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If you are the parent of a minor child or minor children, having a will in place is essential. With a properly drafted will, you can accomplish all of the following: Name a Guardian 1. Your will designates your preference for guardians of your minor children. Name a Personal Representative 2. Your will names a

Wisconsin Pet Trusts

The Attorneys and staff at Horn & Johnsen SC know that our pets are friends, companions and family rather than property. >Unfortunately, Wisconsin law views our pets as property. The bottom line is: without written instructions of your wishes, your “property” can be legally destroyed. Every hour of everyday 50 companion animals are euthanized in
Over the years, I have received many questions from clients and others regarding estates. A very common question is, “Who will be responsible for the debts of my parents when they are gone?” This question is most concerning when you become aware that your parent(s) do not have sufficient assets of their own to pay

The Nursing Home Dilemma

Clients and prospective clients often ask me about legal options available so that they might qualify for Medical Assistance in the event they need nursing home care at some time in the future. Some suggest gifting to their children during their lifetimes while others suggest establishing an irrevocable trust known as a “Medical Assistance” trust
There can be many benefits to creating a Limited Liability Company, whether you own an apartment complex, have a consulting business or are selling cupcakes. With a properly organized and managed LLC, you can protect your personal assets from the debts, obligations, and potential lawsuits of your business. In addition, a Limited Liability Company can

What Is a WisPACT?

Many individuals, whether young or old, are receiving valuable public benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medical Assistance. Anyone who has gone through the qualification process for these types of entitlement programs is well aware that the application process alone can be a nightmare!   Sometimes, a well-meaning relative will leave an inheritance

Cabin Trusts – Let’s Keep It In The Family!

In Wisconsin, I have many clients who own a family vacation home “Up North”.  In fact, within my own family, we have a lovely cabin in Vilas County where we spend many relaxing holiday weekends together.  Therefore, I personally understand the importance of planning to ensure a treasured family cabin can remain within the family

Protect Your Pets with a Pet Trust!

What will happen to Fluffy or Benji upon your death? One would hope that a family member or other loved one would agree to care for your pet and expect nothing in return. After all, anyone who knows you fully appreciates that your pet is not just an item of personal property, but a member
Providing Divorce Protection for Your Children Despite the fact that the Baby Boomer generation has seen high divorce rates, my experience has been that parents of Baby Boomers generally did not wish to discuss divorce protection for their children and grandchildren.  Times have changed… Most people now acknowledge that divorce is a common occurrence.  Therefore, why


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