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.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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
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
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."
Monday, June 8, 2015
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.
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
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."
Thursday, October 16, 2014
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.
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).
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.