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 Burton Law LLC
Blog
Videos
Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the one legal document that Graham Mertz, the redshirt freshman quarterback of the University of Wisconsin Badgers football team, and every Wisconsin Badger football team member, college student, and individual over the age of 18 in the state of Wisconsin should have in place to protect their own health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and abroad. One Legal Document Graham Mertz & Every Wisconsin Badger Should Have During COVID-19

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses the one legal document that Graham Mertz, the redshirt freshman quarterback of the University of Wisconsin Badgers football team, and every Wisconsin Badger football team member, college student, and individual over the age of 18 in the state of Wisconsin should have in place to protect their own health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and abroad.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Which is Better, Revocable or Irrevocable Trust?"  Want to learn more about how different types of trusts work?  Grab a Free Copy of my 5-Step Guide on  How to Protect Your Home From the Nursing Home Here: https://bit.ly/2CWxTiC Which is Better, Revocable or Irrevocable Trust?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Which is Better, Revocable or Irrevocable Trust?" Want to learn more about how different types of trusts work? Grab a Free Copy of my 5-Step Guide on How to Protect Your Home From the Nursing Home Here: https://bit.ly/2CWxTiC

Attorney Thomas B. Burton shows you how you can make your own Wisconsin Basic Will for free, in less than an hour. In this video, Attorney Burton walks you through the Free Wisconsin Basic Will form that was written by the Wisconsin Legislature and placed inside the Wisconsin statutes. Any Wisconsin resident can access this form, print it out, and fill it in by hand by following the steps Attorney Burton shows you in this video. How to Make Your Own Will for Free in Wisconsin

Attorney Thomas B. Burton shows you how you can make your own Wisconsin Basic Will for free, in less than an hour. In this video, Attorney Burton walks you through the Free Wisconsin Basic Will form that was written by the Wisconsin Legislature and placed inside the Wisconsin statutes. Any Wisconsin resident can access this form, print it out, and fill it in by hand by following the steps Attorney Burton shows you in this video.

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses a recent question addressed to the Moneyist columnist for marketwatch.com. The questioner's parent's passed away within three weeks of each other from COVID-19, but left emails stating they wished for one daughter to inherit the home. The parents and the home is located in the state of Texas. Attorney Burton discusses the facts as presented in this question and provides an analysis of how this would play out under Wisconsin law. Attorney Burton also provides.. Parents Died from COVID-19 - No Wills - But Left Emails for Me to Inherit Home. Is this Legal?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton discusses a recent question addressed to the Moneyist columnist for marketwatch.com. The questioner's parent's passed away within three weeks of each other from COVID-19, but left emails stating they wished for one daughter to inherit the home. The parents and the home is located in the state of Texas. Attorney Burton discusses the facts as presented in this question and provides an analysis of how this would play out under Wisconsin law. Attorney Burton also provides..

Have you ever wondered why the Agent under a Power of Attorney cannot continue to administer someone's assets after that person dies? How come the bank freezes the deceased's bank account as of the date of death even when the same person is named as Agent and also as Personal Representative (Executor Why Does a Power of Attorney End When You Die?

Have you ever wondered why the Agent under a Power of Attorney cannot continue to administer someone's assets after that person dies? How come the bank freezes the deceased's bank account as of the date of death even when the same person is named as Agent and also as Personal Representative (Executor

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "How to Verify What is Said by A Real Estate Agent?"  Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide.  Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/3jxgz3R How to Verify What is Said by A Real Estate Agent?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "How to Verify What is Said by A Real Estate Agent?" Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide. Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/3jxgz3R

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Do I Need to Establish an LLC in Colorado?"  Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide.  Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/38bxIvb Do I Need to Establish an LLC in Colorado for My Business Based in Wisconsin?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Do I Need to Establish an LLC in Colorado?" Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide. Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/38bxIvb

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: How Do I Go about Getting My Siblings, with Whom I Own a Land, to Buy Me Out?  Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide.  Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/3jxgz3R How Do I Go about Getting My Siblings, with Whom I Own a Land, to Buy Me Out?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: How Do I Go about Getting My Siblings, with Whom I Own a Land, to Buy Me Out? Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide. Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/3jxgz3R

