Different Types of Attorneys

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Here at Cafferty & Scheidegger S.C., we receive many calls for assistance in a day. However, our services are not the best fit for everyone. When you find yourself in a situation where you are needing legal advice, how do you determine what kind of attorney to contact? Here’s a short list of some types of attorneys and what they are best at. Keep in mind that there are many other types of attorneys who handle more niche specialties. This is just a list of more common practices.

Real Estate

These attorneys handle the sale/transfer of property from a seller to a buyer. They create and review documents, check that the title is clear, and facilitate the transfer of funds. While Wisconsin doesn’t require an attorney for the process, if you have something trickier like a short sale, an attorney may be a smart idea.

Personal injury

The first thing you may think of for personal injury attorneys is car accidents. They also cover a great deal more, such as slip and fall accidents, dog bites, and medical malpractice. They will assist you in negotiating a fair settlement with the insurance companies.

Family Law

Family law encompasses divorce, alimony, custody, adoption, emancipations of minors, paternity. Basically anything related to a family relationship.

Estate Planning

Estate planning involves determining how an individual’s assets will be preserved, managed, and distributed after death. These attorneys can also assist with wills, trusts, power of attorney, probate, and many other legal documents.


Consumer bankruptcy lawyers can protect you (and your partner) when going through a bankruptcy filing. They deal with your creditors, clearing debt, and setting up payment plans.


Immigration lawyers may represent clients in administrative courts, or they may counsel clients about their legal rights and obligations related to immigration. They may also represent clients in dealing with government officials in matters related to their visa application.

Employment or Labor Lawyer

Employment lawyers represent employers or employees in cases regarding a breach of an employment contract. Typically, they are hired to provide counsel or negotiate cases involving:

  • Employee benefits
  • Wage and overtime standards
  • Privacy rights
  • Termination of employment
  • Sexual harassment
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Workplace discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, race, religion, sex, and other protected categories
  • Workplace safety

Criminal Law

This is our specialty! Criminal defense attorneys research the facts, investigate the case against their clients, and try to negotiate deals with the prosecutors and participate in jury trials. These deals might include reduced bail, reduced charges, and reduced sentences. Here is a list of what we are able to assist with:

Cafferty & Scheidegger S.C. offers a free initial consultation on your case. We will call or meet with you to get to know you, learn about your case, and establish a plan of action. We fiercely defend our clients and have the knowledge and experience to achieve the best results. Please contact us today if we can help you with your case!


If you need legal assistance in Wisconsin and you do not have a Criminal or Traffic case, we recommend you reach out to the Wisconsin Bar Lawyer Referral Service.

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Why Choose Cafferty


Free Consultation

From our offices in Racine and Kenosha Wisconsin, the criminal defense lawyers at Cafferty & Scheidegger defend the rights of people charged with state and federal criminal offenses throughout Southeastern Wisconsin (Racine, Kenosha, Walworth). If you or a loved one is charged with a crime, contact us today to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced Racine federal criminal defense attorney right away. For urgent matters, you are welcome to call or text us 24 hours a day at ‪(262) 632-5000.


We Defend You

The attorneys at Cafferty & Scheidegger have excellent knowledge of the state and federal court system throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. They are aggressive trial lawyers that are recognized for integrity and hard work. Our law firm’s strength lies in our exceptional pre-trial investigation and case preparation. We come to the prosecutor’s office prepared with the facts and ready to help you get the best possible outcome for your charges. Our priority is always to keep you out of jail and avoid a conviction on your record, whenever possible.

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Proven Experience

The dedication of the team at Cafferty & Scheidegger to client service and their record of success has earned them listings as Wisconsin Super Lawyer® from 2008 through 2022. In addition, their reputation for high standards has earned them an AV Distinguished rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Cafferty & Scheidegger is backed by more than 28 years of trial skills and courtroom experience.

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