Thomas B. Burton

Thomas B. Burton

Attorney, Burton Law LLC
  • Estate Planning, Business Law, Real Estate Law ...
  • Minnesota, Wisconsin
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Biography

Attorney Thomas B. Burton is an attorney licensed to practice law by both the Supreme Court of Wisconsin and the Supreme Court of Minnesota and the owner and operator of Burton Law LLC. Burton Law LLC provides estate planning, real estate, and business law services to residents all across the state of Wisconsin from our primary office location in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. We offer personal service, custom advice, and predictable flat fee estate planning packages and business law services. For more information on the firm please visit our website at http://www.theburtonlawoffice.com

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Education
University of Wisconsin Law School
J.D. (2010) | Law
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Honors: cum laude
Activities: Business and Tax Law Association, UW Real Estate Club, Phi Alpha Delta, Federalist Society
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University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
B.B.A. (2008) | Business Economics
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Honors: magna cum laude
Activities: Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society, UWEC Student Senate, Financial Management Association
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Professional Experience
Attorney
Burton Law LLC
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Burton Law LLC is a boutique law firm focused on providing highly personalized service, individual attention, customized planning, and tailored advice for discerning business owners, families, and individuals in the areas of estate planning, asset protection, real estate and business law.
Attorney
Law Office of Thomas B. Burton
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Provide estate planning, business law and real estate services to clients of the firm.
Associate Attorney
David F. Grams & Associates
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Provide estate planning, business law, and real estate services to clients of the firm.
Attorney
Law Office of Thomas B. Burton
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Provide estate planning, real estate, and business law services to clients of the firm.
Research Law Clerk, Trusts & Estates Department
Briggs and Morgan P.A.
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Support partners by researching and writing legal memoranda on a variety of topics related to estate planning, charitable giving and trust administration. Draft pleadings and various estate planning documents.
Summer Law Clerk
Herrick & Hart S.C.
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Provide legal research and writing support to partners and associates at the firm. Research and write legal memoranda, draft pleadings, and support assigning attorneys with projects related to civil litigation, criminal law, family law, estate planning, and business law.
Publications
Articles & Publications
10 Questions: Tom Burton: How a Nontechie Built a Virtual Practice
Wisconsin Lawyer
Speaking Engagements
Interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, Online
Wisconsin Public Radio
Interview with Wisconsin Public Radio on practicing law during the COVID-19 pandemic. The entire interview can be accessed here https://www.wpr.org/routine-legal-work-pause-during-covid-19-pandemic
Professional Associations
University of Wisconsin Alumni Association Chippewa Valley Chapter
Board Member
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Chippewa Valley After Hours Rotary
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Chippewa County Bar Association
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Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley
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State Bar of Wisconsin  # 1072795
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Minnesota
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Wisconsin
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U.S. Tax Court
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    I accept credit cards through Paypal and Square. I accept payments from your checking account to mine, with no fees, via Google Pay. I also accept personal checks in person or via U.S. Mail.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I offer hourly rates and flat fee options for many estate planning and business law matters. Please see my website for more details on flat fees. 2019: My current hourly rate for Medicaid planning is $300/hour. My hourly rate for all other matters is $250/hour. Please contact me via email for my most current hourly rates.
Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Elder Law
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. My question is we are dealing with the Medicaid estate recovery.
A: If you use the Transfer by Affidavit, used for small estates with total probate assets less than $50,000 there is a requirement to send a copy to the DHS Estate Recovery Program by Certified Mail before you can transfer any assets under the Affidavit. Generally, the Estate Recovery Program will then send you a letter with the amount owed and any claim they have upon the estate. I would discuss carefully with your attorney whether you need to use this Affidavit to transfer any assets that were not already designed to pass outside the probate process. Here is general information about how the Estate Recovery program works https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p0/p00694.pdf
Q. Can legally transferred land be just taken back?
A: If the land was legally transferred by deed, and your name is now on the title to the property, the previous owner cannot take it back unless you sign a deed granting the land back to them either by gift or by sale. The only other way I can think of for the previous owner to get the property back is if they sued you for fraud and were able to prove in court that you somehow fraudulently obtained the title from them. I would make sure the previous deed in which you received the land is properly recorded in the county where the land is located. I would consult with a real estate lawyer near you regarding the particular facts and circumstances of this case and the deed in question.
Q. My sister-in laws boyfriend left her some money in his will. She passed away prior to him.
A: You will have to examine what the Will says happens if your niece passes away before she reaches age 30. It may say that the gift "lapses" which would mean it goes away if the person dies, or it may say that then the gift gets added back to the corpus of the estate and distributed to the other heirs named in the Will. The answer may also depend on the exact order of the deaths listed above. There should be a section in the Will that address this, and if not, then you will need to rely on the intestate statutes and case law to determine. I recommend discussing with the probate attorney handling the estate, and if there is not one handling the estate, then working with a probate attorney in your area who can examine the Will in question and give you a good answer based on a thorough review of the document. Without examining the Will completely, it is hard to say for sure in this instance, because there are a lot of scenarios that could play out here, and because it was your sister-in-laws boyfriend, and not her husband, therefore the great nephew would not be considered an intestate heir of the boyfriend.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Home Page of Burton Law LLC
Blog
Videos
Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how to transfer a house with a mortgage into a trust. Attorney Burton explains how you can place your primary residence inside your trust even if you have a mortgage on the property due to a federal law called the Garn-St. Germain Depository Institutions Act, which allows you to place your house inside a revocable living trust for estate planning purposes without the financial institution being able to trigger the "due on sale" clause which is included in many How to Transfer House with Mortgage into Trust | Attorney Explains

