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Does a landlord legally have to charge me pet rent, if they charge for other pets?

Recently I inquired to my landlord about getting some Guinea Pigs. He wanted to charge me $25/month for the guinea pigs, when further pressed about why I needed to pay a charge (Guinea Pigs generally ...
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Is it legal to not have a surname in Wisconsin?

Is it legal to not have a surname in Wisconsin? Note that I am not American and have no clue where to start looking for the answer. I met someone who claims she doesn't have a surname (her parents and ...
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Is propensity evidence ever allowed as circumstantial evidence?

I, being a non-expert in any country's/state's law, was somewhat surprised when it was said that propensity evidence isn't, in Wisconsin, legal evidence; see between 5.57 - 8.15 in this video about ...
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Why have Dominick Black's charges not been dismissed?

For providing Kyle Rittenhouse a gun, Dominick Black was charged with two counts of providing a dangerous weapon to a person under 18, causing death.. The possession charge against Kyle was dismissed,...
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Would Anthony Huber be considered armed at any point?

Anthony Huber was carrying a skateboard when he encountered Kyle Rittenhouse. When Mr. Huber struck Mr. Rittenhouse with the skateboard, did the status of the skateboard change from simply an object ...
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Is it legal in the US to leave a gun in the hands of a minor without oversight?

Reading about the detail of the trial of Rittenhouse I wondered how it was possible that a minor was allowed to go around holding a weapon. I searched on the internet and I read some blogs claiming ...
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What crimes did Rosenbaum commit when he engaged Rittenhouse?

The jury has found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of murder of Joseph Rosenbaum based on the defense's claim that he acted in self defense. Given the facts outlined by this NPR article, it appears that ...
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How long does provocation remain relevant in physical crimes?

In the Rittenhouse case, the prosecution ended up going with "provocation" as being at the core of their argument as to why they believe Rittenhouse "provoked" Rosenbaum into ...
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Anticipation of Violent Gatherings

As we await the Rittenhouse verdict it is clear that this is a polarizing case and the governor has mobilized 500 National Guardsmen in anticipation of violence. The verdict is expected to attract ...
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What standard of evidence must be met for afffirmative defenses, and for exceptions to affirmative defenses?

In the ongoing Rittenhouse trial, my understanding is that the defense is raising an affirmative defense of self-defense (i.e., ceding that Rittenhouse killed Rosenbaum and Huber, and attempted to ...
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Can a judge's decision to admit or not to admit "character evidence" under Wis. Stat. § 904.04 be challenged (on appeal)?

In the heated exchange between the judge and prosecutor (see 2nd video here) in the Rittenhouse trial, the judge says that he admitted "90404" evidence in other trials that the defendant was ...
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Kyle Rittenhouse's reckless endangerment charge

Kyle Rittenhouse shot Joseph Rosenbaum four times, killing him. He was charged with murder for this, and also reckless endangerment because Richie McGuinness was some distance behind Rosenbaum. If ...
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Could I get the money I paid to park back?

Hypothetical question. I was in Madison, Wisconsin last week. I parked in a municipal lot, paid at the automated kiosk, and got a receipt. When I returned, about 20 minutes before the end of the ...
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My bank sold a local branch to another bank, including my accounts, without my permission. Is that legal?

My bank sold a local branch to another bank (in the state of Wisconsin, United States of America), including my accounts, without my permission. My first knowledge of it was that my debit card was ...
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any restrictions on transferring money from personal to business account

I'm starting a company and was wondering if I can use the income from my day job to fund my company until things are up and running. Basically I'd transfer funds from my personal account to the ...
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What authority do governors exercise to impose mask mandates?

Context: https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wisconsins-covid-19-outbreak-continues-grow/story?id=73429395&cid=clicksource_4380645_4_heads_hero_live_headlines_hed I come from a scientific background (...
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How can I liquidate alcohol as part of an estate in the US?

If I'm the executor of an estate for a person that was the sole proprietor of a bar/restaurant that is stocked with bottles of booze and kegs of beer is there any legal way to sell it to generate cash ...
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Can the law limit what heath care providers I see if I have commercial and medicaid?

There's a bit of story to this: We had been trying to find a therapist for my son. We wanted one that we felt comfortable with. We didn't care if the provider was out of network or if we'd have to pay ...
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Can a minor possess an AR-15 rifle in Wisconsin?

This stems from the Kyle Rittenhouse discussion: Wisconsin prohibits possession of rifles by minors, but the same section seems to say that it only applies when the rifle is "short-barrel". ...
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How does context nullify the Rittenhouse self-defense? [duplicate]

The Rittenhouse defense has invoked self-defense justification for the shooting deaths of 2 in Kenosha Wisconsin. Given the context of: Protesters: similar to a "place of nuisance" in the ...
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Can killing be "self-defense" if you are committing a crime yourself?

Kyle Rittenhouse has been charged with murder. I believe that the facts of the incident are not in dispute, because of ample video evidence: Rittenhouse was attacked, tried to escape, and when he ...
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Is the presence of a melee weapon such as a knife enough legal justification for a police man to shoot the possessor of the knife?

Background Recently, Jacob Blake of Kenosha, Wisconsin was shot in the back 4 times by police officer Rusten Sheskey while the officers were attempting to arrest Blake over a domestic violence dispute....
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Does this Restrictive Covenant apply to new purchasers?

I am considering buying a house. There's a restrictive covenant attached to it that begins as follows (emphasis mine, blanks contain the original husband and wife who were the developers): _____ ...
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How to determine what classification a department is in a business?

In Wisconsin, the state enacted a "Safer at Home" order (link here) which restricts certain essential and non-essential businesses from operating, as well as restricting people's activities that don't ...
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Roommates aren't paying utilities, can I take them to small claims court?

