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Almost any type of asset you might have can have a beneficiary designation associated with it. Beneficiary designations supersede the designation in a will or trust and your failure to update them can lead to complications when distributing assets. Estate Planning Attorney Ashley Hawley shares why it’s important to pay attention to beneficiary designations and […]
Ruder Ware is pleased to announce the addition of Wisconsin Rapids-based Attorneys J.P. La Chapelle and Eric Preu to its team. La Chapelle, whose family has deep ties to the area, has practiced in Wisconsin Rapids for more than a decade. “Joining Ruder Ware will allow us to offer a broader range of legal services […]
Growing up on a seventh-generation dairy farm, Mykayla knows firsthand the hard work and long hours that go into running a family or closely held business.
On October 21, 2022 the Internal Revenue Service announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits. All of the limits shown below have increased (in some cases significantly) from last year. Qualified Plan Limit Cost-of-Living Adjustments 401(k) and 403(b) elective deferral limit 2022 – $20,500 2023 – $22,500 $200,000 compensation limit […]
In her latest vlog, Estate Planning Attorney Shanna Yonke shares what a self-proving affidavit is and why having one makes it easier for your loved one after your death. Video Transcript: My name is Shanna Yonke and I’m an attorney on Ruder Ware’s Estate Planning Team. To make a valid will in Wisconsin you […]
In the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I wrote a blog post on how to create a valid will in Wisconsin. At the time, we were all stuck at home by government order, and many clients signed their wills without a notary public. Signing a will without a notary public was a short-term fix during […]
Paying for nursing-home and long-term care can seem daunting when the cost can be $5,000 to $12,000 per month – or more. When a married couple is no longer able or willing to privately pay out of pocket for care and chooses to apply for Medicaid, it’s a complex process. The Medicaid agency must analyze […]
While working at a local bank in Edgar, Ruth saw firsthand how clients who’d just lost their spouse struggled with settling an estate when no pre-planning had been done.