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What Assets are Subject to Probate?

August 21, 2023

Under Wisconsin law, probate is required when the estate of the deceased has a value of $50,000 or more, but there are some exceptions.

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What Debts are Forgiven When You Die in Wisconsin?

June 26, 2023

Which debts are forgiven when you die in Wisconsin depends on the type of debt and whether you have heirs. 

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Who is Responsible for Managing the Probate Process in Wisconsin?

April 10, 2023

The executor is the person who is legally responsible for managing the probate process. In Wisconsin, the executor is called the personal representative. A personal representative is a person you specify in your will to handle your affairs after your death. If you don’t have a will, the court will appoint a personal representative.

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How Long Does an Executor Have to Settle an Estate in Wisconsin?

March 6, 2023

There are many tasks that the executor must handle as part of probate, and the length of time it takes to complete them can vary greatly.

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How to Settle an Estate Without a Will

September 10, 2021

What happens when someone dies without a will? Without a will, the distribution of assets is left to state law. Learn more about intestate succession (when someone dies without a will, they are said to die intestate), and the legal process in place for handling the estate and distributing assets of a decedent.

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Understanding Probate

June 25, 2021

Probate is the process of legally proving a person’s will after their death. A person has a will in place to give directions regarding assets and to distribute property to beneficiaries, among other things. When someone dies, the law generally requires you to prove the decedent’s will in order to properly and legally distribute assets. If you die without a will, the state laws guide how your assets are divided. This is called dying intestate. Therefore, it is in your best interest to put a will in place to ensure that your wishes are met and that your loved ones are cared for as you desire.

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Probate FAQ

October 2, 2020

Wondering whether you can avoid probate? Want to learn more about the probate process? Learn the answers to frequently asked probate questions here.

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Can You Avoid Probate?

April 28, 2020

Everyone should have an estate plan in place to provide instructions and direction for your loved ones following your death. The best thing you can do now is prepare for how your estate will be handled following your death. A comprehensive estate plan will give you peace of mind that your loved ones will know […]

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What Happens if I Die Without a Will in Wisconsin?

January 27, 2020

If you die without a will, you are considered to have died intestate. When that occurs, the current state laws will determine how your property is to be distributed.

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Understanding the Probate Process

March 17, 2019

When someone passes away in Wisconsin or elsewhere, that person’s estate typically must be distributed through a process called probate. If a relative or loved one recently died, it can be helpful to understand the process. You may want some assistance throughout the probate process from an experienced Wisconsin probate attorney. What is Probate? Probate […]

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