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Laura J. Petrie

Laura J. Petrie

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship

About Me

Welcome.  I am a third-generation wills, trusts and estates attorney at Petrie & Stocking S.C., a 115+ year old law firm serving families and small businesses throughout southeastern Wisconsin. At Petrie & Stocking we emphasize integrity, client service, teamwork, and professionalism. We work with individuals and families to help you create flexible estate plans to ensure that your loved ones are protected and  your assets are administered as efficiently as possible upon death or disability. We provide legal advice to personal representatives in the administration of probate estates, and to trustees and guardians. I am also frequently appointed by the Milwaukee County Probate Court to serve as guardian ad litem in guardianship and probate matters, representing the best interests of vulnerable adults and minors, and as personal representative, guardian and/or trustee in cases where there is no family member willing or able to serve.  We look forward to the opportunity to work with you on these important matters.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Probate: 40%
    23 years
  2. Estate Planning: 40%
    23 years
  3. Guardianship: 20%
    23 years



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

Petrie & Stocking SC

Chase Tower
111 E. Wisconsin Ave., #1500
Milwaukee, WI, 53202-4808



WIGood Standing199203/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Estate Planning AttorneyMilwaukee Magazine2014
FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth ManagerMilwaukee Magazine2013
FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth ManagerMilwaukee Magazine2012
Top Lawyer List/Estate PlanningM Magazine2012
FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth ManagerMilwaukee Magazine2011
FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth ManagerMilwaukee Magazine2010

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Owner & TreasurerPetrie & Stocking S.C.1994 - Present
ClerkHennepin County District Court, Minneapolis, Minnesota1993 - 1994


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Greater Milwaukee Foundation - Herbert J. Mueller SocietyMember2010 - Present
Milwaukee Bar Association, Bench/Bar Circuit Court - Probate CommitteeCo-chair2009 - Present
TEC (The Executive Committee), Next Gen 1Member2007 - Present
Milwaukee Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember1994 - Present
Milwaukee Bar Association, Estate and Trust SectionMember1994 - Present
State Bar of Wisconsin, Elder Law SectionMember1994 - Present
State Bar of Wisconsin, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionMember1994 - Present


Publication NameTitleDate
Petrie & Stocking S.C.Estate Planning After the Loss of a SpouseN/A
Petrie & Stocking S.C.Trust Versus Will - Which is Right for You?N/A


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Northwestern UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1989

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Medical College of Wisconsin, Young Physicians Group2014 Estate Planning Basics2014
UWM School of Continuing EducationEstate Planning2013
Health & Financial Wellness BootcampOn Your Mark, Get Set. . . Estate Planning Fitness2013
UWM School of Continuing EducationEstate Planning2012
Organizing your Financial LifeEstate Planning 2012 - The Importance of Communication2012
Estate Planning - New Berlin Public LibraryHow an Estate Plan Puts You In Control2011
Wells Fargo Executive Womens Networking Breakfast10 Things No One Ever Told You About Being A Caregiver2010