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W. Ryan Zenk

Elder law Attorney at Brookfield, WI

5.0   20 reviews
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1989
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About W. Ryan

Learn W. Ryan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Asset protection planning.

    35 years, 1,700 cases

  2. Estate planning
    Estate Planning, Charitable Planning, Trusts, Asset Protection Planning, Medicaid Planning, Veterans Benefits Planning, Tax Planning

    35 years, 2,500 cases

  3. Medicaid and medicare
    Medicaid eligibility

    35 years

  4. Probate

    35 years

  5. Personal injury
    Personal Injury

    35 years

  6. Real estate
    Real Estate Transactions

    11 years

W. Ryan Zenk, JD, CFP ®

Chief Executive Officer


Practicing Since 1989, in the areas of:

Estate Planning

Elder Law

Charitable & Tax Planning


W. Ryan Zenk, JD, CFP® is a practicing Attorney with Elder Law Center of WI, LLC located in Wisconsin.


Mr. Zenk received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of "Your Life Your Legacy", a book on estate planning.


Ryan is a frequent speaker to professional and business groups, public and private, on the topics of estate planning, asset protection planning and successful investment strategies. His practice is based on a collaborative approach which values and requires the integration of his clients’ other professional advisors, namely CPA’s and Attorneys, to ensure the successful implementation clients’ tax, legal and financial planning.


For over the past 20 plus years, he has been helping people successfully plan for their retirement.  His practice is now focused on estate planning, asset protection planning, Medicaid eligiblity, and geriatric care.  




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Elder Law Center of WI, LLC
125 North Executive Drive
Suite 210
Brookfield, WI, 53005

