The Waukesha County Estate Planning Council is the premier networking resource and professional association for estate planning professionals in Waukesha County and south east Wisconsin.  Meetings are held monthly during fall, winter and spring, including social and networking time, a delicious meal, and educational speakers.


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Third Thursday of the month, 5pm-7:30pm
Weissgerber's Gasthaus
2720 N. Grandview Boulevard
Waukesha, WI  53188
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This is the NAEPC newsletter which is sent to one of our board members.  Sharing it here for all members to benefit.  Click the link to be directed to the NAEPC Website and their January 2014 Newsletter.


The annual Waukesha County Estate Planners Board Meeting was held on Wednesday, July 16. Please see the Agenda prepared for this meeting for further details.

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At the upcoming meeting of the Waukesha County Estate Planning Council on November 19, 2015, Robert J. Holton from Cleary Gull will conduct a presentation on Six Practices of Successful Families in Business.  Mr. Holton frequently speaks on topics surrounding successful families in business and has been published locally, nationally, and internationally.

On October 15, 2015, the WCEPC welcomed Bryan Browning of Valuation Research Corp. Bryan provided those in attendance with an excellent example of a mock-valuation.  The process and methodology was shown and some excellent interaction between our own accounting and planning experts and Mr. Browning.  A copy of the presentation materials is available to members through the member login on this site.

On September 17, 2015, the WCEPC welcomed Susie Bauer and Brian Wielgus from Baird for a panel discussion of 529 Savings Plans as estate planning tools. Brian and Susie provided excellent answers to a serious of questions about 529 Plans in the context of estate planning. A copy of the presentation materials is available to members through the member login on this site.

On March 19, 2015, members and guests welcomed Attorney Carol Wessels, an elder law attorney who has worked with seniors, their families, people with special needs, and other lawyers for over 22 years.  Attorney Wessels gave a wonderful presentation on “Medicaid Tips for Estate Planners". Members can access the outline once signed in.


On February 19, 2015, members and guests welcomed Attorney David Patzer to review the most important issues relayed at the 2015 Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning. Members can access his outline once signed in.

On January 20, 2015, members and guests welcomed Attorney Adam Wiensch for our first meeting of the new year. Attorney Wiensch gave a presentation regarding digital property titled "Challenges to the Estate Planning Community". Members can access his outline once signed in.
On November 20, 2014, members and guests welcomed local John Bannen, a partner at Quarles & Brady, who gave a presentation entitled "A Retirement Template," which will reference Baby Boomers and all those who intend to retire someday.

On October 16, 2014, the Waukesha County Estate Planning Council welcomed Dr. Eric Weiner for a presentation on Family Legacy Matters, with a heavy emphasis on legacy planning and ethical wills.

On September 18, 2014, members and guests welcomed local attorney and director of advanced planning at Northwestern Mutual, William R. Hughes. He shared a presentation on estate planning for digital assets. Members can reference his outline in once logged in on this page.

On March 20, 2014, members and guests welcomed local attorney J. Gardner Govan of Godfrey & Kahn who shared with the group highlights from the 2014 Heckerling Institute Conference.  Members can reference his outline in once logged in on this page.



J. Gardner Govan is the former chair of Godfrey & Kahn’s Estate Planning Group in the Milwaukee office, where his practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning, business succession planning, taxation and probate administration.

Gardner has been a frequent speaker to many lay and professional groups, including the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Waukesha Estate Planning Council, the Estate Counselors Forum, Mid-Winter Estate Planning Clinic, the Milwaukee Estate Planning Council and the CLEW Tax Workshops.

Gardner received his preparatory school education at Phillips Academy and Swarthmore High School and received his undergraduate education at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School magna cum laude where he was selected to the Order of the Coif. Gardner has been named as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer since 2005 and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2006.

Gardner is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a Board member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Wisconsin State Bar. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar Association and Mid-Winter Estate Planning Clinic.


780 North Water Street
Milwaukee, WI
53202-3590 USA
TEL • 414.287.9440
FAX • 414.273.5198




Attorneys Kate McChrystal and Peter Wyant shared their insight with members about how the divorce court might address inherited assets.  Topics included appreciation and income from inherited assets, maintenance, property division, tracing and mixing.  Marital property law ought to be on the forefront of every planners mind when helping clients plan.


