Peter Navis

Peter Navis

Assistant Corporation Counsel II at Walworth County
  • Gov & Administrative Law, Municipal Law
  • Wisconsin
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  • Gov & Administrative Law
  • Municipal Law
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  • Not Currently Accepting Clients
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Wisconsin
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Professional Experience
Assistant Corporation Counsel II
Walworth County Corporation Counsel
- Current
Assistant Corporation Counsel
Dodge County Corporation Counsel
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Contract Associate
Tlustosch Law Office, LLC
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Associate Attorney
Gleiss, Locante & Associates, Ltd.
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Education
Hamline University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Honors: Dean's List-Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2007
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Lawrence University
B.A. | Government, Philosophy, Linguistics
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Honors: Graduated cum laude
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Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered

Q. How is the power of attorney supposed to sign the document
A: The following format is required by Wisconsin Statutes for Powers of Attorney created under Ch. 244. .... (principal's name) by .... (your signature) as agent.
Q. Differnce between joint tenants and joint tenants with rights of survivorship
A: Generally, in Wisconsin, there is no material difference between joint tenants and joint tenants with rights of survivorship. There can be a material difference, depending on the wording, if the parties are husband and wife. Whenever property rights are involved, especially as between husband and wife, it is vital to have an attorney explain the ins and outs of the different classifications.
Q. Does adverse possession apply to federal land
A: Generally, one cannot acquire title to federal land by adverse possession as one would under 'normal' adverse possession law. However, there is, in my opinion, a little known law named the Color of Title Act, which establishes a procedure by which an individual may be able to obtain clear title of federal land he/she believes is his/hers. It is not exactly adverse possession, but many of the same requirements must be established, too. If you want to gain clear title to the federal land, you will almost certainly benefit with the help of an attorney.
Q. I want to devide 9 acres into 3 acre plots and deed to 3 grandsons. Can I do that?
A: Yes. You can do that. However, determining the best method to accomplish that, including surveys, deeds, taxes, and other documents, and determining whether any local zoning issues might be involved can only be adequately addressed by an attorney hired to assist you in the process.
Q. What is the difference between formal and informal administration of an estate?
A: The primary distinction is that formal administration is overseen by a judge whereas informal administration is overseen by the Register in Probate. If there are going to be issues that must be decided by a judge (contested will provision, for example), then formal administration is the way to go. The cost of the probate will likely be less in informal administration. There are other differences that an attorney who is retained would be able to more fully address.
Q. AS A LIFE INS BENEFICIARY RECEPIENT, IS THE "INHERITED" MONEYS SHARED WITH A SPOUSE?
A: Generally, proceeds from a life insurance policy will be considered individual property, rather than marital property. However, it is possible for individual property to lose its status as individual property if it gets mixed with marital property.
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Contact & Map
Walworth County Judicial Center
1800 County Road NN
P.O. Box 1001
Elkhorn, WI 53121
USA
Telephone: (262) 741-7221