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Should I Add My Child to My Bank Accounts?

By SB Law | September 15, 2021

By:  Attorney Gina C. Ziegelbauer It’s not uncommon for clients to tell me that they’ve added their adult child or children to their bank account. My next question to them is what they mean by that?  Did you add the child as an owner to the account, a signatory, power of attorney, or beneficiary? The …

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Business Owners Beware:  Is Your New Hire an Independent Contractor or Employee?

By SB Law | August 15, 2021

By:  Attorney Samuel J. Spurney   At SB Law, clients regularly contact us stating that they want to hire an “independent contractor” to assist them in their business thinking that is the safest and most efficient relationship to have with their new hire.  When considering whether a person will qualify as an independent contractor or …

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My Loved One Passed Away…. What Do I Do Now?

By SB Law | July 15, 2021

By:  Attorney Gina C. Ziegelbauer This is the question our clients have when they’ve just experienced the loss of their spouse, parent, or other family member. It is a difficult time and everything can feel overwhelming. The answer depends on each individual’s situation, what assets they had, and the planning they had in place for …

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Fund That Trust

By SB Law | July 1, 2021

By: Thomas A. Griesbach 2021 Probate avoidance is one of many considerations in a good estate plan.  A revocable living trust is a common way of avoiding probate and is the best option for many (but not all) clients. However, a revocable trust will only avoid probate for the assets held by the trust, or …

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Do I Really Need Powers of Attorney?

By SB Law | June 15, 2021

By:  Attorney Gina C. Ziegelbauer This month’s question is one I hear quite a bit: “I don’t have very much stuff, so do I really need to worry about doing any planning?” The answer is still yes, and for a few reasons. A couple of the most important planning tools individuals should have in place …

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Buying a Business in Today’s COVID Environment

By SB Law | June 1, 2021

By:  Attorney Andrew J. Steimle Just about every business in the United States was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  But the world did not stop, and neither did business transactions.  This article is intended to provide you with some additional items to consider when buying a business as we start to come out of the …

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What Happens if I Die Without a Will?

By SB Law | May 12, 2021

By:  Attorney Gina C. Ziegelbauer As an estate planning attorney, I see first-hand how proper planning can save major headaches (and potentially money!) for the people you leave behind. But the reality is, many people pass away with no planning in place. So what happens then? What if you die without a Will? Like so …

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Can I Leave an Inheritance to My Pet?

By SB Law | April 28, 2021

By:  Attorney Gina C. Ziegelbauer At first this question might seem unusual, but according to the American Pet Products Association three in five U.S. households own a pet, which resulted in an estimated $99 billion dollars spent on pets in the U.S. in 2020. It’s pretty clear that people are willing to pamper their pets. …

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National Healthcare Decisions Day

By SB Law | April 14, 2021

By:  Alison C. Petri © 2021 National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is April 16, 2021 – this is your reminder to let your family know your values, goals, and preferences regarding future medical care.  Use this time to talk to your family to ensure you receive the medical care you want.  Under Wisconsin law, adults …

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