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how to transfer a house with a mortgage into a trust. Attorney Burton explains how you can place your primary residence inside your trust even if you have a mortgage on the property due to a federal law called the Garn-St. Germain Depository Institutions Act, which allows you to place your house inside a revocable living trust for estate planning purposes without the financial institution being able to trigger the "due on sale" clause which is included in many

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "When is POA Effective Immediately Without a Physician's Signature". Attorney Burton discusses how Powers of Attorney (POA)  are activated and in which situations the POA needs a physician's signature. When is POA Effective Immediately Without a Physician's Signature?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "When is POA Effective Immediately Without a Physician's Signature". Attorney Burton discusses how Powers of Attorney (POA) are activated and in which situations the POA needs a physician's signature.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton is joined by Attorney Matthew Underwood, of Underwood Legal, LLC, in Madison, Wisconsin to discuss "Are Living Trusts Just for the Rich?" and in this video they discuss several misconceptions about living trusts stemming from historical uses of trusts by wealthy people. Attorneys Burton and Underwood explain how living trusts can be useful to everyday middle class folks to avoid probate and provide incapacity protection. Are Living Trusts Just for the Rich? | Ask the Attorneys

Attorney Thomas B. Burton is joined by Attorney Matthew Underwood, of Underwood Legal, LLC, in Madison, Wisconsin to discuss "Are Living Trusts Just for the Rich?" and in this video they discuss several misconceptions about living trusts stemming from historical uses of trusts by wealthy people. Attorneys Burton and Underwood explain how living trusts can be useful to everyday middle class folks to avoid probate and provide incapacity protection.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the question: "What Happens to an LLC Interest if a Member Dies in Wisconsin" Attorney Burton discusses the various methods a member can leave their interest in the LLC to their heirs, both through probate and by avoiding probate, and also discusses what happens if a member of an LLC passes away with no Will or estate plan in place. What Happens to LLC Interest if Member Dies in Wisconsin

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the question: "What Happens to an LLC Interest if a Member Dies in Wisconsin" Attorney Burton discusses the various methods a member can leave their interest in the LLC to their heirs, both through probate and by avoiding probate, and also discusses what happens if a member of an LLC passes away with no Will or estate plan in place.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the question: "How to Leave a House Bought With Inheritance Solely to My Kids" in a situation where the questioner wants to leave the house to her kids only and not to her husband or any future spouse he may remarry. In this Real Attorney Reacts series, Attorney Thomas B. Burton analyzes a question dealing with inherited money and the purchase of a house with that money. In this episode, the letter writer says she was talked into putting her husband's name on How to Leave House Bought with Inheritance Solely to My Kids

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the question: "How to Leave a House Bought With Inheritance Solely to My Kids" in a situation where the questioner wants to leave the house to her kids only and not to her husband or any future spouse he may remarry. In this Real Attorney Reacts series, Attorney Thomas B. Burton analyzes a question dealing with inherited money and the purchase of a house with that money. In this episode, the letter writer says she was talked into putting her husband's name on

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how to make a Will in 2021. Wills are an essential part of Estate Planning and setting up a Will this year is a great way to plan for the future. In this short video, Attorney Burton goes over the up to date requirements for making a Will and discusses how you can meet each element in order to make your own legally valid Last Will and Testament. How to Make a Will in 2021

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how to make a Will in 2021. Wills are an essential part of Estate Planning and setting up a Will this year is a great way to plan for the future. In this short video, Attorney Burton goes over the up to date requirements for making a Will and discusses how you can meet each element in order to make your own legally valid Last Will and Testament.

In the latest video in our Estate Planning 101 educational video series, Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses in-depth what the terms 'Health Care Power of Attorney' &  'Financial Power of Attorney' sometimes also called a 'Durable Power of Attorney' really mean and how each document serves an important role as part of your estate planning. Health Care Power of Attorney vs. Financial Power of Attorney - What's the Difference?

