Paul M. Schmidt

Paul M. Schmidt, Madison Estate Planning Attorney


Phone: 608.283.1704
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Paul’s estate planning clients are primarily individuals living in Wisconsin or Florida who appreciate the importance of comprehensive planning to transition their financial estates to their children or other heirs in the event of incapacity or death. Paul helps these clients set up effective plans for the management of their estates. He also advises them on estate tax matters.

When probate and trust administration are needed, Paul provides sound legal guidance to institutional and individual trustees and personal representatives. He also represents heirs and other beneficiaries in resolving conflicts that arise during probate and trust administration. In the area of elder law, Paul assists his clients in navigating the new challenges faced by our aging population, including the need for guardianships and assisted living arrangements.

honors & recognitions
  • Bronze medal-winner in the  Badger State Games in Badminton (Master’s Division) (2009)
  • Best supporting actor award for portrayal of Schroeder in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” (1972)
  • AV® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Named Best Lawyer in Trust and Estate Litigation, Trusts and Estates, Commercial Litigation and Antitrust Litigation (2016)
Community Involvement & Board Memberships
  • City of Verona Parks Commission
  • Oakwood Village Homes and Apartments Board
  • The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance Planned Giving Committee
Professional Memberships
  • American Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • University of Kansas (J.D. – 1990)
  • Drake University (M.S., Counseling and Personnel Services – 1983)
  • Valparaiso University (B.S., Psychology and Sociology – 1976)
  • Social Security Administration, where he was employed as a claims representative, supervisor, and operations specialist for the social security and supplemental security income programs
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Clerkship Justice William Callow from 1990 to 1991
paul’s Hobbies/Interests
  • Paul enjoys tennis, music, movies, theater, biking, hiking and travel
Favorite Quote
  • “The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of his time each day.”   – O.A. Batista