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    September 01, 2004

    Inside the Bar September 2004: CLE Books presents the Drafter's Guide to Wisconsin Condominium Documents - what works and why

    Condominiums are a fundamental part of modern American life and a regular practice area for real estate and business law attorneys. Every condominium involves critical paperwork - the bylaws or articles of incorporation, the declaration, rules and regulations, the plat, to name a few. The starting point for each of those documents is the Wisconsin Condominium Ownership Act. But the attorney who looks no further than the Act, whether when drafting documents or reviewing them, is almost certainly going to arrive at results that are average at best and flawed at worst. The Act is simply not enough.

    Inside the Bar
    September 2004

    CLE Books presents the Drafter's Guide to Wisconsin Condominium Documents - what works and why

    Condominiums are a fundamental part of modern American life and a regular practice area for real estate and business law attorneys. Every condominium involves critical paperwork - the bylaws or articles of incorporation, the declaration, rules and regulations, the plat, to name a few. The starting point for each of those documents is the Wisconsin Condominium Ownership Act. But the attorney who looks no further than the Act, whether when drafting documents or reviewing them, is almost certainly going to arrive at results that are average at best and flawed at worst. The Act is simply not enough. The Drafter's Guide to Wisconsin Condominium Documents, which will be available by the end of September,is a practical, insightful, nuts-and-bolts guide for attorneys who handle condominium issues. It is the perfect complement to the broader and more theoretical Wisconsin Condominium Law Handbook, also published by CLE Books, and newly supplemented in 2004.

    The Drafter's Guide starts with the statute and controlling case law, and contains all relevant statutory provisions current through the 2003-04 legislative session. It includes sample forms, filings, and provisions that satisfy the statutes and also provide the maximum benefit to your client. The authors, experienced Wisconsin real estate attorneys Jesse S. Ishikawa and Brian W. Mullins, also point out situations in which the statutes are incomplete, ambiguous, or flawed, and offer suggestions for handling those matters. Finally, the Drafter's Guide includes tested practical advice on issues and problems that are often overlooked, ignored, or poorly handled in many existing Wisconsin condominium documents.

    Erudite, enlightening, sometimes even entertaining, the Drafter's Guide to Wisconsin Condominium Documents belongs in the library of every attorney who deals with condominiums, whether that attorney is setting up or dissolving a condominium, advising buyers or sellers, working in business or residential real estate, or drafting or reviewing documents. Priced at $50 (plus tax, shipping, and handling), indexed and with extensive appendices, this paperbound 250-plus page book comes with a CD-ROM containing forms and samples.

    Orders will be shipped in the end of September.



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