In the latest video in our Estate Planning 101 educational video series, Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses in-depth what the terms 'Health Care Power of Attorney' & 'Financial Power of Attorney' sometimes also called a 'Durable Power of Attorney' really mean and how each document serves an important role as part of your estate planning.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how to make a Trust in 2021 to serve as the main vehicle for your estate plan. Attorney Burton discusses the main elements of a trust and what is legally required to form a trust.  Attorney Burton also discusses the ways a trust can help you protect your estate and pass it on to the next generation free from the time, expense and paperwork involved with the probate court process. How to Make a Trust in 2021 | Attorney Explains

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how to make a Trust in 2021 to serve as the main vehicle for your estate plan. Attorney Burton discusses the main elements of a trust and what is legally required to form a trust. Attorney Burton also discusses the ways a trust can help you protect your estate and pass it on to the next generation free from the time, expense and paperwork involved with the probate court process.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton, and Attorney Matthew Underwood discuss  "How Do Trusts Protect You While You Are Alive? in the latest episode in the Ask the Attorneys series. Many people do not realize that trusts can protect you while you are alive and not just after death. Attorney Burton and Attorney Underwood discuss the many benefits of trusts during life and after death in this latest episode. How Do Trusts Protect You While You Are Alive?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton, and Attorney Matthew Underwood discuss "How Do Trusts Protect You While You Are Alive? in the latest episode in the Ask the Attorneys series. Many people do not realize that trusts can protect you while you are alive and not just after death. Attorney Burton and Attorney Underwood discuss the many benefits of trusts during life and after death in this latest episode.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Can You Start an LLC by Yourself?"  Attorney Burton discusses the steps you need to take to legally form a valid LLC in the state of Wisconsin and discusses the various methods to get your LLC legally formed in Wisconsin for your new business. Can You Start an LLC by Yourself?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Can You Start an LLC by Yourself?" Attorney Burton discusses the steps you need to take to legally form a valid LLC in the state of Wisconsin and discusses the various methods to get your LLC legally formed in Wisconsin for your new business.

In this episode of our Estate Planning 101 series, Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the probate court process in depth, and uses his whiteboard to illustrate the Top 3 Reasons to Avoid Probate. Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the time, and expenses involved with the probate court process and discusses the top three reasons people chooses to forego the public probate court process completely and instead opt for private family administration of their estate. Top 3 Reasons to Avoid Probate | Real Attorney Explains

In this episode of our Estate Planning 101 series, Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the probate court process in depth, and uses his whiteboard to illustrate the Top 3 Reasons to Avoid Probate. Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the time, and expenses involved with the probate court process and discusses the top three reasons people chooses to forego the public probate court process completely and instead opt for private family administration of their estate.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Does Wisconsin Have an Inheritance Tax?" Attorney Burton discusses how the inheritance tax works in the United States and discusses how the Wisconsin tax system interacts with the federal estate and gift tax system. Does Wisconsin Have an Inheritance Tax?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Does Wisconsin Have an Inheritance Tax?" Attorney Burton discusses how the inheritance tax works in the United States and discusses how the Wisconsin tax system interacts with the federal estate and gift tax system.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton shows you how to see if your LLC name is available for your new limited liability company (LLC). Attorney Burton shows you the process to search the corporate name registry online in Wisconsin and discusses the rules for naming your LLC in the state of Wisconsin. How to See if Your LLC Name is Available

Attorney Thomas B. Burton shows you how to see if your LLC name is available for your new limited liability company (LLC). Attorney Burton shows you the process to search the corporate name registry online in Wisconsin and discusses the rules for naming your LLC in the state of Wisconsin.

In this video, Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Does a Will Avoid Probate in Wisconsin?"  Attorney Burton discusses what creating your own Last Will and Testament in Wisconsin means and he discusses some things a Will accomplishes and other things it does not. One of the confusing aspects about this term "probate" is that many people mistakenly think that making a Will means they will avoid probate. Instead it is just the opposite. A Will ensures the assets passing... Does a Will Avoid Probate in Wisconsin?

In this video, Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Does a Will Avoid Probate in Wisconsin?" Attorney Burton discusses what creating your own Last Will and Testament in Wisconsin means and he discusses some things a Will accomplishes and other things it does not. One of the confusing aspects about this term "probate" is that many people mistakenly think that making a Will means they will avoid probate. Instead it is just the opposite. A Will ensures the assets passing...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how to legally make a Will in Wisconsin and he covers the essential elements that every Will must have in order to be legally valid under Wisconsin law. In this short video, Attorney Burton will go over the required legal elements to legally make a Will in Wisconsin and discusses how you can meet each element in order to make your own legally valid Last Will and Testament in Wisconsin. How to Legally Make a Will in Wisconsin

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how to legally make a Will in Wisconsin and he covers the essential elements that every Will must have in order to be legally valid under Wisconsin law. In this short video, Attorney Burton will go over the required legal elements to legally make a Will in Wisconsin and discusses how you can meet each element in order to make your own legally valid Last Will and Testament in Wisconsin.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the special new charitable contribution tax deduction for taxpayers in 2020 due to the passage of the CARES Act in the spring of 2020. This new $300 charitable deduction allows taxpayers to take a tax deduction for cash contributions made to a qualifying charitable organization in 2020. Taxpayers can take this deduction even if they do not itemize and instead take the standard deduction. CARES Act - New Charitable Contribution Tax Deduction

