About Jon L. Fischer

Jon focuses his practice on estate planning, probate matters, and Medicaid planning as he aims to help clients in their time of need.

WisPACT Trust or ABLE Account?

We have already discussed a bit of background on WisPACT trusts and the process to set up a WisPACT trust. While I strongly encourage clients to look at WisPACT options for beneficiaries with disabilities, there are some circumstances where WisPACT might not be the perfect fit. In those cases, clients can choose to set aside […]

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Changes to Wisconsin Law Allow Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners to Make Findings of Incapacity

What’s New? If an individual is incapacitated and has a Living Will or Power of Attorney for Health Care (“POA”), a certification of incapacity needs to be signed before those documents can be activated. Previously, this certification was only effective if signed by either two physicians or one physician and one psychologist, both of whom […]

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How to Set Up a WisPACT Trust

We have already discussed a bit of background on WisPACT trusts. WisPACT trusts are useful tools for disabled beneficiaries, allowing them to set aside assets that normally would push them over an asset limit and make them ineligible for various government programs. Today, I want to explain a bit more about the who, what, and […]

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Can I Make Handwritten Changes to My Will?

Wisconsin, like many states, has several different requirements to create a valid Will. The particular rules for signing a Will are contained in Wis. Stat. § 853.03.  These rules require that a Will be: Signed by the creator (or by another person at the specific direction of the creator); and Signed by at least two […]

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VA Aid and Attendance Pensions

Long term care costs present a significant financial stress to many families. For certain veterans (and their surviving spouses) the VA offers a pension program that can provide additional monthly income to offset some of the cost of their care. This program is known as the VA Aid and Attendance pension. In order to be […]

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The Benefits and Uses of WisPACT Trusts

The concept of having too much money is foreign to almost all of us. But if you receive needs-based government benefits like Medicaid, Family Care, IRIS, SSI, or other programs, having money can be an issue. For parents and grandparents of program recipients, it can be a struggle to decide whether to include the recipient […]

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Planning for Medicaid and Family Care

Entering a nursing home or assisted living facility can be one of the most confusing and stressful times that a family will ever have. In addition to changing a living situation, families are thrust into an alphabet soup of different government agencies and programs. We have discussed in prior articles the use of irrevocable trusts […]

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Ideal Timing for Nursing Home Protection

In my first article on this topic, I wrote about the concept of using an Irrevocable Trust to protect assets from being used to pay for nursing home expenses.  In this article, I want to explore this issue a bit further and discuss the ideal timing for the use of an Irrevocable Trust. Estate planning […]

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