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Wisconsin Supreme Court Increases Town Control of Lakefront Properties

Wisconsin Supreme Court Increases Town Control of Lakefront Properties

State of Wisconsin ex rel. Michael Anderson v. Town of Newbold

On January 27, 2021, in a 5-2 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the decisions of the circuit and appellate courts, finding the Town of Newbold had the authority to regulate the division of lakefront property regardless of whether the regulations were more restrictive than the state law.

Estate Planning 2021 and Beyond - Estate Taxes

The combined estate and gift tax exemption for the year 2021 is an astronomical $11,700,000 for individuals. Clair Law wants to make you aware that this combined tax exemption is scheduled to bounce back on January 1, 2026 to the sum of $5 million per individual (with future inflation adjustments). Everything that you own in your name is included in your estate for estate tax. It can include investment accounts, annuities, and life insurance proceeds - in addition to real estate and bank accounts. Additionally, property that you exercise substantial control over will also be included.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision – What the Decision Means for Developers, Homeowners, Conservationists, and Neighbors.

Clair Law is proud of its efforts in the recent 5-1 Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision, Gail Moreschi v. Village of Williams Bay and Town of Linn ETZ Zoning Board of Appeals, William L. Edwards and Suzanne Edwards, 2020 WI 95. The filed written decision can be found at the following link: https://www.wicourts.gov/sc/opinion/DisplayDocument.pdf?content=pdf&seqN...

Have you ever seen your house from the sky?!

Last week, Walworth County updated its aerial imagery on the Geographic Information Systems Application, also known as GIS. This online database is not only free, but it provides users interesting information, ranging from current owners of parcels, fair market values for tax purposes, the current and future zoning of an area and so much more.

To access Walworth County’s GIS, click the following link:
https://gisinfo.co.walworth.wi.us/oneview/

Best of Walworth County - Runner Up

Everyone here at Clair Law thanks the people of Walworth County for all of their support in the Best of Walworth County Annual Contest. Although disappointed not to win, we are happy to announce our firm was runner up beating out all of the other law offices in the area. Your backing pushes us to continually strive to provide our clients with the highest level of legal services.

Clair Law Wisconsin Supreme Court Oral Argument

Attorney Chad Pollard has the privilege to argue his client’s case to the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. In this article we’d like to give our readers an outline of what that means.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is the State’s highest court. It consists of 7 Justices. Justices are elected in a statewide non-partisan election. Meaning they run on there own names and merit, not political party affiliation.

Don't Give Your Children Your Home in An Attempt to Avoid Probate

Many of our clients wish to transfer title to their home in an attempt to avoid probate, save the home, and avoid nursing home expenses. Adding an adult child to your home deed, or giving title to your home outright, is usually not a smart thing to do. Yes, transferring your home to your adult children while you are alive might avoid probate (at least for that asset), but gifting your home also can result in a unnecessary tax bill and put your house at risk if your adult children get sued, divorced, or file for bankruptcy.

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