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John Louis Haslam

Estate planning Attorney at Madison, WI

4.9   18 reviews

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Attorney Haslam appreciates the complex and constantly changing nature of Estate and Medicaid Planning. He also understands that the needs of each client are unique.  His philosphy is based on learning about each client's individual goals and objectives, and them applying legal information and advice to allow the client to make informed decisions that address those goals and objectives. The result is a practical, sensible solution focusing on the best interests of our valued clients.

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Licensed for 25 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1997
Updated 09/07/2022

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Wilson Law Group LLC
7633 Ganser Way Ste 100
Madison, WI, 53719-2092

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Posted by Gary | March 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
John and his team did an excellent job of helping my wife and me put together a living trust for our families long term security. He has an easy going and easy to understand style while at the same time explaining all details and answering all questions.
Posted by Shaun | December 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Everything an estate/probate attorney should be
Mr. Haslam helped me through probate for my father's untimely passing and create a living trust for my family. While clearly an expert in both fields, I particularly appreciated his ability to break down legalese into a plan of action I could understand. Further, he and his staff stay on top of deadlines and are generally wonderful in all of their correspondence. Mr. Haslam and his staff were the calm in the storm that was my father's passing, and they've lit the way for ensuring that my family's wishes are protected. I would say I am eternally grateful, but eternity isn't good for his line of work! Thank you Mr. Haslam, and staff.
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Posted by Carol | October 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A fit made to be.
John was a perfect fit for my needs. I felt like he was meant to be there to help me re state my Trust which was 20 years old and from a different State. It was easy to be with John and your staff very kind.
Posted by Larry | September 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience with John Haslam
John made our process very easy. He explains everything so thoroughly. He is very personable and helpful!
Posted by Vicki | April 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent estate planning!
I was very fortunate to be introduced to John Haslam of Wilson Law group when I was decided to do my estate planning. He was highly recommended. Attorney Haslam met and spoke with me at length, for no charge, about my goals regarding my estate. It was a very good thing that I talked with him as estate law is complex and I might have made uninformed decisions that would have negatively impacted my assets if I had tried to do the planning myself. When I asked Attorney Haslam to assist me he set up several meetings and listened carefully to the specific plan I had in mind. He then prepared several trusts for me (revocable and irrevocable). These are very detailed and fully cover every aspect of my estate. They follow my wishes exactly. I was surprised at how complex the trusts are. Absolutely nothing was omitted. Attorney Haslam and his team helped me in transferring some of my assets into the trust. There were other steps I needed to take myself, such as opening a trust bank account. I was provided with a clear instruction letter on how to accomplish this, and a Certificate of Trust to present when needed. (My bank's legal review staff were impressed that the information I brought them was set up so clearly, in exactly the format they needed.) The trusts were given to me in a portfolio with sections clearly marked so I could easily locate information. I was told by Attorney Haslam he wants me to contact him if I have questions or am uncertain about how to proceed on anything rather than have me worry about what to do or take an action that is contrary to the trusts requirements. He does not bill for this. In addition to my trusts, the portfolio includes a number of other sections. One section is an emergency section for my trustees on the steps to take when I am no longer able to act on my own behalf. Instructions include encouragement to contact Attorney Haslam for any support they need. The portfolio I was given also provides sections for a pour-over will, healthcare power of attorney, a living will, memorial instructions, distribution of personal effects, and other information. This is so helpful to have. Attorney Haslam set me up with Legal Vault, which provides secure access to information in case there is a medical emergency. His law group also presents seminars which provide education for their clients and trustees. Overall, I am reassured that every aspect of planning my estate has been taken care of because of Attorney Haslam's expertise. I know I may sound like a paid advertisement for him. I'm not. The cost of setting up my estate trusts was not insignificant, but in the big picture, protecting everything I've worked all my life for was so important to me that it was well worth it!
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Posted by Ashley | February 14, 2019
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Simple process
Attorney Haslam went through the process very thorough and precise. He made the process very simple and easy for me to understand. I would highly recommend him for estate planning.
Posted by Steve and Faye | January 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
John Haslam is a great lawyer.
We have previously had a lawyer. He was difficult to work with and, in fact, our children asked us to change because they didn't understand him very well. We did ask my brother-in-law who they used. He suggested Wilson Law Office. When I contacted them, I asked for someone who was younger so that our children could work with the person after my spouse or I passed on. All of us met with John Haslam at our house. The adult children asked questions as well as we asked questions. We were ALL very impressed with his responses and his easy to understand explanations. We could easily tell, he would be our choice for a lawyer. The first meeting was a consultation. But we hired him and had papers signed very soon after.
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Posted by Miichael | April 7, 2018
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Estates made easy
John made the complexities of estate planning easy to understand - which is saying something. He is thorough in his work but personal in his client relationships, which is comforting given the subject matter. I have, and will continue, to refer family, friends and colleagues to John.
Posted by Stephen | March 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Terrific lawyer
