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Ruder Ware is pleased to congratulate Angela Gonzalez on receiving the “Paralegal of the Year” Award from the Paralegal Association of Wisconsin (PAW).
At present, there are approximately 3000 paralegals in the state of Wisconsin with over 200 of these paralegals members of PAW. The “Paralegal of the Year” award is the most prestigious award given by PAW. The award celebrates the dedication and efforts of an individual exemplifying a successful paralegal. Honorees are not only active within their firms but also their communities, giving back civically.
Angela became a founding member of the Wausau Chapter of the Association in 2011 and assisted in its formation. She was nominated for the position of Secretary on the Board of Directors in 2013 and continues to serve in that capacity. In addition to her service on the Board of Directors, Angela is actively involved in the pro bono Wausau clinics of the State Bar of Wisconsin Wills for Veterans program, assisting veterans and their families with basic estate planning concepts, obtaining the veterans’ information and inputting that information into a software system that generates the documents, meeting with the veterans and an attorney to review the documents and finally signing and notarizing the documents for the veterans. In April 2014, Angela was recognized by The Women’s Community, Inc. for her volunteer contributions to individuals impacted by sexual assault.
As a paralegal, Angela specializes in trust and estate administration. She assists trustees and personal representatives with valuing and inventorying assets, obtaining court authorizations when necessary, responding to beneficiary inquiries and processing asset transfers. In addition, Angela assists in the preparation of real estate transfer documents and estate tax returns. Prior to joining Ruder Ware, Angela was a civil litigation legal assistant and paralegal at a Wausau law firm. She also worked as a corporate paralegal at the Budapest (Hungary) office of a New York-based law firm, where she spent much of her time preparing work product in due diligence matters and multi-national business transactions. Angela obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, with majors in mass communications / journalism and political science / pre-law. She received her Master’s of Arts in Central and Eastern European Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She also obtained her Bachelor’s of Laws degree from the University of London.