Real Estate & Construction

Real Estate & Construction

Ruder Ware assists a wide variety of clients with real estate, development, and construction transactions. A major component of our real estate practice involves the representation of developers, property owners, investors, contractors, municipalities and other governmental entities, and financial institutions in connection with their development and construction projects.

Our attorneys have advised clients regarding multi-tenant office facility development, large-scale retail development projects and acquisition financings, and tenant-in-common transactions. Our firm’s expertise encompasses all facets of the regulatory compliance, development, and construction process, including land use and subdivision approvals; development agreements and vested rights structuring; environmental assessments; condemnation, time-share, and fractional ownership developments; wetlands compliance; and redevelopment issues. Our development and construction practice also encompasses the negotiation and documentation of a substantial number of design, design-build, and other construction agreements involving architects, engineering and design professionals, general contractors and construction managers, and a variety of industry trades. Our range of real estate and construction services includes:

  • Assisting real estate developers and other buyers and sellers of real estate with purchase and sale transactions
  • Assisting real estate developers and other buyers with conducting appropriate due diligence in connection with real estate acquisition transactions, including reviewing title insurance commitments, surveys, and environmental site assessment reports
  • Advising clients regarding zoning, land use, and other regulatory matters
  • Drafting and negotiating development agreements with governmental authorities involved in public/private development projects
  • Representing both lenders and borrowers in connection with construction and permanent mortgage loan financing transactions, including leasehold mortgages
  • Appearing on behalf of clients at public hearings and conducting negotiations in connection with obtaining regulatory approvals for land use, including zoning variances, and conditional use permits
  • Advising clients regarding environmental issues relating to real estate, including stormwater regulations, air permitting, wetlands issues, brownfield redevelopment, and voluntary party liability exemptions
  • Representing developers and owners in connection with condominium and fractional ownership development projects and conversions, including the preparation of commercial and residential condominium declarations, bylaws, articles of incorporation, and related documentation
  • Representing owners, contractors, construction managers, and architects in the preparation and negotiation of construction and design contracts
  • Representing property owners in seeking appropriate compensation for their real estate when faced with a condemnation proceeding
  • Assisting clients with like-kind exchange transactions
  • Representing contractors, subcontractors, and other service providers in connection with filing and enforcing construction liens
  • Negotiating and properly documenting easements, licenses, and other agreements regarding use of real property
  • Assisting clients with resolving boundary disputes.

Founded in 1920, Ruder Ware provides business, employment, estate planning, and litigation services through its offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.  A full-service law firm, over 40 attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

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Posted on April 19, 2021 by

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Posted on April 8, 2021 by

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Posted on April 7, 2021 by

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Posted on March 5, 2021 by and

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Posted on February 1, 2021 by

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Posted on December 23, 2020 by

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Posted on December 22, 2020 by and

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Posted on October 26, 2020 by

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Posted on October 13, 2020 by and

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Posted on September 2, 2020 by

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