Practice Areas
Real Estate
Estate Planning
Trust Administration
Civil Litigation
Judith M. Bostetter Buchs
Tel: (414) 272-2295 
Fax: (414) 272-2840

Judy Bostetter Buchs practices real estate law, estate planning and administration, and civil litigation.

Her real estate practice includes representation of both commercial and residential buyers and sellers from offer to closing. She has participated in thousands of real estate closings in her career, and she prides herself on offering the same thoughtful, prompt and courteous service to corporate clients and first-time homebuyers alike. She handles loan closings for mortgage lenders and has represented real estate brokers, condominium associations, homeowner’s associations, real estate developers and contractors.

Judy’s estate planning practice includes drafting wills, trusts, and durable powers of attorney as well as advising clients on advance directives and powers of attorney for health care. She has handled both formal and informal probate matters in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington and Kenosha counties. Judy believes that thoughtful estate planning can alleviate uncertainty and reduce disputes among family members when a loved one passes away.

Judy’s broad experience in transactional real estate and estate administration compliments her litigation practice.  Her knowledge of one informs the other, allowing for well-drafted contracts and insights into litigation matters that come from years of experience in the subject matter.  While she believes that a mutually-agreeable resolution is generally best for the parties, she has successfully represented clients in court trials, jury trials, arbitration, and appeals. 


  • Education:
    • Marquette University Law School
      Juris Doctor, May 1995
      Co-Founder and Vice President of the Public Interest Law Society
    • University of Wisconsin - Parkside
      Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, May 1992
      Majors: Communication and Political Science
      President of the Parkside Activities Board
  • Skills:
    • Advanced training in alternative dispute resolution, negotiation, and mediation.
    • Certified mediator and arbitrator for USA&M.
  • Publication:
    • Daniel A. Noonan & Judith M. Bostetter, Alternative Dispute Resolution in Wisconsin: A Court Referral System, 78 Marquette Law Review, 609 (1995).
  • Published Cases:
    • Schuett v. Hanson, 2007 WI App 226, 305 Wis. 2d 729, 741 N.W.2d 292, 06-3014
    • Because an amended complaint that makes no reference to the original complaint and incorporates no part of the original complaint by reference supplants the original, any previous joining of issue resulting from answering the original complaint is nullified. To join issue, an answer to the amended complaint is required and absent an answer the action is subject to default judgment.
  • Presentations:
    • December 2004: Wisconsin Real Estate Title Law: Solutions to the Most Common Problems (National Business institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar)
    • September 2003: Managing the Residential Real Estate Closing for the Paralegal in Wisconsin (Institute for Paralegal Education Continuing Legal Education Seminar)