700.27(5)(a)(a) Delivery. In addition to any requirements imposed by the inter vivos governing instrument, the instrument of disclaimer is effective only if, within the time specified under sub. (4), it is delivered to and received by any of the following:
700.27(5)(a)1. 1. The transferor of the property disclaimed.
700.27(5)(a)2. 2. The transferor's legal representative.
700.27(5)(a)3. 3. The holder of legal title to the property.
700.27(5)(b) (b) Delivery to trustee. If the trustee of any trust to which the interest or power of appointment relates does not receive the instrument of disclaimer under par. (a), a copy shall also be delivered to the trustee. Failure to deliver a copy of the instrument of disclaimer to the trustee within the time specified under sub. (4) does not affect the validity of any disclaimer.
700.27(5)(c) (c) Recording. If real property or an interest in real property is disclaimed, a copy of the instrument of disclaimer may be recorded in the office of the register of deeds of the county in which the real estate is situated.
700.27(6) (6)Property not vested. The property disclaimed under this section shall be considered not to have been vested in, created in, or transferred to the disclaimant.
700.27(7) (7)Devolution.
700.27(7)(a) (a) In general. Subject to sub. (8), unless the inter vivos governing instrument provides otherwise, either expressly or as construed from extrinsic evidence, the disclaimed property devolves as if the disclaimant had died before the effective date of the transfer under the inter vivos governing instrument. If the disclaimed interest is a remainder contingent on surviving to the time of distribution, the disclaimed interest passes as if the disclaimant had died immediately before the time for distribution. If the disclaimant is an appointee under a power of appointment exercised by an inter vivos governing instrument, the disclaimed property devolves as if the disclaimant had died before the effective date of the exercise of the power of appointment. If the disclaimant is a taker in default under a power of appointment created by an inter vivos governing instrument, the disclaimed property devolves as if the disclaimant had predeceased the donee of the power of appointment.
700.27(7)(b) (b) Devolution to issue of the disclaimants. Unless the inter vivos governing instrument provides otherwise, either expressly or as construed from extrinsic evidence, if, by law or under the inter vivos governing instrument, the issue of the disclaimant would share in the disclaimed interest by any method of representation had the disclaimant died before the time the disclaimed interest would have taken effect in possession or enjoyment, the disclaimed interest passes only to the issue of the disclaimant who survive when the disclaimed interest takes effect in possession or enjoyment.
700.27(7)(c) (c) Disclaimer of a devisable future interest.
700.27(7)(c)1.1. In this paragraph, “devisable future interest" is a future interest that can be passed under the will of the person who holds the future interest.
700.27(7)(c)2. 2. If the disclaimed interest is a devisable future interest under the law governing the transfer, then the disclaimed interest devolves as if it were a nondevisable future interest.
700.27(8) (8)Acceleration of subsequent interests when preceding interest is disclaimed.
700.27(8)(a) (a) Subsequent interest not held by disclaimant. Unless the inter vivos governing instrument provides otherwise, either expressly or as construed from extrinsic evidence, upon the disclaimer of a preceding interest, a subsequent interest not held by the disclaimant and limited to take effect in possession or enjoyment after the termination of the interest that is disclaimed accelerates to take effect as if the disclaimant had died immediately before the time when the disclaimed interest would have taken effect in possession or enjoyment or, if the disclaimant is an appointee under a power of appointment and that power of appointment has been exercised, as if the disclaimant had died before the effective date of the exercise of the power of appointment.
700.27(8)(b) (b) Subsequent interest held by disclaimant. Unless the inter vivos governing instrument provides otherwise, either expressly or as construed from extrinsic evidence, upon the disclaimer of a preceding interest, a subsequent interest held by the disclaimant does not accelerate.
700.27(9) (9)Bar. Actions that bar disclaimer are as provided in s. 854.13 (11g).
700.27(10) (10)Effect of disclaimer or waiver. The effect of the disclaimer on the disclaimant and any successors in interest is as provided in s. 854.13 (11p).
700.27(11) (11)Nonexclusiveness of remedy.
700.27(11)(a) (a) This section does not affect the right of a person to waive, release, disclaim, or renounce property under any other statute or the common law, or as provided in the creating instrument.
700.27(11)(b) (b) Any disclaimer that meets the requirements of section 2518 of the Internal Revenue Code, or the requirements of any other federal law relating to disclaimers, constitutes an effective disclaimer under this section or s. 854.13.
700.27(12) (12)Construction of effective date. In this section, the effective date of a transfer under an inter vivos governing instrument is the date on which the transfer is a completed gift for federal gift tax purposes.
