Like taxes, estate plans aren't always the first item on a person's "to-do" list, but they are just as necessary. Without an estate plan in place, a person might pay unnecessary taxes or cause an estate to be unduly taxed after death. Without a will in place, the laws of the state of Wisconsin will determine what happens to a person's estate including their real property, cash in banks and personal property. Attorney Ann Brandau helps people with their estate planning needs, such as those listed below. You can also click on the brochure link to download a legal information pamphlet brought to you be Brandau & Waltz through the Wisconsin State Bar. (You will need a free Acrobat reader to view the information - click here to open a new window and download it now).
Attorney Ann Brandau can help you prepare the legal documents necessary to preserve your wishes during your lifetime and beyond. A living will can speak for you when you cannot speak for yourself, identifying your medical proxy, and stating your medical directives. Separate documentation is necessary for the medical proxy to have legal authority to act on your behalf. As well, your financial affairs must be handled if you are unable to do so.
Your will should reflect your wishes, and that is precisely what it will do if you work with Attorney Brandau - she'll explain the law and the effects of that law on your choices, how tax law will affect your choices, and how you avoid overpaying taxes. Wisconsin law does not recognize holographic wills. Additionally, a will should be properly recorded. Ann will make sure that all of the legal redtape is handled for you.
Brandau & Waltz's attorneys represent people who reside in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Additionally, Attorney Ann Brandau helps numerous military personnel stationed at Fort McCoy. The attorneys frequently handle cases involving the Wisconsin Circuit Courts located in La Crosse, Sparta, Viroqua, Prairie du Chien, Richland Center, Lancaster, Black River Falls, Mauston, Whitehall, Alma, Neillsville, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Their clients come from all corners of Wisconsin, including Tomah, Houston, Vernon, Crawford, Jackson, Buffalo, Monroe, West Salem, Galesville, Holmen, and Caledonia Wisconsin.
Brandau & Waltz handle a tremendous number of federal cases under the Social Security Administration, they also appear in administrative law courts throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.
By definition, divorce is the dissolution of a marriage,
and since marriage is perceived as a legal partnership under Wisconsin
law, a divorce means that the marital property and assets of a marriage
must be divided, provisions for the care and custody of the couple's children
must be considered and put into place by court order, and debts must be
assigned to the appropriate party. By definition, divorce seems a trite
legal process, but in reality there are two critical factors involved
- the complexities of the marriage and the marital property, and the complexities
of the emotional difficulties. In her more than twenty years of practicing
in family law, Attorney Ann Brandau possess a phenomenal ability to
understand and help her clients with complex legal family law matters,
and she has never lost her appreciation for the hardship that divorce
While the majority of family law issues involve divorce, child custody, child support and court order enforcement or modification, family law encompasses a broad area of law that
deals with people's relationships and financial matters. Attorney Ann Brandau
possesses a wealth of experience in helping her clients with everything
from premarital agreements to adoption to estate planning to termination
of parental rights and guardian ad litem matters (representing a child's best interest).
It may surprise some people to know
that the majority of social security claims are denied when an applicant
files the first time. However, with the help of Attorney Peter Waltz, a lawyer highly experienced
in the area of social security claim appeals, those same claims
are approved on appeal. For more than twenty years, Attorney Peter Waltz
has been helping people appeal their social security claims and obtain social security disability benefits and supplemental security income.
If your claim has been denied, it is time to get help from a lawyer who
has been working in this field for decades. There is no cost or obligation
for an initial consultation, and you do not ever have to pay a fee out
of your own pocket.
When a person is employed by a company,
the cost that the company pays to the government for workers' compensation
insurance is figured into the total cost of employing the employee. An
employer pays workers' compensation insurance to insure that you have
benefits to take care of an injury if you are hurt on the job. However,
bringing such a claim is a very complex matter that is seldom made
simpler by government agencies that handle workers' compensation claims.
Attorney Peter Waltz has been handling work comp claims for decades and
possesses the intricate expert knowledge to bring a successful claim.
If you have been injured in an accident due to
someone else's carelessness or negligence - whether they intended to cause
the accident - chances are that they have insurance in place to handle
their financial responsibility for your tremendous medical expenses. When a person files a claim for compensation
for their loss wages, medical bills, pain, suffering, loss of consortium,
or permanent disabling injuries, the claim is against an insurance
company who has been paid to provide insurance for just such situations.
Whether you are ready to file a claim for recovery of your losses,
or just have questions about resources available to you, call Attorney
Peter Waltz for the answers.
The term "litigation" refers to the entire legal action, from the moment a claim is filed until the moment of settlement. The term is often used to refer to the trial process. The attorneys at Brandau & Waltz are experienced trial lawyers, with a well established mediation practice.
One of the greatest benefits about hiring Attorney Ann Brandau
for a family law issue or Attorney Peter Waltz for an injury issue is
that they can handle your case across the entire spectrum of litigation.
They possess the acumen of negotiations to attempt a reasonable and uncontested
resolution to your legal matter, as well as the extensive courtroom trial
experience to argue your case successfully, whether the opposition is
a solo firm or a huge corporate firm, whether in a Circuit Court or on appeal.
For more than thirty combined years, Attorney Ann Brandau & Attorney Peter Waltz, the founders of the law offices of Brandau & Waltz have helped people across Wisconsin and Minnesota find workable, reliable, and effective solutions to their family law, divorce, custody, support, injury, worker's compensation, social security and other legal problems. Attorney Brandau and Attorney Waltz are licensed to practice law in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. Brandau & Waltz's attorneys frequently represent people whose cases are in La Crosse, Holmen, Prairie du Chien, Viroqua, Sparta, Black River Falls, Whitehall & Alma, Wisconsin, as well as Minneapolis, St. Paul, Wiona, Cottage Grove, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Dakota, New Hartford, Hokah, Witoka and La Crescent, Minnesota.
Brandau & Waltz Law Offices, LLP is pleased to present their new website, developed in cooperation with Sigma One Group of Wisconsin, which highlights particular noteworthy mentions about the areas of law in which the lawyers at Brandau & Waltz practice.
Please contact us whenever we may help you find a solution to your legal issue.
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