Real Estate & Construction

The following is a guest post written by Atty. Jennifer Hayden of Petrie + Pettit S.C.  We’ve previously discussed the impact of the recent extension of the Stay at Home Order by Governor Evers.  However, under Section 4024 of the CARES Act, Landlords who have residential tenants in a “covered dwelling” that participates in a “covered housing program” (as defined in section 41411(a) of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 or the rural housing voucher program under section 542 of the Housing Act of 1949 or has a “Federally backed mortgage loan” or a “Federally backed multifamily mortgage loan”,…
I know that everyone is anxious to learn when and how Milwaukee County will be proceeding with evictions in the future.  I have attended several virtual Small Claims Bench/Bar Committee Meetings, which include attorneys representing both landlords and tenants as well as Milwaukee County Judges and Court Commissioners, and those issues are being discussed. Please understand that the courts do not have all of the answers at this point.  This is a work in process.  Just as we all are, the courts are working their way through this pandemic and it’s fallout.  As more information and direction is given by…
As widely reported, Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services extended Wisconsin’s Safer At Home Order through May 26, 2020.  Click below to read the updated Order and for additional information published by Governor Evers’ office clarifying the terms of the updated Order. Resources: Safer At Home Order Safer At Home Order – Frequently Asked Questions The post COVID-19 Update: Safer At Home Order Extended Through May 26th appeared first on Steimle Birschbach, LLC.…
By: Attorney Samuel J. Spurney The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a rapid shift to remote working unlike anything experienced before.  While many businesses have scrambled to connect employees remotely using VPN, encrypted email, and other common data protection measures, one crucial in-home data protection practice has undoubtedly been overlooked by many – turning off Siri, Alexa, and other personal digital home assistants during work hours. While Google, Amazon, and other tech companies have attempted to downplay the ability of these devices to record all conversations in your home, these devices are on at all times, are listening to all conversations,…
At Steimle Birschbach, we are dedicated to doing all that we can to help the communities we serve in these difficult times. As heavily reported in the news, to combat the disruption that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused to the general public and to the United States economy, the federal government is in the process of rolling out several programs to provide direct relief to taxpayers and to small businesses. Below are links to information published by the Treasury Department, the Small Business Administration (SBA), the IRS, and the Department of Labor providing guidance on the programs and initiatives that…
When I elected to cover this topic in early March 2020, few anticipated the breadth and scope of the crisis facing the construction industry. So, I hope I can be forgiven if anything that follows is no longer relevant or topical. But, here we go. What started as an overseas health crisis has quickly escalated into a global pandemic. Local, state, and national responses are widespread, total, and indefinite, leaving construction contractors and the business community at large analyzing the next right move and the long-term consequences. In the following best practices and analyses, perhaps some value can be gleaned,…
My office has received a lot of questions about Governor Evers’ Emergency Order regarding a temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures in the last few days. There appears to be a lot of misunderstanding or confusion over the Order so I will attempt to clarify the Order and answer many of the questions that I have received. First off, it is important to keep in mind that all we know for certain is what the Order says.  If the Order doesn’t state something or doesn’t even address the topic then we do not know for certain.  Everything else is just…
Every fall most estate planning professionals start looking for the release of the annual Revenue Procedure that announces federal inflation-adjusted numbers for the coming year. These include the estate tax applicable exemption amount, the gift tax annual exclusion, and the income tax rates, among others. For the first time, this past year also brought us a state number to look for. July 1, 2019, marked the fifth anniversary of the effective date of our new trust code, Wis. Stat. chapter 701. Wis. Stat. section 701.0414   addresses the termination of an uneconomic trust, and the threshold for determining which trusts…
Governor Evers issued an Order today prohibiting notices terminating tenancy, eviction actions and the filing of writs unless based on the imminent threat of serious physical harm to another person for the next sixty (60) days. In relevant part, the Order states as follows: 1. Landlords are prohibited from serving any notice terminating a tenancy for failure to pay rent. 2. Landlords are prohibited from serving any notice terminating a tenancy unless the notice is accompanied by an affidavit attesting to the reasonable belief that a failure to commence eviction proceedings will result in an imminent threat of…
Things continue to be very fluid when it comes to eviction court and what the various counties are doing, or not doing, in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s Safer at Home Order. As you are aware from my earlier posts, Milwaukee County courts suspended in=person court proceedings through April 3, 2020 as a pandemic precaution. On March 22, 2020, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued two Administrative Orders, one which postponed all civil and criminal jury trials through May 22, 2020, and the second which suspended most in-person proceedings and provided that, subject to certain exceptions, all…
Steimle Birschbach, LLC qualifies as an essential business which allows us to continue uninterrupted operations during the “Safer at Home” order issued by Governor Evers. In our efforts to do the right thing for our employees, clients and communities, we have instructed all firm employees to work from home. We all remain ready and available to help you in our secured communications environment, so please call, email or text us and we will promptly assist. Please note that we have instructed our attorneys and staff to avoid all in-person meetings. However, if you are experiencing an urgent situation that can…
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This is a guest post from Atty. Jennifer Hayden of Petrie + Pettit S.C. As many of you know, the City of Milwaukee Commissioner of Health issued a “Stay at Home” Order effective at 12:01 a.m. on March 25, 2020.  There is no specified end date or time.  Except for the specific exceptions listed, all individuals currently living within the City of Milwaukee are ordered to stay at home or at their place of residence.  All businesses with a facility in the City, except Essential Businesses and Operations, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the City…
On March 24, 2020, Governor Evers authorized Andrea Palm, Secretary-Designee for the Department of Health Services to Issue Emergency Order #12 entitled the Safer At Home Act. With regard to landlords and property managers, the Order states that those involved in building management and building maintenance are considered to be “essential” and therefore may leave their residence to provide services or perform work necessary to offer, provide, operate, maintain, and repair Essential Infrastructure. Landlords and Property Manager are also mentioned in #3 of the Order entitled “Prohibited Activities” which states that Landlord or rental property managers shall avoid entering…
On March 23, 2020 the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae will offer multifamily property owners mortgage forbearance with the condition that they they suspend all evictions for renters unable to pay rent due to the impact of the coronavirus. The eviction suspensions would need to remain in place for the entire duration of the time that the property owner remains in forbearance.  The forbearance is available to all multifamily properties with a Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae backed performing multifamily mortgage negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic. For more information please read the…
This is a guest post by Atty. Jennifer Hayden of Petrie + Pettit S.C. What the H*ll Are We Supposed to Do Now? We honestly have no idea. We are in uncharted waters. But we do know that under the shelter of each other, we all survive. These are our current suggestions based on the ever-changing information we are being provided with. Please let us know your thoughts, comments and suggestions below. Daily Operations – Keep it Sane and Clean With prospective tenants, handle everything possible by e-mail or mail. If you have to meet them in person, follow the…