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.

2017 Standard Mileage Rates

Posted on December 13, 2016 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2017, and the reduced rates reflect the continued decrease in gasoline prices. Effective January 1, 2017, the optional standard mileage rates will decrease to 53.5 cents per mile […]

The Importance of Buy-Sell Agreements

Posted on September 14, 2016 by

When business partners form a company and get started in their new venture, optimism and opportunity are usually in full supply. At that point, it is only natural to avoid thinking about some difficult questions about the business. One key, and all too frequent mistake, is the failure to discuss and plan for how a […]

Legally Speaking: A Transforming Legal Marketplace and its Impact on Business

Posted on August 11, 2016 by

Like many industries worldwide, the legal world finds itself in an era of transformation.  After decades of rapid growth, the demand for traditional legal services has slowed enormously since 2008.  A number of factors drive this sea change—two of the most important are the influence of technology and globalization. The Influence of Technology on the Law […]

2017 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

Posted on May 2, 2016 by

The Internal Revenue Service on April 29th announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the HSA contribution limits and for High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums for 2017.   HSA/HDHP Requirement Cost-of-Living Adjustments Limit on HSA Contributions – Self-only HDHP 2016 – $3,350 2017 – $3,400 Limit on HSA Contributions – Family HDHP 2016 […]

2016 Standard Mileage Rates

Posted on December 21, 2015 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2016, and the reduced rates reflect the decrease in gasoline prices. Effective January 1, 2016, the optional standard mileage rates will decrease to 54 cents per mile for […]

2016 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2016 Social Security Taxable Wage Base

Posted on October 21, 2015 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. All of the limits shown below remain unchanged from last year. Qualified Plan Limit Cost-of-Living Adjustments 401(k) and 403(b) elective deferral limit 2015:  $18,000 2016:  $18,000 $200,000 compensation limit 2015:  $265,000 2016:  $265,000 $160,000 defined benefit limit 2015:  $210,000 […]

2017 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2017 Social Security Taxable Wage Base 2

Posted on October 21, 2015 by

2017 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2017 Social Security Taxable Wage Base The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. Some of the limits shown below remain unchanged from last year, but others have increased. Qualified Plan Limit  Cost-of-Living Adjustments 401(k) and 403(b) elective deferral limit […]

2016 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

Posted on May 4, 2015 by

The Internal Revenue Service today announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the HSA contribution limits and for High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums for 2016. HSA/HDHP Requirement  Cost-of-Living Adjustments Limit on HSA Contributions – Self-only HDHP  2015 – $3,350  2016 – $3,350 Limit on HSA Contributions – Family HDHP  2015 – $6,650  2016 […]

Bah Humbug: NLRB’s Long-Awaited E-Mail Access Decision Is Sure to Put a Damper on Holiday Cheer for Non-Union Employers

Posted on December 12, 2014 by

On December 11, 2014, a divided [3-2, along partisan lines] National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) issued its long-awaited decision in Purple Communications, Inc., which many management-side labor relations professionals correctly predicted would fundamentally change how union organizing is conducted at nonunion workplaces [a copy of the Board’s decision is available here]. Through Purple Communications, Inc., 361 NLRB No. […]

2015 Standard Mileage Rates

Posted on December 10, 2014 by

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2015. Effective January 1, 2015, the optional standard mileage rates will increase to 57.5 cents per mile for business transportation, and decrease to 23 cents per mile for […]

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