Thomas B. Burton

Thomas B. Burton

Attorney, Burton Law LLC
  • Estate Planning, Business Law, Real Estate Law ...
  • Minnesota, Wisconsin
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Summary

Attorney Thomas B. Burton is an attorney licensed to practice law by both the Supreme Court of Wisconsin and the Supreme Court of Minnesota and the owner and operator of Burton Law LLC. Burton Law LLC provides estate planning, real estate, and business law services to residents all across the state of Wisconsin from our primary office location in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. We offer personal service, custom advice, and predictable flat fee estate planning packages and business law services. For more information on the firm please visit our website at http://www.theburtonlawoffice.com

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Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Probate
  • Elder Law
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    I accept credit cards through Paypal and Square. I accept payments from your checking account to mine, with no fees, via Google Pay. I also accept personal checks in person or via U.S. Mail.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I offer hourly rates and flat fee options for many estate planning and business law matters. Please see my website for more details on flat fees. 2019: My current hourly rate for Medicaid planning is $300/hour. My hourly rate for all other matters is $250/hour. Please contact me via email for my most current hourly rates.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Minnesota
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Wisconsin
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U.S. Tax Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
Burton Law LLC
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Burton Law LLC is a boutique law firm focused on providing highly personalized service, individual attention, customized planning, and tailored advice for discerning business owners, families, and individuals in the areas of estate planning, asset protection, real estate and business law.
Attorney
Law Office of Thomas B. Burton
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Provide estate planning, business law and real estate services to clients of the firm.
Associate Attorney
David F. Grams & Associates
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Provide estate planning, business law, and real estate services to clients of the firm.
Attorney
Law Office of Thomas B. Burton
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Provide estate planning, real estate, and business law services to clients of the firm.
Research Law Clerk, Trusts & Estates Department
Briggs and Morgan P.A.
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Support partners by researching and writing legal memoranda on a variety of topics related to estate planning, charitable giving and trust administration. Draft pleadings and various estate planning documents.
Summer Law Clerk
Herrick & Hart S.C.
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Provide legal research and writing support to partners and associates at the firm. Research and write legal memoranda, draft pleadings, and support assigning attorneys with projects related to civil litigation, criminal law, family law, estate planning, and business law.
Education
University of Wisconsin Law School
J.D. (2010) | Law
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Honors: cum laude
Activities: Business and Tax Law Association, UW Real Estate Club, Phi Alpha Delta, Federalist Society
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University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
B.B.A. (2008) | Business Economics
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Honors: magna cum laude
Activities: Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society, UWEC Student Senate, Financial Management Association
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Professional Associations
University of Wisconsin Alumni Association Chippewa Valley Chapter
Board Member
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Chippewa Valley After Hours Rotary
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Chippewa County Bar Association
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Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley
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State Bar of Wisconsin  # 1072795
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Publications
Articles & Publications
10 Questions: Tom Burton: How a Nontechie Built a Virtual Practice
Wisconsin Lawyer
Speaking Engagements
Interview with Wisconsin Public Radio , Online
Wisconsin Public Radio
Interview with Wisconsin Public Radio on practicing law during the COVID-19 pandemic. The entire interview can be accessed here https://www.wpr.org/routine-legal-work-pause-during-covid-19-pandemic
Websites & Blogs
Website
Home Page of the Law Office of Thomas B. Burton
Blog
Videos
Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how "Flow Through" taxation works for an LLC that elects to be taxed as a partnership and discusses why flow through taxation can avoid the... What is Flow Through Taxation for a Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how "Flow Through" taxation works for an LLC that elects to be taxed as a partnership and discusses why flow through taxation can avoid the...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how a Revocable Living Trust can hold title to property in different states, helping you to avoid multiple probates in multiple states and also discusses... How Can A Trust Own Property in Multiple States?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how a Revocable Living Trust can hold title to property in different states, helping you to avoid multiple probates in multiple states and also discusses...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the benefits of limited liability protection afforded by an LLC but also explains why you should always include the letters "LLC" on your signs, letterhead,... Why Should I Include "LLC" on My Signs and Business Cards for My LLC?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the benefits of limited liability protection afforded by an LLC but also explains why you should always include the letters "LLC" on your signs, letterhead,...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the situation where someone named as a backup trustee in a Revocable Living Trust dies before the person who made the Trust (the Grantor) dies. What Do I Do if My Backup Trustee Dies Before Me?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the situation where someone named as a backup trustee in a Revocable Living Trust dies before the person who made the Trust (the Grantor) dies.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains a special IRS rule for multi-member LLCs in Wisconsin where the only members are a married couple. Special Rule for Married LLC Members in Wisconsin

