Back-to-School 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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Using an ABLE Account with a WisPACT Trust?

Wispact trusts are a popular topic on our blog (click here for our first four articles WisPACT 1, WisPACT 2, WisPACT 3, WisPACT 4).  A quick refresher – WisPACT trusts allow loved ones to set funds aside for a disabled individual’s needs without jeopardizing eligibility for government benefits such as Supplement Security Income (SSI) or […]

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When You Come at the King, You Best Not Miss

TV and radio legend Larry King passed away last month at the age of 87 from developing sepsis as a complication from COVID-19. Over his illustrious career, King conducted over 50,000 interviews of celebrities, politicians and other interesting people, earning him two Peabody awards, an Emmy and ten Cable ACE Awards. King was married eight […]

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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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