Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, and Probate

Planning for Your Family's Security

Since 1982, the Thorson Law Office has been helping Wisconsin families when they have a legal need. We are pleased to be here for you, providing legal information, support and sound legal guidance to help you reach your goals.

In the area of estate planning, we help families who want to ensure the ongoing care of children and to provide for the smooth transfer of property and assets from one generation to the next. We can also guide you through the process of probating an estate in Wisconsin.

We invite you to contact our Chippewa Falls law office at (715) 861-6693 to schedule an in-person consultation with estate planning lawyer Robert Thorson.

Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, and Deeds

Proper estate planning needs to be a personalized service because the planning documents need to reflect your particular family's goals and dynamics. There are often several ways to accomplish similar estate planning goals. By talking with a knowledgeable estate planning attorney, you can feel confident that you have chosen the best tool for your particular needs.

For example, married couples who are concerned about making sure a surviving spouse can retain the family home will want to understand Wisconsin's Marital Property Act and property ownership laws. This can be particularly important for couples in a second marriage. When you sit down with Attorney Thorson, he can explain how these laws affect you.

Family systems can be complex, and each family's goals and needs are unique. By carefully listening to you and understanding what you want to accomplish, Mr. Thorson can recommend a will, a trust, a combination of the two, and other estate planning documents that will work for your particular family and also minimize the chance for family conflict during probate.

We can assist you with all estate planning matters: wills, deeds, living wills, and powers of attorney. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.

Wisconsin Probate Assistance

Probate is the legal process that wraps up the affairs of a person who has died. This task is usually left to a family member or friend who has been named as the "executor" of the estate or, if there was no will, someone was named by the Wisconsin Probate Court. Probate attorney Robert Thorson can help you through the process of probating a Wisconsin estate, ensuring that all deadlines are met and that legal requirements are completed accurately and on time. We work with a qualified accountant to ensure that tax filings are completed correctly and on time.

We also assist clients who live in other states who need to probate an estate in Wisconsin. This is called ancillary probate. We can complete most of this work over the phone and you may not need to come to Wisconsin at all. Contact our Chippewa Falls law office today for a consultation.

Probate Litigation in Wisconsin

Unfortunately, there are times when the death of a loved one results in family conflict, or when probate uncovers that an elder family member had been financially defrauded. If you believe that wrongdoing has deprived you of property or assets you should have inherited, contact our law office. Attorney Thorson has 25 years of trial experience and is available to take your will contest or probate dispute to court.