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Clair Law Offices Recognized in 2015 Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminant Lawyers

March 4, 2015

Clair Law Offices has been listed in the 2015 Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers as one of the nation's preeminent law firms.  For over 90 years, the Bar Register has been a unique guide to the legal community's most distinguished professionals.  The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers includes only those select law practices that have earned the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory and have been designated by their colleagues as preeminent in their field. 

Bank Must Sell "Abandoned" Properties Quickly After Obtaining Foreclosure Judgment

As a continuing free service, Clair Law Offices, S.C. thought you might be interested in a recent Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision involving financial institutions, foreclosures, and how quickly financial institutions must sell “abandoned properties” after obtaining a foreclosure judgment.
Key Facts
On February 17, 2015, the Wisconsin Supreme Court decided the case of Bank of New York Mellon v. Carson.

Clair Law Offices, S.C. Voted Best of Walworth County

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank our clients for voting us the Best of Walworth County for the fifth year in a row. We take great pride in the confidence that our clients and the residents of Walworth County continue to bestow upon us. Thank you for trusting us with all your legal needs. For over 50 years we’ve had the pleasure of providing legal services here in Walworth County, and we will continue to strive to be “your local law firm” for many years to come.

Am I Legally Required to Sign a Real Estate Condition Report?

November 17, 2014

Am I Legally Required to Sign a Real Estate Condition Report?


Although many Sellers are told that they are “required by law” to fill out and sign a Real Estate Condition Report (RECR), the relevant statute provides a number of exceptions. For instance, “personal representatives, trustees, conservators, and fiduciaries who are appointed by, or subject to the supervision of, a court” are excepted from RECR’s. (Wis. Stat. 709.01(2)).

Moreover, even if you are just a normal seller, you may be excepted from filling out a RECR. For example, the statute provides that if the buyer signs a written waiver, then you do not have to fill out the RECR. (Wis. Stat. 709.08). Similarly, if the buyer proceeds to closing without receiving the RECR, the buyer can no longer rescind the contract because of the lack of an RECR. (Wis. Stat. 709.08).

What Happens to My E-mail and Other Digital Assets When I Die?

August 25, 2014

On August 12, 2014, Delaware became the first state to pass a law which gives a person’s estate access to all of that person’s digital assets after his or her death. Although some states have passed laws giving heirs access to some digital assets, Delaware is the first state to enact legislation this broad. Currently, Wisconsin has no law addressing digital assets. Therefore, Wisconsin residents are bound by the policies of each company, many of which do not allow access without the owner’s direct authorization or a court order. It is essential that digital assets are specifically addressed in your estate plan.

Underinsured Motorist Coverage: A False Sense of Protection

July 15, 2014
Underinsured Motorist Coverage protects me from other drivers cut rate insurance, right?
Unfortunately, underinsured motorist coverage is misleading. The name implies that it will cover an injured insured when the other driver doesn’t have enough coverage to pay for the damages. However, many clients are shocked to learn that their underinsured motorist coverage will not be added on top of the other driver’s cut rate insurance to pay off the insured’s damages.

Wisconsin’s New Trust Code Effective July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014

The Wisconsin Trust Code became effective July 1, 2014. This new law applies to both testamentary trusts and living trusts. The law is also retroactive, meaning that it applies to trusts created both before and after July 1. The Act is very thorough and covers many different concepts, however an exhaustive treatment of the Act is beyond the scope of this article. The following are some of the noteable changes in Wisconsin’s law.


The comments and opinions expressed in the blog are intended for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Reading or using the information in the blog does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Clair Law Offices, S.C. or any of our attorneys.  The law is constantly changing and therefore the blog may contain dated material. For current law and how it relates to your particular facts and circumstances, consult Clair Law Offices or another qualified attorney licensed in your state.