Common Issues with Trusts – and How to Fix Them

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signing legal paperwork

When it comes to preparing an estate plan, trusts can serve a variety of different purposes. Trusts offer flexibility, the ability to plan multiple generations into the future, and the opportunity to minimize tax liability now and in the future.   But, in order for a trust to serve its purpose, it needs to be…

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What Becomes of My Estate if I Die Without a Will?

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For many people, the decision to prepare an estate plan comes when they learn the answer to the question, “What if I die without a will?” Failing to prepare a will can have many undesirable consequences, and putting together an estate plan is as much about protecting your loved ones as it is about distributing…

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What Are the Inheritance Rights of Adopted Children?

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Inheritance Rights of Adopted Children

Estate Planning Attorneys Fighting for the Rights of Adopted Children In the United States, the inheritance rights of adopted children are established by state law, and this is one area where the law varies significantly from state to state. The following is an overview of Wisconsin’s inheritance laws as they apply to adopted children: Wisconsin’s…

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How Does the Probate Process Work in Wisconsin?

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Experienced Probate Attorney Assisting Families in Wisconsin If you have recently lost a loved one in Wisconsin, there is a good chance that at least some portion of his or her estate will need to be distributed through the process known as “probate.” While the probate process is foreign to most people and can be…

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Do You Need a Professional to Help Write Your Will?

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Experienced Estate Planning Attorneys Assisting with Will Preparation throughout Wisconsin If you are beginning the process of evaluating your estate planning needs, you may be considering preparing a will on your own. But, is it the best option? Certainly not. There are numerous reasons to hire an attorney to draft your will, and the cost…

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What to Know Before Withdrawing Your Retirement Funds

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withdrawing retirement funds

Retirement Planning Attorneys Serving Wausau, WI When it comes to preserving your legacy through your estate plan, if you are like many people, your retirement accounts are among your largest assets to be addressed during the planning process. In some ways, they can be among the most challenging to address as well. If you are…

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Is it Time to Review Your Will?

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Reviewing a Will

Experienced Wisconson Estate Planning Attorneys Helping Families Examine Wills When was the last time you looked at your will? If your answer is, “When I signed it,” there is a decent chance that something in there might be out of date. Your estate plan should reflect your current family and financial circumstances; and, if things…

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What Estate Planning Documents Should You Have?

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Experienced Attorneys Helping Wisconson Families with Planning their Estate When it comes to deciding which types of documents to use for your estate plan, the decision rests on a number of factors relating to your family and financial circumstances, and your final wishes. There are many different options available, each with its own specific purpose…

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The Importance of Estate Planning: Lessons from Prince

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As has been widely reported by various media outlets, when musician Prince died unexpectedly earlier this year, he apparently did not have a will in place. In fact, it currently appears that the pop icon may not have left behind any estate plan at all – a circumstance that could leave the fate of his…

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