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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on

Q: I have an easement driveway to my property, who is responsible for trimming tree branches?

The trees aren't mine or on my property. Tree branches are hanging over the driveway and brushing on vehicles entering & leaving my property.

Jason Anthony Greller answered on Jun 8, 2019

Generally, easements indicate responsibility for maintaining the road. Arguably, tree trimming should be a part of maintaining the road an access. Check the easement language to see how maintenance responsibilities are handled.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on

Q: If a city gets a judgement on a Raise or Repair order,is it legal if they did not include the lein holder?

Jason Anthony Greller answered on Jun 7, 2019

Generally, a municipality does not have to name a lien holder of a property when seeking a judgement relating to delinquencies unless they are seeking a foreclosure based on a failure to pay real estate taxes.

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Wisconsin on

Q: I need advice from a tax attorney

Tax returns offset for student loans that have been discharged

Andrew M Steiger answered on Jun 5, 2019

The question may require some clarification. Did you receive a 1099 related to cancelled student loans that you now have to include in income on your 1040? Or are your refunds used /taken by the lenders to offset the cancelled student loans? Cancellation of debt income is often ignored or not... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law for Wisconsin on

Q: In the State of Wisconsin, can a person, who has an activated HCPOA, execute a new HCPOA with a different designee?

Thomas B. Burton answered on Jun 3, 2019

As long as the principal (the person who created the Health Care Power of Attorney "HCPOA") is mentally competent, and is not currently incapacitated as is defined in the document, they are free to execute a new HCPOA, and name a new Agent to act for them in the event of their incapacity, at any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on

Q: Which WI statute protects home buyers from undisclosed issues in the condition report of their home?

The seller of my home knew of diseased trees (received a bid for multiple thousands of $$) and did not disclose them on the condition report. I'd like to read the exact real estate legislation that I'm protected by.

Jason Anthony Greller answered on Jun 3, 2019

Take a look at Section 100.18

100.18  Fraudulent representations.

(1) No person, firm, corporation or association, or agent or employee thereof, with intent to sell, distribute, increase the consumption of or in any wise dispose of any real estate, merchandise, securities,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on

Q: How do I find the text from peterson v. feyeresien? It was printed in Wisconsin Reports 203 1930.

Jason Anthony Greller answered on May 31, 2019

I'm pretty sure that cases this old are not freely available online. You can access them with a subscription. Alternatively, you can visit your County Courthouse which usually maintains a library. If in Madison, you can visit the State Law Library or the University of Wisconsin Law School. In the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Wisconsin on

Q: I want to serve a Wisconsin 28 day notice to terminate tenancy. How is a 28 day notice counted?

I want to serve the 28 day notice for June. How are the days counted? Do I have to serve on June 2nd to allow at least 28 days before the end of the rental period? If served on June 2nd, is it true that the 28th day (June 30) cannot fall on Sunday?

I am the landlord. Tenancy is... Read more »

Jason Anthony Greller answered on May 31, 2019

Yes, you would have to serve the notice on June 2nd. There is no restriction on the 28th day falling on a Sunday.

Section 704.19 Wis Stats outlines the rules relating to 28 day notices terminating periodic tenancies.

Please make note of the provisions of Section 704.19 (7) which...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on

Q: The Seller is trying to change contract on purchase of home when a contract was signed and offer accepted?

I signed contract and offer was accepted for 1,000 over asking price plus 4,000 closing costs. initial closing was scheduled for june 28. Now they changed the closing to july, 20th without my approval. I paid for inspection and inspector says windows need to be replaced for the loan to go through.... Read more »

Jason Anthony Greller answered on May 30, 2019

It is impossible to answer a contract question without reading the contract. That being said, generally neither party may unilaterally change the terms of the offer. In the present case, if your lender will not fund the closing without the window replacement, then the terms of the contract may... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Wisconsin on

Q: We have a cabin & have 2 sons. We want to give one son 1/2 of what the cabin is worth. Say it's worth $150,000.

We would give the one son $75,000. Say when we die the one that has the cabin wants to sell. He would be pocketing $150,000. We realized the other son only got $75,000. This is not right though. So would we write up that the one son that got the cash would get another $37,500? Which would then be... Read more »

Thomas B. Burton answered on May 28, 2019

It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If I understand correctly you want to gift $75,000 in cash to one son today. Instead of cash, you plan to leave the other son your cabin at death. You could order an appraisal of the cabin now and figure out what it is worth. If it is worth exactly... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on

Q: We recently were going to purchase my recently passed dads home. We had it all set and 5 days before closing my

Husband changed his mind. Now the estates lawyer is coming after my husband for breach of contract. Can he do that ? Or force us to purchase

Jason Anthony Greller answered on May 24, 2019

Assuming that you have no contingencies remaining in the offer that you could exercise in good faith, then a failure to close on the part of the Buyer is a default. Assuming this is a standard WI WB-11 Offer to Purchase form, if Buyer defaults, Seller may:

(1) sue for specific performance...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Wisconsin on

Q: Can you require a tenant to leave premesis for a showing when the rented home is for sale? They are always 24hr notice.

We are selling our SFH that is currently under lease. The contract has provisions that allow us to sell at any time and give tenants a 60 day notice to vacate upon entering purchase agreement.

