Elder Law

Elder Law

As loved ones age, the task of planning for their future care can be overwhelming. Elder law focuses on the financial, legal, and health care needs of individuals aged 65 and older. As elder law advocates, our attorneys are committed to providing solutions to the needs and concerns of clients in this group and their families. Preserving a lifetime of savings and protecting one’s dignity requires a solid understanding of complex state and federal laws and the practices of Medicaid workers in individual counties.

Through active memberships in the Elder Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, our attorneys stay informed on the latest issues affecting their clients.  One of our attorneys is accredited by the Veterans Administration and is able to represent veterans with the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims before the Administration.

Relationships between elder law attorneys and their clients are very personal. Therefore, we offer clients a single point of contact for all their elder law needs. Our services include:

  • Nursing home and medical assistance planning
  • Asset protection
  • Gifting and divestment planning
  • Medicare and Medicaid benefits
  • Social Security benefits
  • Insurance analysis (including long-term care insurance)
  • Residential housing and other living options
  • Planning for individuals with special needs
  • Tax planning
  • Durable powers of attorney for property and finances
  • Health care powers of attorney
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Marital property agreements
  • Real estate
  • Guardianship
  • Conservatorship
  • Veterans’ benefits

Ruder Ware publishes an electronic newsletter titled Elder Law Advisor addressing current elder law issues written by attorneys who regularly provide counsel in this changing area of law.

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Founded in 1920, Ruder Ware provides business, employment, estate planning, and litigation services through its offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Green Bay, Wisconsin.  A full-service law firm, over 40 attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

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Elder Law

Protecting Your Inheritance

Posted on September 20, 2021 by

So you’ve received an inheritance and you’re married. The person who left you the inheritance probably intended for it to benefit you, not your spouse, if you get divorced. How do you protect the inheritance? Wisconsin law provides limited protection.  Under Wisconsin’s Marital Property Act, which governs the classification of assets during marriage and on […]

Estate Planning Considerations for Unmarried Individuals

Posted on September 1, 2021 by

Estate planning is a process that must be customized to fit each individual’s unique situation.  Each individual has their own priorities and issues to address.  The priorities and issues for an unmarried individual are often different than those for married couples.  Some of the common priorities and issues that arise in estate planning for unmarried […]

Wisconsin Acts to Protect Seniors

Posted on August 9, 2021 by

On Friday, August 6, 2021, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed into law six new laws for Wisconsin. One of the new laws, addresses five key issues regarding the elderly.  They are: Increased penalties for crimes committed against an elderly individual. Increased the penalty for the sexual assault of an elderly individual. Creates a crime of […]

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