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    • July
      13
      2018
      Real Property Probate and Trust Law Blog

      Charitable Planning after the 2017 Tax Act

      For individual taxpayers, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act made substantial changes to deductions. Bradley Kalscheur discusses ways to handle charitable contributions in light of these changes.

    • April
      26
      2018
      Real Property Probate and Trust Law Blog

      Handling Firearms in an Estate or Trust Administration

      With proper care and assistance, an executor can safely and legally transfer ownership and possession of a decedent’s firearms to buyers and beneficiaries alike. Philip Miller and John Pernice offer a practical guide that helps preserve or maximize their value to the estate or trust beneficiaries.

    • March
      19
      2018
      Real Property Probate and Trust Law Blog

      Legislature Enacts New Standards for Conditional Use Permits

      In 2017 Wisconsin Act 67, the Legislature recently enacted new statutory standards regarding conditional use permits. Mary Beth Peranteau outlines these standards and the resulting burden of proof in conditional use permit proceedings.

    • November
      30
      2017
      Real Property Probate and Trust Law Blog

      Imperative: Succession Planning for the Family Property

      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.

    • October
      20
      2017
      Real Property Probate and Trust Law Blog

      The Deadman’s Statute is (Mostly) Dead in Wisconsin

      On July 1, 2017, the longstanding Deadman’s Statute was repealed – but still may apply to certain pending cases. Jeff Goldman discusses the statute’s background, what it was, and why it may be only “mostly” dead.

    • June
      30
      2017
      Real Property Probate and Trust Law Blog

      Gun Trusts: Why Your Clients Need One

      Interest in gun trusts is on the rise. Philip Miller describes the origin of gun trusts in the National Firearms Act, addresses recent and pending legislation that may impact the usefulness of traditional gun trusts, and highlights the many reasons why a a firearm owner may still consider holding firearms in trust.

    • June
      22
      2017
      Real Property Probate and Trust Law Blog

      Condo Ownership: Testing the Limits of Wisconsin Laws

      Condominium ownership – owning a cubicle of air floating above the earth – is a peculiar creature of statutory law. William Pharis Horton talks about the state of condominium laws in Wisconsin and the need for updates. “For it to be of most effective use, the laws under which it exists must be kept current and relevant,” he writes.

    • May
      31
      2017
      Real Property Probate and Trust Law Blog

      Trump’s Tax Plan is ‘Yuuugge’

      On April 26, 2017, President Donald Trump released the 2017 Tax Reform for Economic Growth and American Jobs plan. While brevity is the soul of wit, in tax reform, the devil is always in the details. Bradley Kalscheur compares the president’s proposal with a June 2016 House Republican proposal.

    • May
      04
      2017
      Real Property Probate and Trust Law Blog

      Feeding Wildlife in Wisconsin: DNR and Court of Appeals at Odds over Legality

      A recent unpublished Court of Appeals case involved a dismissal of a citation for feeding and baiting deer on grounds that it is illegal only when done for hunting. “The Wisconsin DNR takes the position that it is illegal in all chronic wasting disease-affected areas," writes John Priebe.

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