We are having difficulties with our tenant demanding she stay at the home durng showings;... Read more »

Jason Anthony Greller answered on May 23, 2019

The answer to any lease question often depends on the terms of the specific lease. Generally, tenants are entitled to possession of the premises and the right to "quiet enjoyment" of the premises. Generally, landlords retain the right to enter the premises upon notice and that may include the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Wisconsin on

Q: My father passed away and I am the sole heir, his girlfriend lives in his house for 5 years and does not pay rent.

Can I change the locks on his garages while we try to get her out of the house?

Thomas B. Burton answered on May 21, 2019

You should see if your father executed a Will before he died. If he had a Will, this document will state what was to happen to his assets and should name a Personal Representative in charge of the Estate. Your Father's house is now owned by his Estate, and unless his Will stated that his girlfriend... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Wisconsin on

Q: If I don't have the completed copy of the lease, then can I cancel it without any penalty?

I was originally going to move into summer housing July 8th, and the landlord sent me the lease to sign (didn't have a signature of the landlord). I filled out my part and sent the paper to the landlord. Afterwards, I could not contact the landlord whatsoever - Facebook, email, call, everything. I... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 21, 2019

Based upon your facts the only reason you think you have an "incomplete lease" is because your copy does not have the landlord's signature on it; is that right? If so, the answer is tough darts. As long as you signed the lease you are liable under its terms. Look at the lease and find out what the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Wisconsin on

Q: Providing false info on a small claims summons.

If person A files a summons for small claims on person B. And person A provides false of incorrect information on the summons. What actions can be taken against person A?

Thank you

Timur Akpinar answered on May 19, 2019

As a general matter, if the information is material (and not some minor and inconsequential fact or detail), it could possibly result in dismissal of the action. How it is treated by the court could be determined by the mental state of the person providing the information, in that if it is done... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Wisconsin on

Q: My daughters father died in a accident 3/22. He had no will, lived in Mn & Fl and owns $500k...how do I start probate?

His name is Troy T Gambucci age 46. Died in Az, lived in Mn and Fl. He has 2 properties in Florida in only his name no liens. His mom, Pam Karahalios(Dickerson) age 69 lives in the house in Shakopee, Mn with him. He just closed on a house he owned March 6 and profit of $90k went into his business... Read more »

Thomas B. Burton answered on May 16, 2019

Hello, I am sorry to hear about the passing of your daughter's father. The previous advice you received is correct, if your daughter's father passed away without holding the real estate in Florida and Minnesota in a Trust, then a probate action will likely need to be opened in both states for the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on

Q: Any legal options when a house is sold to another for much less than I offered? This was four months apart.

I made an offer on a foreclosed home in November of 2018. The bank counter offered, then I counter offered. The bank refused that offer and pulled the home off the market. I recently discovered that the home was sold in February 2019 for $20,000 less than my initial offer. I am quite upset by this... Read more »

Jason Anthony Greller answered on May 13, 2019

Generally you would not have a claim against the bank unless you believe that the bank violated federal fair housing law by discriminating against you for a prohibited reason such as your age, race, religion or family status.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Wisconsin on

Q: After a 6 month extension and staying total of 1 yr in us on tourist visa. How can I stay longer ( from Israel)

Person I’m asking for lives in Florida He met a girl dating 2 months falling in love with

Sheri A Benchetrit answered on May 9, 2019

He can ask for another extension but it is likely to be denied as immigration will probably see it as his attempt to live and work in the U.S. (immigrant intent).

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Banking for Wisconsin on

Q: What rights does the seller's bank have in a short sale and can they make their own terms that go outside a written cont

We just closed on a house on April 26th and the seller's bank 2 hours before closing told us we needed to pay an outstanding lien or they would walk. Our closing disclosure 3 days before never said anything about paying this additional 1874.75 fee. Can we go back to the bank to get our money back?

Jason Anthony Greller answered on May 6, 2019

In a short sale the seller's bank has significant leverage. Essentially, they can dictate terms to release their lien and those terms may go beyond the agreement between the buyer and seller. Your question does not provide information on the type of lien the bank wanted satisfied or why they would... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Estate Planning for Wisconsin on

Q: Limited power of attorney was not signed exactly as the name was printed. Will it still be valid/accepted?

The name listed at the top of the document is First, middle, last name. However, it was signed as First name, middle initial (only, not whole middle name) and last name. I also have a copy of his drivers license in his whole name, but with the signature the same as on POA: First, MI, Last name, to... Read more »

Akin Williams answered on May 6, 2019

Powers of attorney are very strictly construed.

The power of attorney you refer to, may well be rejected on the basis that there is a discrepancy in the name of the donee as it is not identical with the name stated on the Power of Attorney.

In addition to the proof of ID which you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Wisconsin on

Q: If a b1 visa holder is getting married to a US citizen ,applying for further visa process will the citizen's credit

If a b1 visa holder is getting married to a US citizen and applying for further visa process will the citizen's credit sore and income be considered. He has his tax filed for 30K last year. I guess that is will meet the poverty guide line or will that impact the visa process

Sheri A Benchetrit answered on May 6, 2019

Typically the US citizen's credit score is not considered in terms of whether they are eligible to sponsor their spouse. What is considered is their income during the last tax year (with a W-2 or 1099 to prove it), their current employment and income which can be documented by a letter from an... Read more »

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