Matt Ackmann is an associate attorney in Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren’s Trust & Estates Practice.  Matt assists a wide range of clients including individuals and families, closely held businesses and non-profit organizations.  Matt is based out of the Waukesha office and also serves clients in the Milwaukee and Madison areas.  Originally from a suburb of Chicago, Matt received his B.A. from Loyola University Chicago and his J.D. from Marquette University Law School.
November Meeting: Business Succession Planning Fundamentals for Estate Planning Professionals 2019-11-04 06:00:00Z 0

Speaking at this meeting is Chris McArdle. Chris has been helping individuals and small employers in the Milwaukee area find insurance solutions for almost 25 years. In addition to finding the right plan at the right price, he also ensures the consumer is educated and can be confident in their decisions. He presents on the topics of Medicare and the Affordable Care Act regularly, and is frequently quoted in the local media. Chris has served on various industry task forces and advisory groups for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, and for local insurance carriers. 

The three primary areas of concentration for Chris and his firm are small group benefits (health, dental, vision, life, disability, etc.), Medicare plans, and individual policies for those without access to group medical coverage. By narrowing their scope of focus, Chris and his team are able to deliver market leading solutions, and world class service.

Chris is a graduate of Marquette University with a degree in Business Economics, and remains active with various alumni groups at his alma mater. He currently serves as the Board Chair at YMCA Camp Minikani and is on the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee Board of Directors. Chris has served as President of the Milwaukee Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, and enjoys volunteering with groups such as Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee, St. John Vianney Parish and the American Heart Association. Chris and his wife Michelle live in Brookfield with their teenage daughter, Meghan. 

September Meeting: Medicare and Marketplace Options in 2019 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

Speaking at this meeting is David Patzer. David is the chair of Godfrey & Kahn's Estate Planning, Estate & Trust Administration Practice Group in the Milwaukee office. His areas of practice include fiduciary income taxation, estate and gift taxation, probate administration, and the preparation of marital agreements, wills, trusts, and other estate planning instruments. David's presentation will be the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning 2019 Update. 

February Meeting: Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning 2019 2019-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
Joel Nettesheim and Dan Glomski will be tag team presenting for our March Meeting. Joel is a principal at SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. and member of the Business Advisory Services group. Joel helps clients improve their company profitability and protects their interests by clearly understanding their future goals. He works closely and proactively with clients with an emphasis in business and income tax planning. This approach results in better management of their business and personal assets to help them reach their life goals. 
Dan is also a principal with SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. and a member of the Business Advisory Services group. Dan helps clients understand financial information to improve their company’s profitability and protect their interests.  He does this by taking the time to understand the client, external influences and personal objectives of the owners. He works closely and proactively with the clients, emphasizing customer service and being available for his clients. This approach results in supporting clients with timely information and strategies to move them and their businesses forward to help them reach continued success. 
WEDNESDAY March Meeting  2019-01-21 06:00:00Z 0
Accredited Estate Planner® Designation Michael Kaiser 2017-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
On February 16, 2017, Attorney Catherine Priebe will present to the Council.  Attorney Priebe concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, business succession and fiduciary law with Certus Legal Group, Ltd. The presentation topic is the Heckerling Update.  As the premiere conference for estate planning professionals, the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning provides unparalleled educational and professional development opportunities for all members of the estate planning team.  While not all of us can attend this week-long conference, we are fortunate to have a local attorney willing to share with our group the highlights of what is being discussed on a national level. 
WCEPC Members to receive Heckerling Institute Update Michael Kaiser 2017-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 09, 2017
This month's meeting will feature Attorney Caitlyn B. Sikorski on the topic of Non-Judicial Settlement Agreements for Trusts.  This area of practice should be of great interest to practitioners as we evaluate out of court resolution to disputes as well as the need for trust amendment.  Caitlyn B. Sikorski is a shareholder in Reinhart’s Trusts and Estates Practice where she focuses on litigation, including breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence, and significant construction and reformation matters. She represents individual and corporate fiduciaries, beneficiaries, and other parties involved in will, trust and intra-family related disputes and matters. Caitlyn is also experienced in prenuptial and marital property agreements, succession planning and guardianship as well as gift and generation-skipping tax issues and general estate, tax, and wealth transfer planning.
Non-Judicial Settlement Agreements--Jan. 19th Meeting Topic Michael Kaiser 2017-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
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.
Six Practices of Successful Families in Business 2015-11-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 14, 2015
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.
Business Valuations: Process and Methodology 2015-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 16, 2015
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.
529 Plans As Estate Planning Tools 2015-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Digital Property - Challenges to the Estate Planning Community 2015-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
"A Retirement Template" Presentation by Attorney John Bannen 2014-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
October Meeting: Dr. Eric Weiner on Family Legacy Matters 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Annual Waukesha County Estate Planners Board Meeting Nicole Brown 2014-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Kaiser on Mar 31, 2014

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


Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning Recap Michael Kaiser 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Kaiser on Mar 02, 2014

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


Members Review Divorce Court Perspective on Inherited Assets Michael Kaiser 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Kaiser on Jan 30, 2014

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


New Wisconsin Trust Code Introduced to Members at January Meeting Michael Kaiser 2014-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
NAEPC Newsletter--January 2014 Michael Kaiser 2014-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Kaiser on Dec 04, 2013
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  


Discounted National Webinars -- 2nd Wed of Each Month Michael Kaiser 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Kaiser on Dec 01, 2013

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. 

ATRA-Math--Estate Planning After the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Michael Kaiser 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael Kaiser on Oct 22, 2013

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.
Planning for Family Member with a Disability Michael Kaiser 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0