Blog - Estate Planning, Wills, & Elder Law
5 Legal Tips to Consider Before Retirement
Most Americans look forward to their retirement for years, if not decades, but before you ride off into the retirement sunset, consider these legal tips.
After you're gone: tips for handling your digital property
My spouse and I are wondering what will happen to our Facebook accounts when we pass away. Does Facebook shut them down? Will our accounts remain as long as Facebook is still in business?
At times, guardianship may be needed
Even with financial and healthcare powers of attorney, there may be times when a court-ordered guardianship is needed for individuals unable to make decisions for themselves.
Avoid common estate planning mistakes
At first glance, estate planning can seem like an unpleasant task.
Choosing an Attorney: Five Tips to Follow
Whether you need help with estate planning, a divorce or a personal injury lawsuit, you’ll want and need to have the right attorney in your corner.
Cremation Law: What you need to know about cremation in WI and scattering ashes
Cremation in Wisconsin is gaining in popularity.
Divestment: Understanding legal alternatives
With nursing home costs now averaging close to $80,000 per year, it’s no wonder many seniors need the help of Medical Assistance or Medicaid when they hit a major health crisis.
Empty nesters: do we need to update our estate plan?
We sent our youngest child off to college last fall and are now officially empty nesters. Is there anything we need to do with our will at this point?
Estate planning for parents: should the guardian and the trustee be the same person
My husband and I just had a baby and are doing our first will.
Estate Planning Guide: From age 18 to 118
Many people are surprised to learn that estate planning becomes relevant for all upon turning 18. Check this guide to see what you need at this point in your life.
Estate Planning Through the Ages
One size does not fit all when it comes to estate planning. Each of us has different needs and priorities, depending on where we and our family members are in our lives.
Estate planning: don't forget to plan for your digital estate
Estimates indicate 30 million Facebook accounts belong to dead people.
Even young parents should plan for what might happen
As a father of twin boys, attorney Anthony Gingrasso wants to make sure they are protected if anything happens to him and his wife. He knows it is a difficult subject. “Death is not something that any of us want to think about,” Gingrasso said.
Five everyday legal tips to make life easier
Life can be messy. Thankfully, with a little legal planning, some of the messiest aspects of life can be minimized or prevented altogether. These five legal tips can help you preemptively smooth out some of the transitions and trials of life.
Five tips for choosing a lawyer
Chances are at some point in your life, you'll need a lawyer. It is the nature of the complex world we live in that sometimes we need the guidance of an attorney to protect our interests. Whatever the reason, you want to make sure you get the caliber of representation you deserve.
Getting engaged: legal considerations lack romance
Valentine’s Day isn’t just all about love and chocolate. If it includes a marriage proposal, it can also be about oral contracts and conditional gifts.
Getting out of timeshare contracts
"My wife and I bought a timeshare a few years ago and it’s just not what we expected or want. We’ve been trying to sell it now for a few months and then hired a company to help us, but we’ve had no interest from anyone. How can we get out?"
How giving affects Medicaid eligibility
Many people are confused by the differences between the tax rules governing gifting and Medicaid eligibility.
Judge Judy versus small claims court: a battle for the real people's court
Judge Judy recently made headlines for being the highest-paid television personality in the world, pulling in $47 million per year for handing down her own brand of justice.
Legal advice pays off when buying/selling a home
For most of us, a house is our most expensive and significant purchase in life. If ever there is a time to call in professional help, this would be it.
New legislation means taxpayers must act fast
Without doubt, this can be a busy—and stressful—time of year. In addition to the bustle of the holiday, this week also marks the last in which to make important year-end tax decisions.
New Parent Legal Checklist
Once you become a parent, there’s never a shortage of things to do. Many days, one just feels lucky to take a shower. But it’s critical to make time to protect your baby and yourself with these important legal planning steps.
New Power of Attorney rules take effect Sept. 1, 2010
A new law in Wisconsin clarifies rules governing durable powers of attorney for finances, also known as a “POA.”
Plan now for big estate recovery changes
The countdown to Aug. 1, 2014 is on, but few Wisconsinites recognize the importance of that date.
Planned Giving - Should we leave our favorite charity a percentage or specific dollar amount
Attorney Greg Bonney recommends using a percentage rather than a dollar amount in your will.
Prince had no will...
Prince may have been a bit prescient about life in some of his lyrics (after all it is reported he died in an elevator), but he probably should have planned better for when the grim reaper came knocking on his (elevator) door…
Property Ownership: How Do We Keep Property in the Family?
How do we put my mother's real estate in mine and my siblings’ names in a way that keeps it in the immediate family?
Rejected: top 3 reasons people are denied Social Security disability income
Three of every five Social Security disability income and SSI claims are rejected on first application in Wisconsin each year. Understanding why can help you determine whether you have an approvable claim.
Revising Your Estate Plan During and After Divorce
You are separated. Is this the time to change beneficiaries on life insurance and your retirement accounts?
Same-sex marriage v. Domestic partnerships
Now that same-sex marriage is legal throughout the nation, many same-sex couples in Wisconsin are wondering how that affects domestic partnerships. The answer is it doesn’t. The domestic partnership law still exists and is available to all adult couples.
Second marriage: how do we keep our assets separate?
I am in my 50s and engaged to be married this year.
Should you take your spouse's name?
Nearly 30,000 Wisconsin brides each year must decide whether to change their names when they marry. Among those, roughly 60 to 80 percent do take their husbands’ last names.
Six reasons to reconsider marriage later in life
By the time some single or divorced people reach age 50 or 60, they’ve sworn off marriage, even if they’re in a committed relationship.
Six Reasons to Review Your Estate Plan
With a new year comes those recurring resolutions to exercise more and eat less, save more and spend less and so on. An important one that’s often overlooked, however, is reviewing your estate plan.
Three legal steps to take when baby comes
Even though Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s baby will be born into vast wealth and celebrity, they still have one thing in common with married parents in our neck of the woods.
Top 5 Legal Issues for Pregnant Women and New Moms
As with any major life change, when you’re pregnant or bringing a new baby home, there are often accompanying legal considerations.
Updating your will.... and your estate
You finally realized the importance of writing your will a few years ago and got it done. Whew. That's over with. Or is it?
What does it mean to be an executor in a will?
My parents just told me I’ve been named executor of their will. What does that mean? What does an executor do?
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