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Licensed to practice law in 1982 I went on to get an LL.M. in taxation and estate planning.  I have written two tax and estate planning books for Lexis Nexis, one of the largest legal publishing houses in the world.  I also have written a number of law journal articles and specialty articles for electronic legal journals. I teach  both continuing legal education courses in estate planning and tax for practicing attorneys and university courses in probate law and business law.  I have been named one of the top estate planning attorneys for 4 years in a row by Milwaukee Magazine. I am regularly quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Smart Money and local media about estate planning matters.   A third generation Milwaukee attorney, I grew up in Shorewood and Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin and currently reside in Shorewood. 


My goal is to make sure you get the most thorough and appropriate estate plan for your situation.  I will do my utmost to translate the legalese and make sure that you understand your documents and how they work.   My clients also deserve the best possible personal care and to that end one of the myriad of things that I will happily do for a client is to make house calls if a client requests such. 


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 55%
    34 years
  2. Probate: 45%
    34 years



Hourly ($300/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Jean M. Kies

    I think Stephanie is a very effective estate planner. Her knowledge of the tax code is very helpful. I endorse this lawyer's work.


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Contact info

Stephanie G. Rapkin

500 W. Silver Spring Dr.
Suite K-200
Glendale, WI, 53217


WIGood Standing198203/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Five Star Wealth ManagerMilwaukee Magazine2013
Super LawyerMilwaukee Magazine2011
Milwaukee Super Estate PlannerMilwaukee Magazine2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyStephanie G. Rapkin1990 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Shorewood FoundationBoard of Directors2010 - Present
Future MilwaukeeBoard of Directors1996 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of Jan A. L--------Sucessfully transferred assets to all heirs.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Trusts & EstatesPortability: The New Estate Plan Modality2013
Estate PlanningHow Will the New Prop. Regs. Affect Grantor Retained Trusts2007
Taxes - The Tax MagazineSubchapter S and the Estate Planner1997
The Practical Tax LawyerWhat You Should Know About Personal Residence GRITS1995
Journal of Taxation and InvestmentsFreezing Estates with Private Annuitites and Self Canceling Interest Notes1994
Planning For Large EstatesPlanning for Large Estates1992
Review of Taxation of InvestmentsThe Joint Purchase After 19871989
Trusts & EstatesNew Code Section Creates Pitfalls for Planners1988
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1990
California Western School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lexis NexisEstate Planning for 2010 and Beyond2010
American Bar AssociationPlanning for Pets2010
Will DraftingDrafting Wills2001
Estate PlanningPlanning for Incapacity1998
Basic Estate PlanningLife Insurance Trusts1995
Basic Will DraftingEstate Planning1994