Attorney Kate McChrystal--- Gagne & O'Halloran LLC


TELEPHONE (414) 273-5551

Attorney McChrystal graduated cum laude from Marquette University Law School in 2010. During law school she interned for Judge Michael J. Dwyer in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court Family Division as well as clerked for a Wisconsin family law firm. Those experiences solidified her interest in family law, her sole area of practice.  

Prior to attending law school, Attorney McChrystal worked as a teacher educating children at preschool, grade school, and middle school levels. Her background working with children and her familiarity with the complicated issues surrounding children’s special education and developmental needs is an asset to any case involving children, but especially those with the potential for complex child custody issues.

Attorney McChrystal has also participated in the Marquette Small Claims Mediation Clinic and completed coursework in mediation, negotiation, and dispute resolution. Whether a client’s case trajectory is collaborative divorce, mediation, negotiation, or litigation, Attorney McChrystal believes that each client deserves a competent, creative advocate. The goal is to proceed through an action with class and efficiency. Attorney McChrystal’s focus is an empathetic approach incorporating strong statutory and financial knowledge and creative problem solving.

Attorney McChrystal is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Association of Women Lawyers, the Leander J. Foley Matrimonial Inns of Court, and FUEL Milwaukee. She is also the President of the Junior Board of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and a member of the Marquette Law School Board of Recent Graduates.




Attorney Peter Wyant


510 College Avenue

Racine, WI 53403


Peter Wyant is an attorney at Wyant Law Offices, S.C.  Peter focuses his practice on estate and wealth transfer planning, along with trust and estate administration.  He works with clients of all backgrounds to develop and implement the proper estate plan for each client’s unique situation.  Peter also advises clients on tax issues and Wisconsin's marital property law.

In addition to estate planning and administration, Wyant Law Offices, S.C. advises clients on matters relating to business law and commercial real estate, and the firm has attorneys with decades of experience in these practice areas. 

Prior to attending law school, Peter led horseback rides and pack trips in Yellowstone National Park, and also volunteered as an English teacher in a rural village in Ecuador. 

Representative Matters and Experience

  • Represents individuals in the preparation of estate planning documents to transfer wealth and minimize tax exposure
  • Advises closely held business owners on succession planning issues
  • Assists fiduciaries with trust and estate administrations


  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • American Bar Association
  • Racine and Kenosha Estate Planning Council
  • Wisconsin Law Review


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School

B.A., with distinction, University of Wisconsin




WCEPC Member and Trust Code Committee Co-Chair, Victor Schultz provided an overview to members of the new Wisconsin Trust Code at our January Meeting.


Victor Schultz
Senior Vice President
Head of Personal Trust
Prairie Financial Group, a division of Waukesha State Bank
51 E St Paul Avenue
PO Box 648
Waukesha WI 53187-0648


NAEPC has recently implemented a new monthly webinar series.  One-hour programs will be offered on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 3:00 pm ET (with the exception of November of each year) and are available to affiliated local estate planning councils, Accredited Estate Planner® designees, members of affiliated local estate planning councils, and non-members.  Content will complement the core value of NAEPC, the multi-disciplinary approach to estate planning.   Visit  



Matthew J. Teich, CFA, CFP with Bernstein Global Wealth Management presented to our group covering intricacies of ATRA and how we can help our clients evaluate estate planning and wealth transfer given the changes.   The presentation is available for download to members on the site.  We were sorry to miss Clare Golla, For questions, contact:

Clare G. Golla, CFP®

Vice President

Bernstein Global Wealth Management

227 West Monroe, Suite 5900

Chicago, IL  60606


phone: 312-696-7899

fax: 312.696.7979CFP, who coordinated the presentation, but was unable to attend to present with Matt. 


Sara E. Snyder
O'Meara Law Firm, LLP
PO Box 348
622 Elm St.
West Bend, WI 53095-3229

Phone: (262) 334-2331
Fax: (262) 334-8042

On October 17, 2013, Sara provided our club with a heartfelt and info packed presentation regarding the challenges faced by families planning for and managing disabled children.

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