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    Be Aware of Local Real Estate Scams

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    Local realtor Cindy Koutnik reported that one of her real estate listings was the subject of a recent Craigslist scam. Three days after posting a residential listing for sale, the home appeared on a Craigslist ad for rent. The scammer was arranging to collect security deposits from the potential tenants. Always keep your guard up when responding to ads, especially when someone is asking for money. If you have a question about a residential lease or other landlord/tenant matters, call our office to make an appointment with one of our attorneys.


    Habitat for Humanity (2)

    Tuesday, December 1, 2015

    Habitat Closing

    Pinkert Law Firm LLP is proud to have participated again in the closing of Door County Habitat for Humanity's most recent home. Pictured at the closing, from left to right, are: Attorney Amy M. Sullivan - Pinkert Law Firm; Chris Loose - Lakeshore CAP; Ashley M. - new homeowner; Greg Dietz - President, Door County Habitat for Humanity; Denise Plassmeyer - Title Services of Door County; and David Van Dyck - Executive Director, Door County Habitat for Humanity.


    Lawyer's Hotline Volunteer Event

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Attorneys David Weber and Amy Sullivan volunteered on September 23rd by participating in the Door County Bar Association's annual Lawyer's Hotline event. Lawyer Hotline is a public service program through the State Bar of Wisconsin that provides answers to basic legal questions. The Door County volunteers took calls on topics ranging from a stolen rent check to problem neighbors. Title Services of Door County graciously provided their offices for the event.


    New Federal Laws for Residential Real Estate Sales Applies August 1st

    Monday, June 22, 2015

    If you are buying or selling real estate and the buyer is financing the transaction with a loan and mortgage, new federal laws entitled "Know Before You Owe" may affect your purchase contract. For closings where the buyer applies for their residential loan on or after August 1st, new HUD closing statements, lender disclosures, and time limitations apply. Most notable is that lenders must meet disclosure deadlines (including last minute changes to the closing statements), or the sale cannot close on the scheduled date. Failure to meet these deadlines can result in delayed closings, loss of earnest money, and breach of contract. While the new disclosure laws should simplify the information provided to borrowers, sellers and buyers should expect some "growing pains" while the system is converted. We encourage all sellers and buyers with questions about the new rules to contact one of our real estate attorneys for assistance with their offer to purchase and closing. An amendment has been proposed to delay the effective date of the new rules until October 1st. Pinkert Law Firm LLP will keep you updated as information develops regarding "Know Before You Owe."


    PLF Attorneys Volunteer to Build New Community Playground

    Monday, June 8, 2015

    Ymca

    Attorneys James R. Smith, Jon R. Pinkert and their families volunteered with the Door County YMCA on Saturday June 6th to help build a new playground at Peterson Park. Close to 200 volunteers built the new playground in approximately six hours through generous donations from Kaboom!, Baylake Bank, the Raibrook Foundation, and the Auricchio family. Attorney Pinkert serves on the Board of Directors for the Door County YMCA.

     

     


    Legal Aid Society

    Friday, May 1, 2015

    The Legal Aid Society of Door County, Inc. had a volunteer recognition event on April 30th, 2015, sponsored in part by Pinkert Law Firm LLP. Attorneys Richard Hauser, Jennifer Hobart, and Amy Sullivan were recognized for volunteering their time and efforts to the organization over the past year with pro bono legal services. Pinkert Law Firm is proud to support the mission of the Legal Aid Society to help meet the legal needs of the poor in our community.


    Pinkert Law Firm Supports the Boys and Girls Club of Door County

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    Partners James Smith and Randy Nesbitt of the Pinkert Law Firm recently presented a $5000 check to Julie Davis, Executive Director of the Door County Boys & Girls Club. The Pinkert Law Firm believes in equality and fairness in their representation of their clients and sees the value of instilling those qualities in the next generation. "The Boys & Girls Club is working to develop good character, civic engagement and academic success in Door County youth. We're proud to make an investment supporting our youth and the future of Door County."

     


    Habitat for Humanity

    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    Habitat

    Pinkert Law Firm LLP is proud to support Door County Habitat for Humanity, Ltd. and assist them in providing its 37th home to Door County residents. Attorney Amy Sullivan assisted with the most recent Habitat closing to a new home owner. The new homeowner proudly received the keys to her new home at the Closing at Pinkert Law Firm. From left to right: Greg Dietz - Habitat Board President, Christine Loose - Lakeshore CAP, Panfila J. - new homeowner, David Van Dyke - Habitat Executive Director, Denise Plassmeyer - Title Services of Door County, and Amy Sullivan - Pinkert Law Firm LLP.

     


    Mandatory E-Filing of Court Documents is Likely Coming Soon

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    Currently, only 27 counties in Wisconsin allow for optional electronic filing ("e-filing") of court documents, and the State Bar reports that very few cases in those counties are actually e-filed. To promote efficiency in the justice system and reduction of paper documents, the Committee of Chief Judges and the CCAP Steering Committee have recommended that all attorneys be required to e-file in Wisconsin Circuit Courts. The chief judges plan to file a rule petition before the end of the year to ask the Wisconsin Supreme Court to adopt mandatory e-filing. The proposal will have a three-year rollout period from 2016-2019 that would phase-in e-filing with each county. You can read the proposal at http://www.wicourts.gov/ecourts/efilecircuit.htm . Pinkert Law Firm LLP will continue to follow updates regarding mandatory e-filing in the future so that we are ready to advise our clients on the proper procedures for filing court documents as the new rules develop. Source: Bousquet, Jean & Vandercook, Marcia, "Mandatory E-Filing May be Coming Soon to the Courts Near You," Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 87, No. 9 (Oct. 2014).


    Juvenile Expungement Update

    Friday, June 6, 2014

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently decided State v. Matesek. The Court held that in order to be eligible for juvenile expungement, the court must order at the time of sentencing that the defendant is eligible. A defendant cannot seek expungement after sentencing if it was not ordered at that time. Wisconsin Assembly Bill 818 was previously introduced in the legislature in February. The Bill proposed changing the law so that someone convicted of a crime who qualifies for juvenile expungement could petition for it at any time, including after successful completion of his or her sentence. However, as of April 8, 2014, the bill failed to pass pursuant to a Senate Joint Resolution. If you would like to consult with an attorney to see if you qualify for juvenile expungement, contact our office to make an appointment.