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5.0 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
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Posted by Glenn | March 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Good Experience
We hired Atty. Zenk to prepare a trust for us. He clearly explained the various options and benefits for us. He was very thorough and included a number of other documents along with the trust for our elder years. Very professional and answered all our questions and concerns. Fees were clearly explained up front and we felt they were fair.
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Posted by Bonnie | December 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Complex Irrevocable Trust
Ryan helped my mother and me figure out that we needed a complex trust rather than a conventional irrevocable trust in order to protect mom's assets from nursing home look back period. He was extremely professional, yet personable when explaining the basics of the documents to my mom and me.
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr Zenk provided knowledgeable legal advice. Was personable and professional. I have recommended him to all my friends and family for their estate planning legal needs.
Posted by Sharon Verona | May 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Ryan helped our family when we were in a lot of confusion. He explained everything that everyone could understand. He did everything he said he was going to do quickly with a very reasonable rate. Our family can rest now that everything is done and we're very appreciative of Ryan's help.
Posted by Mary Jo | May 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Lawyer
We were referred to Attorney Zenk by a friend as we were looking to have a Living Trust drawn up for our family. We were not disappointed! Not knowing what a Living Trust was exactly, we were shown in great detail and with much explanation what we were looking at. No question went unanswered and we never felt as though we were 'ignorant' by anything we asked or didn't understand. We had been wanting to do this for some time and now that it is done we can just live our lives knowing that our family is and will be taken care of! I highly recommend Ryan Zenk for all your legal matters.
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Ryan Zenk by Mrs. ------
I attended a seminar and then consulted with Mr. Zenk last summer. He drafted or helped me fill out a number of papers relating to my finances since my husband was on title 19. My husband passed away at Christmas and Mr. Zenk went over my paperwork and drafted one form and told me how to take care of any changes needed because of my husband's death. I feel his consultation was very helpful and his directions and paperwork helped me avoid pitfalls I would not have known about. I am very satisfied with his work and his knowledge of elder law. I have recently recommended Mr. Zenk to a friend who stated she was very impressed with the work he was doing for her.
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Posted by Steven | April 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience!
Ryan prepared my family's estate planning. We could not have hoped for a more pleasant, thoughtful, and thorough attorney. Ryan made the process very easy, asked all of the right questions. He anticipated our needs perfectly and made suggestions about issues we had not even considered, always keeping our goals in focus. We will be using Ryan for all of our future needs, and I recommend his team without a moment's hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, informative, and sincere!
Ryan was clearly interested in our satisfaction and best interests. We were provided options and explanations to fit our needs and assist with our own decision process. He made sure we understood every detail of our documents without hesitation. We would highly recommend him and his services.
Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
In Layman's Terms
Ryan met with my husband and I to discuss paperwork needed for our golden years. He was very personable, talked to us in layman's terms and made the process very easy. He sent us documents that will protect our assets going forward. Those we had to pay for. He also outlined what we needed to do to help ourselves going forward. These docs are found on the internet free to download, sign and save in a safe place. The hour consultation was very informative and free as well. For a relatively small amount of money, we now feel comfortable that our paperwork is in place going forward.
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Posted by Denise | October 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Home title deed change and end of life preparations.
I was assisted step by step on how to assist my Mom with her needs and request. What seemed to be so over whelming was made simple and easy to understand. I thank and appreciate the kindness and knowledge of all the staff.
Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
This lawyer is well-versed in laws dealing with estate planning. We found him very knowledgeable with these issues. He listened to our situation and advised accordingly. I would recommend him to my friends as well.
Posted by Carl | August 25, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
We felt very relaxed and at ease with Mr. Zenk. He answered all our questions in a clear and understandable manner. Fees were discussed up front, so there were no surprises. We wound definitely use his services if needed in the future and we highly recommend him to our friends.
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely satisfied and would highly recommend
Ryan was referred to us by a family member to plan our estate. He presented himself as very professional, intelligent in the laws, patient with our lack of knowledge and many questions, thorough in the delivery of how the process works and what will be expected of us and his firm. He is friendly, respectable and hands down the best in his field. He made our transaction comfortable, easy and thorough. We are confident our trust is solid. We appreciate his efforts and would highly recommend Ryan Zenk.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Attorney Zenk is very knowledgeable and helpful.
Every question was explain in detail. I have referred Attorney Zenk to my friends and family. If you want an attorney that is up to date and knowledgeable, this is your attorney.
Posted by Diane | February 26, 2015
Legal Planning Our Family Needed
Our personal C.P.A. invited his clients to a open Legal Planning meeting with Ryan Zenk at a local dining establishment. Mr. Zenk presentation was truly a real eye opening informational meeting about how fast what you work for can be gone. Mr. Zenk was very professional but, very heart warming care about our family needs. Mr. Zenk did our family wills, health care and Living Will Trust for our farm. When it came time to review what Mr. Zenk documented for us we included our son in the meeting. We felt it was very important for our son to meet Mr. Zenk and understand all the legal documentation put in place. It is a real comfort to have our Legal Planning done and our son has Mr. Zenk law office to turn to when the time comes.
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Posted by Tim | November 11, 2014
Complete Estate Planning
We worked with Ryan's office to protect my parents estate. Ryan handled everything from comprehensive Power of Attorneys to trusts and wills. He provided valuable advice every step of the way. Saved my parents a ton of money.
Posted by Sara | April 7, 2014
East to work with
Attorney Zenk assisted the family in protecting our house and farm from Medicaid spending. we were told by another attorney that we would have to sell the farm to pay for Mom's care. he was easy to talk to and explained things in a way we could understand. Sara
Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2012
Trustworthy, Efficient and Friendly!
Attorny Zenk was very knowledgable in this field. He always had answers to our questions. When we had a question, we were actually able to speak with him over the phone, or in person, which we really appreciated.
Posted by Larry | May 7, 2012
medicaid planning
used him to plan for my mom's medicaid planning. he kept us informed and saved the entire estate-another attorney had told us there was nothing that could be done!! glad i received a second opinion
Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Very Knowledgeable Attorney
Ryan & his staff got back to me very promptly whenever I had questions. Ryan helped me in planning what to do with my parents situation. The only thing I can recall is confusion about who the POA should be on one of the documents, which made another form have to be enacted. I specifically asked questions regarding this matter.
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AVVO RATING 6.8 (Good)

Work Experience

  • CEO
  • Family Wealth Advisors LLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Elder Law Center of WI, LLC formerly Zenk Law Office, LLC
  • 1989 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Veterans Benfits Inc
  • 2006 - 2016


  • Arizona State University
  • CFP
  • 2008
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Wisconsin
  • MA - Masters
  • N/A
  • University of Wisconsin
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Estate Plan Executed


  • Wisconsin Elder Law Committee
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • 2002 - Present
  • AARP Legal Services Network
  • Legal services provider
  • 1993 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015


  • Fundamentals of Estate Planning
  • Your Life Your Legacy
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Quarterly Members Meeting
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Met Life Top Producers Conference
  • Advanced Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Northwestern Mutual Annual Conference
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
Endorse W. Ryan
Elder law Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury
Estate planning