Appleton Estate Planning Lawyer, Wisconsin


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Kevin Lonergan

Accident & Injury, Family Law, Estate Planning, Wills & Probate, Business

Kevin has a reputation for handling complex litigation matters for clients with catastrophic injuries and for clients who have lost loved ones. Althou... (more)

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Don R. Herrling

Wills & Probate, Estate Planning, Family Law, Elder Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

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Roger W. Clark

Personal Injury, Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Business
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Michael R. McCanna

Arbitration, Corporate, Environmental Law, Estate Planning
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Charles J. Hartzheim

Real Estate, Wills & Probate, Estate Planning, Corporate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  55 Years

Greg P. Curtis

Real Estate, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Business Organization
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  31 Years

Richard E. Bollenbeck

Estate Planning, Family Law, DUI-DWI, Criminal
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  37 Years

Gina Vollmer

Foreclosure, Estate Planning, Banking & Finance, Collection
Status:  In Good Standing           

Michael R. McCanna

Arbitration, Corporate, Environmental Law, Estate Planning
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  47 Years

Elizabeth M. Ryan-Panzer

Farms, Divorce, Estate Planning, Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  17 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

COUNTERCLAIM

A defendant's court papers that seek to reverse the thrust of the lawsuit by claiming that it was the plaintiff -- not the defendant -- who committed legal wron... (more...)
A defendant's court papers that seek to reverse the thrust of the lawsuit by claiming that it was the plaintiff -- not the defendant -- who committed legal wrongs, and that as a result it is the defendant who is entitled to money damages or other relief. Usually filed as part of the defendant's answer -- which also denies plaintiff's claims -- a counterclaim is commonly but not always based on the same events that form the basis of the plaintiff's complaint. For example, a defendant in an auto accident lawsuit might file a counterclaim alleging that it was really the plaintiff who caused the accident. In some states, the counterclaim has been replaced by a similar legal pleading called a cross-complaint. In other states and in federal court, where counterclaims are still used, a defendant must file any counterclaim that stems from the same events covered by the plaintiff's complaint or forever lose the right to do so. In still other states where counterclaims are used, they are not mandatory, meaning a defendant is free to raise a claim that it was really the plaintiff who was at fault either in a counterclaim or later as part of a separate lawsuit.

INTER VIVOS TRUST

The Latin name, favored by some lawyers, for a living trust. 'Inter vivos' is Latin for 'between the living.'

SPENDTHRIFT TRUST

A trust created for a beneficiary the grantor considers irresponsible about money. The trustee keeps control of the trust income, doling out money to the benefi... (more...)
A trust created for a beneficiary the grantor considers irresponsible about money. The trustee keeps control of the trust income, doling out money to the beneficiary as needed, and sometimes paying third parties (creditors, for example) on the beneficiary's behalf, bypassing the beneficiary completely. Spendthrift trusts typically contain a provision prohibiting creditors from seizing the trust fund to satisfy the beneficiary's debts. These trusts are legal in most states, even though creditors hate them.

ANCILLARY PROBATE

A probate proceeding conducted in a different state from the one the deceased person resided in at the time of death. Usually, ancillary probate proceedings are... (more...)
A probate proceeding conducted in a different state from the one the deceased person resided in at the time of death. Usually, ancillary probate proceedings are necessary if the deceased person owned real estate in another state.

RULE AGAINST PERPETUITIES

An exceedingly complex legal doctrine that limits the amount of time that property can be controlled after death by a person's instructions in a will. For examp... (more...)
An exceedingly complex legal doctrine that limits the amount of time that property can be controlled after death by a person's instructions in a will. For example, a person would not be allowed to leave property to her husband for his life, then to her children for their lives, then to her grandchildren. The gift would potentially go to the grandchildren at a point too remote in time.

SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR

(1) In the law of wills and estates, a person appointed by the court to take charge of only a designated portion of an estate during probate. For example, a spe... (more...)
(1) In the law of wills and estates, a person appointed by the court to take charge of only a designated portion of an estate during probate. For example, a special administrator with particular expertise on art might be appointed to oversee the probate of a wealthy person's art collection, but not the entire estate. (2) A person appointed to be responsible for a deceased person's property for a limited time or during an emergency, such as a challenge to the will or to the qualifications of the named executor. In such cases, the special administrator's duty is to maintain and preserve the estate, not necessarily to take control of the probate process

WARRANTY DEED

A seldom-used type of deed that contains express assurances about the legal validity of the title being transferred.

SURROGATE COURT

See probate court.

GROSS ESTATE

For federal estate tax filing purposes, the total of all property owned at death, without regard to any debts or liens against the property or the costs of prob... (more...)
For federal estate tax filing purposes, the total of all property owned at death, without regard to any debts or liens against the property or the costs of probate. Taxes are due only on the value of the property the person actually owned (the net estate) plus the amount of any taxable gifts made during life. In a few states, the gross estate is used when computing attorney fees for probating estates; the lawyer gets a percentage of the gross estate.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Tensfeldt v. Haberman

... Wis. Stat. (Rule) § 809.61 (2007-08). [1] It involves a dispute between the children of the deceased, Robert Tensfeldt, and the two attorneys who provided his estate planning services, Attorneys LaBudde and Haberman. Both ...

IN THE ESTATE OF DERZON

... circuit court: • to compel Laatsch to give them "any and all documents and records related to [Derzon's] Estate and Trust and all trusts thereunder, the Will, the estate planning documents, and all related documents[.]"; to compel ...

IN RE THE ESTATE OF HECK

... to be addressed. I make no such suggestion; I only wish to call attention to the tension which is developing regarding the growing disparity between testamentary and non-testamentary means of estate planning. [1] All references ...