Insurance

Recently, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals touched on two important insurance issues: covered autos under Wis. Stat. § 632.32(3) and prejudgment interest under Wis. Stat. § 628.46(1). In January 2016, Jason and Wendy Foerster’s thirteen-year-old son was directed by his uncle to drive a Chevrolet Tahoe to the child’s grandparents’ house to retrieve a piece of equipment. The Tahoe belonged to the child’s aunt and was covered under the aunt’s 1st Auto & Casualty Insurance Company motor vehicle policy. The Foerster child crashed the Tahoe into Savanah Thom’s vehicle, leaving Thom severely injured. Thom sued the three Foersters and the…
WILMIC has introduced another service for policyholders this year.  It’s the one-hour, “Free-CLE Fridays With WILMIC” series that kicks off on April 16 at 12:00 Noon.  Free to policyholders, you can get your credits without leaving your home or office!  The programs are being offered virtually.  Just look for the program emails – one click will take you to the registration page. The first program on April 16 is titled, “The Technology Age – Cybersecurity Essentials for Law Firms.”  During the pandemic the past year, technology hackers have been more active than ever before, capitalizing on the pandemic chaos to…
Over $10 Million in Dividends Has Been Paid Out Since 1999 For the 23rd consecutive year, WILMIC will be sending out dividend checks to policyholders. The Board of Directors declared the dividend at its recent spring meeting after reviewing the company’s 2020 financial results.  Cash dividends equal to five percent of annual premiums will be sent to law firms currently insured by Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual. Katja Kunzke, WILMIC President and Chief Executive Officer, says, “Cash dividends are a mutual company’s way of distributing earnings back to its owners.” “A dividend is what the mutual concept in insurance is all about,”…
There has been plenty of change, upheaval and progress since the formation of WILMIC in 1986 when Wisconsin lawyers were being priced out of obtaining malpractice insurance.  In the 1990’s, technology innovations were starting to change the legal profession and WILMIC began paying back its bonds to policyholders.  In the 2000’s, an explosion in access to information had a profound effect on client expectations and WILMIC saw tremendous growth.  In the last ten years, we have seen incredible technological change, online business and finally, the coronavirus pandemic. Through all of that upheaval, WILMIC continues to show the stability and dependability…
Looking for speakers who can deliver real-life examples of practical, use-it-now information?  Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual is presenting the same one-hour CLE programs to local bar associations and others during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re just coming to you through Zoom videos, rather than in-person. With gatherings limited or halted altogether, WILMIC is still providing CLE programming to local bar associations.  Thanks to Zoom video technology, risk management programs are available free from WILMIC. Whether your local bar would like information on a specific topic, or just a general overview in all practice areas, our speakers will cover it for you. Continuing…
The on-going coronavirus pandemic has created many different challenges for lawyers during the past nine months.  From client communication to court proceedings to economic pressures on clients, there are no shortages of challenging issues for lawyers.  WILMIC Senior Claims Attorney Brian Anderson describes some of the risks that lawyers face and how to deal with them. The post Claims Digest first appeared on Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company.…
Under a petition filed with the Wisconsin Supreme Court by the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission, law students would be allowed to get practical, hands-on experience under supervision earlier than they do now. The Commission has proposed Petition 20-04, to amend Supreme Court Rule (SCR) Chapter 50, which governs the… The post Law Students Would Get Earlier Court Experience under Proposed Rule Change first appeared on Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company.…
The same cybersecurity risks that are threats at the office exist when working from home. During the coronavirus pandemic, the threats have jumped in frequency.  Experts say phishing scams have increased over the past nine months. The post Do You Trust Your Computer System, Especially During a Pandemic? Is Your Network Secure? WILMIC Can Direct You To Cybersecurity Protection first appeared on Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company.…
In this day and age, voicing an opinion is as easy as opening a social media site or an internet platform and typing away.  Lawyers can be frequent targets of criticism.  You have a target on your back if a case goes sideways.  An unhappy former client may want to… The post Been Targeted With a Negative Online Review? Use Caution If You Plan On Responding first appeared on Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company.…
With the current worldwide pandemic, it is a good time to check your commercial insurance policy and any recent amendments. Most likely you do not have virus coverage for liability claims. Many recent amendments clearly state modification to your insurance and it now eliminates any insurance coverage by EXCLUSION – INFECTIOUS OR COMMUNICABLE DISEASE. The legal impact is that under a lease or contract with indemnification for other party’s claims one could pick up liability for their employees or customers yet you would have no insurance. Especially with employees suing employers for virus claims on the basis that employer is…
Citing the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on lawyers’ ability to complete mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) credits in order to remain eligible to practice law in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has extended its order allowing attorneys to obtain up to 30 continuing legal education (CLE) credits “on-demand” through Jan. 31, 2022. The post Wis. Supreme Court Order Allowing Attorneys To Get 30 CLE Credits On-Demand Is Extended first appeared on Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company.…
Patrick McKenna, who has been WILMIC’s website designer and digital marketing media consultant for the past couple years, passed away this past January 7. Pat had a long history with the Wisconsin legal profession, having worked at the State Bar of Wisconsin in the 1990’s and the Wisconsin Law Journal… The post Farewell To a Valued WILMIC Friend and Colleague first appeared on Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company.…
After recently allowing local courts to return to in-person hearings, trials and normal deadlines, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ordered that state courts can now seek to suspend those plans and return to tighter restrictions set out by the Supreme Court during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic in April and May. In the past couple months, courts have been getting approval for in-person proceedings, but in light of surging COVID-19 cases in the state, the Supreme Court is allowing local courts to amend those currently approved plans and seek reapproval by their chief judges and return to some…