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Jean M. Ansay

Estate planning Attorney at Port Washington, WI

5.0   25 reviews
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1977
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Jean

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With over 25 years of success as an attorney, Jean's extensive knowledge, experience and integrity in providing preventive counsel and representing clients in the areas of estate planning, probate, family law, civil litigation, and corporate and real estate law, have proven to be the best-in-class. With each client, Jean is laser-focused on securing the best outcome possible and at the same time providing a peace-of-mind to her clients by involving them appropriately along the way. Jean has been honored with many awards and distinctions, such as being named the first female president of the Ozaukee Bar Association and voted one of Wisconsin's Super Lawyers. More importantly, Jean is most honored by her clients by receiving "thank you" notes of appreciation and regular referrals of family and friends. Jean is often described by her clients as having the perfect mix of proven legal experience, savvy business instincts, and real compassion.

Jean Assists Clients With

• Estate Planning
• Family Succession Planning
• Family Law
• Probate
• Real Estate Law
• General Corporate Law
• Litigation

Testimonials
• Jean provides her clients with an absolute sense of confidence and grounding. She works closely with clients, providing details regarding her approach at each stage of their case, and frequently receives thank you letters from clients for her exemplary service, including a note from one grateful client who stated, “You changed everything in my world.”
• Another client’s son wrote “Thank you so much for everything you did for my mother. It was never easy for my Mom during the divorce. But I know for a fact that every time she had to sit in that court room she feared nothing knowing you were at her side. She told me this many times. Thank you so much for always having my Mom's back. It means a lot to me.”
Related Experience
• Short-term securities broker
• Primary Legal Counsel to Bank First National
• Ozaukee County Court Commissioner for Judge Sandy Williams
• Member of the Local Court Rules Committee–Ozaukee Bar Association

 

