1 - Call us today to schedule your initial consultation with our firm.
2 - Meet with our team to understand your financial situation, your goals and answer questions.
3 - Create a customized plan to meet your needs and the needs of your family.
4 - Review the documents together and sign all paperwork.
5 - Assess all assets and implement the plan.
Madison Estate Planning Attorney
Legal Guidance from Experienced Estate Planning Lawyers in Wisconsin
Krause Estate Planning & Elder Law Center is dedicated to helping regular Wisconsin people create smart plans for the future that will support their family if the worst should happen. Allow our legal professionals walk you through all your options so that we can devise a comprehensive estate plan that is suitable for your situation and tailored to your unique goals.
Our Madison estate planning lawyers don’t use cookie-cutter strategies or fillable forms. Instead, we build helpful relationships with our clients so that we can craft the detailed documents they need to protect their best interests.
Support your family and secure the future of your estate with help from our estate planning lawyers. Call our firm or contact us online to schedule a consultation today!
Board Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist
Our law firm was founded by Dan Krause, a former Army JAG Attorney, with the goal of serving clients of all backgrounds who need legal guidance navigating the estate planning process. We exist to be a steadfast family friend, loyal to our clients through their family’s good times and also the challenges of aging and disability. Attorney Krause is a Board Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist*, one of only eight such specialists in Wisconsin. With over 20 years of legal experience, attorney Krause has helped thousands of clients feel better about their future by creating smart plans that will preserve their wealth and legacies.
What Assets are Included in an Estate Plan?
Do you have a plan for how your assets will be distributed after you pass away? After you pass away, assets will need to be managed and distributed.
Your estate plan may include important assets, such as:
- Your home and properties
- Bank accounts
- Retirement funds
Our talented attorney can draft a comprehensive and personalized estate plan that specifies how your wealth is handled so that you know your family will be taken care of long after you are gone.
We Assist in a Wide Variety of Estate Planning Services
Reach out to us today to discuss any of the following estate planning services we offer at our firm:
- Your last will and testament is an essential document that provides instructions on what to do with your assets once you pass. We provide customized wills to provide maximum protect for your loved ones and assets.
- Even if you have a will, a trust is also highly recommended to help provide more comprehensive protections. A trust can help you avoid probate, pass on assets efficiently to beneficiaries, and provide protections from creditors.
- We can explore a variety of proactive asset protection strategies to help you maximize what you pass onto your loved ones while protecting them from financial predators and minimizing excessive taxes.
- We have helped many clients utilize charitable trusts to support causes they are passionate about. If you are interested in creating a charitable trust, contact us to learn your options.
- Having a comprehensive power of attorney can help ensure that your financial and medical affairs are taken care of in the event you are unable to manage them yourself.
- When you've worked so hard to build up a successful business, you want to create an effective exit strategy and succession plan that is in your best financial interests. Our attorneys can guide you through your options and create a plan that is right for you.
How Can Estate Planning Benefit Me?
The main benefit of proper estate planning is that your family and loved ones will be prepared for the future and what comes after you pass away.
Part of estate planning will help you find solutions to common questions, such as:
- "How do I pass on my assets to my family members?"
- "How will I pay for long-term care?"
- "How do I know my assets will go to whom I want them to?"
That is why it is important to start estate planning as soon as possible so that you have ample time to create a plan that takes care of all your needs.
Additional benefits of having an estate plan include:
- Protect valuable assets: There are a variety of asset protection strategies that can protect your hard-earned wealth from creditors, seizure, and other potential losses. We can guide you through the various options to legally protect and safeguard your assets so you can pass them to your loved ones with peace of mind.
- Avoid the hassle and burden of the probate process: One of the things that families often try to avoid is probate, as it can be a time-consuming and costly process following death. With proper planning, you may be able to avoid probate and more efficiently administer property to beneficiaries.
- Specify your wishes for important matters in case you are ever incapacitated: During the estate planning process, you will have the opportunity to state your medical preferences, including end-of-life care, who will manage your affairs, and more in the event you cannot care for yourself.
- Simplifies the transition to retirement: As you approach retirement, there are many issues that you still need to consider, such as planning for long-term care, maximizing your retirement assets, planning for disability, setting up trusts, and more.
- Immediately administer your property following your death: Having a suite of well-written documents for your estate can help you more efficiently transfer property and assets to your loved ones after you pass away, rather than leaving it up to the courts and causing family disputes over your estate.
- Reduce probate, tax, and other costly expenses: When assets are transferred to beneficiaries upon death, there are various estate and inheritance taxes that are required. Estate planning offers strategies to help you reduce or eliminate taxes so you can leave more to your loved ones.
- Ensure your children are taken care of: When you pass away with young children, you want to make sure that they are in the care of someone that you trust. Choosing a guardian is extremely important because that person will be in charge of your children's upbringing. Otherwise, a court will make that decision for you.
- Accommodate special needs children: Those with special needs loved ones may worry about how they will be able to provide and care for themselves. With advanced planning, you can create a Special Needs Trust with your assets that can be used to pay for your loved one's everyday needs without hurting their eligibility for government benefits.
Estate Planning Attorneys with a Reputation of Excellence Throughout the Madison Area
Our legal team has a stellar reputation for taking a personalized approach to estate planning that ensures our clients' estate plans are complete all the way through. From titling assets correctly to completing and signing the right legal documents, our Board-Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist* and our team of legal professionals are here to take the burden off your shoulders so you can focus on the future.
*The Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc.
Excellent professional service for estate planning.Paul
He was friendly and listened to me carefully.Susan
Attorney Krause explained everything clearly and concisely.Ciambrone
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