Should I get a Will, Marital Property Agreement, or Revocable Living Trust?

A comparative analysis about wills, marital property agreements, and revocable living trusts to help you determine which option is right for you and your loved ones: Consideration Will Marital Property Agreement Revocable Living Trust Cost Typically less “upfront” cost, but greater administration cost (i.e. probate process) Low “up front” and administration costs Greater “upfront” costs […]

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Living Like a Dog

As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, Americans love their pets. A 2016 National Pet Owners Survey reported that 65% of all American households have at least one pet. This is up from 56% in 1988. According to the American Humane Association, more households in the U.S. have a pet than have a child. According to […]

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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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