How can you settle a loved one’s estate?
Have you been named as a Personal Representative/Executor in a will?
Has your loved one died and left no will?
Not sure just how to take care of what they left behind, or where to start?

We just take care of things.

Our unique process keeps the Personal Representative  / Executor informed and in control.

Wisconsin & Illinois Probate, Estate and Trust Administration

Probate Attorneys Serving Clients in Madison, Wisconsin & Rockford, Illinois

Our Probate Settlement System is unique and designed to keep the Personal Representative/Executor in control. We prepare all of the paperwork for the Personal Representative’s/Executor’s signature. We appear in court. We pay the bills from the estate account. And we give regular reports to the Personal Representative/Executor, and account for every penny owed the loved one’s estate.

The responsibilities of a Personal Representative/Executor are tedious, but also perilous. There are dangers to the Personal Representative/Executor if they are not careful and responsible in handling the assets of the deceased. A Personal Representative/Executor can be held personally liable for losses of the estate if they do not take their fiduciary responsibilities seriously.

Our process was designed with over 15 years’ worth of probate experience. The process guides the estate through the court’s requirements with efficiency and transparency. Our attorneys and staff make all contacts with the court and the creditors.
The efficiency of our process makes us able to handle your case for a very reasonable price. Of course, more complicated estates take more time and money, but when they are handled with our system, they go smoother and faster.

Though the probate process typically takes a bit longer than a year, we can often help cut months from that timeline. Of course, we can’t guarantee how long probate will take because every person who passes leaves a unique set of assets and liabilities, and family members.

If you are responsible for settling a loved one’s estate, we invite you to request a consultation with one of our experienced probate attorneys.

We Can Help

Photo: Nelson Donovan; Read Nelson Donovan's bio
Partner, Attorney & Author
Nelson Donovan
Photo: Daniel Krause; Read Daniel Krause's bio
Partner, Attorney & Author
Dan Krause
Danielle L. Burza-Smith: Attorney at Law
Danielle Burza-Smith
Noelle H. Long, Attorney
Noelle H. Long

Our Mission Statement

We at Krause Donovan Estate Law Partners, LLC focus solely in the areas of Planning and Administering Estates. We are a team of accomplished, highly motivated attorneys and staff dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality legal services.

We are committed to our clients’ needs and to the success and development of our employees. Our estate planning lawyers consider our clients as part of our family, and in that spirit, we strive to be fair, honest, courteous and professional in all of our endeavors. Our strengths are our expertise, our willingness to listen, our integrity, and our willingness to improve our awareness, knowledge, skills, and resilience. We pledge to work at all times in furtherance of our clients’ best interests as well as the best interests of our employees and to do this with the utmost integrity and respect.

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  • April 12, 2019
    Greg M
    Nelson Donovan guided us very specifically in updating a 15 y/o Trust that needed to be made current. The cost was reasonable and his work impeccable. Truly a very positive experience in what could have been a negative context. I recommend him without reservation. Truly a credit to his profession.
    Krause Donovan Estate Law Partners, LLC
    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, Greg. It was a pleasure working with you and your family, and we are honored that you put your confidence in our firm to complete this important task.
  • April 2, 2019
    Al L
    Our experience with Krause Donovan has been excellent. Would recommend To anyone for estate measures.
    Krause Donovan Estate Law Partners, LLC
    Al, we are honored you trusted our firm with this important task. It was a pleasure working with you to protect your legacy.
  • April 1, 2019
    Kerry G.
    Knowledgeable, friendly and patient.these were very appreciated attributes we found at Krause Donovan
    Krause Donovan Estate Law Partners, LLC
    Kerry, thank you for your kind words. We appreciate the confidence you had in us when selecting our firm to guide you through your estate planning.
  • March 31, 2019
    Doris j
    It is good to know everything is in place for the future of our family.
  • March 31, 2019
    Kari R
    I would highly recommend Krause Donovan Estate Law Partners for all your estate planning needs. Everyone we worked with was very professional and knowledgeable. The guidance and suggestions that Nelson gave us were a great source of comfort when talking about subjects that are very stressful. All of our questions via phone/emails were always answered in a timely manner. Would highly suggest this team!!!
    Krause Donovan Estate Law Partners, LLC
    Kari, thank you for your kind words! We're honored that you trusted our firm to serve your family. It was a pleasure working with you.
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