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Someday, Even Your Estate Plan Will Be Electronic

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In today’s day and age, most transactions may be accomplished electronically.  However, there is still one field where old-fashioned pen and paper is typically still required: Trusts and Estates.  Given the sensitivity of estate planning documents, difficulties in authentication, and the potential for data loss or hacking, many people would be (rightfully) hesitant to create or store such documents electronically.  Despite these obstacles, interest in electronic wills and other estate planning documents has increased in recent years. The...

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Lin Law LLC welcomes Attorney Emily E. Ames

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Lin Law LLC is pleased to welcome Attorney Emily E. Ames as an associate attorney. Emily practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law, Real Estate, Corporate / Business Matters, and General Civil Litigation. Emily obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as a managing editor of the Wisconsin Law Review, a class representative for the Student Bar Association, and an intern for the...

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Evan Lin Named to the 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers List!!

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Evan Lin Named to the 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers List!! Evan Y. Lin, an attorney and managing member of Lin.Liebmann LLC, has been named to the 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list by the publishers of Super Lawyers® Magazine. Each year, only 5% of attorneys in Wisconsin are named a Super Lawyer. Evan was previously named to the 2015 and 2016 Wisconsin Super Lawyer lists and was named five times to the Wisconsin Rising Star list in Estate Planning and Probate by the same publication. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers...

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Passing Notes

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In 2015, the State of Wisconsin passed 2015 Wisconsin Act 55 which created a rule requiring Promissory Notes to be negotiable, assignable, enforceable and marketable in order for them to not be considered a divestment. As a result, use of Promissory Notes as a divestment tool was essentially eliminated. In July, the Federal Government officially informed the State that effective August 1, 2017, this policy was not allowed under federal law. This is a major development in divestment planning because Notes are extremely useful in that they are:...

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An Exclusive Event

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Attorney Evan Lin will give a presentation on planned giving and estate planning at an event hosted by Associated Bank Private Client Institutional Services and Scholarships, Inc., on October 24, 2017, at The Automobile Gallery in Green Bay. Green Bay_Oct 17 Event_Automobile Gallery2

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Dying to Help, and Helping to Die?

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In June, a bill was introduced in the Wisconsin State Senate called the “Compassionate Choices” bill. The bill proposes to create a new chapter 156 in the state statutes that would, essentially, allow for physician assisted suicide under certain conditions. The bill is modeled after laws in Oregon, Washington and Vermont (and similar bills have been passed or proposed in 23 other states, plus Washington D.C.). Advocates for these bills feel that people who are suffering should be able to choose for themselves whether they live or die. ...

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A Trumpcare Update

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A few months back, I posted an article about possible changes to the health care system (specifically changes to Medicaid), and the changes to the Affordable Care Act, that had been proposed by President Trump. Many things have changed since that time, including the passage of ACHA by the House of Representatives. This week, it appears that the Senate is prepared to vote on the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017”, which is the Senate’s version of health care reform. Given the fast-changing political climate, it is very possible...

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Over the River and Through the Court to Grandmother’s House We Go

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A recently decided Wisconsin Supreme Court case has made it easier (slightly) for grandparents, great-grandparents and stepparents to receive court-ordered visitation of their grandchildren, great-grandchildren or step-children. The case of In re Marriage of Meister, 367 Wis. 2d 447 (2016) removed a previously held rule that a grandparent, great-grandparent, or stepparent needed to prove a parent-child relationship in order to secure visitation rights under Wisconsin Statute §767.43(1). The statute provides that certain people can apply to a...

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To Gift or Not to Gift…That is the Question

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A gift is defined in the dictionary as: “something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance; present.” That definition makes a whole lot of sense. Think of gifts that you’ve received for your birthday, Christmas, or your anniversary. A box with a bow or an envelope with money in it, are the types of gifts that everyone understands. Describing these gifts would not make for a very informative article. The gifts I’m interested in telling you...

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Leave a Dog a Bone

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Something that not a lot of people think about, even very serious animal lovers, is what happens to your pet after you pass away? As with most estate planning issues, the answer is: it is up to you. If you do nothing, a pet is considered under Wisconsin law to be personal property, and would be treated like a piece of furniture or that antique clock that everyone has their eye on. In some cases, there is a beneficiary willing to adopt your pet, or find a good home. In other cases, there is not. When that occurs, pets often are shuttled to...

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