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What is the Difference Between a Will and a Trust?

Posted on June 14, 2022 by

Attorney Shanna Yonke addresses this question in her latest video post. Video Transcript: My name is Shanna Yonke and I’m an attorney on Ruder Ware’s Estate Planning Team. One of the most common questions asked by our clients is what is the difference between a will and a trust and which is right for me? […]

Nominations of Guardians for Minor Children

Posted on April 18, 2022 by

With Mother’s Day around the corner, Attorney Ashley Hawley felt the timing would be a perfect opportunity to discuss nominations of guardians for minor children and a will. Her latest post walks viewers through the nomination process, the importance of successor options, and the importance of the temporary guardianship form found on the State Bar […]

Protecting Your Estate Plan from Challenges: No-Contest Clause Explained

Posted on December 6, 2021 by

Attorney Ashley Hawley explores no-contest clauses – what they are, when they make sense, and when you should avoid them in her latest vlog. Video Transcript: People handle grief differently and sometimes how a person handles the death of a loved one can be both confusing and also extremely frustrating – fighting over little things […]

Gift Tax Basics

Posted on November 17, 2021 by

As the holiday season approaches, Attorney Shanna Yonke shares insight regarding a topic at the top of client’s mind – what amount can be gifted without tax consequences? Video Transcript: My name is Shanna Yonke, and I’m an attorney on Ruder Ware’s Estate Planning Team. As the holiday season approaches, I will share basic information […]

What is Probate?

Posted on July 29, 2021 by

Attorney Ashley Hawley walks viewers through what’s involved in the probate process in her latest video. Video Transcript: Hi, I’m Ashley Hawley. I’m an attorney at Ruder Ware in the Trust & Estates Department. Let’s talk probate. Probate is the core process of transferring assets out of a deceased individual’s name and into the names […]

Plan Ahead to Make Summer Memories at the Family Cabin Last Forever

Posted on June 29, 2021 by

Summertime is a special time of year in Wisconsin. It brings many families to cabins where they make memories and traditions that will last forever. So, how do you make sure that these memory-making summers last for generations?  Attorney Shanna Yonke explain how you can plan for the long-term ownership and management of your cabin […]

Gun Ownership: Who Can I Transfer a Gun to in Wisconsin?

Posted on April 7, 2021 by

There are federal and state laws that may apply when transferring ownership of a gun. These laws apply when gifting or selling a gun during lifetime, or when transferring a gun after the death of the gun owner. Attorney Kayla Murphy answers the question of to whom a gun can be transferred under Wisconsin law in […]

Guardianships: What are They? What is the Process? Does it Apply to Me?

Posted on March 4, 2021 by

Attorney Ashley Hawley does her best to simplify the complicated guardianship process in her latest vlog.  If you have questions regarding the estate tax, Ruder Ware’s Estate Planning Team is here to help. Video Transcript: Hello, I’m Ashley Hawley. I am an attorney on Ruder Ware’s Trusts & Estates team. My topic for you for today […]

Estate Taxes: What You Need to Know

Posted on February 3, 2021 by

Attorney Shanna Yonke attempts to simplify how the federal government’s estate tax works in her latest vlog. Video Transcript: My name is Shanna Yonke, and I’m an attorney on Ruder Ware’s Estate Planning Team. My topic for today is the estate tax. Wisconsin does not impose an estate tax. Our state legislature repealed the estate […]

Financial Powers of Attorney

Posted on October 23, 2020 by

Attorney Ashley Hawley closes out Ruder Ware’s honoring of National Estate Planning Awareness Week with an informative post on financial powers of attorney.  The concept of a financial power of attorney is that you draft a document naming an agent who can to step into your shoes to make financial decisions on your behalf. Video Transcript: […]