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Linda M. Danielson

Professional Experience

While receiving heartfelt thank yous are part of Linda’s job as an estate planning attorney, they reaffirm why she wanted to become an attorney – to help people through a complicated, emotional life event and to make a positive difference.  No two estate plans are alike because everyone’s life is unique—their values, their relationships, and their assets.

Linda’s estate planning practice includes:

  • Planning and drafting estate planning documents to avoid probate and minimize estate and income taxes through the use of revocable and irrevocable trusts, marital property agreements, titling, and beneficiary designations.
  • Advising clients on tax and non-tax issues regarding making substantial lifetime gifts.
  • Succession planning for cabins, hunting land, and other recreational property.
  • Probate and trust administration.
  • Advising clients on how to set up beneficiary designations for their IRAs and other retirement accounts in a manner that maximizes income tax deferral.
  • Advising high net worth clients on various income, gift and estate laws.

In addition to her estate planning practice, Linda also has experience with business law.  Recently, she assisted a family with the purchase of numerous businesses.  Because of her business knowledge, she was able to create a tailored estate plan that met their needs and objectives.  Specifically, Linda’s business law practice includes:

  • Setting up corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships, and advising clients on which type of entity is appropriate for them.
  • Advising clients who are interested in transferring ownership of a farm or other closely held business on business succession issues so that both the business and family thrive.
  • Drafting buy/sell agreements and operating agreements.
  • Assisting clients who are buying and selling closely held businesses.

Linda is a proud mother of two sons. She enjoys hiking, camping, and cooking, especially for her family. While she reads a lot of tax law, her recreational reading preference is decidedly fiction.

Education

  • University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (1984)
  • J.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison (1988)

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association - Section Member: Business Law; Taxation; Real Property, Trust & Estate Law
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Section Member: Business Law; Elder Law; Real Property; Taxation; Agribusiness
  • Eau Claire County Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Professional Activities

  • Eau Claire County Bar Association - President (2013 - 2014); Volunteer at Free Legal Clinic

Civic Activities

  • Chippewa Valley Symphony Foundation - Trustee (2012 - present)
  • Chippewa Valley Symphony - BOD, President
  • Eau Claire YMCA - Board Member (2007 - 2013)
  • Eau Claire YMCA Endowment Trust - Trustee
  • Eau Claire Community Foundation - Development Committee Chair (2012 - present), Trustee (2015 - present)
  • Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation Leadership Council - Advisory Board Member (2013 - present)
  • Friends of UCP Foundation - Board Member (2009 - 2013)
  • United Cerebral Palsy of West Central Wisconsin, Inc. - Board Member (2000 - 2013)

Presentations

  • Estate Planning, Planning for a Confident Retirement, UWEC Continuing Education - 4/19/16
  • Asset Protection for Personal Assets of Physicians, Marshfield Clinic - 10/2/12 and 10/9/12
  • Saving the Family Cabin - 8/4/12
  • Common Estate Planning Mistakes - 4/23/12 and 5/15/12
  • Don't Leave Your Family with Questions: Advance Directives and Other Estate Planning Essentials - 6/6/11
  • Estate Planning for Physicians - 5/17/11
  • Legal Issues in Selling Your Business to a Non-Family Member - 11/10/09
  • The Importance of Estate Planning - 10/20/09
  • Essentials of Reviewing, Preparing, and Understanding Contracts,
  • Western Dairyland Women's Business Conference
  • Estate Taxes - Do Your Heirs Really Have to Sell the Farms? - 8/17/06
  • Succession Planning - What is My Exit Strategy for My Business? - 5/2/06 and 5/9/06