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Navigating the Repo Rapids: How Repossession Law Works in Wisconsin

Posted by Nathan DeLadurantey | Oct 09, 2023

If you're a Wisconsinite who's hit a rough patch and found yourself struggling to keep up with car payments or other financial obligations, you might be worried about the looming threat of repossession. Well, don't fret just yet! In this blog post, we're gonna dive into the world of repossession law right here in the Badger State. So grab yourself a cheese curd snack, put on your favorite Packers gear, and let's mosey on through the Repo Rapids of Wisconsin!

  1. Understanding Repossession:

Alright, let's start with the basics. Repossession is what happens when the lender takes back your property (usually a vehicle) because you've fallen behind on payments. It's like they're saying, "Sorry, friend, but we need our cheese wagon back."

  1. The "Right to Cure":

In Wisconsin, we've got this nifty thing called the "Right to Cure." It means that if you've missed a few payments, the lender has to give you a chance to catch up on what you owe before they can snatch your ride. They can't just swoop in like a hawk on a mouse without warning.

  1. Breach Notices:

Before the repo man starts circling your block, you'll receive a "Notice of Right to Cure" in the mail. This is like the friendly neighbor coming over and saying, "Hey, buddy, you've got some unpaid bills piling up." You typically get 15 days to make things right from the date of the notice.

  1. Repo Man Cometh:

If you don't get your act together within that 15-day window, the repo man might make his move. He's gotta follow the rules, though. No sneaky business here! He can't break into your garage. It's got to be a peaceful and lawful repossession, like herding cows into the barn. And if you see the repo happening, you can even tell the repo man to "stop" and he has to stop! 

  1. After Repossession:

Once they've got your vehicle, the lender has to notify you about what they plan to do next. 


Well, there you have it, folks! Repossession in Wisconsin isn't all that different from herding cattle or enjoying a Packers game. You've got rights and protections in place, but it's important to stay informed and work things out with your lender if you ever find yourself in this predicament. So, remember, when it comes to repossession law in Wisconsin, keep your chin up, keep your cheese curds close, and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

Attorney Nathan DeLadurantey offers free consultations to explain your legal rights in Wisconsin. Free consultations can be scheduled online. 

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