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.
- Confluence Council, Inc. – Governance Committee Member (2021 – present)
- Eau Claire Community Foundation – Trustee (2015 – present), Chair (2021 – present)
- Chippewa Valley Symphony Foundation – Trustee (2012 – 2018)
- Chippewa Valley Symphony – Past President
- Eau Claire YMCA – Board Member (2007 – 2013)
- Eau Claire YMCA Endowment Trust – Past Trustee
- HSHS Sacred Heart Foundation Leadership Council – Advisory Board Member (2013 – 2020)
- Friends of UCP Foundation – Board Member (2009 – 2013)
- United Cerebral Palsy of West Central Wisconsin, Inc. – Board Member (2000 – 2013)
- Eau Claire County Bar Association – President (2013 – 2014); Volunteer at Free Legal Clinic
- University of Wisconsin Law School Lawyering Skills Course, Representing the Small Business Client – Faculty (2013 and 2017), Estate Planning and Probate (2019)