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In order for a Will to be validly executed in Wisconsin, you are required to have it signed by two witnesses. You have the option to also have the Will "self-proved" by having you and the witnesses sign in front of a notary, however signing the Will in front of a notary alone is not enough to validly execute the Will.
Below is the statute on executing a Will in Wisconsin:
853.03 Execution of wills. Every will in order to be validly executed must be in writing and executed with all of the following formalities:
(1) It must be signed by the testator, by the testator with the assistance of another person with the testator's consent or in the testator's name by another person at the testator's direction and in the testator's conscious presence.
(am) It must be signed by at least 2 witnesses who signed within a reasonable time after any of the following:
1. The signing of the will as provided under sub. (1), in the conscious presence of the witness.
2. The testator's implicit or explicit acknowledgement of the testator's signature on the will, in the conscious presence of the witness.
3. The testator's implicit or explicit acknowledgement of the will, in the conscious presence of the witness.
(bm) The 2 witnesses required under par. (am) may observe the signing or acknowledgement under par. (am) 1. to 3. at different times.
The rest of the statutes on the requirements for executing a Will are found here. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/853/I/03See question
The will allows one sibling to live in the house until death. When this sibling dies or moves out for more than 6 months the house can be sold and proceeds split up. The siblings not living in the house are wondering if we are responsible for t...
It sounds like your sibling was granted a "life estate" in the property, meaning they can live there for the rest of their life or until they move out. The Will should state who is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the house during the time your sibling lives there. Generally the life tenant (your sibling) has certain responsibilities to maintain the property for the remaindermen (you and the rest of your siblings) while they occupy the property. You may want to contact a local lawyer to review the language in the Will to give you advice tailored to your specific situation.See question
I am going to turn 60, soon. I have not yet drawn up a will. The only family member I have left is my mother. I'm single and the only children I may have are from a paternity suit I had filed against me years ago. Which I lost and had paid on. Hav...
If you draft a Will or Trust, you can choose whoever you wish to leave your estate to in that document. You could leave it to family, or to friends, or to a charity. If you don't have a Will in place, then the Wisconsin intestate statutes would dictate what happens to your estate. Within your Will or Trust you can name a Personal Representative or Trustee to carry out your wishes. You should also consider preparing healthcare power of attorney and financial power of attorney documents along with your Will or Trust.See question
my husband died and his two sons are trying to get property from me claiming my husband said they could have said property-- boat - truck- camper - antiques etc.
Your husband's estate consists of half of your marital property and any individual property he may have held. If your husband had a Will, the terms of the Will should be followed. If he left certain items of property to his sons in his Will, then it is possible that they are entitled to those items of personal property under the terms of the Will. Based on the way you worded your question I am assuming his two sons are from a previous relationship. If that is the case, and if your husband died without a will, as the surviving spouse, you are entitled to half the marital property and half of your husband's estate that is not marital property. The State Bar has a helpful primer on marital property that you could review. I suggest you talk to a local lawyer who can help you sort through what is marital property and what is not and your options regarding probate. http://www.wisbar.org/forpublic/ineedinformation/pages/marriage-marital-property.aspxSee question
I own a property in Missouri and am a Wisconsin resident. I live in Wisconsin and the property I want to quitclaim is in Missouri. Do I have to quitclaim it in the state of Missouri or Wisconsin?
You will need to use a Missouri deed to transfer real estate in Missouri. I suggest contacting a local Missouri lawyer for help with this transaction.See question
I am recently divorced. I have a 403B, Roth IRA, 3 bank accounts and some personal property. No land or house, etc. I am recently divorced, and my son is 2 years old. I'm wondering my best option. Should I be leaving everything to my son? Should I...
You can set up a will with a testamentary trust that would provide for your son after your death. The testamentary trust in the will could be designated as a beneficiary of your financial accounts and possibly your retirement accounts depending on how it is structured. You can then name a trustee to manage these assets until your son reaches a certain age designated by you. Money from this testamentary trust could be used for your son's health, education, and support to help raise him. I suggest you contact a local estate planning attorney who can discuss your specific situation with you.See question
I provide partial architectural service before the client stopped the process because of dispute with investor and never paid me for any services. Its been over a year now and the former investor/partner now has the building and they are renovatin...
You might want to start by sending a demand for payment letter. You could do this yourself or hire an attorney to help you. Oftentimes a letter from an attorney gets a better response. I agree with the other attorney answers here but I just wanted to add that in Wisconsin the limit for small claims is anything under $10,000. I am not sure how much the client owes you, but if it is under $10,000 then your claim will be heard in small claims court usually before a court commissioner. The small claims court process is designed for people to handle matters themselves.See question
just wondering what else I may need besides a will
Health care power of attorney documents, financial power of attorney documents, a HIPAA Release and possibly a living will are good documents for most people to have in place in addition to a will. A Health Care Power of Attorney document and a Financial Power of Attorney document can help you avoid the need for a guardianship in case you are ever unable to manage your own personal or financial affairs. A living trust can be very useful if you want to avoid probate at your death. You should consult with a local estate planning attorney about your specific situation.See question
I was gifted a parcel of land several years ago by my 80 year old parents. They were planning to transfer it to me upon death, in there Will anyway. The intent was to transfer ownership early, as I was planning to invest in upgrading the buildings...
Real property gifted to a donee upon the death of a donor receives new basis upon the death of the donor. So if you father owned the land and left it you via his will or trust at his death, the land would get new basis at his death for tax purposes. This basis could be either higher or lower than its current tax basis, based on the current appraisal of the fair market value of the property at the date of your father's death (however a basis today is usually higher than 30 years ago that is why many people favor this approach). If you were planning to sell the land after his death, this may be useful to you. However, medicaid concerns and gift tax returns and compliance also come into play if you transfer this property back to your father. I agree with all of the other attorney answers that you should discuss this with an estate planning attorney in your area so that you can compare the costs and benefits of the approach you are suggesting.See question
My mother is 84 y/o and has asked me to be her POA for finance. She has no property except her personal belongings and savings is mostly cd's. She has a will.
I agree with the previous attorney's answer that you should consult with a local attorney. However, if you decide not to consult with an attorney and decide to complete the POA for Finances form yourself, I suggest you use the statutory form. It is provided free in the Wisconsin statutes. I have provided a link to this form. However, I feel I should point out that it is your mother who should complete the form, you can assist her if needed, but make sure she signs it and that it is her wishes reflected on the form. I highly suggest you sign it in front of a notary. Finally, you should check with her bank to see if they have a special form to be filled out if it is your mother's wish that you be able to access her accounts to manage her finances.See question