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Stephanie G. Rapkin

Estate planning Attorney at Mequon, WI

3.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1982
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Stephanie

Learn Stephanie’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Wills, trusts, health care powers, financial powers, business succession planning, and estate freezing techniques.

    42 years

  2. Probate
    Informal and formal. International probate. Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County and Waukesha County.

    42 years

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. 


Stephanie G. Rapkin
1001 W. Glen Oaks Lane Suite #233
Mequon, WI, 53092


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Posted by Barbara F. | April 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
5-Star Attorney!
I cannot recommend Stephanie Rapkin enough for estate planning needs! I really didn't know what to expect going into our estate planning process, but I will say that Stephanie completely over-delivered on any expectations that we had. She made my husband and I feel at ease with the whole process and the decision making involved. She explained everything in a simple easy to understand way and was extremely diligent in preparing all of the documents. On top of all of that, she worked hard to be efficient about her costs. We highly recommend!!!
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
We used Stephanie for our wills and estate planning and found her to be very professional and knowledgeable.
Posted by Sandy ruffalo | August 24, 2013
Great service from very knowledgable probate/estate planning attorney
For many years, I have referred clients to Attorney Rapkin for her legal services and guidance in estate planning matters as well as representation in probate cases in Wisconsin and other states. She has always been meticulous in her records, research and communication. She has provided realistic timeframes and realistic expectations and has kept all updated as pictures changed. I even sent a relative type person, who is not easily satisfied, but she was completely satisfied.
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Posted by Kate | December 10, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
I'm not sure how she's been in buisness as long as she had been because she doesn't seem to have a clue what she's doing.
Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Had to find another attorney
I hired mrs Rapkin because she was recommended by a friend. She was never on time for our meetings and was clearly not prepared. She would read material I sent days prior during our meetings and then I was charged extra time. I also smelled alcohol on her breath at more then one occasion. I ended up terminating my agreement and finding a real professional to handle my case. When I showed him the work Stephanie had done he said I was clearly ripped off and she did nothing correctly - we had to refile the few forms she had handled as the information she entered made no sense at all. Stay away from her at all cost.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Stephanie handled my case when I was accused for a crime I didn’t commit. I provided her with evidence and she failed to bring it to the trial. She was regularly unprepared and needed reminders when we talked on the phone about my case. Maybe she’s becoming forgetful as time passes.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Stephanie G. Rapkin
  • 1990 - Present


  • DePaul University
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1990
  • California Western
  • law
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Jan A. L--------
  • Sucessfully transferred assets to all heirs.


  • Shorewood Foundation
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Future Milwaukee
  • Board of Directors
  • 1996 - 1999

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Five Star Wealth Manager
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2011
  • Milwaukee Super Estate Planner
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2010


  • Trusts & Estates
  • Portability: The New Estate Plan Modality
  • 2013
  • Estate Planning
  • How Will the New Prop. Regs. Affect Grantor Retained Trusts
  • 2007
  • Taxes - The Tax Magazine
  • Subchapter S and the Estate Planner
  • 1997
  • The Practical Tax Lawyer
  • What You Should Know About Personal Residence GRITS
  • 1995
  • Journal of Taxation and Investments
  • Freezing Estates with Private Annuitites and Self Canceling Interest Notes
  • 1994
  • Planning For Large Estates
  • Planning for Large Estates
  • 1992
  • Review of Taxation of Investments
  • The Joint Purchase After 1987
  • 1989
  • Trusts & Estates
  • New Code Section Creates Pitfalls for Planners
  • 1988
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Speaking Engagements

  • Lexis Nexis
  • Estate Planning for 2010 and Beyond
  • 2010
  • American Bar Association
  • Planning for Pets
  • 2010
  • Will Drafting
  • Drafting Wills
  • 2001
  • Estate Planning
  • Planning for Incapacity
  • 1998
  • Basic Estate Planning
  • Life Insurance Trusts
  • 1995
  • Basic Will Drafting
  • Estate Planning
  • 1994
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Stephanie
Tax Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. This lawyer has helped close family members and friends -- of various ages and means -- to plan and resolve matters related to tax and estate planning. Extremely adept, professional, and client-centered."
Probate Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I think Stephanie is a very effective estate planner. Her knowledge of the tax code is very helpful. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Estate planning