Sarah Lynn Ruffi

Sarah Lynn Ruffi

  • Business Law, Collections, Landlord Tenant...
  • Wisconsin
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You won't find business as usual around here!

The Ruffi team understands how distracting and time consuming legal needs can be. Sarah Ruffi founded Ruffi Law Offices, S.C. in 2004 with a clear vision to create a law practice with a broad base of business law experience designed to make legal issues worry-free. Sarah strives to give all of her clients peace of mind by being their in-house counsel at the other end of the telephone line.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Collections
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Real Estate Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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7th Circuit
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Marquette University Law School
J.D. (1996) | Law
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University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
MBA (1993) | M.B.A. in Business (Marketing)
Honors: Mu Kappa Tau
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Marquette University
B.S. (1990) | Marketing & Finance
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Excellence in Teaching Award
Upper Iowa University
Taught Business Law class
Professional Associations
Wisconsin State Bar # 1024317
- Current
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American Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Litigation, Intellectual Property and Small Firm Sections
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Marathon County Bar Association
- Current
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American Association for Justice
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Legal Answers
27 Questions Answered

Q. Can you transfer your half ownership in a house to the other half owner with a quit claim deed or a title transfer?
A: Yes, you can transfer your half ownership in the house either with a Quit Claim Deed or a Warranty Deed. There will be a transfer fee ($3.00 per $1,000 of value) to be paid, along with the recording fee.
Q. We gave our tenants a 30 day notice. Now they are refusing to pay this months rent. Can we give them a 5 day quit notice
A: Yes. If they are a month-to-month tenant, §704.17, Wis. Stats., allows you to give either a 5-day or 14-day notice for failure to rent. If they are under a lease for one year or less, §704.17(2), Wis. Stats., allows you to give them a 5-day notice to pay or vacate. No prohibition against giving the notice simply because you gave them a 30-day notice terminating their tenancy exists under §704.17, Wis. Stats.
Q. Can my previous property management company hold me to the lease of a company they bought out?
A: In order to be able to give you an informed answer, I would need to see the lease. If your lease was assignable and if your lease included a 60 day termination provision for a month-to-month tenancy, then you are probably stuck with the 60 day notice period.
Q. Is there any legal way to disown my mother and my sister?? I want nothing to do with my moms estate when she passes
A: When your mom passes, you can disclaim any inheritance.
Q. My parents died six months apart the will was revised but not signed when my mother died, why is probate required?
A: The law in Wisconsin requires a probate to be opened in a person's estate is worth more than $50,000.00. Based on your facts, your mother owned a home when she died and had assets totaling $85,000 that need to be distributed. The only way to distribute those assets (regardless if her Will was signed) is through the probate process.
Q. Do Wisconsin home sellers have to disclose dead trees that pose a major safety concern?
A: The seller was required to complete a Real Estate Condition Report, which covers many areas of the structure and property conditions. However, the health of trees and vegetation on the property are not included in the representations. Therefore, the sellers likely had no obligation to disclose the health of any trees on the property.
Q. can a landlord have you move before lease is over for no reason or any reason on the notice
A: Your question is not very clear. It depends what the notice says and what your lease says.
Q. Renters debt now 10 years old. Am I liable to pay this debt back now? The collector/owner is requesting that I do.
A: Your landlord had 6 years from the date the debt accrued to file a lawsuit or be time barred from pursuing it. This is what the statute of limitations says. Your main options are: 1) refuse to pay the balance because the landlord didn't do anything to collect before the statute of limitations ran; or 2) reach an agreement on what you are willing to pay if you want to live in the complex.
Q. If a deed is in my name, am I the rightful owner of the real estate no matter who paid for it?
A: The Statute of Frauds requires that any agreement pertaining to an interest in real estate must be in writing to be enforceable. If the title to the garage is in your name, that means that you likely own it. The most pertinent question is what type of agreement was there when the garage was built and the use of the money.
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Contact & Map
627 Jackson St
Wausau, WI 54403
Telephone: (715) 843-0800
Fax: (715) 843-0812