We set out to build a trusts and estates firm for the 21st century. Our fundamental idea is that a great modern trusts and estates firm will combine the latest technology with the kind of expertise and client service expected from a top traditional law firm. By doing so, we can make great planning and settlement work accessible to everyone who needs it.

TRADITIONAL EXPERTISe

We don’t think there is any substitute for expertise and experience. Families putting together their estate plans deserve to work directly with an attorney who has put together hundreds of plans, and can offer solutions based on that deep experience. This experience and problem solving ability is the fundamental value that an experienced estate planning attorney offers, and has long been the strength of traditional law firms.

MODERN DELIVERY

We’ve made tremendous investments over the years in technology and time in refining our office processes. By design, these processes happen mostly behind the scenes, but are tremendously important to the work we do.

A key to our work is our custom software applications for document creation, which ensure that client documents are produced quickly and free from errors. We’ve built and refined our task management system, built on David Allen’s GTD system, which allows us to efficiently manage multiple projects and deadlines. Our paperless office system allows us to quickly and efficiently access and search documents in files that would be multiple boxes in a traditional paper file. And we use modern practice management software, which allows us to easily track contacts, emails, and other client information.

Put together, our investments—in time and funds—in these four technologies allow us to deliver services with a level of efficiency that traditional firms just can’t touch.

A better business model

We think the major obstacle to innovation in traditional firms is the hourly billing model. By definition, a firm that bills for hours will lose revenue if it becomes more efficient. We think that’s wrong and backwards.

Our investments in process allow us to offer flat fee pricing that is predictable up front and generally less than what a traditional hourly firm would charge for a similar service. This works great for our clients, who get a great solution at a fixed (and reasonable) price point. And it works great for us, since we can invest in technology and do business the way we think it should be done.

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MICHAEL J. LAUTERBACH
ATTORNEY & OWNER

Mike founded Lauterbach Legal in 2014. In his eleven years in private practice, he has helped hundreds of families with estate planning, settling estates, and related matters.

Mike is a graduate of St. Cloud (Minnesota) State University and the University of Wisconsin. He has practiced in central Wisconsin since 2006, and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Elder Law Section of the Wisconsin State Bar.

When not at work, Mike enjoys spending time with his daughter, Addy, or paddling, biking, or skiing (and sometimes both). Mike has completed two MR340s and eleven American Birkebeiners. He also currently serves as grants committee chair and board member for the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, and is a frequent speaker to local community and business groups.


ASHLEY M. KEYZER
OFFICE MANAGER & PARALEGAL

Ashley is the firm’s probate paralegal. Since 2012, she has been assisting clients with the day to day aspects of estate settlement, including bookkeeping and managing trust or estate assets.

Ashley is a 2012 graduate of Robert Morris University in Chicago, Illinois, where she earned an Associate's degree in Paralegal and a Bachelor's degree in Law Office Administration. While at RMU, she volunteered in Junior Achievement and was a member of the honors program there. Ashley has been Mike’s paralegal since she graduated in 2012 and made the move with him when he opened Lauterbach Legal in 2014, where she added office manager to her job title.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family and her dachshund, Bows, renovating her home, and spending time outdoors.

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AMANDA M. SUTTON
PARALEGAL

Amanda is the firm’s estate planning and caregiver assistance paralegal. In that role, she assists with document drafting, funding trusts, and supporting caregiver assistance matters.

Amanda is a 2011 graduate of University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and was a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member. She joined Lauterbach Legal in 2016 as client services coordinator, and moved to her current role in 2018.

When not at work, Amanda enjoys travel, baking, and spending time with her husband.


READY TO GET STARTED?

All of our work starts with a free no-obligation consultation. Call us today to schedule.

Free Consultation

We use our initial meetings to learn about you and your needs, and to discuss possible solutions. If we can help, we’ll explain what we can do and what to expect next, and you choose whether to move forward.

Flat Fee Pricing

All of our estate planning and uncontested probate work is done on a flat fee, quoted up front. In our estate planning work, we generally offer two options—an affordable plan that meets all needs effectively, and a more involved plan that allows for cost and time savings in estate settlement. For more information on available estate plans, see our Estate Planning FAQ.

In uncontested estate settlements, we are able to provide a quote for the work necessary in every probate or trust settlement. If unexpected matters arise (for example, a creditor makes a claim, or a family member raises unexpected issues), our work related to those issues is an additional project. For more information on how this works, see our Probate and Estate Settlement FAQ.

Open-Ended Projects

Some projects are open ended—for example, we know from the beginning that there is a dispute among the family, or a difficult issue related to interpretation of a will or trust document. In those cases, providing a flat fee quote up front would not be fair to either us or our clients, since no one knows how much work will be necessary. Typically, open-ended projects are handled hourly. However, in some cases—particularly cases involving recovery of assets due a beneficiary—we offer to work for a percentage of the amount recovered.


READY TO GET STARTED?

All of our work starts with a free no-obligation consultation. Call us today to schedule.