If you have not heard back from a librarian yet about your question, please contact us again. You can fill out our email form online (it's now working), send an email directly to wsll.ref@wicourts.gov, or call us at 608-267-9696.

We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to helping you soon.

April 11, 2016

Crossword Puzzle Contest

Happy National Library Week! Download our crossword puzzle, Wisconsin Courts & More, or pick up a copy at the Wisconsin State Law Library circulation desk. Return completed crossword puzzles to the library by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15 to enter for a chance to win one of three prizes.

Download our crossword puzzle, Wisconsin Courts & More

April 8, 2016

Libraries Transform: Week Two

Counting down to National Library Week, we're posting a new image on our Facebook page nearly every day through April 15th. In case you missed it, here's our second week in pictures.

Start your research on one of our many legal topic research pages and ask a librarian for help. http://wilawlibrary.gov/topics/familylaw/childcustody.php

Find comfortable seating and quiet work spaces throughout the library.
Get to HeinOnline and other databases from our Articles & Journals page. http://wilawlibrary.gov/search/articles.html

April 5, 2016

WSLL at Your Service: April 2016

The Library is gearing up for National Library Week from April 11-15. Read about our plans for that week, Law Day later in the month, and several free classes offered throughout the month of April in Madison, Milwaukee, and online. Read about these and more in April's issue of WSLL @ Your Service.

In this issue:
  • What's New: Celebrate National Library Week; Class Bonanza; Law Day Events at DCLL; CLE Classes at MCLL 
  • This Just In: New & updated library materials; Monthly list of new titles 
  • Tech Tip: PDF Conversion Made Easy 
  • WSLL Recommends Guide: Selling Your House 
  • Odds 'n' Endings: Voting on Tuesdays, Lafayette County Courthouse 
As always, your comments are welcome. Please direct them to the editor, Kristina.Martinez@wicourts.gov.

April 4, 2016

Are Ballot Photos Okay?

According to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board: "Don’t take a picture of your ballot: Some voters want to share pictures of their ballot with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or other photo sharing apps. But under Wisconsin law it is illegal to show your marked ballot to another person, which is what you would be doing if you took a picture and shared it online."

Wisconsin Statute 12.13(1)(f) prohibits electors from showing "his or her marked ballot to any person or places a mark upon the ballot so it is identifiable as his or her ballot." Wisconsin Statute 12.60 provides penalties.

News sources:

April 1, 2016

Libraries Transform: Week One

Counting down to National Library Week, we're posting a new image on our Facebook page nearly every day through April 15th. In case you missed it, here's our first week in pictures.

Did you know that a majority of questions to our reference desk are from members of the public and self-represented litigants?

Did you know that you can use several of our subscription databases from home with a library card? http://wilawlibrary.gov/search/articles.html

Ask a librarian for research help! http://wilawlibrary.gov/services/ask.html

A few years ago we posted about some of the regular update work that goes on behind the scenes. Read it here: http://blog.wilawlibrary.gov/2012/07/what-is-on-book-cart.html

We have a lot of classes on our schedule for April, including several during National Library Week, April 11-15. http://wilawlibrary.gov/learn/classes.html

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