Some of your most significant assets, like your life insurance and retirement accounts, ask you to make beneficiary designations. If you make valid beneficiary designations on these assets, then upon your death they will pass directly to your named beneficiaries without being subject to the probate process. Click here to view our article on probate […]

Probate is the legal process during which a court oversees the collection and transfer of a person’s assets upon his or her death. In general, the probate process includes filing a will, appointing a personal representative, inventorying the decedent’s assets, paying the decedent’s debts, filing taxes, and distributing the balance of the estate according to […]

A proper estate plan covers not only what should happen upon your death, but also what should happen if you lose your decision-making skills. While planning for incapacity may be as unpleasant as planning for death, it is an important step in the estate planning process. Planning for incapacity ensures that someone you specifically choose […]

Attorney Grant Killoran, a shareholder in O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing’s Litigation Practice Group, recently co-presented a speech entitled “The Tenth Amendment: The Sword and the Shield of the States” at the 14th Annual State Bar of Texas Bill of Rights: Cutting Edge Controversies in Constitutional Law Conference. Grant co-authored an article on this […]

Do you want to leave your children with an inheritance, but are worried about creditors taking part of that inheritance? If so, you are not alone. Fortunately, a properly established protective trust can help safeguard the money you leave behind for your children from their creditors, including in a divorce. Creditors can more easily reach […]

The estate planning team at O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong and Laing, S.C. is safely helping clients create estate plans, or update existing estate plans, during this COVID-19 crisis. Estate planning documents must comply with Wisconsin’s strict signing requirements to be legally enforceable. For example, some documents require two witnesses or a notary to witness a […]

Many businesses are experiencing interruptions in their operations due to the coronavirus outbreak. These interruptions can be caused by business closures, quarantines, and restrictions on travel and large gatherings. In response to these interruptions, businesses may find themselves unable to perform their contractual obligations or have a vendor or customer that is no longer fulfilling […]

Attorney Margarita A. Castaneda, a graduate of Marquette University Law School, recently joined the Milwaukee law firm O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C. Margarita will join the Business Law Practice Group and will assist clients in all matters relating to general corporate law. Prior to joining the firm Margarita was a judicial intern for […]

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