John has been just a delight to work with. He is knowledgeable, helpful, open, and a trusted advisor. My experience in the past had tainted my view about the value of an attorney. John has totally changed that perception. Meeting John and working with him on our estate planning has been such a relief and I look forward to many years of a great relationship with John and Wilson Law.
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Posted by Preston | July 15, 2016
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Made the process easy
We met with John to set up a trust or will. After thorough explanation of the differences, he let us make the best decision for our current situation with no hard sell. The rest of the process was smooth and easy. I am confident that this document will honor our wishes.
Posted by Jerry | June 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
John took the time to explain the options, give examples of people who took different routes and why. Very knowledgeable and willing and able to explain things plainly. Left feeling comfortable we had a workable plan to help pass our wealth to our heirs.
Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2016
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Attorney John Louis Haslam
John put together my living trust which in my case, was long overdue. He was a pleasure to work with and very capable/knowledgeable.
Posted by Judy | June 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Would recommend for estate planning
John explained a very complicated subject (medicaid asset protection trust) in a manner that was very understandable with great patience answering our questions some of which were asked more than once. He never seemed like we were asking to many questions or taking to much of his time. Also explained everything to our children and was again very patient with them. He left all of us with a very good impression of him both professionally and personally.
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Posted by Andy | June 9, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommended
John is knowledgeable, professional and great to work with. We used John to do our trust and he did an excellent job of getting us through the process and answering all of our questions in ways that it was easy to understand.
Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Legacy
My wife & I first met Mr. Haslam at Gilda's Club, a Cancer Support Service where he spoke twice to those affected by Cancer on Estate Planning. Then my wife & I met with him to discuss Estate Planning. He was indeed Competent, Committed & Caring in guiding us through the extensive process of developing a comprehensive individualized Estate plan. I could not be more satisfied & I have since recommended his service to others wishing to secure an estate plan.
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Posted by Kathy | June 8, 2015
An amazing experience
My husband and I choose Attorney John Haslam to do a trust for us. My husband was very leery to do one but after meeting with John the first time, he explained it in a very detailed but simple way for us to understand. We were then excited to move forward. We had no idea how important it was to have done and feel much relieved that we have everything in great order for us and for our family. It was a detailed process but John was extremely patient and helpful with all our questions and taught us a lot. He also made great suggestions for us when we were not sure about certain things. He is extremely knowledgeable in this area and we appreciated his sense of humor when working with such a serious subject. I would recommend him in a heartbeat. You will be glad you called him.
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Posted by Gail | June 8, 2015
"Too Good To Be True" DISPROVED
Our family looked to John for information regarding our Father's Life Estate and the possible protection options for our personal family estate in the near future. John gave us much needed information and thoroughly explained our Father's situation and advised us as to what we should expect regarding his Life Estate in the future, as our Father's condition progresses and some of his finances become shifted to the State. For this we are eternally grateful as we are not well versed in the law. What impressed us the most is that John NEVER tried to sway our thinking or PUSH us to a decision that would truly have been more monetarily beneficial for himself. He provided us with the tools and the facts within those tools to give us every opportunity to make the best educated decision for our specific situation. John gave us information through meeting with him that was invaluable in our decision to set up our personal Trust with Wilson Law. He took the time to personally meet with all of our children and explain the difficult parts of our plan to our children. We try to tell as many people as we can about the education we have received through John and the financial and emotional security he and his Law Office has helped us achieve. People usually reply with a "That's Too Good To Be True" because Lawyers just want your money and they'll say anything to get it. DISPROVED! John truly educated us and our entire family as to what all of our options were, good and not so good. He listened. He educated. He guided. WE MADE OUR OWN DECISIONS. It is truly empowering when you keep reviewing everything you planned for your future and you still come up with the same decision after the fact. We could not and would not have done any of this on our own. We won't lie. We set up a trust and for our income base it seemed quite costly. Yet, John and his entire team worked very hard for us and are continuing to do so. It is peace of mind for us and our family. We have been treated with the utmost respect and dignity that you would expect from a High Class Law Firm...all while receiving the personal and intimate service of a small town law firm. At Wilson Law Group you're not just a case number, you're a part of what makes them who they are. A trusted and compassionate group of professionals that actually care about you and your concerns and are willing to help you navigate the unknown passages within the law. We will be forever grateful that we were referred to John Haslam. Despite what some people may think about the statement "Too Good To Be True", IN THIS CASE IT ISN'T! John Haslam is worth speaking with. You'll be surprised there are Lawyers out there that are truly working for you, not against you.
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2016
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Enjoyed working with John
I appreciate him taking the time to understand our situation, tailor an approach to it , and be able to explain it clearly. I also appreciate him taking the time to come visit our office on the east side
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Wilson Law Group, LLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Grohavac & Kallenbach
  • 1999 - 2004
  • Associate Attorney
  • Miller Law Office
  • 1997 - 1999

