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Wayne W. Wilson Jr.

Estate planning Attorney at Madison, WI

5.0   12 reviews

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About Wayne

Learn Wayne’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    70%
    Living Trusts Tax Planning Wills Power of Attorney for Health Care or Living Wills Supplemental Needs Trust Life Insurance Charitable and other Irrevocable Trusts Specialized Interest such as Family Farm Planning, Asset Protection, Family Limited LIability Companies, Charitable Trusts, HIPAA Planning Trust Administration and Probate

    49 years, 1,600 cases

  2. Business
    15%
    Business Succession Planning Asset Protection Multi-generational Planning Acquisitions and Sale of Business

    49 years, 2,000 cases

  3. Medicaid and medicare
    15%

    28 years, 1,000 cases

Attorney Wayne Wilson is an Estate Planning Law Specialist and Accredited Estate Planner as certified by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils and accredited by the American Bar Association.  Attorney Wilson is a founding member and past chairman of the Wisconsin Council of Estate Planning Attorneys.  He is a Fellow and past President of EPICOR (Estate Planning Institute of Collaborative Resources, Member and past President of the Madison Estate Council, and an active member of WealthCounsel, LLC and ElderCounsel, LLC.  He maintains his professional membership  in the Elder Law and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections of the STate Bar of Wisconsin. 

Attorney Wilson is licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin, having been admitted to the Bar in 1973.  He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal, 7th and 8th Circuits, and the United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin.  A 1970 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wayne earned a BA degree in Political Science, followed by a JD degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973.  Attorney Wilson is a frequent lecturer to various professional organizations concerning issues of Wealth Strategy counseling, with a special focus on programs designed for the professional advisor.  He is the co-author of Generations: Planning Your Legacy (1999), Your Life, Your Legacy: The Fundamentals of Estate Planning (2003 First, 2005 Second, and 2009 Third Editions), Your Life, Your Legacy II: Protecting Those You Love (2013), as well as numerous articles on various estate planning issues.

 

 

           

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Licensed for 49 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1973
Updated 12/05/2022

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

Contact Wayne

Wayne W. Wilson Jr.
7633 Ganser Way # 100
Madison, WI, 53719-2092

Reviews

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Posted by Rae | April 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend for estate planning
My husband and I have been client's of Wilson Law Group for decades. We have worked closely with Wayne as he guided us through thoughtful estate planning to address our life changes. Both Wayne and the Wilson team take time to make sure we understand and agree with their recommendations and are responsive to our needs. We highly recommend their services!
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Posted by Laura | February 1, 2021
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Knowledgeable, responsive, approachable
My husband and I had such a positive experience with the creation of a trust with Wilson Law Group. We were able to take a big step with our planning with so much ease since Wayne and his team helped explain relevant laws in an easy to understand way. Their pace and level of information provided was just right for us to make informed decisions - we never felt like we were sitting through hours and hours of hard to understand or superfluous information. They filter all of their knowledge and expertise into well communicated information to their clients. Highly recommend.
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Posted by BJ | December 23, 2020
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Estate Planning
We had searched for someone to assist in our estate planning for about 3 years. We had hit several dead ends with other people. We then contacted and met with Wayne Wilson. He very clearly explained his suggestions to us and the process to implement them. We are very happy with his guidance and assistance in our estate planning.
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Posted by Judith | July 22, 2020
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Wilson Law Group
Wayne Wilson and his associates were extremely professional. His knowledge of estate planning was excellent. He took a lot of time explaining all facets of a trust. In fact, he was asked several times to explain things again. He did this with patience and explained things expertly. I would use Wilson Law Group for any legal transaction in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2020
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Update Meeting
Wayne has been great to work with over the years. He is knowledgeable and thorough on Trusts and Estate planning.
Posted by Paul | July 15, 2019
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Organized and High Quality Planning
Wayne listened to our needs and provided us with a detailed and highly organized trust plan that we are confident will help us and our family manage our assets through life's events.
Posted by Jenny | June 13, 2019
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Best in the business!
We have worked with Wayne for a decade, and are always immensely impressed by his knowledge and wisdom. His staff are efficient and kind. We can't recommend Wayne and his group highly enough.
Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2019
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Estate Planning
Went thru our different options and helped us to decide which option worked best for our situation. Was very helpful and informational. Made us feel like our future was well taken care of as well as our children's futures.
Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2018
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Trust
Wayne and his staff was great to work with, there was more doing a trust than we thought. He was recommend by our financial advisor and after our meeting with him we decided to hire him. and glad we did.
Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
trust set up
Mr. Wilson did an excellent job setting up our trust. I couldn't be happier. He explained everything and we are very happy.
Posted by Susan | January 16, 2015
High praise for a good attorney and a good person
Wayne is the best. His calm, honest demeanor put me at ease immediately. He was wonderful in setting up my living trust. He also handles my company legal needs; he is fair and provides excellent advise. He is always available for questions .
Posted by Joanie | July 14, 2011
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Wayne Wilson has been my attorney for many years. He has handled all of our estate planning needs. He has recommended updates as our family's needs have changed. Wayne is very practical and pays close attention to details to make sure that nothing is missed. I would recommend Wayne to anyone. Wayne also helped me to start up my business and continues to give me excellent advice.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 90 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney Owner
  • Wilson Law Group, LLC
  • 1998 - Present
  • Partner/Attorney
  • Wyngarrd & Wilson
  • 1978 - 1998

