Real Estate
Unlike Diamonds, Easements Are Not Always Forever

Unlike Diamonds, Easements Are Not Always Forever

By: Brian J. Pfeil Easements are extremely common in our everyday life and serve an important role in offering access to otherwise inaccessible tracks of land due to boundary lines.  Strip malls, shopping centers, multi-use buildings and other businesses often share parking lot space through an exchange of easements.  Many of us access retail...

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Capitalizing on Opportunity Zones

Capitalizing on Opportunity Zones

By: Michael Van Someren One of the most exciting new topics in real estate is the creation of opportunity zones as part of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017. Recently, the IRS issued additional guidance on the use of opportunity zones in the form of proposed regulations. Based on the proposed regulations, the excitement surrounding opportunity...

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Seller Beware: Failure to Disclose During Home Sale Could Cost You

Seller Beware: Failure to Disclose During Home Sale Could Cost You

By: Aaron E. Hall As the housing market continues to surge, offers to purchase homes are made and accepted very quickly. However, even in a robust sellers’ market, if you are selling your home it is still very important to understand your obligations and duties regarding disclosure of property defects. A failure to do so could result in having to...

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Is Your Rental a Business? IRS Proposed Revenue Procedure Providing Safe Harbor Election for Rental Real Estate Enterprises

Is Your Rental a Business? IRS Proposed Revenue Procedure Providing Safe Harbor Election for Rental Real Estate Enterprises

By: Mark G. Kmiecik On January 18, 2019, the IRS issued notice 2019-07 outlining a proposed revenue procedure, whose purpose was to address the uncertainty over whether a rental real estate enterprise is a “trade or business” under Section 199A of the Internal Revenue Code. To mitigate this uncertainty, the proposed revenue procedure provides for...

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Attorneys Ted Warpinski and Chris Meuler Author Wetland Permitting Article for American Bar Association Environmental and Energy Litigation Blog

Attorneys Ted Warpinski and Chris Meuler Author Wetland Permitting Article for American Bar Association Environmental and Energy Litigation Blog

Litigation attorneys, Christopher Meuler and Ted Warpinski, authored a post for the American Bar Association’s Environmental and Energy Litigation Blog. Their blog post, The Boundaries of State Assumption of Wetland Permitting Authority Get Tested, discusses the pros and cons of a delegation program authorized by section 404(g) of the Clean Water...

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Wisconsin’s Small Condominium Law – A Potential Tool to Work Around Local Certified Survey Map Approval and Minimum Lot Size Requirements

Wisconsin’s Small Condominium Law – A Potential Tool to Work Around Local Certified Survey Map Approval and Minimum Lot Size Requirements

By: Todd Farris and Michael Van Someren Sometimes a municipality’s certified survey map approval authority, minimum lot size requirements, or building setback requirements can present an obstacle to an owner’s desire to sell part but not all of his or her property.  Whether it is vacant land, a retail shopping center, or a mixed-use project, a...

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