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the special new charitable contribution tax deduction for taxpayers in 2020 due to the passage of the CARES Act in the spring of 2020. This new $300 charitable deduction allows taxpayers to take a tax deduction for cash contributions made to a qualifying charitable organization in 2020. Taxpayers can take this deduction even if they do not itemize and instead take the standard deduction.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the real question regarding real estate and probate: "Mother Died Without Will. How to Handle House with Life Estate? Brother Wants More Than Half."  In this Real Attorney Reacts Series, Attorney Burton analyzes this real question under Wisconsin law and discusses how a life estate works on a house after the death of the life estate holder.  Attorney Burton also discusses the real psychological and emotional toll that can arise from the joint ownership of real Mother Died Without Will. How to Handle House with Life Estate? Brother Wants More Than Half.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the real question regarding real estate and probate: "Mother Died Without Will. How to Handle House with Life Estate? Brother Wants More Than Half." In this Real Attorney Reacts Series, Attorney Burton analyzes this real question under Wisconsin law and discusses how a life estate works on a house after the death of the life estate holder. Attorney Burton also discusses the real psychological and emotional toll that can arise from the joint ownership of real

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers a reader's question about how to cash a check that is made out to their irrevocable trust. Attorney Burton walks them through the steps, they should take, to cash this check and also discusses why it is important to deposit the check the right way, in order to maintain the asset protection of the trust. How Can I Cash a Check Made Out to my Irrevocable Trust?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers a reader's question about how to cash a check that is made out to their irrevocable trust. Attorney Burton walks them through the steps, they should take, to cash this check and also discusses why it is important to deposit the check the right way, in order to maintain the asset protection of the trust.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "What is the 5 Year Rule for Medicaid?"  Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the 5 year rule for Medicaid and how the Medicaid look back period works for asset protection and Medicaid planning in the state of Wisconsin. What is the 5 Year Rule for Medicaid?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "What is the 5 Year Rule for Medicaid?" Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the 5 year rule for Medicaid and how the Medicaid look back period works for asset protection and Medicaid planning in the state of Wisconsin.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton shows viewers how to find the registered office address for a business in Wisconsin. Attorney Burton shows the process to search the corporate registry in Wisconsin and talks about the requirements to form and operate a valid business entity in Wisconsin.   ? Subscribe to Burton Law LLC’s channel to get notified when we post new videos. Subscribe here: http://bit.ly/BurtonLawLLC How to Find the Registered Office Address for a Business

Attorney Thomas B. Burton shows viewers how to find the registered office address for a business in Wisconsin. Attorney Burton shows the process to search the corporate registry in Wisconsin and talks about the requirements to form and operate a valid business entity in Wisconsin. ? Subscribe to Burton Law LLC’s channel to get notified when we post new videos. Subscribe here: http://bit.ly/BurtonLawLLC

In this episode, Attorneys Burton and Underwood discuss the  Top 3 reasons to form a revocable living trust, in this in depth Ask the Attorneys series featuring two attorneys licensed in Wisconsin. Attorney Thomas B. Burton practices with Burton Law LLC, and Attorney Matthew Underwood is with Underwood Legal, LLC. Top 3 Reasons to Form a Revocable Living Trust - Ask the Attorneys

In this episode, Attorneys Burton and Underwood discuss the Top 3 reasons to form a revocable living trust, in this in depth Ask the Attorneys series featuring two attorneys licensed in Wisconsin. Attorney Thomas B. Burton practices with Burton Law LLC, and Attorney Matthew Underwood is with Underwood Legal, LLC.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton shows viewers how to check and see if the business name they want to use for their new business entity is available in Wisconsin. Attorney Burton shows you how to search the online database of business entity names in Wisconsin to see if your business name is already in use.  Want to learn how to set up an LLC for your new business? Check out my Free 5 Step LLC Start-Up Guide here https://bit.ly/2NBL2zA How to See if Your Business Name is Available in Wisconsin

Attorney Thomas B. Burton shows viewers how to check and see if the business name they want to use for their new business entity is available in Wisconsin. Attorney Burton shows you how to search the online database of business entity names in Wisconsin to see if your business name is already in use. Want to learn how to set up an LLC for your new business? Check out my Free 5 Step LLC Start-Up Guide here https://bit.ly/2NBL2zA

In this video, Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "How Long After Someone Dies Do You Have to File a Will in Wisconsin?"  Attorney Burton discusses the various time and filing deadlines for filing a Will in Wisconsin and also discusses the relevant Wisconsin statutes which govern the probate court process for filing a Will in Wisconsin. How Long After Someone Dies Do You Have to File a Will in Wisconsin?

In this video, Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "How Long After Someone Dies Do You Have to File a Will in Wisconsin?" Attorney Burton discusses the various time and filing deadlines for filing a Will in Wisconsin and also discusses the relevant Wisconsin statutes which govern the probate court process for filing a Will in Wisconsin.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "What Is The Fastest Way To Set Up an LLC?"  Want to set up an LLC and not sure where to start? Download a FREE copy of my 5 Step Wisconsin LLC Startup Guide here: https://bit.ly/3hKKLro What Is the Fastest Way To Set Up an LLC?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "What Is The Fastest Way To Set Up an LLC?" Want to set up an LLC and not sure where to start? Download a FREE copy of my 5 Step Wisconsin LLC Startup Guide here: https://bit.ly/3hKKLro

Attorney Thomas B. Burton shows you how to form a business entity in the State of Wisconsin. In this video, Attorney Burton takes you to the correct state filing website, where you can file the correct forms to start your C Corporation, Limited Liability Company (LLC) or other business entity in the State of Wisconsin. Attorney Burton also discusses how an LLC formed in another state can register to do business in Wisconsin by completing the Foreign Limited Liability Company Application How to Form a Business in Wisconsin

