Making The Probate And Planning Process Easier
Prepared or not, we will each face death, and our assets will be distributed. We have two options: with the first option, you can have Wisconsin intestacy law determine the distribution of your assets, but this option may not distribute your assets the way you would have wished. The second option is to create a will. Creating a will allows you to articulate the beneficiaries to whom your assets will go. At Lein Law Offices, we offer strategic advocacy in estate planning and probate.
Guidance Through The Probate Process
The probate process distributes the assets of a deceased person (known as the estate) and pays off any debts. Whether your loved one had a will (testate) or not (intestate), we can guide you through the probate process. Our goal is to simplify the probate process, helping you reduce the cost of probate overall by wrapping up the estate as efficiently as possible.
Even with a will, there can sometimes be issues with property after death. An heir may contest a provision in the will or the entire will. There may be competing documents. It is important to have an advocate in hand who can help you handle any disputes as they arise. We are experienced probate attorneys, who have been helping families in northern Wisconsin since 1983.
Common Issues With Estate Planning:
- If you move from another state to Wisconsin, you should have a Wisconsin attorney review your will. For example, Wisconsin is a marital property state, and Minnesota is an individual property state. The difference between the two jurisdictions’ form and concept of ownership will affect an individual’s will differently.
- People change, and wills need to be updated to fit people’s needs. Maybe you have become older, your children have grown up and you accumulated more assets. However, modifying a will is not as simple as changing names and adding new ones. Some life changes require modifications to the will, while others don’t.
- Knowing the difference between probate and nonprobate property is important. Probate properties are assets that are disbursable by a will, while non-probate property is not disbursable by a will.
Every situation is different. You should consult with an attorney to make certain your will is planned and executed correctly. At Lein Law Offices, we will take time to explain the different nuances of your situation and protect your rights.
Our estates and probate attorneys have experience with all of the following:
- Wills and trusts: revocable trusts, standard wills, standard trusts
- Power of attorney for health care
- Power of attorney for finances and property
- Declaration to physician and living wills
Hiring an attorney is critical to estate administration. We can help you protect your rights as a personal representative, executor or beneficiary to an estate. Contact us today for more information about probate and estate administration.
Probate and estate administration
At the time of death, title of any solely owned assets must be transferred. Our attorneys are experienced representing executors, personal representatives and beneficiaries in the probate process. The court will determine who gets what property based on whether there is a will or if intestate succession laws apply (if there is no will). We can assist in all probate matters, including the inventory of assets and tax filings.
Contact Lein Law Offices to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Hayward, Wisconsin, estate planning and probate lawyer. We are local attorneys serving the needs of our local clients for over 25 years.
Free consultations — Flexible office hours and appointments — In-home and hospital visits available — Call us toll free at (800) 944-3949.