Schuetzenfest

On Wednesday, September 12, 2018, the Dodge County Bar Association held the 16th annual Schuetzenfest. At this event, Attorney Alex Phillips won a number of awards including: 1st place in the King Match, 3rd place in the 200 Yard Scoped Rifle Match, 2nd place in the Billy Dixon Buffalo Shoot and 3rd place in the Annie Oakley Match.

Lambeau Field

LambeauAssociate attorneys Nicole Schrier, Ethan Geis and Alex Phillips went to an ethics training at Lambeau Field. As part of their experience, they watched a Packer practice and toured the Hall of Fame.

Alex Phillips

alex_s_phillips_2017-800x1200Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet and Smith LLP is proud to announce the addition of our newest attorney, Alex Phillips. Alex is a Pulaski, Wisconsin native and attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, receiving a Bachelors in 2014. Alex then attended the University of Wisconsin Law School, graduating in 2017. Alex will practice in the areas of civil litigation, insurance coverage disputes, personal injury, Worker’s Compensation and criminal defense. He is looking forward to getting to know the Watertown area and representing its residents.

Firm Donates to Local Charities

December_2015_Stocking_Exchange_Gifts_340_192Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP is happy to continue its community involvement with donations to the Watertown Human Society and Mary’s Room this holiday season. Donations included cash and items, including dog food and treats, toys and diapers.

Both organizations support wonderful causes. The Watertown Humane Society provides for the lost, homeless, neglected and abused animals of the City of Watertown and surrounding communities and educates and enlightens the public regarding animal welfare. Mary’s Room is a collaborative effort of the Watertown community businesses, churches, and other charitable organizations that provides items such as diapers and wipes to women and children in the 0-3 age range.

Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP has served clients from our offices in Watertown and Lake Mills since 1922. Our firm regularly serves clients located in Dodge County, Jefferson County, Dane County, Columbia County, Washington County, and Waukesha County, the communities of the Watertown, Lake Mills, Waterloo, Johnson Creek, Reeseville, Ixonia, Oconomowoc, Sullivan, Jefferson, Cambridge, Columbus, Deerfield, Marshall, Juneau, Fort Atkinson, Beaver Dam, Hartford, Madison, Sun Prairie, Monona Grove, Cottage Grove, McFarland, Stoughton, Edgerton, Delafield, Pewaukee, Dousman, Hartland, Brookfield, and Waukesha, and all of Wisconsin.

Mark S. Sweet Announces Candidacy for Judge

Attorney Mark S. Sweet has announced that he will seek the Municipal Judge position for the City of Watertown in the 2015 spring election. Attorney Sweet would succeed Municipal Judge Ron Ziwisky, who announced earlier this year he would be retiring at the end of his term. Attorney Sweet is the first person to announce his candidacy for the upcoming election.

Attorney Sweet has been a partner with Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP since 1993, having originally joined the firm in 1991. Attorney Sweet looks to continue the firm’s tradition of judicial service. Previously, George E. Niemann, Arnold K. Schumann, John M. Ullsvik, and William H. Woodard, all affiliated with the firm during its history, have served as Circuit Court Judges.

Attorney Sweet will remain an active attorney and continue to practice with the firm if elected as Municipal Judge. Attorney Sweet practices in a range of areas, with particular expertise in the representation of individuals injured in accidents. He is admitted to practice law in California and Wisconsin. Attorney Sweet is a member of both the California Bar Association and Wisconsin Bar Association, a sustaining member of the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, and holds membership in the American Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Dodge County Bar Association, and Jefferson County Bar Association. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP has served clients from our offices in Watertown and Lake Mills since 1922. Our firm regularly serves clients located in Dodge County, Jefferson County, Dane County, Columbia County, Washington County, and Waukesha County, the communities of the Watertown, Lake Mills, Waterloo, Johnson Creek, Reeseville, Ixonia, Oconomowoc, Sullivan, Jefferson, Cambridge, Columbus, Deerfield, Marshall, Juneau, Fort Atkinson, Beaver Dam, Hartford, Madison, Sun Prairie, Monona Grove, Cottage Grove, McFarland, Stoughton, Edgerton, Delafield, Pewaukee, Dousman, Hartland, Brookfield, and Waukesha, and all of Wisconsin.