700.27 History History: 2005 a. 216; 2009 a. 180; 2013 a. 92.
700.28 700.28 Prohibiting unreasonable restrictions on alienation of property.
700.28(1)(1)In this section, “political subdivision" means a city, village, town, or county.
700.28(2) (2)A political subdivision may not prohibit or unreasonably restrict a real property owner from alienating any interest in the real property.
700.28 History History: 2015 a. 391.
700.35 700.35 Renewable energy resource easements. In this section, “renewable energy resource easement" means an easement which limits the height or location, or both, of permissible development on the burdened land in terms of a structure or vegetation, or both, for the purpose of providing access for the benefited land to wind or sunlight passing over the burdened land. Every renewable energy resource easement shall be in writing and shall be subject to the same conveyancing and instrument recording requirements as other easements. Renewable energy resource easements shall run with the land benefited and burdened unless otherwise expressly stated therein.
700.35 History History: 1981 c. 354.
700.40 700.40 Uniform conservation easement act.
700.40(1)(1)Definitions. In this section, unless the context otherwise requires:
700.40(1)(a) (a) “Conservation easement" means a holder's nonpossessory interest in real property imposing any limitation or affirmative obligation the purpose of which includes retaining or protecting natural, scenic or open space values of real property, assuring the availability of real property for agricultural, forest, recreational or open space use, protecting natural resources, maintaining or enhancing air or water quality, preserving a burial site, as defined in s. 157.70 (1) (b), or preserving the historical, architectural, archaeological or cultural aspects of real property.
700.40(1)(b) (b) “Holder" means either of the following:
700.40(1)(b)1. 1. Any governmental body empowered to hold an interest in real property under the laws of this state or the United States.
700.40(1)(b)2. 2. Any charitable corporation, charitable association or charitable trust, the purposes or powers of which include retaining or protecting the natural, scenic or open space values of real property, assuring the availability of real property for agricultural, forest, recreational or open space use, protecting natural resources, maintaining or enhancing air or water quality, or preserving the historical, architectural, archaeological or cultural aspects of real property.
700.40(1)(c) (c) “Third-party enforcement right" means a right provided in a conservation easement empowering a governmental body, charitable corporation, charitable association or charitable trust, which, although eligible to be a holder, is not a holder, to enforce any term of the easement.
700.40(2) (2)Creation, conveyance, acceptance and duration.
700.40(2)(a)(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a conservation easement may be created, conveyed, recorded, assigned, released, modified, terminated or otherwise altered or affected in the same manner as any other easement.
700.40(2)(b) (b) No right or duty in favor of or against a holder and no right in favor of a person having a 3rd-party enforcement right arises under a conservation easement prior to its acceptance by that holder and recordation of that acceptance.
700.40(2)(c) (c) Except as provided in sub. (3) (b), a conservation easement is unlimited in duration unless the conservation easement otherwise provides.
700.40(2)(d) (d) No conservation easement may impair an interest in real property existing at the time the conservation easement is created, unless the owner of that interest is a party to the conservation easement or consents to it.
700.40(3) (3)Actions.
700.40(3)(a) (a) An action affecting a conservation easement may be brought by any of the following:
700.40(3)(a)1. 1. An owner of an interest in the real property burdened by the conservation easement.
700.40(3)(a)2. 2. A holder of the conservation easement.
700.40(3)(a)3. 3. A person having a 3rd-party enforcement right.
700.40(3)(a)4. 4. A person authorized by other law.
700.40(3)(b) (b) This section does not affect the power of a court to modify or terminate a conservation easement in accordance with any principle of law or equity.
700.40(4) (4)Validity of conservation easement. A conservation easement is valid even though any of the following applies:
700.40(4)(a) (a) It is not appurtenant to an interest in real property.
700.40(4)(b) (b) It can be or is assigned to another holder.
700.40(4)(c) (c) It is not of a character recognized traditionally at common law.
700.40(4)(d) (d) It imposes a negative burden.
700.40(4)(e) (e) It imposes affirmative obligations upon the owner of any interest in the burdened property or upon the holder.
700.40(4)(f) (f) The benefit does not touch or concern real property.
700.40(4)(g) (g) There is not privity of estate or of contract.
700.40(5) (5)Effect on enforceable interests. Nothing in this section invalidates any interest, whether designated as a conservation easement, covenant, equitable servitude, restriction, easement or otherwise, which is otherwise enforceable under the laws of this state.
700.40(6) (6)Uniform application and construction. This section shall be applied and construed so as to make uniform the laws relating to conservation easements among states enacting substantially identical laws.
