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.

Breaking News – Updated PPP Application

Posted on April 3, 2020 by

An updated PPP application has been released and it is our understanding that this updated application is the ONLY application that will be accepted by lending institutions.  The updated form can be accessed here. The PPP loan is also FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE so submit your applications as soon as possible beginning today, April 3rd, 2020. We […]

Landlord Considerations in Uncertain Times

Posted on April 3, 2020 by

As we enter a new month with the rental landscape changed in dramatic ways by the coronavirus pandemic, landlords will undoubtedly be facing requests from tenants for rent relief.  As you proceed to address these requests, some of the lessons from the last economic recession are applicable today. Before you begin discussions, consider obtaining a […]

BREAKING NEWS – SBA Releases PPP Info

Posted on April 2, 2020 by and

The SBA released the Interim Final Rule announcing more information on the Paycheck Protection Program.  The Interim Final Rule provides some program clarifications, but also provides some program changes. Note, the applicable interest rate is now 1%.  There is also more information on how to calculate payroll costs to determine the maximum loan amount including examples. […]

Paycheck Protection Program – NEW INFO AND APPLICATION!

Posted on March 31, 2020 by and

The SBA and Treasury moments ago released updated information on the new Paycheck Protection Program created by the CARES Act.  The program is specifically designed to help small businesses (less than 500 employees) keep their workforce employed by providing an SBA guaranteed loan.  The program also provides for forgiveness of the loan proceeds that are […]

Business Interruption Insurance

Posted on March 30, 2020 by

Businesses often carry insurance to cover losses caused by a variety of events or perils.  Restrictions, closures, whether voluntary or not, and policies related to COVID-19 are negatively impacting businesses and affecting bottom lines.  As a result, business owners are asking whether they are insured for their losses due to COVID-19 like they might be […]

Wisconsin Emergency Orders Increase Restrictions on Landlords

Posted on March 30, 2020 by

Over the past two weeks, Governor Evers has continued, through the Department of Health Services, to issue Emergency Orders related to the COVID-19 health crisis.  One area of his focus has been to restrict real estate landlords’ activities. In his now seemingly old Emergency Order #12  (from last week Tuesday, March 20!), that imposed the […]

President Trump Signs CARES Act

Posted on March 27, 2020 by , , , and

After much negotiation over the past few days, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) into law, a $2 trillion stimulus package aimed at providing critical economic relief to Americans affected in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Big Picture With a combination of direct payments, grants, loans […]

DOL Issues New FAQ for FFCRA

Posted on March 27, 2020 by , and

Earlier this week we sent you a link to the DOL website with 14 FAQs regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Those FAQs were not earth-shattering but NOW we have 22 more FAQs with very good insight on several topics, documentation (you CAN require it), and whether the leave is available for employees […]

As COVID-19 Cases Rise . . . Are Employers Supposed To Record Them As Work-Related Illnesses?

Posted on March 27, 2020 by

As the number of COVID-19 cases keeps increasing, it is time to revisit the question of whether employers are supposed to record COVID-19 cases as work-related illnesses under OSHA regulations. OSHA requires that covered employers record COVID-19 cases on their logs if the following criteria are met: The illness has been confirmed by a laboratory […]

Remote Online Notarization Now Permitted in Wisconsin

Posted on March 26, 2020 by

These are unprecedented times for all of us.  We continue to receive directives, orders, and suggestions from our local, state and federal governments and their agencies, most of which continue to place additional restrictions on our activities.  In an effort to allow real estate transactions to continue, an effort has been made by the Wisconsin […]

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