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Estate Planning/Probate

Estate Planning

Estate Planning is generally considered to be the process whereby people develop a plan that ensures that the assets they have worked so hard accumulating during their lifetime are protected and distributed to those they love. Without proper estate planning, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may inherit a large portion of your assets. We can help you implement a variety of advanced tax strategies to keep your assets out of the hands of the IRS. Our expertise extends to:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Living Wills
  • Living Trusts
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
  • Life Insurance
  • Charitable Giving

Probate Administration and Litigation

Probate is the legal process that takes place after someone dies. It often involves:

  • Proving in court that a deceased person’s will is valid
  • Identifying and inventorying the deceased person’s property
  • Having the property appraised
  • Paying debts and taxes
  • Distributing the remaining property as the will directs

Gatzke Law represents beneficiaries and fiduciaries, including executors, trustees, conservators, and guardians in Wisconsin probate courts in the following areas:

  • Accounting Actions
  • Claims Against Fiduciaries
  • Trust Contests and Reformation
  • Will Contests
  • Will and Trust Construction and Litigation

Experience enables us to counsel surviving spouses and children during this transition and help them make sound legal decisions for their future.