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Agriculture plays an important role in Wisconsin’s history and the state’s economy.
For generations, Ruder Ware’s attorneys have counseled producers, processors, equipment manufacturers, and distributors. When transactions require litigators, Ruder Ware’s team offers the depth and experience to step in and intuitively guide the issue to resolution. The firm regularly works in partnership with owners of family operated farms, agribusiness corporations and cooperatives, and other related companies.
Specifically our litigators represent ag professionals in:
Should legal disputes extend beyond Wisconsin, Ruder Ware’s affiliation with Meritas®, an international alliance of law firms, means our network of lawyers can provide counsel for clients anywhere in this country or around the world.
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.
Posted on May 13, 2021 by Andrew M. Lorenz
In any normal year, the onset of warm weather causes Wisconsin residents to flock to the outdoors. This year, however, the stream of cars leaving cities should flow stronger than ever, as large sectors of the state’s population has been either outright locked down or significantly restricted in their travel since last spring. Landowners who […]
Posted on February 24, 2021 by Ruder Ware Alumni
Farmers know there’s going to come a day when they’re no longer around to run their farms – and they know they should have plans in place for when that day comes. But farmers often delay planning because it forces them to think about difficult topics and make difficult decisions. The first step to beginning […]
Posted on May 30, 2020 by Ashley L. Hawley
The SECURE Act, a federal law enacted on December 20, 2019, made significant changes to how retirement assets, including 401(k) plans and other IRA’s, are treated both during our lives and for our beneficiaries after death. This article will briefly summarize the aspects of the Act that likely matter most to you. During Your Life […]
Posted on March 26, 2020 by Joseph M. Mella
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 […]
Posted on March 23, 2020 by Ruder Ware Alumni
This morning Governor Evers released a statement notifying citizens that he will be issuing a “safer at home”. The impact of this order for individuals and businesses will depend on the wording of the order which is expected to be released tomorrow (Tuesday, March 24th). The governor’s initial statement indicates that the order will, similar to […]
Posted on February 21, 2020 by Christopher M. Seelen
There are many legal rules covering farms – rules that producers might not be aware of. A farm building may not be covered by standard insurance. Farm buildings are exempt from the state building code. And many standard insurance policies exclude coverage for buildings not built to a certain code. Consider the example of a […]
Posted on December 12, 2019 by Ruder Ware Alumni
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, easing immigration for agricultural workers. The bill would give “blue cards” to agricultural workers who have worked at least 180 days on farms over the past two years. They would become eligible for five-year renewable visas that would require working at least 100 […]
Posted on November 17, 2019 by Ruder Ware Alumni
No matter how much credence the old saying “good fences make good neighbors” may hold, Chapter 90 of the Wisconsin Statutes exists to prescribe general rules regarding fences in agricultural areas of Wisconsin. These laws lay out when a fence is required, what a legal fence is, who is responsible for the fence and how […]
Posted on November 11, 2019 by Linda M. Danielson
While most businesses use real estate, unique planning issues arise for family-farm owners because of the importance of real estate to the farm and family. There are several reasons for that. Family farms are not as mobile as other businesses. Family-farm owners usually have strong emotional attachments to the land. They treat the land they […]
Posted on October 4, 2019 by Ruder Ware Alumni
A controversial federal environmental regulation has been repealed, according to an announcement Sept. 12 by the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the assistant secretary of the Army who oversees the Army Corps of Engineers. That means the definition of “Waters of the United States” will return to its pre-2015 definition. That’s important […]