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 1994

Associations

  • Madison Estate Council
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member, Company
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Academy of VA Pension Planners
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • The Advisors Forum
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Wisconsin Council of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Accredited Estate Planner
  • National Association of Estate Planning Councils
  • 2014
  • Estate Planning Law Specialist
  • National Association of Estate Planning Councils
  • 2014
  • Accredited Veterans Administrative Attorney
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 2012

Publications

  • Senior Resources
  • Recent Changes to Wisconsin Medicaid Estate Recovery
  • 2015
  • Book
  • Your Life, Your Legacy II
  • 2013
  • Book
  • Your Life, Your Legacy
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • seminar
  • The IRA Trust
  • 2016
  • Seminar
  • Farm Succession- Transferring Assets
  • 2016
  • Seminar
  • Estate Planning and Asset Protection
  • 2016
  • Seminar
  • Dirty Dozen Mistakes in Estate Planning
  • 2016
  • Seminar
  • Planting the Seeds for a Secure Future
  • 2016
  • RWay Symposium 2015-16
  • Income Taxes for Trusts
  • 2016
  • RWay Symposium 2015-16
  • Planning for Long Term Care
  • 2016
  • RWay Symposium 2015-16
  • Trustee Training: Administration Process
  • 2016
  • Quarterly Advisor's Lunch Program
  • Avoiding Unnecessary Taxation of the Credit Shelter Trust
  • 2016
  • RWay Symposium 2015-16
  • Funding Your Trust
  • 2015
  • RWay Symposium 2015-16
  • Trustee Training: The Administrative Process
  • 2015
  • Quarterly Economic Update
  • What's Hot in Estate Planning?
  • 2015
  • People's Community Bank Farmers Conference
  • Planting the Seeds for a Secure Future
  • 2015
  • Gilda's Club of Madison Lecture Series
  • Estate Planning - Leaving a Legacy
  • 2015
  • Gilda's Club of Madison Lecture Series
  • Estate Planning - The Basics
  • 2015
  • Seminar
  • Opportunities in Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Seminar
  • Estate Recovery and IRA Rules
  • 2014
  • Seminar
  • What the Financial Planner Needs to Know for Planning
  • 2014
  • Seminar
  • Inherited IRAs and Medicaid Changes
  • 2014
  • Seminar
  • Dirty Dozen Estate Planning Mistakes
  • 2014
  • RWay Workshop
  • Trustee Training-The Administrative Process
  • 2014
  • RWay Workshop
  • VA Benefits/Nursing Home Care
  • 2014
  • Planting the Seeds for a Secure Future
  • Farm Program
  • 2014
  • RWay Workshop
  • Trustee Training
  • 2013
  • Planting the Seeds for a Secure Future
  • Farm Program
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"John is an incredibly patient and caring attorney. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for comprehensive estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without any reservation. Everyone I have referred to John over the years has been very pleased, and I know his knowledge of the practice area is superb."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John Haslam and recommend that anyone looking for estate planning services meet with John. He is personable, attentive, and efficient. Clients that go to John are not disappointed."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. John is a consummate professional and I am lucky to have him as a partner. His professionalism and care is consistently recognized by both clients and their trusted advisors."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Being in the same firm, John and I have many opportunities to work together on cases. He is very thorough and shows great knowledge of the law while at the same time giving the care and understanding the familty needs when facing elder law or estate planning issues."
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Madison Estate planning Lawyer John Louis Haslam
John Louis Haslam
Estate planning Attorney
Madison, WI
Licensed for 25 years