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Probate & Trust Administration

When a loved one passes away, you need time to grieve. However, many families discover that their loss suddenly forces them to make critical financial and legal decisions. Wisconsin's probate and estate administration process can be confusing, time-consuming, and emotionally draining. With a skilled attorney by your side, this process is much easier to bear.


Probate is the legal process by which a person's assets are transferred after their death, whether or not they had a Will. The process is supervised by the court and designed to protect anyone with a legal interest in the deceased person's estate. Not all assets need to go through probate. One of our first tasks when administering an estate is to determine what, if anything, is subject to the probate process.

The attorneys at Goyke, Tillisch & Martell, LLP can help you navigate post-death proceedings including:

  • Informal probate
  • Formal probate
  • Termination of the decedent's interest
  • Transfer by Affidavit for estates less than $50,000 in value
  • Beneficiary designations
  • Transfer on death/payable on death designations

Trust Administration Services

Administering a trust requires careful attention to detail, proper documentation, and organization. If you are named as a trustee to oversee a loved one's assets that were placed in a trust, you need appropriate legal resources to make informed decisions about managing and administering those assets.

At Goyke, Tillisch & Martell, LLP, we offer trustees the guidance they need to fulfill their fiduciary duties. We provide guidance to:

  • Administer and distribute assets to beneficiaries
  • Maintain assets to preserve or increase their value
  • Minimize taxes and coordinate tax issues with CPAs
  • Resolve challenges to the trust
  • Keep accurate records of transactions and assets


At Goyke, Tillisch & Martell, LLP, we understand how emotionally challenging this time is. Our firm provides quality, compassionate and practical legal counsel to executors, trustees, and beneficiaries who need assistance with the probate or trust administration process.

We are here for you during this difficult time. Whether you need guidance on administering a loved one's estate or need help resolving an estate dispute, our experienced trust and probate attorneys are ready to help. Call (715) 849-8100 today or email our team to set up an appointment.