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Legal Practice Areas

I seek to make legal services accessible, understandable and affordable for you. By utilizing technology, I am able to provide many transactional legal services through the use of my website, phone, and encrypted email, while lowering the overhead costs of a traditional law firm. I am happy to pass on some of these cost savings to my clients in the form of predictable flat fee pricing for estate planning packages and affordable individual pricing on business advice and other transactional legal services. As a solo practitioner, I answer your phone calls and emails myself, and I am also often able to provide quick turnaround service. My aim is to offer top notch legal services at a reasonable price, thereby passing on great value to you, the client.  With this goal in mind, I look forward to working with you!
Estate Planning

 

  • Wills

  • Revocable Living Trusts

  • Powers of Attorney for Healthcare

  • Powers of Attorney for Finances and Property

  • Living Wills

  • Marital Agreements

 

Estate planning is important whether young or old. No matter what stage of life you are in, you need a plan for how your assets should be distributed upon your death. In addition, a good estate plan includes planning to designate someone to make health care decisions for you in case you are incapacitated for a period of time and possible someone to manage your affairs while you recover. I can help you plan for all these things through the use of Wisconsin or Minnesota Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney for Healthcare and Powers of Attorney for Finances. 

 

 

I am pleased to offer several flat fee estate planning packages for your planning and convenience. This allows you to know what something will cost before the legal work is begun. Depending on whether you are single, or married, and whether you have minor children in the home, you can select the package that is right for you. Please contact me and I can give you a flat fee quote for an estate planning package that best meets your needs. For more complex matters, I can also work with you to give you an estimate based on my current hourly fees. Please contact me to receive a fee estimate for your particular situation.

 

Business Law

 

Are you an entrepreneur or small businessperson looking for guidance on the legal structure for your new business? I can help. Contact me and we can discuss the best corporate structure for your business. Whether you form a Corporation, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), a Partnership or a Sole Proprietorship, I can help your business get started on the right foot. I can help you form your business and file the appropriate paperwork with the state where you are located. 

 

Perhaps you need a contract reviewed or just want some legal advice on a lease or other type of agreement you are considering for your business. I understand that as an entrepreneur or savvy small business owner, you have to watch expenses and do not have an unlimited legal budget. However,  as a smart businessperson you also understand that in certain situations you could benefit from having a lawyer look something over for you. That is why I offer flat fee pricing for basic contract review and advice. I offer this service so that you can feel confident contacting me, without worrying that the cost will exceed your budget. If your matter is more complex, contact me and I can quote you a flat fee or fee range for your matter before we proceed. This way you can budget for your legal costs in a more predictable way. 

 

My goal, is to become your trusted partner, to enable you to grow and expand your business in a profitable way. By helping to safeguard your business through proper legal structures and advice, together we can ensure the long term viability and success of your enterprise. 

 

 

 

Real Estate

I can help you review a residential or commercial lease, for a property you wish to lease. Or perhaps you are ready to buy or sell a home and I can help you prepare or review an offer to purchase. Maybe you want to sell a piece of property or gift a piece of property you already own. I can help you prepare and record a deed, along with the related transfer return to transfer the title to this property. In addition to the examples provided above, there are a variety of other services I offer in this area, so if you are dealing with a real estate issue please contact me and we can discuss your issue and I can see how I may be able to help you.

 

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

As part of your estate plan, I can help you prepare a Marital Agreement (commonly known as a "prenuptial agreement" or "prenup") designating which assets you wish to share with your new spouse, and which assets you wish to keep separate. If you wish to execute a Marital Agreement after marriage, this can also be done. This type of agreement is known as a "Postnuptial Agreement."  Many times, an individual with adult children who is getting married for the first or second time, wishes to set out at the beginning of the marriage who will receive what at their death. This can be especially important with blended families where each spouse may have children. Contact me and we can discuss your situation and your options regarding this type of estate planning.