Comprehensive Estate Planning Services
At Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik our firm provides estate planning and sophisticated asset protection strategies. Whether you are interested in creating a will or trust, or require experienced guidance in complex estate planning, we can protect your assets and help you create a tailored estate plan for your family.
Creating an estate plan allows you to manage your assets and investments, protect the security of your family, and make determinations about your health and finances should you become incapacitated.
If you would like to create a will or trust, or if you desire other estate planning services, contact a La Crosse estate planning lawyer online or call 608-519-4788 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys.
We Can Help Meet All Your Estate Planning Needs
We are able to draft documents to fit all of your estate planning needs, including:
- Durable powers of attorney
- Health care powers of attorney
- Determination of guardianship of minor children
Our dedicated La Crosse will drafting attorneys can start an estate plan from scratch for a person without a will. We can also modify an existing estate plan to accommodate a life change such as marriage, birth, divorce, remarriage, or retirement. It is wise to update your estate plan least every five or six years.
We will also coordinate beneficiary designations with estate planning documents to ensure whoever is listed as beneficiary of a life insurance policy or IRA receives his or her benefits.
Complex Estate Planning
In complex estate planning, our firm will seek to minimize federal and state tax liabilities, bypass probate, and protect your estate from creditors. When preparing an estate plan, we take the time to understand your unique planning goals. We use a variety of estate planning tools, including:
- Revocable living trusts to access assets
- Irrevocable life insurance trusts and other asset protection trusts
- Supplemental /special needs trust and special needs planning
- Charitable remainder and annuity trusts
Estate Planning for Nontraditional Families
We offer experienced and strategic estate planning for nontraditional families, including gay and lesbian couples. Planning will involve the designation of property rights and medical decisions. We can also help blended families determine the inheritance rights of stepchildren.
Animal and Pet Trusts
Our firm has established a $50,000 trust for care of a parrot, and a $3.5 million trust enabling animals on a farm to live out their natural lives. Contact our experienced La Crosse attorneys for more information on unconventional requests or pet trusts.
We are experienced in Medicaid planning to qualify for government assistance for nursing home care. We can help you avoid medical assistance liens or disqualification. We can also help you create irrevocable trusts and provide other strategies to protect assets and avoid taxes to heirs.
Probate and Trust Administration
Our attorneys can help guide an executor or administrator of an estate through their duties as quickly and inexpensively as possible. We will gather and value assets, liquidate assets, distribute inheritance, file tax returns, and handle all accounting and reporting of the estate. We advise trust administrators in annual accounting/reporting and have accountants in house to handle inheritance and death taxes.
Probate and Trust Litigation
Our attorneys can handle will contests involving lack of testamentary capacity, undue influence, and improper execution. We will represent the estate, beneficiaries, or excluded heirs in probate and trust litigation.
Call to Schedule an Appointment with a Wisconsin Medicaid Planning Lawyer
We can assist you with any estate planning needs you may have. Contact an experienced La Crosse, Wisconsin, wills and trusts attorney online or call us at 608-519-4788 to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable lawyers.