Attorney Thomas B. Burton shows you how to form a business entity in the State of Wisconsin. In this video, Attorney Burton takes you to the correct state filing website, where you can file the correct forms to start your C Corporation, Limited Liability Company (LLC) or other business entity in the State of Wisconsin. Attorney Burton also discusses how an LLC formed in another state can register to do business in Wisconsin by completing the Foreign Limited Liability Company Application

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses helping senior Americans with elder law planning during the COVID-19 pandemic and talks about the special challenges that senior citizens are encountering during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States due to the social distancing measures currently in place at many institutions to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Attorney Burton discusses several ways that friends, relatives, and family can help these senior citizens during this time. Helping Senior Americans with Elder Law Planning During COVID-19

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses helping senior Americans with elder law planning during the COVID-19 pandemic and talks about the special challenges that senior citizens are encountering during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States due to the social distancing measures currently in place at many institutions to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Attorney Burton discusses several ways that friends, relatives, and family can help these senior citizens during this time.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Does Revocable Trust Protect Assets from Creditors of My Mother?"  Attorney Burton discusses this question and talks about the type of trusts most often used when looking to do asset protection against creditors. Attorney Burton also discusses how creditors seek to be repaid from the estate or trust of the deceased after they pass. Does Revocable Trust Protect Assets from Creditors of My Mother?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Does Revocable Trust Protect Assets from Creditors of My Mother?" Attorney Burton discusses this question and talks about the type of trusts most often used when looking to do asset protection against creditors. Attorney Burton also discusses how creditors seek to be repaid from the estate or trust of the deceased after they pass.

Attorney Burton discusses how revocable trusts work and explains why in most instances a revocable trust is not going to be enough to protect your assets from the nursing home and other creditors. Instead, in Wisconsin, and many other states, you are going to want to consider using an irrevocable trust to protect your home, and other assets from the nursing home, creditors, and laws Can a Nursing Home Take Money From a Revocable Trust?

Attorney Burton discusses how revocable trusts work and explains why in most instances a revocable trust is not going to be enough to protect your assets from the nursing home and other creditors. Instead, in Wisconsin, and many other states, you are going to want to consider using an irrevocable trust to protect your home, and other assets from the nursing home, creditors, and laws

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how to make a Last Will and Testament During the COVID-19 global health pandemic in this video. Attorney Burton discusses two methods he recommends for getting a Will put in place during the COVID-19 crisis and one he doesn't, and as a bonus he discusses a fourth option that can be even easier than the requirements needed to make a Last Will and Testament. How to Make a Will During COVID-19

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how to make a Last Will and Testament During the COVID-19 global health pandemic in this video. Attorney Burton discusses two methods he recommends for getting a Will put in place during the COVID-19 crisis and one he doesn't, and as a bonus he discusses a fourth option that can be even easier than the requirements needed to make a Last Will and Testament.

Join me in the latest installation of my Estate Planning 101 series. This video is answering one of the most popular questions I get at my office. I decided it was time to sit down and answer this question in a comprehensive manner in a way that I can share with everyone via YouTube. So welcome to my class and my new series called "Estate Planning 101." Take out your pencils, settle in and join me for an exciting journey through the wonderful world of estate planning. Will or Trust - What's the Difference?

Join me in the latest installation of my Estate Planning 101 series. This video is answering one of the most popular questions I get at my office. I decided it was time to sit down and answer this question in a comprehensive manner in a way that I can share with everyone via YouTube. So welcome to my class and my new series called "Estate Planning 101." Take out your pencils, settle in and join me for an exciting journey through the wonderful world of estate planning.

Attorney Burton discusses this question and provides the viewer with a list of things you should not place inside your Will because remember, a Will is private during your life but becomes public after your death when it is filed with the probate court. For this reason, there are certain things you should definitely not put in writing inside your Last Will and Testament. Watch this video to find out Attorney Burton's answer to this interesting estate planning question. What Should You Not Put In A Will?

Attorney Burton discusses this question and provides the viewer with a list of things you should not place inside your Will because remember, a Will is private during your life but becomes public after your death when it is filed with the probate court. For this reason, there are certain things you should definitely not put in writing inside your Last Will and Testament. Watch this video to find out Attorney Burton's answer to this interesting estate planning question.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the reader's question and discusses how residential real estate transactions typically unfold in Wisconsin if the Realtor uses the Wisconsin Standard Offer to Purchase for residential real estate. Attorney Burton also explains the typical scenario for title insurance in Wisconsin. Can a Wisconsin Realtor Force Accelerated Purchase Title Insurance for New Owner?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the reader's question and discusses how residential real estate transactions typically unfold in Wisconsin if the Realtor uses the Wisconsin Standard Offer to Purchase for residential real estate. Attorney Burton also explains the typical scenario for title insurance in Wisconsin.

