Sarah A. Ponath’s Answers

Sarah A. Ponath

Butler Business Attorney.

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  1. My son has been asked to sign a "waiver and consent to petition for guardianship of minor" form to settle a lawsuit for his son.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Sarah A. Ponath
    2. David J. McCormick
    3. Sean William O'Neill
    4. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    5. Lars A. Lundeen
    5 lawyer answers

    When a minor receives a settlement or an inheritance, the law requires a guardianship of the minor's estate to protect the minor's best interests. It's likely the guardianship petition is for both parents or one parent to serve as guardian, not the attorney. A guardian ad litem will be required as well. The local county probate office may be good place to start to answer questions about the guardianship process.

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  2. If i made payment arrangements then couldnt afford it can i be charged with a crime?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Jay K. Nixon
    2. Sarah A. Ponath
    3. Charles K. Kenyon Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    It is possible for the district attorney's office to get involved if the amount involved is significant, especially if there is some proof you may have intentionally written a NSF check. If there is a contract or agreement, be sure to review the terms and conditions. Maybe you can renegotiate the payment terms to stay out of court.

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  3. ATT made a mistake on my credit report. What can I do?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Sarah A. Ponath
    2. Carie Ann Becker
    2 lawyer answers

    I would suggest that you first send a certified letter to AT&T requesting that they send a letter of explanation with an official request the the record be eliminated from your report to each of the credit reporting agencies. Send a copy of the letter to each of the credit reporting agencies with your own letter requesting that a note of explanation be added to your file. You can also contact the Consumer Protection Agency in your state to file a complaint if AT&T fails to cooperate.

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  4. My boyfriend gave a false address when he was ticketed for driving with a susp. license. What happens if they find out he lied?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Sarah A. Ponath
    1 lawyer answer

    He may receive an additional citation for obstructing an officer by knowingly giving false information. If he doesn't pay the fine from the default judgment, he may be subject to an additional suspension of his license. He should contact the DMV to find out what he needs to do to get his license reinstated, take care of reinstating his plates, and find out if he can make installment payments to take care of the fine. Good luck.

  5. Arrested for retail theft <$100.00, 1st offense. what will happen in court, can I get it dismissed?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Sarah A. Ponath
    2. Karyn T. Missimer
    2 lawyer answers

    In Milwaukee, you will most likely be given options to have the citation amended to a lesser charge with a fine at your first hearing. You can choose to accept a plea amendment or request a trial if you feel that you have a legitimate defense. If you are thinking about entering a plea of no contest to resolve the citation (and have it amended to something less damaging to your record), be sure to pay any restitution amount that may be requested as soon as possible. If you have no prior...

  6. My wages were garnished for charges from a MVA settlement. How can I prove that I do not owe this amount ?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Sarah A. Ponath
    1 lawyer answer

    There may be information still available in the original court file. Court records may still be available for you to review. Contact the records department at the courthouse. You may also have a defense because the statute of limitations has expired. You may contest the garnishment and request a hearing before a court commissioner. You may want to retain an attorney to help you with the process. You will want to obtain an affidavit from your prior attorney and the medical provider...

  7. A person who owes me money has just received an inheritance. Is there anyway I can get paid from it?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Sarah A. Ponath
    1 lawyer answer

    Unfortunately, WI law does not allow a lien on an inheritance a person receives. However, if the judgment you recieved was docketed with court and you are confident that the debtor now has money available to pay the debt, you still have options. You can hire a collection agency or collection attorney to pursue the debt; you can file a motion with the court for an updated financial disclosure; or subpoena the debtor to respond to discovery requests or appear for a deposition before a court...

  8. Guardianship of a spouse

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Sarah A. Ponath
    1 lawyer answer

    There are several non-profit resources available to provide you with free information and guidance in filing a petition for guardianship. Contact the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups, www.cwag.org, or the Aging & Disability Resource Center in Brown County. You can also contact your local office of the Dept. of Health Services, http://dhs.wisconsin.gov You could also check if there is a legal aid clinic in your county. The clerk of courts office at the courthouse can provide you with...

  9. What is the likely conviction for a operating after revocation 1st offense?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Sarah A. Ponath
    2. Christopher Lyle Kuehn
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    With the revocation linked to an OWI conviction, most prosecutors will not be in a position to amend the charge. However, if the person is close to getting his license reinstated and has fully cooperated with the court and law enforcement, he may be able to get an amended ticket to driving without a license on person and just be required to pay a fine. If he is representing himself, he should try talking to the prosecutor about his options.

  10. Hired AC contractor to install AC,new duct work. a complete new system..paid in full but the guy will not come complete job.what

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Sarah A. Ponath
    2. William Randall Ackerman
    2 lawyer answers

    Send a certified letter with a receipt to the contractor with a firm request that he completes the job by a specific date or refund your money. Be sure to have all of your paperwork together - a copy of the contract, any receipts for materials, etc. and make a log of all of the times you tried to contact him to resolve the problem. If you decide to hire another contractor to finish the installation, be sure to keep all receipts, etc. Assuming the job cost less than $5K, you can file a small...

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