There were 4 of us living in a condo, all 4 of us were on the lease and we paid rent separately to the landlord. The landlord covers the water bill and nothing else for utilities per our lease. The ...
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What are the limits of religious freedom in the workplace?

Federally in the US, only race, sex, and religion are protected classes, i.e. it's illegal to make employment decisions (hiring/firing/salary/promotion/etc.) on the basis of a worker's race, sex, or ...
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Placing notices on cars in same-residence parking lot

A large portion of backstory is directly connected with this question from 2016. Briefly put, permit-required parking stalls are continuously being occupied by people without permits. However, when ...
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Under what conditions are U-turns legal?

Where are U-turns legal in Wisconsin, and specifically Milwaukee? At intersections? In roads? Across interstate medians?
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Insurance-Provided Rental Car After No-Fault Accident

My 2014 Ford Taurus was backed into in a parking lot while it was parked and nobody was inside— the person who caused the accident wasn't injured either. They came into the building we were in, found ...
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Limitations or exceptions at the state level to ex post facto laws?

There is a local (but nationally recognized) law firm that has this commercial. The "meat" of the commercial is this: A biker is injured and the law firm goes after the insurance company. Company ...
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landlord having neighbor stalk the property

We recently rented a house and the day we moved in we were told the neighbor will do the yard work and take care of the home. Also in the lease the landlord should give 24 hour notice before ...
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Landlord misrepresented my lease

My lease specifically stated that the landlord pays, hot water, water (it's a well so he would pay to pump the water) and sewer ( septic pump) I found out, by accident, that for the last SEVEN years I ...
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Can multiple states demand income tax from an LLC?

We are a Utah LLC providing SAAS (software as service) on cloud available to all US market. Wisconsin Dept of Rev. has assessed our LLC for partnership income tax, because they claim our company has ...
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Public accommodation arbitrary refusal of service example?

This is maybe nothing but stupidity on my end...but; Fitness center with tanning in Wisconsin. Went to tan as have done before, worker asked if I had protective eyewear (law to have in Wi) to which I ...
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Roommate caused water damage to our condo, what are my options?

I live with 3 roommates and all 4 of us are on a lease for the condo owned by our landlord. TL;DR my roommate "Jim" caused water damage to several rooms and I'm looking for advice on what I can ...
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Someone broke my laptop, how should I handle this situation?

I am attending college in Wisconsin and I had my backpack leaning against the side of my desk. It was on the edge of the walkway between desks in the class room. Somebody walking by kicked my ...
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Is one person creating multiple companies with similar names to competitors considered fraud?

In Wisconsin, there's an individual, let's call him Dan, in a city who has basically created multiple "off-brand" companies with incredibly similar names to their competitors. These are made up ...
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Do hospitals have to provide wheelchairs at the entrance to patients and visitors? [duplicate]

I was performing a project at the hospitals and the number of missing wheelchairs, I was just wondering if hospitals must provide wheelchairs at the entrance per ADA regulation or some other ...
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Tenant Laws Regarding Parking

Our landlord(s) want to charge us $30 or $30 per car for parking. We have a garage and a driveway, but mostly have to street park. Just wondering the legality of that. We live in Dane County, ...
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Two Party Consent over State Lines

In Illinois, we have a two-party consent law on phone calls, requiring both parties to agree to being recorded. (Or, it seems, simply be told "This call may be recorded for ___ purposes", and you ...
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Is a spouse's vehicle acquired prior to the marriage considered marital property?

My wife and I were recently married (2 years ago). We are both older (35+) and over the years have acquired our own real estate holdings, investments, etc. We each brought vehicles to the marriage but ...
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Management company's landscaping team are working too much ... what can I do?

Background: I have lived in a rental apartment in a quiet neighborhood of Shorewood, in Milwaukee county, WI, for eight years. The rent is relatively high but living in a quiet areas makes it worth it....
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Arbitration Clause: Account Credits vs Money Stipulation

I'd like to start off by saying that this is somewhat of a follow-up to a previous question I had asked back in June, 2016. I've continued to struggle with trying to find an agreement that resolves ...
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Wisconsin Tenant Right to Vacate by Month-to-Month After Lease Expires (Wis. Stat. Ann. § 704.19)

Greetings to all who are far more in tune with Law-speak than myself! I appreciate your taking the time to look at this important issue I am trying to find a solution to. In summary, I signed a 1 ...
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Is this a breach of contract?

We are taking care of a deceased family member's estate and to get rid of an old vehicle we placed an online ad - we were asking $150. Someone responded and we accepted their offer - all via email. ...
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Requesting customer service account notes

In another question, here, I had called into my phone company's customer service number in regards to trying to resolve an issue. Part of that back-and-forth discussion ended with me requesting the ...
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Business not honoring promotional credits despite extensive efforts to work with them

Overview: I purchased three new smartphones from a large, well-known, phone company on 11/27/2015. Each phone qualified to receive $300.00 in promotional credits after trading in a separate smartphone ...
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Creating a partnership - what is the single entity?

Question: Where or whom do I register the 'name' of a general partnership with? I have read that a general partnership doesn't need to have any legally binding (state/federal) document stating the ...
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Can I deny someone's request for me to be their Power of Attorney?

Let's say that someone has made me their Power of Attorney and I don't want that kind of responsibility on my hands. Is there a way to deny it? I am in the state of Wisconsin.
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Car collision but no damage: Call the police?

Recently one of my friends was involved in a bumper related collision during a rainy day. The collision resulted in no damage to either car. Would my friend at, this point, have been able to: 1. ...
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