Attorney Burton discusses the qualification rules in order to receive Medicaid assistance to pay for Long Term Nursing Home Care in the state of Wisconsin through the Medicaid program.  Medicaid is a need based program, and qualification depends on the amount of assets you currently own. One of the assets Medicaid will ask you about if/when you apply for Medicaid is whether you own any automobiles (cars) and if so how many? You are required to report the number of cars you own that are titled in Can You Own a Car on Medicaid?

Attorney Burton discusses the qualification rules in order to receive Medicaid assistance to pay for Long Term Nursing Home Care in the state of Wisconsin through the Medicaid program. Medicaid is a need based program, and qualification depends on the amount of assets you currently own. One of the assets Medicaid will ask you about if/when you apply for Medicaid is whether you own any automobiles (cars) and if so how many? You are required to report the number of cars you own that are titled in

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic in the state of Wisconsin and throughout the globe has changed the way people do estate planning right now. Attorney Burton also discusses several ways for you to meet with your estate planning attorney, without the risk of any person to person contact that helps COVID-19 spread so easily, including the use of video and phone meetings. Attorney Burton explains how live video meetings have proven to be a very useful too COVID-19 and Estate Planning

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic in the state of Wisconsin and throughout the globe has changed the way people do estate planning right now. Attorney Burton also discusses several ways for you to meet with your estate planning attorney, without the risk of any person to person contact that helps COVID-19 spread so easily, including the use of video and phone meetings. Attorney Burton explains how live video meetings have proven to be a very useful too

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the one legal document that Graham Mertz, the redshirt freshman quarterback of the University of Wisconsin Badgers football team, and every Wisconsin Badger football team member, college student, and individual over the age of 18 in the state of Wisconsin should have in place to protect their own health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and abroad. One Legal Document Graham Mertz & Every Wisconsin Badger Should Have During COVID-19

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the one legal document that Graham Mertz, the redshirt freshman quarterback of the University of Wisconsin Badgers football team, and every Wisconsin Badger football team member, college student, and individual over the age of 18 in the state of Wisconsin should have in place to protect their own health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and abroad.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Which is Better, Revocable or Irrevocable Trust?"  Want to learn more about how different types of trusts work?  Grab a Free Copy of my 5-Step Guide on  How to Protect Your Home From the Nursing Home Here: https://bit.ly/2CWxTiC Which is Better, Revocable or Irrevocable Trust?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Which is Better, Revocable or Irrevocable Trust?" Want to learn more about how different types of trusts work? Grab a Free Copy of my 5-Step Guide on How to Protect Your Home From the Nursing Home Here: https://bit.ly/2CWxTiC

Attorney Thomas B. Burton shows you how you can make your own Wisconsin Basic Will for free, in less than an hour. In this video, Attorney Burton walks you through the Free Wisconsin Basic Will form that was written by the Wisconsin Legislature and placed inside the Wisconsin statutes. Any Wisconsin resident can access this form, print it out, and fill it in by hand by following the steps Attorney Burton shows you in this video. How to Make Your Own Will for Free in Wisconsin

Attorney Thomas B. Burton shows you how you can make your own Wisconsin Basic Will for free, in less than an hour. In this video, Attorney Burton walks you through the Free Wisconsin Basic Will form that was written by the Wisconsin Legislature and placed inside the Wisconsin statutes. Any Wisconsin resident can access this form, print it out, and fill it in by hand by following the steps Attorney Burton shows you in this video.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses a recent question addressed to the Moneyist columnist for marketwatch.com. The questioner's parent's passed away within three weeks of each other from COVID-19, but left emails stating they wished for one daughter to inherit the home. The parents and the home is located in the state of Texas. Attorney Burton discusses the facts as presented in this question and provides an analysis of how this would play out under Wisconsin law. Attorney Burton also provides.. Parents Died from COVID-19 - No Wills - But Left Emails for Me to Inherit Home. Is this Legal?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses a recent question addressed to the Moneyist columnist for marketwatch.com. The questioner's parent's passed away within three weeks of each other from COVID-19, but left emails stating they wished for one daughter to inherit the home. The parents and the home is located in the state of Texas. Attorney Burton discusses the facts as presented in this question and provides an analysis of how this would play out under Wisconsin law. Attorney Burton also provides..

Have you ever wondered why the Agent under a Power of Attorney cannot continue to administer someone's assets after that person dies? How come the bank freezes the deceased's bank account as of the date of death even when the same person is named as Agent and also as Personal Representative (Executor Why Does a Power of Attorney End When You Die?