Education

  • University of Wisconsin
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1973
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1970

Associations

  • Madison Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • ElderCounsel, LLC
  • Charter Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Alheizmer and Dementia Alliance
  • Financial and Legal Board Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Advisors Forum
  • Charter Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • WealthCounsel, LLC
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Madison Estate Council
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Estate Planning Institute of Collaborative Resources
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Academy of Veterans Planners
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Estate Planning Institute of Collaborative Resources
  • President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Madison Estate Council
  • President
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Estate Planning Institute of Collaborative Resources
  • President
  • 2002 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Estate Planning Law Specialist
  • National Association of Estate Planning Council
  • 2014
  • Accredited Estate Planner
  • National Association of Estate Planning Council
  • 2014
  • Executive Register
  • In Business Magazine
  • 2013
  • Star of Madison--Finalist Law Firms
  • Madison Newspapers
  • 2012
  • Executive Register
  • In Business Magazine
  • 2012
  • Accredited Attorney
  • Veteran's Administration
  • 2012
  • Star of Madison--Finalist Law Firm
  • Madison Newspapers
  • 2011
  • Executive Register
  • In Business Magazine
  • 2011
  • Executive Register
  • In Business Magazine
  • 2010
  • Executive Register
  • In Business Magazine
  • 2009
  • Professional Highlight
  • Wealth Management Magazine
  • 2008
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Publications

