Kenosha Estate Planning Lawyer

Wills And Trusts · Probate Disputes

A modest amount of planning today may prevent confusion and court proceedings in the future. The key is clarifying your wishes and anticipating the problems. That is where over 31 years of legal experience is invaluable.

The Law Office of John Anthony Ward provides thorough but affordable estate planning services to individuals and couples in Kenosha, Racine and southeast Wisconsin. We also offer legal representation for probate disputes and guardianship proceedings in those cases where families are at odds over the care of a family member or a loved one's estate.

Experience In Estate Planning And Probate Law

Kenosha lawyer John A. Ward has practiced law in Wisconsin since 1985. Our paralegal, Julia, formerly worked in estate planning for 15 years. Drawing on that foundation, our legal team can knowledgeably draft or update your estate plans, including:

  • A simple will to declare heirs and distribution of your assets
  • Durable power of attorney to manage business and financial affairs
  • Medical power of attorney to make health care decisions
  • An advance directive (living will) for end-of-life care
  • Guardianship of minor children
  • Revocable and irrevocable trusts to avoid probate and protect assets from creditors

We commonly advise clients in divorce on updating their estate planning documents. You don't want your estranged spouse or ex-spouse as the beneficiary of your estate or to have power of attorney if you are incapacitated. We will take a comprehensive look at your estate plan and designations to make the appropriate changes.

Will Contests And Probate Litigation

The Law Office of John Anthony Ward also represents beneficiaries, excluded heirs or estate representatives in probate and estate litigation. Mr. Ward can capably protect your interests in court proceedings relating to:

  • Fraud or undue influence
  • Lack of testamentary capacity
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Valuation disputes
  • Guardianship of a parent, sibling or other family member

Where possible, we aim for out-of-court solutions of disputes that can pit family members against one another. However, John Ward is a veteran trial lawyer who will assert your rights under Wisconsin law to prevent an injustice or hold others accountable for impropriety.

Counsel And Representation In Wisconsin Estate Law

Sound estate planning allows you to decide where your property goes or how you will be cared for. Contact our knowledgeable Kenosha estate planning attorney for a free initial consultation at 262-671-0165 or by email.