Wills and Trusts, Estate Planning and Probate Attorneys in Madison and West Bend, Wisconsin
Preserving your family’s wealth for future generations
You have worked and now want to protect your assets and your family. Hickmann & Hickmann, S.C. can help with all aspects of wills, trusts and estates planning issues necessary to accomplish your goals, including:
- Estate planning
- Wills and Trusts
- Heath care and financial powers of attorney
- Estate tax issues
- Probate matters
Securing your legacy
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, legally minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones and your assets.
Drafting the correct trust and/or will
When you elect to prepare your estate plan, it is important that you prepare a trust and/or will that satisfies your goals. Whether you need a revocable trust, irrevocable trust, protective trust or simple will, let us help you make the correct decision and put the necessary documents in place.
A properly drafted trust and/or will allow you to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death.
If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet — making decisions that might not reflect your desires. Hickmann & Hickmann, S.C. can draft the necessary legal documents to ensure that your intentions are honored.
Changing your trust and will
As your life changes, so may your estate plan. You may want to update your will throughout your life. Hickmann & Hickmann, S.C. can draft the necessary documents to address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.
Appointment of guardianship
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets’ care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.
Guiding you through the process of estate planning
Let our knowledge and experience guide you through these important decisions. Hickmann & Hickmann, S.C. attorneys have more than 60 combined years of experience in estate planning and know how to ease the stress by guiding grantors, trustees, personal representatives and beneficiaries through the process.
Most personal representatives and trustees have rarely, if ever, handled the estate process and know little about it. Hickmann & Hickmann, S.C. can guide you through all aspects of the process, including:
- Advising the trustee as to duties and responsibilities
- Filing the will with the Wisconsin probate court
- Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
- Finding and collecting assets
- Closing and opening bank accounts
- Transferring assets from the deceased to the trust or estate
- Paying estate taxes
- Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the trust or estate
- Locating beneficiaries
- Hiring experts, when appropriate
Valuing and managing the estate
Our attorneys assist the trustee or personal representative with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.
Probate or trust disputes
Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries. Our attorneys’ professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally charged process of probating a challenged will or trust or disputed personal representative or judicial decision. When it is in the best interests of our client to preserve cordial familial relationships, our attorneys are adept at mediating these disputes. When necessary, we assertively defend our client’s beneficiary rights.
Contact an estate planning law firm you can trust, Hickmann & Hickmann, S.C.
For estate planning services in Madison and West Bend and surrounding counties, call Hickmann & Hickmann, S.C. at (262) 334-4444 or (608) 286-3832, or contact us online to schedule a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.