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Frank Law Office
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  • 42 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kathryn C.
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Matt Frank represented me during my divorce. Having to work with a procrastinating spouse (now ex) who had an equally procrastinating attorney, it took an entire year of patience and extensive communication to complete my divorce. I found Matt to be very professional and clearly looked out for my best interest. He even went the extra mile to make sure final judgement papers were retrieved from the respondent's lawyer and took them to the courts personally. Throughout the divorce process Matt and his staff made me feel secure and I was confident that my case was in proper hands. I will use Matt for any upcoming legal matters and will, and have, recommended Matt to family and friends.

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Right out of law school, Attorney Christopher W. Duren returned to Waunakee, his home town, and started his small town law practice, Duren Law Offices, LLC in 1997. Since then, Attorney Christopher W. Duren aimed to provide his clients a full range of legal services, while also giving them the personal attention each one of them deserves. These services include family law, real estate law, business law, divorce, wills, bankruptcy and estate planning. An experienced trial lawyer, Attorney Christopher W. Duren has represented his clients aggressively at every level of Wisconsin's federal and state courts and is a former municipal court judge.

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We let clients know exactly how much their project will cost and when they can expect their work to be completed. We also provide much free follow up service like estate plan reviews, client seminars, and free notices of changes in the law.

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The Fitzgerald Law Firm is a general practice law firm serving both Wisconsin and Illinois. Our attorneys take pride in delivering quality service to the metropolitan areas of these two states. When you contact our law firm, you will be connected to a lawyer who can handle your case effectively and efficiently. The lawyers of The Fitzgerald Law Firm represent people and businesses in a variety of legal matters. Many customers seek our attorneys for ministerial tasks such as standard wills or trusts. Others require assistance in more complex matters such as civil litigation or criminal defense. We handle each client with a level of compassion and understanding. Our firm is ardently defensive of its clients' rights and acts always in their best interests.

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I represent people within state courts across Southern Wisconsin, within the federal courts in Milwaukee, Madison, and Rockford, and before the immigration court in Chicago.

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Quincey Becker Schuessler Chase & Devitt SC has been representing clients with accident, drunk driving, personal injury and probate matters in Beaver Dam.

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Durrani Law Firm, Ltd. was in the first of the immigration law firms to offer all of their clients full online access to their case files through the Virtual Client Access system, making them a completely web-integrated immigration law firm. Durrani Law Firm works with a variety of clients, ranging from individuals to multinational corporations. Regardless of the size of the client, we treat everyone who walks through our doors the same.

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Clifford & Raihala is Wisconsin's top-rated personal injury attorney firm. Claim a compensation for injury from automobile accidents or workplace accidents. Lawyers of Clifford & Raihala will always fight for your rights.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What kind of lawyer does wills?

No one likes talking about death, but it’s better than leaving your children or siblings to sort out your estate. A clearly planned will can make the time of mourning easier for everyone. An estate attorney will develop a legal will, create trusts on your behalf, and ensure the proper execution of your estate after you pass away.  

Family attorneys and estate attorneys, also called probate and wills attorneys, can each prepare wills. The type of lawyer best suited to prepare your will depends on your situation. Most family attorneys provide services to prepare basic wills, including bequeathing property and personal items to family or naming a guardian for minor children. However, estate attorneys specialize in preparing wills in more complex situations. Consider hiring an estate attorney if you:

  • Have a large number of assets, especially those subject to estate taxes
  • Want to create a trust, such as allowing a spouse to live in your home until he or she dies and then leaving it to your children, or set up long-term care for a beneficiary
  • Have an ownership stake in a business
  • Expect someone to contest your will
  • Want to disinherit your spouse

How much does it cost to have a living will?

Either a family attorney or an estate, or wills, attorney can help you prepare a living will, either as part of your general estate planning or as an individual document. The cost typically ranges from $250 to $500, depending on your attorney’s fees; some charge by the hour, while others have a flat rate for writing a living will. Some states require living wills to be notarized, which adds an average of $5 to $15. In a living will — also called an advanced healthcare directive — you specify whether you want to be kept on life support if you become terminally ill or lapse into a persistent vegetative state. You can also answer other important questions in a living will like your preferences for tube feeding, artificial hydration and pain medication in situations when you cannot communicate your wishes on your own.

How do you find a good lawyer for wills?

Estate planning is an important part of financial planning, so it’s important to find the right attorney to prepare your will. Although most family attorneys can put together a basic will, you may want one who specializes in wills and estate planning, especially if you have a lot of assets or a dependent to take care of. You may need an attorney who has expertise in planning and executing trusts and a background in taxes. Ask how the attorney charges; some charge by the hour, others have a set fee for writing wills, and some charge a percentage of the total value of the estate. Make a list of several potential wills attorneys to interview. Make sure you make a strong personal connection with your attorney — you need to be comfortable telling him or her personal, confidential information about your life, and you need to feel that the attorney is committed to solving any problems that may arise while writing your will. Also find out how long the attorney has practiced estate law and whether he or she has handled wills similar to yours.

How much should an estate plan cost?

The cost of an estate plan depends largely on the number of parts it includes and the complexity of the documents. The most basic estate plan is simply a will, but it may also include designating power of attorney or a health care proxy to another person, writing a living will, or making a HIPAA authorization. The average national cost to make an estate plan ranges from $350 to $900, but can cost much more in complicated situations. For example, an estate attorney may charge only $900 to prepare a basic will providing outright distribution — meaning that property and assets are distributed upon death. Writing a more complicated will and holding assets in trusts can cost $3,000, or more. The process of creating an estate plan generally takes two to four weeks, starting with the initial consultation with the wills attorney to identify areas of concern in order to design an estate plan that fits your goals and budget. Once an estate plan is written, the attorney meets with the clients, a notary, and two neutral witnesses to review and sign the plan and associated documents.

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