700.40 History History: 1981 c. 261; 1985 a. 316; 2005 a. 253.
700.40 Note NOTE: Chapter 261, laws of 1981, which created this section, states in section 3 that: The treatment of ss. 700.40 and 893.33 (6m) by this act applies to:
Effective date text (1) Any interest created after April 27, 1982 which complies with s. 700.40, whether designated as a conservation easement, covenant, equitable servitude, restriction, easement or otherwise.
Effective date text (2) Any interest created prior to April 27, 1982 which would have been enforceable if created after April 27, 1982, unless retroactive application contravenes the constitution or laws of this state or of the United States.
700.41 700.41 Solar and wind access.
700.41(1)(1)Purpose. The purpose of this section is to promote the use of solar and wind energy by allowing an owner of an active or passive solar energy system or a wind energy system to receive compensation for an obstruction of solar energy by a structure outside a neighbor's building envelope as defined by zoning restrictions in effect at the time the solar collector or wind energy system was installed.
700.41(2) (2)Definitions. In this section:
700.41(2)(a) (a) “Building envelope" means the 3-dimensional area on a lot on which building is permitted, as defined by the existing ground level and by any applicable height restriction, setback requirement, side yard requirement or rear yard requirement, notwithstanding any provisions for variances, special exceptions or special or conditional uses in effect in the city, town or village in which the lot is located.
700.41(2)(b) (b) “Collector surface" means any part of a solar collector that absorbs solar energy for use in the collector's energy transformation process. “Collector surface" does not include frames, supports and mounting hardware.
700.41(2)(c)1.1. “Obstruction" means any of the following:
700.41(2)(c)1.a. a. The portion of a building or other structure which blocks solar energy from a collector surface between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. standard time if the portion of the building or structure is outside a building envelope in effect on the date of the installation of the solar collector.
700.41(2)(c)1.b. b. The portion of a building or other structure which blocks wind from a wind energy system if the portion of the building or structure is outside a building envelope in effect on the date of the installation of the wind energy system.
700.41(2)(c)2. 2. “Obstruction" does not include blockage by a pole, wire, television antenna or radio antenna.
700.41(2)(d) (d) “Solar collector" means a device, structure or a part of a device or structure a primary purpose of which is to transform solar energy into thermal, mechanical, chemical or electrical energy.
700.41(2)(e) (e) “Solar energy" has the meaning given under s. 66.0403 (1) (k).
700.41(2)(f) (f) “Solar energy system" has the meaning given under s. 13.48 (2) (h) 1. g.
700.41(2)(g) (g) “Standard time" has the meaning given under s. 66.0403 (1) (L).
700.41(2)(h) (h) “Wind energy system" has the meaning given in s. 66.0403 (1) (m).
700.41(3) (3)Damages. Except as provided under sub. (4), the owner of a solar energy system or a wind energy system is entitled to receive damages, court costs and reasonable attorney fees from any person who uses property which he or she owns or who permits any other person to use the property in any way which would create an obstruction of the owner's solar collector surface or wind energy system. The owner of the solar energy system or wind energy system shall have the burden of showing by a preponderance of the evidence the amount of the damages.
700.41(4) (4)Applicability.
700.41(4)(a) (a) The provisions of this section related to solar energy systems do not apply to any obstruction:
700.41(4)(a)1. 1. Existing on or before May 7, 1982.
700.41(4)(a)2. 2. For which a building permit was issued prior to installation of the solar collector, the solar energy to which is blocked by the obstruction.
700.41(4)(a)3. 3. Existing on or before the date of installation of the solar collector, the solar energy to which is blocked by the obstruction.
700.41(4)(b) (b) The provisions of this section related to wind energy systems do not apply to any obstruction:
700.41(4)(b)1. 1. Existing on or before May 7, 1994.
700.41(4)(b)2. 2. For which a building permit was issued before the installation of the wind energy system, the wind to which is blocked by the obstruction.
700.41(4)(b)3. 3. Existing on or before the date of installation of the wind energy system, the wind to which is blocked by the obstruction.
700.41 History History: 1981 c. 354; 1981 c. 391 s. 183; Stats. 1981 s. 700.41; 1983 a. 27 s. 2202 (57); 1985 a. 120; 1993 a. 414; 1999 a. 150 s. 672.
700.41 Annotation Wisconsin recognizes the power of the sun: Prah v. Maretti and the solar access act. 1983 WLR 1263.
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 367 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on December 1, 2018. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after December 1, 2018 are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-1-18)