  • Legacy Educational Publishing, LLC
  • Your Life, Your Legacy II
  • 2013
  • Lifestyles Magazine
  • Return of the Death Tax
  • 2011
  • Wisconsin State Journal
  • Planning an Estate: Wills or Trusts
  • 2010
  • Wisconsin State Journal
  • Should I have a Health Care POA
  • 2010
  • Wisconsin State Journal
  • 9 Steps for Successful Exit Planning
  • 2010
  • Capital Region Business Journal
  • The Buy Sell Agreement
  • 2009
  • Publishers Express, LLC
  • Your Life, Your Legacy--Book
  • 2009
  • Wisconsin State Journal
  • New Medicaid Eligibility Rules Part I
  • 2008
  • Wisconsin State Journal
  • New Medicaid Eligibilty Rules Part II
  • 2008
  • Wisconsin State Journal
  • New Medicaid Eligibility Rules Part III
  • 2008
  • Quantum Press publication
  • Generations: Fundamentals of Estate Planning--Book
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • Regional Conference
  • Proper use of Beneficiary Designations
  • 2015
  • Quarterly Forum for Financial Advisors
  • New Wisconsin Estate Recovery Rules
  • 2015
  • RWay Member Program
  • Trustee Responsibilites
  • 2014
  • Farm Planning
  • Estate Planning for Farmers
  • 2014
  • Edward Jones Regional Conference
  • Opportunities in Advanced Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Business Succession Planning for Farmers
  • Advanced Farm Planning
  • 2014
  • Member Program
  • Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Alzheimers Workshop
  • Estate Planning for Special Circumstances
  • 2013
  • CE Program for Professional Advisors
  • Opportunities in Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • CE Credit--Annual Conference
  • Estate Planning Opportunities for Advisors
  • 2012
  • CE Credit Wilson Law Group Professional Advisors Series
  • The Inheritor's Trust & Gift Trusts
  • 2012
  • Alzheimers Association Workshop
  • Legal Financial Planning
  • 2012
  • Alzheimers Annual Program
  • Medicaid Planning
  • 2012
  • NAIFA CE Program
  • Planning for Long Term Care & Medicaid
  • 2011
  • Senior Workshop
  • Planning for Long Term Care for Alzheimers' Patients
  • 2010
  • NAIFA CE Program
  • Planning Under the New Tax Law
  • 2010
  • Legal/Financial Seminar
  • Legal/Financial Issues re Alzheimers
  • 2010
  • DMB Bank Farmers Seminar
  • Estate Planning for Farmerr
  • 2010
  • Radio Program
  • Utilizing Trusts to Build Wealth
  • 2009
  • Future Lifestyles Program
  • Estate Planning
  • 2009
  • Radio Interview w/Joan & Jodie
  • Business Succession Planning
  • 2008
  • CE Program for professionals
  • IRAs
  • 2008
  • CPE Program for Professional Advisors
  • Charitable Giving
  • 2007
  • RWay Program
  • Advanced Trustee Program
  • 2006
  • Practice With Purpose
  • Coaching for Attorneys Part 1
  • 2006
  • Practice with Purpose
  • Coaching for Attorneys Part 2
  • 2006
  • Edward Jones CE Program
  • Estate Planning Opportunties for Professionals
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (11)
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Estate planning Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Wayne Wilson is an estate planning legend in Wisconsin. I have known Wayne for years and reach out to him often to pick his brain concerning cases I am working on. He is thoughtful and thorough and a gentleman on top of it all."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Wayne is a and trusted advisor. I have known and worked with Wayne since 1997. In addition to his extensive knowledge and experience Wayne is able to explain complex issue in understandable terms."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Wayne since 2006. I have experienced and watched Wayne provide great legal insight to many attorneys on numerous occasions. He is an asset to the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Wayne is a fellow member of the Wisconsin Council of Estate Planning Attorneys. He has a superior knowledge of the law and his contributions to the group are invaluable. I strongly recommend this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Wayne Wilson for nearly two decades. Although I am an Oregon attorney, I have worked closely with Wayne and his fine firm, and over the years we have attended numerous national conferences together, and I have visited him and his team in Madison on a number of occasions. Wayne is truly one of the finest attorneys and individuals I've had the pleasure of knowing. He holds the highest standards of integrity, compassion, education, and ethics, and is constantly learning and sharing his knowledge with his peers, his clients and his team. When I refer a client to Wayne, I absolutely know that they will get quality advice at a fair price from a fine human being. Wayne Wilson is a credit to the legal profession and I cannot endorse him highly enough."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Wayne for over ten years as a founding member of EPICOR and have come to admire his legal skills and practicality in solving problems."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Wayne is a consumate professional and brings more than thirty (30) years of experience to his clients and their families. He is adept at providing complete and sophisticated estate planning strategies to clients in a way that they can understand."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Wayne is committed to excellence for all of his clients. I have worked with Wayne and find him to be an attorney that clients can trust and rely upon. He provides high quality work that is personalized to each clients needs. He truly cares about his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Other
"I have worked with Wayne in the estate planning and estate administration fields for over 10 years. Wayne is extremely knowledgeable, easy to work with, communicates well with both clients and colleagues, and is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Wayne for any estate planning and estate administration matters."
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