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    November 06, 2019

    'Wisconsin Condominium Law Handbook' Helps Build Your Best Real Estate Practice

    You'll never be unprepared to handle a condominium issue – from planning and development through financing, and from insurance through governance – with the 'Wisconsin Condominium Law Handbook' from State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE® at your side.

    Nov. 6, 2019 – As a real estate attorney in Wisconsin, you must be ready to handle all issues relating to condominiums, from planning and development through buying, selling, and financing, and from insurance through governance.

    Find everything you need to research an issue quickly and thoroughly with the Wisconsin Condominium Law Handbook from State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE®. The Handbook provides concise analysis, timely case law, and relevant references to statutes and regulations.

    It contains relevant information for anyone from solo practitioners representing buyers and sellers of single-family condominium units to large-firm attorneys representing corporate clients who are engaged in developing and financing large mixed-use projects that include condominiums.

    Covering the New Developments

    The fifth edition of the Wisconsin Condominium Law Handbook has all the essentials for a successful real estate practice involving condominium law. The Handbook runs the gamut of condominium topics and includes new legal developments, such as:

    • recently enacted Wisconsin laws affecting unit associations’ ability to charge certain fees, as well as their ability to contract and incur liabilities;

    • a discussion of recent amendments to Wisconsin statutes relating to assistance animals, including emotional support animals;

    • insight into recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals opinions relating to recreational liability;

    • the effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and the addition of a discussion of Securities and Exchange Commission Rules 504 and 505; and

    • the reorganization and supplementation of the marketing of condominium units to include new sections discussing issues related to for-sale-by-owner properties

    Knowledge and Insight from Experience Practitioners

    This real estate practice book was designed for Wisconsin attorneys who represent condominium developers and associations, unit sellers, and unit purchasers. The Handbook’s authors, past and present, are among the most widely experienced and respected Wisconsin practitioners in the area of condominium law.

    The authors’ varied experience covers all issues relating to condominiums: planning and development, buying, selling and financing, insurance, and governance. Several contributors were instrumental in developing the body of law in the state, having assisted the Wisconsin Legislature in drafting Wis. Stat. chapter 703, the Wisconsin Condominium Ownership Act.

    Useful Forms and Checklists

    Keep clients on track with useful checklists for things like annual condo management and setting the annual operating budget, as well as for condo development and closings. You’ll be a step ahead with the State-Bar-developed forms and contracts, such as deeds, mortgages, and notices of conversion including materials promulgated by the Wisconsin Realtors Association, sample title documents, and federal tax forms.

    A Reference for the Courts

    Lawyers and courts alike rely on the Handbook. In fact, the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals refer to the Wisconsin Condominium Law Handbook by name to:

    • provide background on the history of condominium law in the state;1

    • define terms such as “condominium”;2

    • analyze case law;3 and

    • confirm the court’s interpretation of statutory purpose.4

    As the court of appeals explained in State ex rel. Village of Newburg v. Town of Trenton,5 “attorneys who wrote the Wisconsin Condominium Law Handbook practice in the field of condominium law and possess sufficient expertise on the topic to be called upon to advise other lawyers regarding it.”

    Wisconsin Condominium Law Handbook is an indispensable resource to help you handle condominium issues and questions in Wisconsin.

    How to Order

    Wisconsin Condominium Law Handbook is available in print or online via PINNACLE’s subscription-based online library, Books UnBound®. The print book costs $195 for members and $245 for nonmembers (both plus tax and shipping).

    Annual subscriptions to Books UnBound®, the State Bar’s interactive online library, start at $175 per title and $869 for the full library (single-user prices; call for law-firm pricing).

    For more information or to place an order, visit the WisBar Marketplace or call the State Bar at (800) 728-7788 or (608) 257-3838.


    1 See ABKA Ltd. P’ship v. Wisconsin Dep’t of Nat. Res., 2002 WI 106, ¶ 46, 255 Wis. 2d 486, 648 N.W.2d 854.

    2 See Solowicz v. Forward Geneva Nat’l, LLC, 2010 WI 20, ¶ 19, 323 Wis. 2d 556, 780 N.W.2d 111.

    3 See Walworth State Bank v. Abbey Springs Condo. Ass’n, 2016 WI 30, ¶ 66 n.25, 368 Wis. 2d 72, 878 N.W.2d 170.

    4 See Hunt Club Condos., Inc. v. Mac-Gray Servs., Inc., 2006 WI App 167, ¶ 22, 295 Wis. 2d 780, 721 N.W.2d 117.

    5 2009 WI App 139, ¶ 14 n.6, 321 Wis. 2d 424, 773 N.W.2d 500.

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