How experienced is your legal team?
Principal attorney John F. Zeckel established his private law practice in 1994, but he has been practicing law since 1984.
Can Mr. Zeckel represent both my spouse and I during our divorce?
No. It is both illegal and unethical to represent both parties in a divorce case, or any case with competing parties.
If I’m getting a divorce, do we have to split our property evenly, or can we compromise?
If you do not wish to divide your assets and property evenly, there many other alternatives. However, if you and your soon-to-be-ex spouse and you cannot agree, the court will have to do so for you and they typically advocate for the equal division of property.
Once an alimony agreement is determined, is there any way to modify or nullify it?
Yes, but your present circumstances must be very compelling in order to do so. Things such as a loss of employment or new marriage sometimes satisfy these high standards, but not always. Your best bet for modifying your alimony agreement is to retain an experienced family law attorney who can advise you.
My son and his wife are getting divorced and it looks as though she will be awarded full custody of my grandchildren. I’m terrified I won’t get to see them anymore. Is there anything I can do legally to maintain my relationship with them?
There are many situations in which grandparents are able to exercise their rights to build visitation time into a custody arrangement for them specifically. We can help you advocate for these rights and build a compelling argument for the divorce court.
What happens if my partner and I can’t decide on a custody arrangement for our children?
If you and your partner cannot come to agreement about the custody of your children, a judge presiding over your divorce case will make this decision for you based on what he or she believes to be in the best interest of your children.
Do I need to do estate planning if I don’t own very many assets?
Yes. Estate planning is something all adults need to complete in order to protect the assets they do own and their families in the event of serious injury or death. We can help you with wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance healthcare directives, and more.
I’ve been named the executor of an estate that is subject to probate and I don’t know where to start. Can you help?
Yes. We have helped countless clients successfully complete the Wisconsin probate process and can do the same for you.
What are your hours of operation?
We are available for client meetings Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. We also offer 30 minute consultations outside of our normal hours of operation in special circumstances.
What forms of payment does your firm accept?
We accept client payments via credit card or checks, though we prefer checks.