Practice Areas

Probate

Without the help of an experienced probate attorney, settling the estate of a loved one can be an overwhelming task. Our law firm has over 50 years of experience in probating estates in Southern Wisconsin. The services we provide include:

  • Opening the estate with the court, and obtaining the appointment of the estate’s personal representative.
  • Providing notice to all interested parties and creditors as required by law.
  • Preparing and filing all documents required by the probate court in a timely manner.
  • Assisting with the collection of life insurance proceeds.
  • Advising on the payment of the decedent's final bills and outstanding debts.
  • Inventorying and valuing the estate’s assets.
  • Determining if any estate taxes will be due, and, if so, arranging for their payment.
  • Preparing and filing the decedent’s final tax return as well as the estate’s income tax return.
  • Assisting with the sale of estate property.
  • Requesting court permission for various actions as may be required by law.
  • Retitling the decedent's real estate into the names of the estate beneficiaries if it is not being sold.
  • Distributing the decedent's net estate to the beneficiaries.
  • Preparing and filing the estate’s final accounting, and securing the discharge of the estate’s personal representative.

In most cases, our probate clients don’t ever have to step foot in a courtroom. Our experienced guidance helps personal representatives meet their obligations, while reducing the stress and confusion of the probate process.

Attorneys
Scott Thompson
Todd W. Schluesche
R. Scott Jacobson
Amanda M. Fields
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