Get To Know Us: Attorney Melissa DeVantier

Where do you live? Appleton, WI Where are you from? I spent my first ten years in a small town in central Illinois called Manito. I then moved to Springfield, Illinois, where I remained through high school. My husband and I met in Chicago, where I lived during law school. My legal practice…focuses on estate […]

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What is the Difference Between SSI and SSDI?

One of the issues I run into frequently with my estate planning clients is that they have a child who is disabled that they want to “cut out of the Will” out of fear that an inheritance may jeopardize the child’s benefits. In some instances, this is a huge concern.  In others, however, it’s not […]

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April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day

Benjamin Franklin has famously said, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  The two depressing topics always seem to go together. Every year, the deadline for filing our income taxes is April 15.  But did you know April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD)?  Because death and taxes […]

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Business as Unusual?

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we here at McCarty Law are still up and running!  To be safe, however, all but a handful of employees are working remotely from home. So if you’ve suddenly got some downtime and have been thinking about preparing or updating your estate plans, please let us know!  While we normally would […]

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Client Alert: The SECURE Act

In December 2019, Congress passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. The SECURE Act became effective on January 1, 2020, and makes significant changes to retirement accounts, including Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans (“Retirement Plans”). The following is a brief summary of the key changes: The beginning […]

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Back-to-School (Legal) Checklist

Like Christmas, the back-to-school season seems to creep up faster every year. While you might be focusing on more typical school supplies for your college student (like a new computer, clothes, dorm supplies, etc.), don’t forget about the legal issues a new school year can bring. Remember, though they’ll always be our kids, we don’t […]

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Generous to a Default

At least two or three times a year I will get a phone call from a client with questions about cosigning a loan on their child’s behalf.  Invariably, the parent has received a notice that their child has defaulted on the loan.  The client then proceeds to ask, “Could I possibly be on the hook […]

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