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Edward Fossum Hooper

Estate planning Attorney at Appleton, WI

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1996
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Help families with disability planning during life, efficient estate settlement and distribution at death, and protection of inheritances for the next generation.

    28 years, 1,480 cases

  2. Elder law
    Assist clients protect their assets from the high costs of long term care. Irrevocable trusts are used to keep the client in control of the assets while protecting them from nursing home expenses.

    27 years, 180 cases

  3. Business
    Perform comprehensive business succession planning. Also creating business entities for asset protection and protection from estate taxes

    27 years, 40 cases

  4. Probate

    27 years


Edward F. (Foss) Hooper practices comprehensive Estate Planning with an emphasis on techniques that minimize estate taxes for the current generation and that eliminate them for future generations. Mr. Hooper received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Master of Science degree in Business Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. After graduation, Mr. Hooper served as a Captain in the United States Army and was a Senior Systems Engineer for IBM. He attended Marquette University Law School where he received his Juris Doctor degree summa cum laude. Attorney Hooper received the George L. Laikin Award in estate planning, the Joseph I. Swietlik Award in taxation, and the Law Alumni Award for having the highest academic average in his class.


Attorney Hooper is the fourth generation of his family to be a member of the Wisconsin State Bar. He founded Hooper Law Offices as a practice dedicated to estate and wealth transfer planning, with emphasis on dynasty trusts and multigenerational planning. Foss believes in comprehensive, macro planning that combines multiple techniques to form a complete and understandable family plan that addresses the needs of both current and future generations. He also believes in the team approach to estate planning, combining members of the accounting, financial planning, insurance, and estate planning professions into a team of family advisors. Foss believes one of the most important contributions he makes when he develops and implements an estate plan is educating everyone involved. The estate plan will be successful only if everyone on the team, both family members and professional advisors, understands how it works and how it is interrelated to the family’s goals.


Attorney Hooper is a founding member and past President of the Wisconsin Council of Estate Planning Attorneys; a member of Sunbridge Network Advisors; a member of WealthCounsel; and a member of the Business Enterprise Institute, a national organization dedicated to working with teams of advisors to develop comprehensive business exit plans.


Foss and his wife, Mary, have a daughter, Beth, who works as a planning director in Chicago and a son, Ted, who is a CPA in Phoenix.


Hooper Law Office
2 Systems Drive
Appleton, WI, 54956
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926 Willard Drive
Suite 116
Green Bay, WI
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Omro Road
Suite 100
Oshkosh, WI
Hooper Law Office
145210 N 14th Place
Phoenix, WI, 85022
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Posted by Ralph | May 26, 2014
Great service, I'm very happy with my plan
Foss Hooper did a great job on me living trust. He treated me as an important person, not just a number like so many other attorneys. I like the fact that he not only guided me through the estate planning process with thoughtful questions and suggestions, but he also has a sense of humor. I'm not used to meeting with attorneys, but he really put me at ease.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Hooper Law Office
  • 1996 - Present
  • Senior Systems Engineer
  • IBM
  • 1969 - 1992
  • Captain
  • US Army Artillary
  • 1967 - 1969


  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 1967
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1966

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Asset Protection for Business Owner
  • The assets were protected from the judgment creditor.


  • e.Planners
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • ElderCounsel
  • Charter Attorney Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • The Legacy Builder Institute
  • Fellow
  • 2007 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Attorney Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Wisconsin Council of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Founding Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Valley VNA Senior Services
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - 2005
  • National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Attorney Member
  • 1996 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Law Alumni Award - Highest GPA in Class
  • Marquette University Law School
  • 1996
  • George L. Laiken Award in Estate Planning
  • Marquette University Law School
  • 1996
  • Joseph I. Swietlik Award in Taxation
  • Marquette University Law School
  • 1996


  • Your Life, Your Legacy
  • Probate and Trust Settlement
  • 2012
  • Winning Ways for Life
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Exit Plannning for Business Owners
  • The Key to Your Future
  • 2009
  • Your Life, Your Legacy
  • Nursing Homes and Long Term Care
  • 2008
  • Your Life, Your Legacy
  • Fundimentals of Effective Estate Planning
  • 2005
  • Love, Money, Control
  • Reinventing Estate Planning
  • 2004
  • Giving
  • Philanthropy for Everyone
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Planning for the Generations
  • Gun Trusts
  • 2011
  • Wealth Counsel Annual Conference
  • Developing Client Relationships
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
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Estate planning Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Foss is an expert in his practice areas and an excellent attorney. He is able to communicate complicated issues to clients in a way that is easy to understand. I endorse this lawyer without reservation. He has the highest character and integrity.."
Probate Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent reputation. Professional responses."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Foss is a great teacher, estate planning counselor and provides his clients with a wealth of knowledge so they can make thoughtful decisions."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Foss is an extremely competent attorney. He has built his law practice upon his dedication to provide the best services available to his clients. He is an innovator and uses his constant quest for knowledge to search out new ways to help clients achieve their hopes, dreams and goals. I have benefited from his advice and highly recommend him to anyone in need of tax and estate planning services."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Foss in the estate planning and estate administration fields for over 10 years. Foss is extremely knowledgeable, easy to work with, communicates well with both clients and colleagues, and is a pleasure to work with. Foss is an author and has played an active role as a teacher of estate planning to other attorneys, financial advisors and the general public. He is thoughtful and finds innovative ways to help clients. He is a well respected counselor. I highly recommend Foss for any estate planning and estate administration matters."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Foss is one of the most creative lawyers I have ever met. He is able to analyze a client's concerns and issues and develop a perfect plan for that client's unique situation."
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Appleton Estate planning Lawyer Edward Fossum Hooper
Edward Fossum Hooper
Estate planning Attorney
Appleton, WI
Licensed for 27 years