Jeff maintains a varied practice with emphasis on real estate, estate planning, probate and trust administration, elder law, medical assistance planning, and municipal law matters. Over the years, he has represented many real estate developers and obtained approval of a large number of single-family and condominium plats and certified survey maps, and has obtained reasonings, variances, and conditional use permits on behalf of clients. He has also represented small businesses on any number of matters including entity formation, stock purchase agreements, sale and acquisitions, and government permits, but his primary focus is working directly with individuals.

Jeff’s estate planning, probate, trust administration and, especially, the ever expanding area of elder law, is family focused. Jeff strives to learn and listen carefully to his clients and then focuses on crafting appropriate estate or family planning techniques to meet the client’s needs. Whether the objective is to efficiently pass assets at death with a minimum of disruption or cost, to preserve and protect assets in anticipation of long term care benefit needs, Jeff has the ability and experience to place his clients on the correct path.

Jeff is the resident partner in the firm’s Poynette, Wisconsin office but travels frequently to the firm’s other offices to meet and work with clients.

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Honors & Recognition

  • AV® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Listed in Wisconsin Super Lawyers® in the area of Real Estate (2006)
  • Columbia County Supplemental Court Commissioner
  • Successfully argued Pulsfus Poultry Farms, Inc. v. Town of Leeds, 149 Wis. 2d 767, 440 N.W.2d 329 (1989), before the Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Listed in Best Lawyers®
    • Elder Law, 2016, 2019

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Community Involvement & Board Memberships

  • Columbia County Economic Development Corporation, Director
  • Portage Country Club
  • Landmark Resort Condominium Owners Association, Inc., Director and Vice President, Door County, Wisconsin
  • Friends of McKenzie Environmental Center, in Poynette
  • Poynette Area Chamber of Commerce

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
    • Elder Law Section Board, Advisor, former Director and Chair
  • American Bar Association
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Columbia County Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Chapter-National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Emeritus, Former Director and Chair
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin Inc., Member, Legal and Financial Planning Committee

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1979
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Ripon College, 1976
    • Phi Beta Kappa
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