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Joanne Kay Leifheit

About me

Please contact my office or check my website for upcoming dates to my complimentary one and 1/2 hour workshop on estate planning, asset protection, special needs trusts, and Medicaid.  I have been practicing law since 1997 and have been in private practice since 1999.  My practice focuses on elder law, estate planning, and probate, which includes:  wills, powers of attorney, revocable trusts, asset protection trusts, special needs trusts, guardianship matters, Medicaid planning, and probate.  I am accredited by the Veterans Administration to counsel veteran clients (and their widows and spouses) about veterans benefits, particularly the pension benefit.  I authored a book about the veterans pension benefit entitled, "The Little Book of Big Tips:  The Veterans Pension Handbook for Seniors and their Families."  I have served as President of the Waukesha County Probate and Estate Planning Section for five years, and I served as a peer speaker before the County Bar (VA Benefits) and through the State Bar on the topic of special needs trusts.  I also served as an invited guest faculty member in the areas of estate planning and probate at UW-Madison Law School in 2011 and 2014.  Milwaukee Lifestyle Magazine named me as a leading lawyer in 2012, 2013, and 2014.  I am a life long animal lover and equestrienne - I own a horse named "Tucker" and I try to ride several times a week, even during our Wisconsin winters.  I enjoy camping up north each summer and I can't pass up a good fish fry or pizza.  I have been married for twenty years and also have two dogs and a cat.  I was raised in a small farm town, where I spent most of my childhood in the country - I am definately a country farm gal!


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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 25%
  2. Trusts: 15%
  3. Probate: 15%
  4. Guardianship: 15%
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Carol J. Wessels

    I have worked with Joanne on guardianship cases and we have also shared information on various elder law issues. She is experienced, down to earth and knowledgeable. I look forward to opportunities to work together in the future.


    Carol Wessels Elder law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Eido M. Walny

    I endorse this lawyer. I've known Joanne for a number of years and find her to be both pleasant and knowledgable. Joanne recently penned a book on VA pension benefits that I thought was extremely well done and I have referred the book to colleagues. I am pleased to endorse Joanne.


    Eido Walny Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Attorney Joanne Leifheit LLC

N27W23953 Paul Road
Suite 107
Pewaukee, WI, 53189


WIGood Standing199603/23/2015
ILVoluntarily Inactive199505/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers List 2014Milwaukee Lifestyle Magazine2014
Best Lawyers List 2013Milwaukee Lifestyle Magazine2013
Certificate of Appreciation for Financial SupportInterfaith Senior Programs of Waukesha County2012
Best Lawyers List 2012Milwaukee Lifestyle Magazine2012
Star Member Level Donor to the Memorial FundPewaukee American Legion2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawAttorney Joanne Leifheit2009 - Present
Attorney for the Public - Guardianship MattersWaukesha County Corporation Counsel's office (client of mine for 6 years)2003 - 2009
Joanne LeifheitAttorney at Law (sole practitioner)1999 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Wisconsin Elder Law SectionBoard Member2016 - Present
WisPACT Pooled Special Needs TrustsBoard Member2014 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2010 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember1996 - Present
Waukesha County Commission on AgingBoard MemberN/A
Association of Women LawyersMemberN/A
WisPACT Non-Profit Pooled Special Needs TrustChair Elect (2016)2015 - 2016
Pewaukee Chamber of CommerceMember2012 - 2014
Waukesha County Business AllianceMember2011 - 2012
Waukesha County Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning SectionPresident2007 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Will ContestClient awarded property claimed in will contest
Defense of Will ContestThe opposing party removed objection to will
GuardianshipPetitions granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Book - Available in my OfficeA Family Guide to Wisconsin Medicaid2013
BookThe Little Book of Big Tips: The Veterans Pension Benefit Handbook for Senior and their Families2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WisPACT Annual Continuing Legal EducationIrrevocable Trusts for Medicaid and VA2015
Luther Manor Speaker SeriesThe Power in Powers of Attorney2015
WCTC - Women and Finances SeriesWhat Women Need to Know about their Estate Planning2014
Monthly Complimentary Workshops Offered through my OfficeEstate Planning, Trusts, and Medicaid2014
Landmark Credit UnionEstate Planning for Families2014
Waukesha Noon Rotary Club MeetingMy Parent's Care Needs are Increasing... What do I do Now?2012
Monthly MeetingVeterans Benefits for Aid and Attendance2012
Money Sense with Karen EllenbeckerVeterans and Senior Benefits2012
Estate Planning Basics for Lawyers CLE ProgramEstate Planning Basics2012
Community SeminarVeterans Benefits for Long Term Senior Care2012
Caregivers' ChatVA Pension and other Benefits for Care Needs2012
Waukesha Memorial Hospital Monthly MeetingPowerful Estate Planning Documents - What Every Person Needs to Know2011
Waukesha County Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning SectionVeterans Benefits for Home Health Care, Assisted Living, Adult Day Care, and Skilled Nursing Care2011
Lawyering Skills Program UW Madison Law SchoolProbate & Estate Planning2010
Positive Transitions Speaking GroupEstate Planning, Powers of Attorney, Wills and Trusts2006

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