Attorney James J. Vance

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Attorney James J. Vance’s bio


Attorney Vance was born in Madison, Wisconsin, on March 17, 1933. He is a graduate of Fort Atkinson High School and continued his education at Beloit College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1955, and the University of Wisconsin Law School earning a Doctor of Law in 1958. He was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Fraternity.

Background and Memberships

Attorney Vance was admitted to the State Bar of Wisconsin in 1958 and admitted to the Federal Court for the Western District of Wisconsin also in 1958.

Attorney Vance is a member of the Jefferson County Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, and the American Bar Association. He served as treasurer of the State Bar of Wisconsin from 1975 to 1977 and has been a director of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section since 1967 and served as the Section’s chairman from 1972 to 1975.

Attorney Vance is also a member of the American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Practice Areas

Attorney Vance practices in the areas of real estate law, including the purchase and sale of homes, farms and business properties; probate law; estate planning, including the drafting of living trusts, wills and powers of attorney; business, including the purchase and sale of businesses; the creation and management of corporations, LLCs and LLPs; advising clients on tax planning and tax implications for the purchase and sale of real estate, businesses, farms and rental properties; preparation of income tax returns in all of the areas of his practice.

Attorney Vance is well regarded throughout the state for his knowledge of real estate law and is the author of Titles to Real Estate, a resource published by the University of Wisconsin Law School Continuing Education Division in 1977 with supplements in 1983, 1986 and 1998.

Public Service

Attorney Vance has over five decades of service to the Fort Atkinson Community. For many years he served as the secretary of the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation and the Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital Foundation. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital for over 10 years. He is the past president of the Fort Atkinson Chamber of Commerce and has served as a Chamber Ambassador for over 35 years. In October of 2001, he received the Friend of the Chamber of Commerce Award and in January of 2002 received the Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Contribution Award. Attorney Vance is a former director of the Fort Atkinson United Way and the fund drive chairman as well as being a former director and secretary of the Koshkonong Mounds Country Club. He is a former member of the Jaycees and is the current secretary and director of the Fort Atkinson Industrial Development Corporation.