The Wisconsin Estate Recovery Program seeks repayment for the cost of certain long-term care paid by programs such as Medicaid, BadgerCare Plus, and Family Care. Recovery is made from the assets of a recipient after their death, or after the death of their surviving spouse. Over the years, the state has become increasingly aggressive in […]
About Gary Lippow
Attorney Gary Lippow is a lifelong Wisconsin resident. He earned his Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Wisconsin -Madison in 1998. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2001. After working as a trial attorney for several large Milwaukee firms, he founded Lippow Law Offices in 2014.
Attorney Lippow is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar Association, and the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin. His active community involvement includes being on the executive board of the Milwaukee Jewish Community Relations Council, being a member of the City of Glendale Planning Commission, and being on the Board of Trustees at Congregation Shalom. He lives in Glendale with his wife Lindsay and their two children Isaac and Emma.
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Transfer on Death Deeds are a underused tool to bequeath real estate to loved ones after your death. They are simple and inexpensive to create, and they will generally save your surviving family significant time and expense. What Does a Transfer on Death Deed Do? A Transfer on Death Deed (officially called a “Designation of […]
There are many common misconceptions about estate planning and probate law. Take this quiz to see how much you know about these issues. Are you correctly planning for your family’s future? The answers are below. Questions: True or False: Having a Will is the easiest way to avoid probate after your death. True or False: […]
I regularly receive calls from potential clients who have a lot of misunderstandings about what Quit Claim Deeds are, how they work, and when they should be used. “Quit-Claiming” a property to someone else is rarely as simple as people think, and often doesn’t accomplish their goals anyway. A Quit Claim Deed is simply one type […]
As the year 2018 begins, several changes go into effect that may affect families’ estate planning. Increase in Annual Gift Tax Exemption After being stuck at $14,000 for the last several years, the per-person annual gift tax exemption rises to $15,000 for the year 2018. This means that a person may make gifts adding up […]
The new Federal Tax Code is upending 76 years of laws regarding the taxation of maintenance payments, known in many states as alimony. Currently, the spouse paying maintenance after a divorce is able to deduct maintenance payments from their income taxes. The spouse receiving the payments then has to pay taxes on the extra income. […]
Benjamin Franklin wrote that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” This may be true, however under Federal Tax law it is extremely unlikely that you will ever have to pay taxes on your death. As part of its sweeping tax reform plan, the Trump administration is proposing […]
These are items that do NOT belong in your Will. Funeral and Burial Instructions. Since a Will is about planning for your eventual death, it would make sense to include funeral, burial, and/or cremation instructions in the document, right? However, these ideas do not belong in your Will. First, such wishes would not actually be legally […]
A Durable Financial Power of Attorney protects you in the event you are no longer able to make your own financial decisions, whether due to age, illness, or injury. It allows you, in advance, to select a person of your choice (your “Agent”) to make many different financial decisions for you. These decisions range from […]
It is particularly important for unmarried couples to create an estate plan. Even the most basic of preparation can make a dramatic difference in the event that one partner passes away or becomes incapacitated. If you in a long-term relationship, but not legally married, follow these steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. Write […]
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