Have you ever wondered why the Agent under a Power of Attorney cannot continue to administer someone's assets after that person dies? How come the bank freezes the deceased's bank account as of the date of death even when the same person is named as Agent and also as Personal Representative (Executor

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "How to Verify What is Said by A Real Estate Agent?"  Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide.  Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/3jxgz3R How to Verify What is Said by A Real Estate Agent?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "How to Verify What is Said by A Real Estate Agent?" Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide. Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/3jxgz3R

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Do I Need to Establish an LLC in Colorado?"  Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide.  Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/38bxIvb Do I Need to Establish an LLC in Colorado for My Business Based in Wisconsin?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Do I Need to Establish an LLC in Colorado?" Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide. Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/38bxIvb

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: How Do I Go about Getting My Siblings, with Whom I Own a Land, to Buy Me Out?  Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide.  Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/3jxgz3R How Do I Go about Getting My Siblings, with Whom I Own a Land, to Buy Me Out?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: How Do I Go about Getting My Siblings, with Whom I Own a Land, to Buy Me Out? Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide. Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/3jxgz3R

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question:  In Wisconsin Does a Handwritten Will Need a Witness if it Is Dated and Signed by the Deceased?  Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide.  Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/38bxIvb In Wisconsin Does a Handwritten Will Need a Witness if it Is Dated and Signed by the Deceased?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: In Wisconsin Does a Handwritten Will Need a Witness if it Is Dated and Signed by the Deceased? Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide. Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/38bxIvb

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Do Legal Zoom Wills Hold Up in Court?"  Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide.   Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/3jxgz3R Do Legal Zoom Wills Hold Up in Court?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Do Legal Zoom Wills Hold Up in Court?" Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide. Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/3jxgz3R

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "If Two People Have a Quitclaim Deed with Joint Tenancy, Can One of the Two Sever That Contract On His Own?"  Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide. Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/3jxgz3R If Two People Have A Quitclaim Deed With Joint Tenancy, Can One of The Two Sever That Contract?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "If Two People Have a Quitclaim Deed with Joint Tenancy, Can One of the Two Sever That Contract On His Own?" Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide. Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/3jxgz3R

Attorney Thomas B. Burton, of Burton Law LLC, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin is joined by Attorney Matthew Underwood, of Underwood Legal, LLC in Madison, Wisconsin and together they answer a reader's question about what to do with a check the reader received from Met Life as a beneficiary of an insurance policy. The attorneys discuss how these funds received from her deceased sister may affect her SSI benefits and discuss strategies to plan for the funds and maintain eligibility for government benefit Can I Pay for Sister's Funeral with Met Life Check?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton, of Burton Law LLC, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin is joined by Attorney Matthew Underwood, of Underwood Legal, LLC in Madison, Wisconsin and together they answer a reader's question about what to do with a check the reader received from Met Life as a beneficiary of an insurance policy. The attorneys discuss how these funds received from her deceased sister may affect her SSI benefits and discuss strategies to plan for the funds and maintain eligibility for government benefit

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how "Flow Through" taxation works for an LLC that elects to be taxed as a partnership and discusses why flow through taxation can avoid the... What is Flow Through Taxation for a Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how "Flow Through" taxation works for an LLC that elects to be taxed as a partnership and discusses why flow through taxation can avoid the...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how a Revocable Living Trust can hold title to property in different states, helping you to avoid multiple probates in multiple states and also discusses... How Can A Trust Own Property in Multiple States?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how a Revocable Living Trust can hold title to property in different states, helping you to avoid multiple probates in multiple states and also discusses...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the benefits of limited liability protection afforded by an LLC but also explains why you should always include the letters "LLC" on your signs, letterhead,... Why Should I Include "LLC" on My Signs and Business Cards for My LLC?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the benefits of limited liability protection afforded by an LLC but also explains why you should always include the letters "LLC" on your signs, letterhead,...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the situation where someone named as a backup trustee in a Revocable Living Trust dies before the person who made the Trust (the Grantor) dies. What Do I Do if My Backup Trustee Dies Before Me?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the situation where someone named as a backup trustee in a Revocable Living Trust dies before the person who made the Trust (the Grantor) dies.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains a special IRS rule for multi-member LLCs in Wisconsin where the only members are a married couple. Special Rule for Married LLC Members in Wisconsin

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains a special IRS rule for multi-member LLCs in Wisconsin where the only members are a married couple.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how you can amend or change a Revocable Living Trust and also explains the point at which the Trust can no longer be changed and... When Does A Revocable Living Trust Become Irrevocable?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how you can amend or change a Revocable Living Trust and also explains the point at which the Trust can no longer be changed and...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how a standalone HIPAA release can be very useful as part of your comprehensive estate plan. Why You Should Consider a Standalone HIPAA Release

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how a standalone HIPAA release can be very useful as part of your comprehensive estate plan.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how many trustees you can name as Trustee of your Revocable Living Trust and discusses some of the pros and cons of naming multiple trustees... How Many Trustees Can I Name for My Revocable Living Trust?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how many trustees you can name as Trustee of your Revocable Living Trust and discusses some of the pros and cons of naming multiple trustees...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses one of the most valuable tax deductions available to homeowners when they sell their home and discusses how the recent changes to the tax code... The $250/500K Home Sale Tax Exclusion for Your Principal Residence

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses one of the most valuable tax deductions available to homeowners when they sell their home and discusses how the recent changes to the tax code...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the top 3 reasons why a Limited Liability Company (LLC) can be a great choice for your new small business venture. Top 3 Reasons to Form an LLC for Your New Small Business