Location

O'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.
1329 West Grand Avenue
Suite 200
Port Washington, WI, 53074
O'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.
111 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1400
Milwaukee, WI, 53202
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Posted by DORIAN | October 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
REALATIONSHIP FOREVER
Attorney Jean M. Ansay was referred to me by another attorney friend of mine in the Milwaukee area. My only request was." I wanted the Best" and boy did I get it for my Child Support fight. Her team and I became friends, family, enemies, partners and my psychiatrist. Jean was passionate about being fair in the battle and protective of me and all my personal and business affairs. She informed me prior to agreeing to hire her that the process was going to be somewhat unpredictable but they were going to do everything in their power to take all the pressure off me and allow me to go about my day to day life. One thing I was advised of was that 'You hired me to be your attorney and I take pride in doing so....so let me do my job and represent you in the utmost professional manner you deserve. I honestly do miss them...WOW..did I say that?
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Posted by Kristi | July 18, 2020
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Exceptional Representation
Attorney Ansay represented me throughout my divorce. She was kind yet firm, knowledgeable yet approachable. She and her incredible office staff were quick and clear with communication throughout the entire process, including follow-up questions after the divorce was finalized. If you are looking for someone to guide you through this emotional and overwhelming time, know that Attorney Ansay is truly the best; she will be an advocate for you and keep the best interest of you (and your children) in the forefront of everything. I am so thankful that she was on my side.
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Posted by jkp | February 19, 2020
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Superb legal counsel
I have retained Attorney Ansay on 3 ocassions. I have found her to be very professional, knowledgeable, thorough, & ethical in all of her dealings with me. She instills confidence & I have always felt well represented by her & her staff. I most strongly recommend her as legal counsel.
Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Karen
Jean and her team were exceptional. My divorce case was complicated with many moving parts. Jean took the time to thoroughly understand all issues and methodically work through each one. Jean was thorough, detailed, meticulous and honest. Unfortunately, my case did not settle and we were forced to court with a two day trial. Jean was outstanding. The ruling was close as good as we could have hoped for and that can only be contributed to Jeans preparedness and stellar presentation in court.
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Posted by Pat | September 26, 2019
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Family Law Matter
Jean was very straight forward and prompt in her responses with me as to how we would approach my family legal matter. In addition, Jean tried to use practical common sense in dealing with the other side. The other party was not reasonable or prompt with their requests or responses. At the end, Jean was able to bring this matter to closure with a very fair and satisfying final result. I would have no problem using Jean in any future legal matters or consultation needs.
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Posted by Amber | October 25, 2018
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Family Relocation
I hired Jean to represent me for the relocation of my daughter outside of the US. Her thorough understanding of the law and guidance through the entire process was incredible. Jean was particular on details of completing necessary paperwork with me for preparation in meeting with the guardian at litem assigned to the matter. She ensured the entire process was handled for the best possible outcome. Her knowledge and reputation in the community helped solidify the case. I would highly recommend Jean for any of her expertise's and would hire her again without question.
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Posted by Timothy | October 21, 2018
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President/CEO
Thank You Attorney Jean Ansay, Some historical information so you can understand how incredible Attorney Ansay is as a lawyer and a human being!! I will probably refer to her as Jean or Jean Ansay throughout because she was much more to me than just my attorney!! My partner and I were in the process of selling our business and unfortunately I was personally going through a divorce at the same time in WI, a marital property state with a marriage of 30+ years. Both were extremely stressful along with the duties of running the business. I hired O'Neil, Cannon, et all in Milwaukee, WI to handle both as they represented to me it would be better for the sale of the business. The attorney who represented me in the divorce at that time was recommended by the firm. He was clearly not prepared, did not understand business, he never had time for me and took no steps to thwart the constant barrage of demands from my wife & her attorney. We were slaughtered in the "Temp Order" hearing because he had me fill out my income incorrectly. On top of that he advised against a "De Novo" to reverse that outcome. From the beginning I was told to take the "emotion" out of the divorce; that may be easy to say but clearly he had never faced loosing everything!! After almost a year of mounting legal bills, and even more caving to the other side, I asked the president of the firm to recommend another attorney or I would leave the firm. Jean Ansay was his choice and quite honestly I was not happy she was not my attorney from the start. Jean represented the firm in Ozaukee County, the county of my divorce. I looked up Jean's profile and saw she had practiced family law for 30+ years, handled many cases involving business ownership, was considered an authority in business finance and had the respect of judges from all over WI. This may seem like an unrealistic statement but Jean Ansay saved my life.....literally and figuratively. I was going crazy with worry, getting beat at every turn and frustrated with the lack of business knowledge from all family practice attorneys and the courts system. Jean & I had our struggles in the beginning because I have extensive knowledge of contract law in business and strong opinions on how to handle the case. Jean was the very FIRST attorney that helped me understand that in "family law" the judge had two responsibilities vs any other legal matter; to be fair and follow the law with very broad discretion. Though lying in court would be the end of that party in other legal situations, in family court apparently they need to understand that people lie. The court must still be fair, especially to the party who did not own or run the business. Jean Ansay has the respect of every court because she NEVER lies nor would she tolerate it from her clients. Her reputation was well known throughout WI for being well prepared, knowledgeable, ethical, respectful (to both the judge and opposing counsel) and above all.....honest no matter the outcome. While lying may be acceptable in today's world, it was not to me nor to Jean Ansay; that put us on the same page. Jean was also the first person to "respectfully" let me know "my place". Although I may not have liked it, I respected her for it. Her demeanor throughout the 2+ year divorce was steady and unflappable. Opposing counsel said some pretty slanderous things and was quick to throw out anything....provable or not. I wanted vengeance.....I needed a WIN! Jean wanted what was fair and equitable despite what was going on around her. In conclusion; Jean Ansay is deserving of this long recommendation because she is more than just words on a page, she became a friend in my time of need. In the end I didn't get everything I wanted but I didn't give-up everything I could have; it was FAIR! If you want someone to give you outstanding representation, and treat you like a person who matters, there is only one choice; her name is Jean Ansay! Respectfully, Tim
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Posted by LeAnne | March 22, 2018
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RN, BSN
