Multiple family members owning real estate together can be a recipe for disaster unless they jointly create a plan for the ownership and management of the property for generations to come. Melissa Kampmann and Shanna Yonke discuss the necessity of a well-reasoned plan, crafted by current and future owners, to minimize the risks associated with the common ownership of property.
The Wisconsin Statutes now prohibit local governments from imposing or enforcing time-of-sale requirements on the sale of real estate and other local ordinances affecting real estate transactions. Because the old requirements remain on the books, and appear on the mandated offer to purchase form, lawyers must ensure buyers and sellers are on the same page.
Nov. 18, 2015 – Two pending bills would effectively eliminate adverse possession claims in Wisconsin. In this article, attorney Jessica Shrestha discusses the history of adverse possession, the proposed legislation, and the arguments for and against the proposals.
Gladys Vogel and her grandson, Steven Baumgard, jointly purchased a new Toyota Corolla for $22,500. But Vogel put down the lion’s share, $20,000. Police later impounded the car. Recently, a state appeals court overturned a forfeiture order against Vogel, concluding that forfeiture against her would be constitutionally excessive.
The City of La Crosse passed an ordinance requiring landlords to participate in an inspection and registration program, and to give tenants proper notice regarding city inspections. Recently, a state appeals court struck the ordinance’s provisions on noti ce to tenants, concluding they are preempted by state law.-->
Adverse possession recurrently affects property owners, who might find themselves in disputes with neighbors over seemingly inconsequential strips of land. Three recent Wisconsin cases have involved subjective intent, hunting land, the definition of “substantial enclosure,” and acquiescence. These cases will likely affect almost any adverse possession dispute.
The state transportation department knew that a land developer did not intend to “dedicate” a right-of-way for a state highway project but took the land without paying, based on a drafting error in a certified survey map. Now the state must pay the property owner just compensation, plus attorney’s fees, costs, and interest.
March 18, 2015 – Travel season brings rest and relaxation, but also the potential for tourist scams. In this article, consumer attorneys Ivan Hannibal and Mary Catherine Fons explain the typical timeshare scam, and the legal claims available to help remedy bad situations.
July 2, 2014 – Fireworks are legal in Wisconsin, but using them requires a permit. This article covers state firework regulations, explaining the consequences of illegal use.
The Wisconsin Social Media Protection Act protects individuals against certain social media searches by employers, educational institutions, and landlords. The law contains two basic restrictions, on access to information and on retaliation, but also provides several exceptions.
April 16, 2014 – The recession hit Milwaukee hard. With increased foreclosures and abandoned properties came increased havens for crime. Now, Milwaukee’s legal team is helping the city revitalize. Two city attorneys, featured speakers on “problem properties” at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting and Conference, discuss their legal strategies.
The State Bar of Wisconsin National Mock Trial planning team is calling on attorneys, judges and experienced teachers and coaches from around the state to step up to the bench and volunteer to serve on a judging panel during the 2014 National High School Mock Trial Championship on May 9 and 10 in Madison.
Want to refine your courtroom skills and delivery? Looking at procedure and performance from a different perspective, like that of a judge, can be very helpful, and the State Bar of Wisconsin has a perfect opportunity to do just that. You can take the bench while volunteering as a judge at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Madison from May 8 to 10.