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the top 3 reasons why a Limited Liability Company (LLC) can be a great choice for your new small business venture.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the question about what minimum amount of assets are needed in order to form a Revocable Living Trust in Wisconsin and discusses some of the... What is The Minimum Amount of Assets Needed to Form a Trust in Wisconsin?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the question about what minimum amount of assets are needed in order to form a Revocable Living Trust in Wisconsin and discusses some of the...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains the steps necessary to start a sole proprietorship in Wisconsin and gives some practical advice on getting your sole proprietorship business off to a great... How Do I Start a Sole Proprietorship in Wisconsin?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains the steps necessary to start a sole proprietorship in Wisconsin and gives some practical advice on getting your sole proprietorship business off to a great...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the Top 3 Reasons you should consider avoiding probate for your estate and discusses why many people choose to avoid probate in order to make... Top 3 Reasons for Avoiding Probate

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the Top 3 Reasons you should consider avoiding probate for your estate and discusses why many people choose to avoid probate in order to make...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how life insurance works as part of your estate planning and discusses why a comprehensive estate plan fills in gaps that life insurance does not... If I Have Life Insurance Do I Still Need an Estate Plan?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how life insurance works as part of your estate planning and discusses why a comprehensive estate plan fills in gaps that life insurance does not...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains the three basic levels of planning for your estate, which he calls (1) No Plan, (2) Will Plan, and (3) Trust Plan. Attorney Burton explains... 3 Plans for your Estate--No Plan, Will Plan, & Trust Plan

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains the three basic levels of planning for your estate, which he calls (1) No Plan, (2) Will Plan, and (3) Trust Plan. Attorney Burton explains...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses which assets you should put into your Revocable Living Trust and which assets should be left outside the trust for tax reasons or other practical... What Assets Should I Put Into My Revocable Living Trust?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses which assets you should put into your Revocable Living Trust and which assets should be left outside the trust for tax reasons or other practical...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how what funding your Revocable Living Trust means and why it is important to place assets into the Trust during your life, if you want... How Do I Fund My Revocable Living Trust?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how what funding your Revocable Living Trust means and why it is important to place assets into the Trust during your life, if you want...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses  why you should consider keeping a Revocable Living Trust  that was formed before August 1, 2014 for Medicaid planning purposes in the state... Why You Might Want to Keep a WI Revocable Living Trust Formed Before August 2014

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses why you should consider keeping a Revocable Living Trust that was formed before August 1, 2014 for Medicaid planning purposes in the state...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses some of the powers and duties of a Trustee of a Revocable Living Trust and their role in administering the trust. What Are the Duties of a Trustee of a Revocable Living Trust

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses some of the powers and duties of a Trustee of a Revocable Living Trust and their role in administering the trust.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses estate planning techniques for leaving the family cabin or cottage to your children or heirs in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Attorney Burton discusses some common strategies... What is the Best Way to Leave the Family Cabin To the Next Generation

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses estate planning techniques for leaving the family cabin or cottage to your children or heirs in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Attorney Burton discusses some common strategies...

Wisconsin Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question that many people pose to their lawyer when forming their estate plan: Should they use a will or a trust in... Should I Use a Will or a Trust for My Estate Plan?

Wisconsin Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question that many people pose to their lawyer when forming their estate plan: Should they use a will or a trust in...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains the difference between a Revocable Living Trust and an Irrevocable Trust and talks about some of the situations where each type of trust is appropriate... What's the Difference Between a Revocable Trust and an Irrevocable Trust?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains the difference between a Revocable Living Trust and an Irrevocable Trust and talks about some of the situations where each type of trust is appropriate...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains the uses of a testamentary trust, especially for parents of minor children and how useful a testamentary trust can be as part of your comprehensive... When Should You Consider a Testamentary Trust

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains the uses of a testamentary trust, especially for parents of minor children and how useful a testamentary trust can be as part of your comprehensive...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how a Revocable Living Trust can be a useful tool when you own property in two states, such as a home in Minnesota and a... Own Property in Multiple States? Consider a Trust

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how a Revocable Living Trust can be a useful tool when you own property in two states, such as a home in Minnesota and a...

Attorney Burton answers the following question: "How many years have to pass to make gifts to kids safe from Medicaid?" Attorney Burton discusses the state and federal laws involved with making a gift and the five year lookback period for gifts made prior to applying for Medicaid long term care assistance in this video. How Many Years Have to Pass to Make Gift to Kids Safe From Medicaid? | Attorney Explains

Attorney Burton answers the following question: "How many years have to pass to make gifts to kids safe from Medicaid?" Attorney Burton discusses the state and federal laws involved with making a gift and the five year lookback period for gifts made prior to applying for Medicaid long term care assistance in this video.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses whether you should use a revocable or irrevocable trust for long term nursing home and Medicaid asset protection in Wisconsin. Attorney Burton discusses the key differences between a revocable trust and an irrevocable trust and explains why only one of these two types of trusts is effective for nursing home and Medicaid and asset protection under Wisconsin law and the current Medicaid rules. Revocable or Irrevocable Trust - Nursing Home Medicaid Protection in Wisconsin

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses whether you should use a revocable or irrevocable trust for long term nursing home and Medicaid asset protection in Wisconsin. Attorney Burton discusses the key differences between a revocable trust and an irrevocable trust and explains why only one of these two types of trusts is effective for nursing home and Medicaid and asset protection under Wisconsin law and the current Medicaid rules.

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