Jean was extremely knowledgeable about the various aspects of my case that allowed it to be processed efficiently. She was sensitive to not only my needs but also the needs of my children, realizing that a divorce is not just about the client but the family as a whole. My attainment of Jean for my legal needs gave me confidence that I would obtain the best outcome possible.
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Posted by Jerry | March 14, 2018
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Compassionate and Super-Competent
I hired Atty. Ansay to represent me in an amicable divorce proceeding. She came highly recommended from a trusted friend who spoke volumes about her professionalism and skills as an attorney. My friend was spot on. She is a quick study of the situation, she is a very good listener and gets to know the family members involved. She offers advice but is sure to not represent herself as a financial consultant or tax expert. However, her years of experience have her asking the right questions which is half of the battle. The most admirable quality she demonstrated on more than one occasion, was her ability to think and even sometimes rethink her own approach - in order to be fair to all parties involved but always remind you that she is working to represent you. She takes a difficult period in a family's time, and makes it approachable with the end always in sight. She's seasoned, and you can tell, respected by her peers and the judges she presents to. I own my own business, so I had the lives of dozens of other families in mind when I hired her. She never took that fact lightly. If i wanted to make the best out of a tough situation, and work with someone you hope you would be like as an attorney - Atty. Jean Ansay would be that person.
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Posted by mary | March 6, 2018
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attorney
If you want a divorce attorney who possesses an extremely thorough knowledge of legal ins-and-outs, a shrewd, tough negotiator who will scrutinize your issues from every possible angle to ensure an optimal outcome for her clients; someone who drives a tough bargain, but who is particularly adept in the art of negotiation and compromise when the situation calls for that, then Jean Ansay is the legal expert you need in your corner. She is not likely to be the cheapest, but her unique combination of comprehensive knowledge of law and business-like but personable approach creates the finest attorney around! Jean Ansay is invaluable as an ally, but quite a formidable opponent! You will want her on YOUR side!! (I will FOREVER be SO glad she was on MINE!)
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2018
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Professional, Supportive, Concise Ms. Ansay
Attorney Ansay was a perfect advocate for me, because she employed the tool I value the most: Common Sense. In her arsenal also was honesty: she would advise me when it was time to let an issue "go". I value her opinion, insights, and knowledge of the law. I felt listened to and respected throughout the process.
Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding & Supportive Attorney
Attorney Jean Ansay did an outstanding job representing me, and along with her truly caring staff, supported me through the most difficult time of my life. She guided me through a complicated case with determination; skillfully advising me utilizing her vast legal expertise. Words are inadequate to express my heartfelt thanks for everything Attorney Ansay did. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by Mimi | February 22, 2018
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Excellent Lawyer with settling a family estate!
I really appreciated how she handled my mother's estate. Since I live in another state it was difficult. Her staff explained everything and explained it again if I didn't understand. Everything that needed to be done was completed fast and efficiently. I cannot thank her enough. My mother really trusted her when she was alive. She always treated my mother with respect. It was a relief to have the help I needed. Her staff is awesome, especially Colleen Burmesch, paralegal.
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Posted by Cheryl | February 22, 2018
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Thorough and Caring
I chose Jean Ansay for my attorney on a recommendation from a family friend who is an attorney. I was not disappointed. Jean was extremely thorough. She was also very caring, As I had a family member who was very ill, Jean assured me that she would take care of everything to free me up to care for my family member. I really appreciated her concern.
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Posted by Carra-Lyn | May 9, 2017
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Attorney Ansay is an outstanding attorney!
I had been in an emotionally abusive marriage and finally gained the courage to get out. Contacting Attorney Ansay and having her represent me was the best decision I made. She gave me the strength and voice I didn't have. She supported and encouraged me to stand up for myself and my children, making this awful time in my life easier to manage. She worked hard and fast to get the results I needed and I am incredibly thankful to her.
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Posted by Eric | May 6, 2016
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Intelligent
In summary: Attorney Ansay has the experience, intelligence and sensible approach to guiding a very complicated and emotional divorce to reasonable conclusion. While most will likely note her strengths as a shrewd negotiator or her expert experience in business and finance, I most appreciated her ability to council my emotional state and respect that she worked diligently at finding a fair and equitable solution to all parties involved. There are many abusive and sometimes accurate jokes about the attorney's in this world. If more Attorney's were like Jean Ansay there would be far fewer lawyer jokes.
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Posted by Michele | May 5, 2016
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Family Matters
I hired Attorney Ansay to help with a recent divorce. I was able to work out most matters with my spouse and Attorney Ansay provided answers to any questions and/or concerns. She walked me through the process and made sure I was comfortable with the decisions we made while keeping the process simple and satisfactory for all. Everyone in her office was professional and easy to work with. I would recommend Attorney Ansay to anyone.
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Posted by Andrew | November 23, 2015
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A Very positive experience through a lot of negativety.
Jean Ansay represented me during a very difficult time in my life. I needed representation during my divorce. She was very understanding and professional and cared deeply about the things that mattered most to me. Although I was financially challenged she took my case and helped me through my situation with open arms. I have 50/50 custody of my son and for the moment my son and I are still in my home. I would recommend Jean to any of my family or friends if they were ever in a situation that required her expertise. She even offered to do my will for free!!
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Posted by Mark | September 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Assertive effective attorney
Ms Ansay effectively represented me in a family court matter. Knowledgeable, thorough and very familiar with Ozaukee courts and applicable laws. I would recommend her.
Posted by Christy | April 27, 2015
Review of Services-Jean Ansay
Not wanting to hire an attorney, but knowing it was the smart thing to do, I was encouraged by a friend to contact Jean. Jean listened to everything I had to say regarding my recent divorce and I voiced my concerns about the custody issue, which was the reason I contacted Jean. I never felt rushed or belittled in any contact I had with her or her staff. She seemed to genuinely look out for my best interests and knew I wanted to take the "high road" regarding this issue. Her advice was sound and I trusted all recommendations that she made. I was 100% satisfied with my experience with Jean, and if needed again, I would contact her. I appreciate everything her and her staff have done for me and my children.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Ansay Law Office
  • 2004 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • O'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.
  • 1900 - Present

