Estate Planning & Elder Law Posts

Quick guide to types of trusts

Trusts fall into two basic categories: living trusts and testamentary trusts. This infographic offers a quick guide to the most common types of trusts. Read More »

Wills vs. trusts: Which is right for me?

While most people appreciate the need for a will in an estate plan, trusts are less widely understood. Read More »

Estate planning: how do I discuss it with my aging parents?

Whether 80 or 18, every adult should have at least one or two documents. Read More »

Divorce could be answer to long-term care expense

Though it sounds extreme, divorce can be a way to protect assets when a spouse needs long-term care. Read More »

Funerals and burials: law provides choice

If you'd rather have someone other than next of kin make your funeral and burial arrangements, you can do so in Wisconsin through a law called Authorization for Final Disposition. Read More »

Wills and powers of attorney: can I mark changes on original document?

Can I just line out the previous name of my personal representative, print the new name and initial it for the change to be viewed as a legal and binding change? Read More »

Q&A: Can I do estate planning without an attorney?

My spouse and I are getting our estate planning started this year. I have some friends who did it on their own, and I’m wondering if I can too or if I should use a lawyer Read More »

Do we have to repay financial gift?

A relative gifted us money. Now she says we mismanaged it and told us to get a good lawyer. Read More »

Preparing your executor or trustee for success

While death is not a favorite dinnertime conversation, it’s crucial to set aside time to talk with those you have designated to manage your estate when you’re gone. Read More »

5 tips for choosing a great lawyer

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. Read More »