Importance of Advance Directives

Often when people think of estate planning they are focused on the disposition of their assets and minimizing tax implication. However, advance directives are a very important component of any estate plan and they are relevant for every person regardless of their wealth. Advance directives are legal instructions that express your wishes regarding your financial and health care decisions. If an individual has not previously executed advance directives and can no longer make decisions for themselves due to an accident, illness, or mental affliction, legal proceedings in court to appoint a guardian for the individual will likely be necessary. An individual’s family members are not automatically authorized to make decisions for incapacitated family members because Wisconsin is not a “next of kin” or “family consent” state. Guardianship proceedings are exceedingly more lengthy, costly, stressful and public then advance directives.

In Wisconsin there are four different advance directives authorized by statute. The first is the Power of Attorney for Finance and Property. This document grants authority to another person, known as an “agent,” to make legal and financial decisions on your behalf. The powers granted can be broad or limited in scope. Your agent can assist you with your personal finances, insurance policies, government benefits, estate plan, taxes, bank accounts, retirement plans, business interests and essentially any other financial matter.

The second and third advance directives in Wisconsin are the Power of Attorney for Health Care and Declaration to Physicians (a/k/a Living Will). These documents both deal with health care decisions, although the Declaration to Physicians is much more limited in scope. A Power of Attorney for Health Care allows you to appoint an agent to make any health care decisions on your behalf in the event of incapacity. A Declaration to Physicians allows you to only state your preferences regarding receiving or withholding life-sustaining medical treatment if you have a terminal condition or are in a persistent vegetative state.

The final advance directive available in Wisconsin is the Authorization for Final Disposition. The Authorization for Final Disposition allows an individual, known as the “declarant,” to designate and individual to make funeral arrangements upon the declarant’s death. Further, it also allows the declarant to detail their preferences and desires regarding their final disposition and funeral service.

As indicated, advance directives are relatively inexpensive and easy to implement, especially in comparison to the procedure necessary if an individual does not have such documents in place. As with all estate planning issues, it is important to discuss the impact of advance directives with a knowledgeable attorney.

Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP has served clients from our offices in Watertown and Lake Mills since 1922. Our firm regularly serves clients located in Dodge County, Jefferson County, Dane County, Columbia County, Washington County, and Waukesha County, the communities of the Watertown, Lake Mills, Waterloo, Johnson Creek, Reeseville, Ixonia, Oconomowoc, Sullivan, Jefferson, Cambridge, Columbus, Deerfield, Marshall, Juneau, Fort Atkinson, Beaver Dam, Hartford, Madison, Sun Prairie, Monona Grove, Cottage Grove, McFarland, Stoughton, Edgerton, Delafield, Pewaukee, Dousman, Hartland, Brookfield, and Waukesha, and all of Wisconsin.

Former Partner John A. Neupert Passes Away

John A. Neupert, former partner with Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP, passed away on February 15, 2015.

Atty. Neupert received his high school diploma from Lake Mills High School in 1950, his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1955, and his juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1962. From 1964 to 1968, he served as District Attorney for Jefferson County. Afterwards he began practicing law in Lake Mills with Robert Ferry and, in 1974, began practicing with Thomas O. Wakeman. Their firm ultimately merged with another to create what is today known as Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP. Atty. Neupert retired from the practice of law in 1997, but remained active in the day to day operation of the Bank of Lake Mills, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors since 1967 and president since 1970.

During his extraordinary life, Atty. Neupert also served as a member of the Board of Directors and as president of L.D. Fargo Library for almost 50 years. He was on the Civil Service Commission, the Highway Safety Committee, and served on the Board of the Lake Mills Emergency Medical Service. In addition, Atty. Neupert was on the Board for the Jefferson County Humane Society, was past president and member of the Lake Mills Rotary, and was Board Director for 11 years for Fort Memorial Hospital. Finally, Atty. Neupert retired as a Captain after 22 years combined in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves.

The attorneys and staff of Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP wish to express their deepest condolences to Atty. Neupert’s entire family. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at United Methodist Church in Lake Mills.

Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP has served clients from our offices in Watertown and Lake Mills since 1922. Our firm regularly serves clients located in Dodge County, Jefferson County, Dane County, Columbia County, Washington County, and Waukesha County, the communities of the Watertown, Lake Mills, Waterloo, Johnson Creek, Reeseville, Ixonia, Oconomowoc, Sullivan, Jefferson, Cambridge, Columbus, Deerfield, Marshall, Juneau, Fort Atkinson, Beaver Dam, Hartford, Madison, Sun Prairie, Monona Grove, Cottage Grove, McFarland, Stoughton, Edgerton, Delafield, Pewaukee, Dousman, Hartland, Brookfield, and Waukesha, and all of Wisconsin.