How Do I Avoid Probate in Wisconsin?

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

How can you make sure your assets are distributed to your beneficiaries after your death without needing the court to step in? There are a few ways you can accomplish this with help from an experienced Wisconsin estate planning attorney. Payable-on-Death Accounts Payable-on-death accounts are financial accounts for which you have set up beneficiaries. Upon […]

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How Much Does Estate Planning Cost in Wisconsin?

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Wisconsin residents often underestimate the value of estate planning and the significant savings that come with working with a lawyer. While drafting a will or trust yourself might save you money in the short term, you could be setting yourself up for later financial headaches or costly, lengthy legal disputes among your family when you […]

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How to Choose an Estate Planning Attorney in Wisconsin

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

You have worked hard to build your family, career, and reputation. You’ve always taken charge of what happens and when, and have moved your life in the direction of your dreams. You’re proud of all you’ve accomplished. What happens to everything you’ve created when you pass away? It may be an unpleasant thought, but answering […]

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Important Qualities to Look for When Naming a Trustee

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Creating a trust is an effective way to look out for your interests both while you are alive and after you die. But a trust only works as intended if the trustee you choose properly administers it. There are lots of ways to choose a trustee, and you should consult with an estate planning attorney before making a final […]

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Wisconsin Child Custody Laws: What’s the Difference Between Physical and Legal Custody?

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

When it comes to child custody laws in Wisconsin, things can get confusing. One of the most important distinctions is between physical and legal custody. Understanding the differences between these two types of custody can help you make informed decisions about your family’s future. In this blog post, we’ll break down everything you need to […]

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Digital Assets Belong in Your Estate Plan

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

When we think of estate planning and protecting our assets, the assets that first come to mind are a house, real estate, jewelry, family heirlooms, bank accounts, and investments. What is often overlooked are our digital assets: the photos we share online, the material we publish online, our text messages, social media profiles, cryptocurrencies, and […]

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Ways to Avoid Probate

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Mention the word “probate” or “probate court” and you will likely receive a negative comment in response. But what exactly is probate and why would you want to avoid it? What is Probate? Probate is the legal process of distributing someone’s assets after they die. Probate courts review the individual’s assets and their Last Will […]

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The Estate Planning Process in Wisconsin

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Estate planning is not only for older adults or the very wealthy, as every adult in the United States can benefit from having an effective estate plan. Whether you need a simple or highly complex plan, creating one with the right legal help can protect you, your loved ones, and your property. Never wait to […]

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Key Considerations In Gray Divorce

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

The term “gray divorce” refers to the growing trend of older adults that choose to end their marriage. Gray divorce differs from other divorce scenarios in a few key ways, so it’s important to consider these factors as you navigate your split. How Will Retirement Be Affected By My Divorce? Divorcing after age 50 can […]

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Crucial Considerations for Child Custody

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

When approaching the issue of child custody and parenting time, it’s essential to understand what would make sense for your child and their needs as well as for you, but don’t forget to think about what could be beneficial for everyone involved. Before moving forward with a new or revised custody arrangement, you should consider the […]

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