Education

  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Marquette University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1974

Associations

  • Ozaukee County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital Foundation
  • Past President / Director
  • N/A
  • Ozaukee County Big Brothers & Big Sisters
  • Past President / Director
  • N/A
  • Ozaukee County 4H Foundation
  • Past President and Director
  • N/A
  • First National Bank, Port Washington
  • Past Director
  • N/A
  • Colonial Bank, Fox Valley
  • Past Director
  • N/A
  • Valley Bank, Southeastern Wisconsin
  • Past Director
  • N/A
  • A.N. Ansay & Associates, Inc.
  • Past Director
  • N/A
  • The Shoe Bank, Inc.
  • President
  • N/A
  • Ozaukee County Community Programs Board
  • Past Board Member
  • N/A
  • River Edge Nature Society
  • Past Director
  • N/A
  • Luxembourg American Cultural Society
  • Past Secretary/ Director
  • N/A
  • A.N. Ansay Agency, Inc.
  • President
  • N/A
  • Girl Scouts of Manitou Council
  • Director
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America® –Commercial Litigation; Tax Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America® –Commercial Litigation; Tax Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Best Attorneys in America
  • Selected by Peer Recognition Best Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America® –Commercial Litigation; Tax Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Best Attorneys in Wisconsin
  • Selected by Peer Recognition Best Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America® –Commercial Litigation; Tax Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America® –Commercial Litigation; Tax Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Best Attorneys in Wisconsin
  • Selected by Peer Recognition Best Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Honored Member of the Heritage Registry
  • Who's Who for Executives and Professionals
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation; Tax Law)
  • Best Lawyers (Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, S.C.)
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America® –Commercial Litigation; Tax Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Attorneys in Wisconsin
  • Selected by Peer Recognition Best Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Honored Member of the Heritage Registry
  • Who's Who for Executives and Professionals
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation; Tax Law)
  • Best Lawyers (Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, S.C.)
  • 2013
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2005
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Seminars
  • Estate Planning
  • N/A

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Endorse Jean
Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is diligent and a good communicator. She is a worthy adversary."
Family Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jean. She is a talented advocate with outstanding work ethic."
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Port Washington Estate planning Lawyer Jean M. Ansay
Jean M. Ansay
Estate planning Attorney
Port Washington, WI
Licensed for 47 years