Estate Planning Services

Meeting Your Estate Planning Needs

Enjoy greater peace-of-mind by establishing, during your lifetime, how you want your estate to be administered among your loved ones or other beneficiaries. Tom will help you navigate the legal complexities of wills and trusts. There is NO CHARGE for the initial conference or estate planning follow-up services. Tom Aul has been awarded Milwaukee Magazine's Five Star Estate Planning Attorney award, given to a select group representing less than 6% of the estate planning attorneys in the greater Milwaukee area.

Experience You Can Trust

Tom has provided estate planning services to over ten thousand clients in Wisconsin since 1993.

Estate Planning vs. Probate

What Happens If I Don't Have a Will?

If you don't have a will when you die, your estate will be distributed to your heirs according to the law, as designated by the Wisconsin Statutes. Unfortunately, your heirs might not be the ones you would have chosen and the estate may not be divided up as you would have wanted. The process will be paid for with your assets.

How Can I Prevent Probate?

To avoid probate you must divest all assets over $10,000 prior to your death. This can be achieved by forming trusts, gifting, retitling, and through charitable transfers.

Is Probate Bad?

No. The court provides supervision for the division of your assets and assurance that your wishes, as stated in a will or testamentary document, will be honored.

What is the Definition of Intestacy?

Intestacy is defined as dying without leaving a valid will or without confirming in a written document how your property is to be distributed upon death.

Are Online Forms for Wills Valid?

The best way to ensure the validity of your will is to retain an experienced estate planning attorney who can help you avoid some of the pitfalls that are common in the type of wills you'll find on the internet. Remember, the initial conference with Tom is done at No Charge.

What is a Revocable Living Trust?

Think of a revocable living trust as a big cookie jar, you can transfer the ownership of your assets and accounts to a free-standing entity, the cookie jar, so you can avoid probate without giving up your control over your assets.

What is the Definition of a Living Will?

A living will is a document that allows you to give explicit instructions on medical treatments to be administered in end of life stages in order to avoid legal complications with health care providers and facilities.

Why do I Need Estate Planning Services?

You need peace of mind. To help you achieve that peace of mind and to help your loved ones avoid an expensive and lengthy process in the courts, you should have approved and signed all legal documents pertaining to the transfer of your assets.

Get Legal Help with Probate

Whether you are an heir to an estate without a will or are dealing with an estate that has more debts than assets, Tom can provide you with the strong legal advocacy you need. He will handle the probate process in a timely, orderly, and cost-efficient manner.

Probate Services

  • Initiating a probate case on behalf of the deceased
  • Taking inventory of assets in the estate or trust
  • Accurate calculation and payment of all estate and trust expenses, both federal and state
  • Ensuring legitimacy of creditor claims
  • Locating, preserving estate assets and minimizing the loss and other costs
  • Representing beneficiaries
  • Interpreting terms of a will or trust
  • Maintaining precise records
  • Personal Attention for Your Case

    Tom will take the time to listen to you and get all the details of your case so we can craft the best solution for your legal problem.