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You have worked hard all your life to build your estate, but you may not be sure of the best way to pass your assets, business, and personal property to your loved ones. As an estate planning law firm, we are dedicated to developing comprehensive estate plans that integrate estate planning, asset protection, long-term care planning, and elder law related issues.
If you are passionate about a particular cause or organization, perhaps you are interested in charitable giving. You can make gifts of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other assets in a variety of ways. There are many strategies you can include in your estate plan to accomplish your charitable goals, either during life or after death. Charitable planning leaves a loving legacy that can last for as long as you would like (even permanently in some situations) to help the organizations, people, or causes you value so dearly.
As our population ages, more and more of us will confront elder law-related issues—either for ourselves or our parents or other loved ones. Perhaps the most pressing issue remains long-term or nursing home care, and how to pay for it. Long-term care planning is the process of arranging your assets in a way that protects some or all of your assetsfrom the devastating cost of longterm or nursing home care.
When you are alive and able, you can make your own life decisions. But what if this decision-making ability is lost to disability or incapacity? Many are under the mistaken impression that a spouse, parent, or adult child can automatically step in and make decisions on their behalf if they become unable to make decisions on their own. However, Wisconsin Law offers no such default for anyone 18 years old or older. These documents are deceptively complex and can cause many unintended results if not drafted and executed properly.
Probate and Trust Administration are the processes through which estate assets are transferred after death. As an estate planning law firm, we understand that the loss of a life is a very difficult time for family and loved ones. Our attorneys are sensitive to the specific concerns and we work closely with each family to make the estate administration process as easy and pain-free as possible.
Medicaid Crisis Planning
Medicaid Crisis Planning is appropriate when a person is in need of immediate financial relief from long-term care services, which are either already being provided or need to be provided soon. Those who failed to engage in Pre-Planning may lave little choice but to now engage in the Medicaid application process which can be overwhelming for the average layperson. Our attorneys provide the guidance you need in making sense of the law and giving solid answers when no one else seems able.
Atty. Michael A. Maas
Attorney Michael A. Maas, a Wisconsin licensed attorney, began his legal career in 2006 as a general practice attorney representing clients in civil litigation matters, business transactions, and drafting estate plans. Michael now focuses exclusively on Estate Planning, Disability & Medicaid Planning, Trust Settlement and Probate matters. Michael is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and a member of Wealth Counsel, a nationwide collaboration of estate planning attorneys and other legal, tax and business professionals. He is also a member of the Wisconsin Council of Estate Planning Attorneys.
In addition to managing Heritage Law Firm, Michael is a commissioned officer into the United States Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corps. Major Maas currently serves as Deputy Team Leader, 214th Legal Operations Detachment in Madison, WI.