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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.

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