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question:  In Wisconsin Does a Handwritten Will Need a Witness if it Is Dated and Signed by the Deceased?  Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide.  Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/38bxIvb In Wisconsin Does a Handwritten Will Need a Witness if it Is Dated and Signed by the Deceased?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: In Wisconsin Does a Handwritten Will Need a Witness if it Is Dated and Signed by the Deceased? Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide. Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/38bxIvb

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Do Legal Zoom Wills Hold Up in Court?"  Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide.   Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/3jxgz3R Do Legal Zoom Wills Hold Up in Court?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "Do Legal Zoom Wills Hold Up in Court?" Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide. Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/3jxgz3R

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "If Two People Have a Quitclaim Deed with Joint Tenancy, Can One of the Two Sever That Contract On His Own?"  Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide. Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/3jxgz3R If Two People Have A Quitclaim Deed With Joint Tenancy, Can One of The Two Sever That Contract?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton answers the following question: "If Two People Have a Quitclaim Deed with Joint Tenancy, Can One of the Two Sever That Contract On His Own?" Want to know what type of estate planning documents are best for your situation? Download a free copy of my easy estate planning guide. Obtain Your Free Will vs. Trust Estate Planning Guide here: https://bit.ly/3jxgz3R

Attorney Thomas B. Burton, of Burton Law LLC, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin is joined by Attorney Matthew Underwood, of Underwood Legal, LLC in Madison, Wisconsin and together they answer a reader's question about what to do with a check the reader received from Met Life as a beneficiary of an insurance policy. The attorneys discuss how these funds received from her deceased sister may affect her SSI benefits and discuss strategies to plan for the funds and maintain eligibility for government benefit Can I Pay for Sister's Funeral with Met Life Check?

Attorney Thomas B. Burton, of Burton Law LLC, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin is joined by Attorney Matthew Underwood, of Underwood Legal, LLC in Madison, Wisconsin and together they answer a reader's question about what to do with a check the reader received from Met Life as a beneficiary of an insurance policy. The attorneys discuss how these funds received from her deceased sister may affect her SSI benefits and discuss strategies to plan for the funds and maintain eligibility for government benefit

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 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...

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85 Questions Answered

Q. How do I get dads house titled in my name when he died in 1988 and I have lived there ever since and taxes come care of
A: Hello, I think you are going to need to work with a probate attorney, to get the house transferred from your Father's name to your name. If there was a probate when he died, the deed to the house should have been changed at that time. If you inherited the house via deed, there may be a way to remove his name without going through a full probate. It is going to depend on the specific documents involved in this case. I would take a copy of the current deed as well as any paperwork you have from when he died (death certificates, probate paperwork etc.) to a meeting with an attorney and ask them to give you your options on how to get the house transferred to your name. If they look at all of the documents they should be able to lay out your options on how best to proceed. Best of luck to you.
Q. My son and daughter in law died. DIL had life ins with my son as beneficiary. Does that policy get spllit in the estate?
A: I am sorry for your loss. If your daughter-in-law named your son as the primary beneficiary, then he would receive the proceeds if he survived her. If she named a contingent beneficiary, then that person would receive the assets if your son did not outlive the survival period outlined in the policy. If she did not name a contingent beneficiary, then for most policies your son's Estate would likely be the default beneficiary (meaning the proceeds would pay to his estate and be distributed according to his Will (if he had a Will) or if he did not have a Will then according to the Wisonsin Intestate Statutes through the probate court process. Check the actual terms of the life insurance policy and the beneficiary designation form on file with the company to be sure. That will be the final answer on all of this, since an insurance contract is a matter of contract law. I would work with a good probate attorney to examine the dates and timing of each death and the beneficiary designation form and insurance policy language to determine the order of payment, and the specific contract language as those dates are going to make a big difference to the answer to this question.
Q. I'd like to know how I end the easement on my property.
A: There is no one answer to this question. Whether you have the ability to end the easement, is going to depend on a variety of factors, including the original language in the document in which the easement was granted. I suggest reviewing the deed with the easement language in it with a qualified real estate attorney in your area. Your options to end the easement (if any) will depend on the specific language used to create the easement, as well as the date it was created.
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