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains a special IRS rule for multi-member LLCs in Wisconsin where the only members are a married couple.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how you can amend or change a Revocable Living Trust and also explains the point at which the Trust can no longer be changed and... When Does A Revocable Living Trust Become Irrevocable?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how you can amend or change a Revocable Living Trust and also explains the point at which the Trust can no longer be changed and...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how a standalone HIPAA release can be very useful as part of your comprehensive estate plan. Why You Should Consider a Standalone HIPAA Release

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how a standalone HIPAA release can be very useful as part of your comprehensive estate plan.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how many trustees you can name as Trustee of your Revocable Living Trust and discusses some of the pros and cons of naming multiple trustees... How Many Trustees Can I Name for My Revocable Living Trust?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how many trustees you can name as Trustee of your Revocable Living Trust and discusses some of the pros and cons of naming multiple trustees...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses one of the most valuable tax deductions available to homeowners when they sell their home and discusses how the recent changes to the tax code... The $250/500K Home Sale Tax Exclusion for Your Principal Residence

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses one of the most valuable tax deductions available to homeowners when they sell their home and discusses how the recent changes to the tax code...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the top 3 reasons why a Limited Liability Company (LLC) can be a great choice for your new small business venture. Top 3 Reasons to Form an LLC for Your New Small Business

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the top 3 reasons why a Limited Liability Company (LLC) can be a great choice for your new small business venture.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the question about what minimum amount of assets are needed in order to form a Revocable Living Trust in Wisconsin and discusses some of the... What is The Minimum Amount of Assets Needed to Form a Trust in Wisconsin?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the question about what minimum amount of assets are needed in order to form a Revocable Living Trust in Wisconsin and discusses some of the...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains the steps necessary to start a sole proprietorship in Wisconsin and gives some practical advice on getting your sole proprietorship business off to a great... How Do I Start a Sole Proprietorship in Wisconsin?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains the steps necessary to start a sole proprietorship in Wisconsin and gives some practical advice on getting your sole proprietorship business off to a great...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the Top 3 Reasons you should consider avoiding probate for your estate and discusses why many people choose to avoid probate in order to make... Top 3 Reasons for Avoiding Probate

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the Top 3 Reasons you should consider avoiding probate for your estate and discusses why many people choose to avoid probate in order to make...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the Top 3 Reasons you should consider avoiding probate for your estate and discusses why many people choose to avoid probate in order to make... Top 3 Reasons for Avoiding Probate

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the Top 3 Reasons you should consider avoiding probate for your estate and discusses why many people choose to avoid probate in order to make...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how life insurance works as part of your estate planning and discusses why a comprehensive estate plan fills in gaps that life insurance does not... If I Have Life Insurance Do I Still Need an Estate Plan?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses how life insurance works as part of your estate planning and discusses why a comprehensive estate plan fills in gaps that life insurance does not...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains the three basic levels of planning for your estate, which he calls (1) No Plan, (2) Will Plan, and (3) Trust Plan. Attorney Burton explains... 3 Plans for your Estate--No Plan, Will Plan, & Trust Plan

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains the three basic levels of planning for your estate, which he calls (1) No Plan, (2) Will Plan, and (3) Trust Plan. Attorney Burton explains...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses which assets you should put into your Revocable Living Trust and which assets should be left outside the trust for tax reasons or other practical... What Assets Should I Put Into My Revocable Living Trust?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses which assets you should put into your Revocable Living Trust and which assets should be left outside the trust for tax reasons or other practical...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how what funding your Revocable Living Trust means and why it is important to place assets into the Trust during your life, if you want... How Do I Fund My Revocable Living Trust?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how what funding your Revocable Living Trust means and why it is important to place assets into the Trust during your life, if you want...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses  why you should consider keeping a Revocable Living Trust  that was formed before August 1, 2014 for Medicaid planning purposes in the state... Why You Might Want to Keep a WI Revocable Living Trust Formed Before August 2014

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses why you should consider keeping a Revocable Living Trust that was formed before August 1, 2014 for Medicaid planning purposes in the state...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses some of the powers and duties of a Trustee of a Revocable Living Trust and their role in administering the trust. What Are the Duties of a Trustee of a Revocable Living Trust

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses some of the powers and duties of a Trustee of a Revocable Living Trust and their role in administering the trust.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses estate planning techniques for leaving the family cabin or cottage to your children or heirs in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Attorney Burton discusses some common strategies... What is the Best Way to Leave the Family Cabin To the Next Generation

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses estate planning techniques for leaving the family cabin or cottage to your children or heirs in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Attorney Burton discusses some common strategies...

