Estate Planning

Estate planning is one of the most important things you can do for your family's future, but it can be easy to put off, sometimes until it is too late. The day-to-day demands of life are pressing, and it is often a challenge to make estate planning a priority.

At Ash Street Law, we understand. We are committed to helping you achieve the peace of mind that comes with knowing you've prepared for the future, while minimizing your stress in the present.

Customized Estate Planning for Your Family's Needs

One reason that many people put off creating an estate plan is that they are not sure exactly what they need. Attorney Nancy Thome begins the process by asking you about your family, your goals, and your concerns—and really listening to your answers. Based on your needs, she will help you explore your options for transferring your assets, making sure your children and grandchildren are cared for, and that you have a plan in place for addressing your own needs in the event of incapacity.

Ash Street Law is available to help you with a wide range of estate planning services, including:

  • Last will and testament
  • Revocable living trust
  • Child's or grandchild's trust
  • Financial power of attorney
  • Health care power of attorney
  • Marital property agreement
  • Transfer on death deed
  • Quit claim deed with life estate

One of the greatest burdens on a family during a time of loss is to have to try and figure out what their loved one's wishes were. Disagreement about those wishes can lead to conflict and further stress in the family. By taking the time to make an estate plan, you can lift that burden from your family's shoulders and give them peace when they need it most.

Clarity about your wishes isn't just important after you have passed away. In the event you become unable to make medical, personal, or financial decisions for yourself, having in place powers of attorney will ensure that someone you trust is making decisions for you. If you need to assist an incapacitated adult who did not grant powers of attorney, Ash Street Law can help you obtain guardianship so that you have legal authority to address their needs.

Ash Street Law has been a fixture in the Baraboo, Wisconsin community for over a decade. Should your estate plan need to be updated as your life changes in the years to come, we plan to be right here, available to help as needed.

Elder Law

Elder law is estate planning with a special focus on the unique needs of the elderly and disabled. In addition to customary estate planning, we can help you with your Elder Law needs, including:

  • Special needs trust
  • WisPACT trust
  • Adult guardianship
  • Adult protective placement
  • Medical Assistance (Medicaid) planning:
    • Asset and income eligibility
    • Optimizing unavailable and exempt assets
    • Maximizing resources for the community spouse
    • Divestment planning

At some point, most people who need long-term care need Medicaid (which is called Medical Assistance in Wisconsin) to help pay for it. In order to qualify for Medical Assistance, you must meet certain income and asset limits. At Ash Street Law, we work with you to help preserve assets and income for your family without jeopardizing your eligibility for needed benefits. Before going to law school, Attorney Nancy Thome worked for Dane County Human Services in Madison, Wisconsin, assisting families with applying for Medical Assistance . This gives her a unique perspective, having experienced the Medical Assistance eligibility process from the government side.

Experienced Baraboo Estate Planning Attorney

Attorney Nancy Thome has over 20 years of experience with Wisconsin law, including estate planning and elder law. She takes pride in offering her clients the information, compassion, and peace of mind they need.

Ash Street Law serves clients throughout Sauk County as well as clients in Dane County, Columbia County, Adams County, Marquette County, Juneau County, and Richland County, Wisconsin. We invite you to contact Ash Street Law to discuss your financial concerns and to schedule a consultation. We look forward to working with you.

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