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Every once in awhile, you get the opportunity to see someone really show that they know their industry and care about their clients.  A few weeks ago Mike Johnson of Cottingham & Butler showcased both of them to me.  He was talking about how companies are coping with the changes in […]

Book ’em, Danno with the Form 5500


We took a Hophead Tour earlier this month, and our tour guide (and Hophead Tour owner) Justin Schmitz told an interesting story about Hess Cooperage.  I asked him to provide a little bit of that story of one of the early Madison entrepreneur success stories. You have probably been to […]

Don’t Barrel Up Your Business




At the beginning of many contracts is a series of clauses beginning with “Whereas.”  Besides giving us lawyers a chance to use a fancy word, these phrases actually have a purpose.  They are called the “Recitals,” and they are used to provide context to the agreement. The first paragraph tells […]

Whereas, Now, Therefore


IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America hen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station […]

Happy Independence Day




To help determine who is an employee when it comes to work for hire, the US Supreme Court inCommunity for Creative Non-Violence v. Reid identified three broad factors that make up an “employer-employee” relationship. Control by the paying company over the work. The more the control the paying company has […]

Duck, Duck, Employee




A few weeks ago, we took a motorcycle class.  One thing the instructors kept saying was “Keep your heads up! Look forward!”  You had to see where you were going, and it helped get over nerves.  As one instructor said, “If you only look three feet forward, you will only […]

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