Heather B. Poster

Top rated Elder Law attorney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Becker, Hickey & Poster, S.C.
Heather B. Poster
Becker, Hickey & Poster, S.C.

Practice Areas: Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate, Family Law; view more

Licensed in Wisconsin since: 2002

Education: Marquette University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2012

Becker, Hickey & Poster, S.C.

222 E Erie St
Suite 320
Milwaukee, WI 53202 Visit website

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Heather B. Poster is a shareholder of Becker, Hickey & Poster, S.C., located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Assisting clients throughout the greater metropolitan area, her practice includes estate planning, probate administration and elder law. Ms. Poster also has family law experience, and she is admitted to practice before all Wisconsin state courts.

Ms. Poster's elder law practice includes Medicaid and long-term care planning, the preparation of special needs trusts, asset protection and guardianships. As an estate planner, she prepares and reviews wills, irrevocable life insurance trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, advanced health care directives and long term care insurance contracts. Her family law matters include divorces with special emphasis on those cases involving a spouse who is disabled and receiving or applying for public benefits.  

As an undergraduate, Ms. Poster attended the University of Wisconsin on a scholarship, where she majored in behavioral science and earned a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in 1999. She then went on to attend Marquette University Law School and was awarded her Juris Doctor cum laude in 2002.

Ms. Poster has written several articles on medicaid planning, capacity and special needs trusts for the Elder Law Journal of Wisconsin and other publications. She has led or participated in numerous seminars on topics related to her practice area before groups of fellow professionals, including the Milwaukee Bar Association and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She is currently an advisor to the State Bar of Wisconsin's Elder and Special Needs Law Section Board (Chair 2017-2018) and serves on the boards for the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Chair 2020) and WisPACT, Inc. Ms. Poster has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of elder law.

Practice areas

Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate, Family Law

Focus areas

Divorce, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Marital Property, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

  • 80% Elder Law
  • 10% Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10% Family Law

First Admitted: 2002, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: http://www.beckerhickey.com/Attorneys/Heather-B-Poster.shtml

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Overview of Disabled Adult Child Benefits, Milwaukee County Family Care and the Milwaukee Center for Independence, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 15, 2012
  • Title 19 Planning and Use of Trusts, Milwaukee Paralegal Association Group, Associated Wealth Management, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 23, 2012
  • Title 19/Medicaid Overview, Solo and Small Firm Conference, State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, October 27, 2012
  • Practicing and Parenting, Solo and Small Firm Conference, State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, October 27, 2012
  • Guardianship and Advance Directive: An Overview, Health ED, Brookfield Wisconsin, November 2, 2012
  • Medicaid Planning for the Estate Lawyer, 34th Annual Estate Planning Update, State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, November 9, 2012
  • Public Benefits You Should Know About, (Co-Presenter Sarah A.Burnett), 15th Annual Elder Law Workshop, Wisconsin NAELA, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, January 25, 2013
  • Public Benefits You Should Know About, Milwaukee Bar Association CLE Presentation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 26, 2013
  • Distribution Issues Related to WisPACT Trusts (Co-Presenter Rebecca Anderson, Eric DeGroot), WisPACT 3rd Annual CLE, Madison, Wisconsin, May 8, 2013
  • Medicaid Divestment, Attorney's Desk Reference, (Co-Author With Margaret W.Hickey), State Bar of Wisconsin, 2007
  • Medicaid, Advising Older Clients and Their Families (Co-Author With Megann Hendrix), State Bar of Wisconsin, Vol. 2, 2011
  • "Title 19: Trials and Tribulations," Elder Law Journal, State Bar of Wisconsin Elder Law Section
  • Pushing the Parameters of Support Orders as a Tool for Income Preservation in Medicaid Planning, 14th Annual Elder Law Workshop, State Bar of Wisconsin Elder Law Section, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, January 27, 2012
  • Special Issues Related to WisPACT Trust I, (Co-Presenter Olivia Wong), Milwaukee Bar Association, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 28, 2012
  • Ethical Issues Relating to WisPACT Trusts (Co-Presenter Roy Froemming, Peter Grosskopf), WisPACT, Inc and the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups, Madison, Wisconsin, March 30, 2012
  • Third Party Special Needs Trusts, Michael, Best & Friedrich, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 15, 2012
  • Using Pooled and Special Needs Trusts for Medicaid Planning, Quarles & Brady, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 18, 2012
Honors/Awards:
  • Listed in the 2012 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • Board of Directors, Wisconsin Pooled and Community Trust (“WisPACT”), Inc., 2006 - 2013
  • Chair, Wisconsin Pooled and Community Trust (“WisPACT”), Inc., 2012
  • Listed in the Best Lawyers in America Publication for elder law practice, 2012 - 2013
  • Listed as a "Rising Star" in the Field of Elder Law, 2007 - 2008
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Elder Law Section Board, 2009 - 2013
  • Secretary, Wisconsin Pooled and Community Trust (“WisPACT”), Inc., 2006
  • NAELA Steeing Committee on Pooled and Special Needs Trusts, 2012 - 2013
  • Listed as a "Rising Star" in the Field of Elder Law, 2010
  • Elder Law Journal of Wisconsin Contributor, 2005 - 2013
  • Chair, Wisconsin Pooled and Community Trust (“WisPACT”), Inc., 2007
  • Listed in Law and Politics, Wisconsin Superlawyers publication "Rising Star" in the Field of Elder Law, 2007 - 2012
Educational Background:
  • U.W. Madison (1999), Honors: With Distinction, Honors: Tommy E. Thompson Scholarship, Recipient, 1995-1999, Major: Behavioral Science and Law and History
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Wisconsin, 2002
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section, Member, Elder Law Board , 2009 - Present
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Family Law Section, Elder Law Section Member
  • Wisconsin Pooled and Community Trust, Board of Directors, 2006 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member, 2011 - Present Wisconsin Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member, 2011-Present, Board of Directors, Member (2016-Current), Chair Elect (2019-2020), Chair (2020-2021)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section, Member
  • Member of NAELA's Steering Committee on Trusts and Special Needs Trusts, 2013
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Family Law Section , Member
  • Association for Women Lawyers, Member, 2002 - Present
  • Wisconsin Pooled and Community Trust, Chair, 2007 - 2012
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin Elder Law Section Board of Directors, 2008
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Elder Law Section, Program Committee, 2007 - Present
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Family Law Bench , Bar Committee, 2005
  • Wisconsin Pooled and Community Trust, Board of Directors, 2006 - Present
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • -Member, Wisconsin Pooled and Community Trust (WisPACT) Board of Directors, Member (2006-2014, 2019-Present), Secretary (2006), Chair (2009 and 2012), 2006

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Heather is exceptional at handling a difficult elder law matter because she knows the law but also how to deal with the emotional and family issues in these situation. She is a strong advocate for the disabled who may not always have a voice.”

“Heather's grasp of concepts and her insider knowledge about the Medicaid eligiblity and planning process make her an outstanding rising star. Having been in practice only 8 years, she is wise beyond her years. She has served as President and member of the board of the Wisconsin Pooled and Community Trust for the elderly and disabled and is a frequent speaker on elder and disability issues.”

Office location for Heather B. Poster

222 E Erie St
Suite 320
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414-273-1414

Selections

11 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2012

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