Wisconsin Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question that many people pose to their lawyer when forming their estate plan: Should they use a will or a trust in... Should I Use a Will or a Trust for My Estate Plan?

Wisconsin Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question that many people pose to their lawyer when forming their estate plan: Should they use a will or a trust in...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains the difference between a Revocable Living Trust and an Irrevocable Trust and talks about some of the situations where each type of trust is appropriate... What's the Difference Between a Revocable Trust and an Irrevocable Trust?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains the difference between a Revocable Living Trust and an Irrevocable Trust and talks about some of the situations where each type of trust is appropriate...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains the uses of a testamentary trust, especially for parents of minor children and how useful a testamentary trust can be as part of your comprehensive... When Should You Consider a Testamentary Trust

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains the uses of a testamentary trust, especially for parents of minor children and how useful a testamentary trust can be as part of your comprehensive...

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how a Revocable Living Trust can be a useful tool when you own property in two states, such as a home in Minnesota and a... Own Property in Multiple States? Consider a Trust

Attorney Thomas B. Burton explains how a Revocable Living Trust can be a useful tool when you own property in two states, such as a home in Minnesota and a...

Legal Answers
73 Questions Answered

Q. Tenants in common transfer without a will
A: When a tenant in common passes, their interest in the property passes to that person's estate. If your Mom's brother passed away with no Will, he died what we call "intestate" therefore his property would pass according to the Wisconsin rules for intestate succession in Chapter 852 of the Wisconsin statutes. The property will past to his nearest living relatives, generally to the surviving spouse, and then to his children, if any, and then to the next nearest living relatives. You can find the full statute no intestate succession here https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/852 In terms of getting the property out of the deceased brother's name, I recommend consulting with a qualified real estate and probate attorney. It is likely that an heir of your Mother's brother can file the paperwork to open a probate estate on behalf of the brother, and take title to the property on behalf of the estate. If the interest in the property is worth less than $50,000 there may be a simplified probate process that can be pursued. Either way without a Will, or Trust, you will need to follow the Wisconsin rules for intestate succession for passing his interest in the property.
Q. My grandmother past away without a valid will. My mother is in an assisted living facility and has a state payee. How
A: If your grandmother passed away without a Will, someone is going to have to petition to open a probate case for the Estate in the County in which your grandmother resided at death. Then someone will also have to volunteer to serve as Personal Representative (aka Executor) of the Estate (likely one of the heirs). After the Estate is opened up, your mother will eventually receive a portion of the money. I would recommend that you and your mother sit down with a qualified estate planning attorney to determine if there is some way the money can be placed in a trust for your mother's benefit. If your mother currently qualifies for need-based government benefits, then she likely does not want to inherit this money in her individual name as it may disqualify her from receiving benefits for a certain period of time. I am not sure of her exact situation, but this is one thing to look out for. Instead, if your mother is disabled, it is possible she could set up a special needs trust to accept the money on her behalf, such as a Wispact trust here in the state of Wisconsin. As far as the payee, I think you may mean a Representative Payee appointed by the Social Security Administration but I am not sure. Such a person is appointed for minor children or adults who are legally incompetent. You must follow the rules regarding the payee, whenever they were appointed, however I am not sure if the payee will have power over the inherited funds, or just other income of your mother. It depends on who appointed the payee and for what purpose. I would consult with your lawyer about this to see if you can put the money in a special needs trust that perhaps the payee could manage as well. The judge overseeing the probate case would have to approve this method so I would work closely with a probate attorney and estate planning attorney to accomplish your goals.
Q. My cousin and I co own our deceased grandparents property. How do I make sure my half goes to my daughter when I die?
A: The answer to this question will depend on how title to the real estate is held with your cousin. If you hold it as joint tenants, then the survivor of either of you would inherit the deceased person's interest. However, I think it is more likely that you hold it as tenants in common because it sounds like you inherited it from your grandparents. I would examine the deed carefully with a lawyer to see how title is held. As tenants in common, each person's interest in the property will pass according to their own estate plan. So, for this land in Michigan, you can either name your daughter as the recipient of the land in your Will in Wisconsin, OR what I would strongly recommend you consider is putting the land in a revocable trust. This trust could hold title to real estate you own in both states, in both Michigan and Wisconsin, and could avoid having to open two probate court actions upon your death. If you use a Will to pass the property to your daughter, upon your death, she will need to open a probate in Michigan for your real estate there, and a probate in Wisconsin for your probate assets in Wisconsin. Instead, one trust could avoid probate in both states. Finally, I recommend you sit down with a qualified estate planning attorney who can examine the title to the land in question and lay out your best options for getting the real estate to your daughter upon your death.
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