Margaret W. Hickey

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Milwaukee, WI

Becker, Hickey & Poster, S.C.
 | 222 E Erie St, Suite 320
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-273-1414
Fax: 414-273-3223
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (50%),
  • Family Law (50%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

A shareholder at Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Becker, Hickey & Poster, S.C., Margaret W. Hickey divides her practice between elder law, divorce and other family law matters, representing clients throughout the greater metropolitan area. Her elder law cases include Medicaid planning, the preparation of trusts for people with disabilities or other special needs, nursing home and other long-term care planning, and guardianships. In her family law practice, she assists people who are facing the end of their marriages, providing advice and counsel on issues such as child support, alimony, complex asset division, and child support and visitation. Ms. Hickey also prepares and reviews prenuptial agreements, and she has experience with stepparent adoptions and grandparent visitation.

Ms. Hickey has had numerous articles appear in a variety of publications such as the Wisconsin Journal of Family Law, which is issued by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. She is frequently asked to deliver presentations on subjects related to her practice areas for groups of fellow attorneys. Highly regarded by her colleagues, Ms. Hickey has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in family and elder law, and she is AV Preeminent* peer-review rated through Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. Hickey received a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Marquette University in 1982. While she was there, she participated in the Marquette en Madrid semester study abroad program. She then pursued her legal education at the University of Wisconsin Law School and was awarded her Juris Doctor cum laude in 1986. Admitted to practice before all Wisconsin state courts, Ms. Hickey is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. She is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, among other professional groups.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
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About Margaret Hickey

Admitted: 1986, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: http://www.beckerhickey.com/Attorneys/Margaret-W-Hickey.shtm...

Honors/Awards:

  • MYLA/Law Volunteer Lawyers Award for Outstanding Service, 1987
  • West Publishing Hornbook Award, highest average in second year law school class, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Super Lawyers, named in all issues in Elder Law. Named in top 25 women lawyers in Wisconsin in several issues
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1982
  • University of Wisconsin Law School Honor Roll, fall and spring semesters, 1985
  • Best Lawyers in America, named in Family and Elder Law
  • Duane Mowry Award, 1985, highest-ranking student in second year law school class, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Women in the Law, Honoree 2011
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1986

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association, Member, Tort and Insurance Practice, Family Law and Litigation Sections
  • Elder Law Section Board of Directors of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Advisor, 2000 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President, 2006 - 2007
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Member, Lawyer Referral Service, 1987 - 1989
  • Family Law Section Board of Directors of the State Bar of Wisconsin , Secretary , 1999 - 2000
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors, Treasurer , 2009 - 2011
  • Wisconsin, 1986
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Vice Chair Elder Law Section, 1996 - 1999
  • Family Law Section Board of Directors of the State Bar of Wisconsin , Chair, 2002 - 2003
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Associate, 1986 - 1992
  • Inns of Court, Leander Foley Chapter, Barrister, 1999 - 2007
  • Milwaukee Bar Association Board of Directors , President-Elect , 2003 - 2004
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member, 1993 - Present
  • Wisconsin National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Vice Chair, 2011 - Present
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 1999 - Present
  • Association of Women Lawyers, Member, 1989 - Present
  • Elder Law Section Board of Directors of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Chair, 1998 - 1999
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, President-Elect
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Committee Member, Legal Services for the Indigent, 1987 - 1988
  • Family Law Section Board of Directors of the State Bar of Wisconsin , Co-Chair Legislation Committee
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors, Chair, 2006 - 2007
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1986 - Present
  • Milwaukee Young Lawyers, Member
  • Family Law Section Board of Directors of the State Bar of Wisconsin , Vice Chair , 2001 - 2002
  • Public Member, Joint Legislative Council Special Committee on Child Custody, Support and Visitation Laws (1994-1995)
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1986
  • Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin , 2003 - Present
  • Milwaukee Bar Association Board of Directors , Vice President , 2002 - 2003
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member, 1992 - 1993
  • Wisconsin National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Director, 2008 - Present
  • Milwaukee Bar Association Board of Directors , Past President , 2005 - 2006
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Member, 1986 - Present
  • Elder Law Section Board of Directors of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Program Chair, 1997 - 1998
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Treasurer
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member, Elder Law, Family Law and Litigation Sections
  • Family Law Section Board of Directors of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Director, 1995 - 2004
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors, Governor elected for District 2 (Milwaukee area), 2005 - 2009
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Committee Member, Professionalism Committee, 1993 - 1995
  • Family Law Section Board of Directors of the State Bar of Wisconsin , Treasurer , 2000 - 2001
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors, served on Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, 2011 - 2013
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1986
  • Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, Director, 2004 - Present
  • Milwaukee Bar Association Board of Directors , 1999 - 2006
  • Public Member, Child Support Advisory Committee, State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (2001-2002)
  • Milwaukee Bar Foundation Board of Directors, Director, 2005 - Present
  • Milwaukee Bar Association Board of Directors , President , 2004 - 2005
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member Elder Law, Family Law Sections, 1986 - Present
  • Elder Law Section Board of Directors of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Director, 1996 - 2000
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Secretary of the Wisconsin Chapter

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Chair, WUWM Community Advisory Board, 2008 - 2010
  • President, Rosalie Manor, 1992 - 1995
  • Secretary, Aurora Family Service of Milwaukee, 2005 - 2006
  • Member, WUWM Community Advisory Board, 2004 - Present
  • Director, Rosalie Manor, 1989 - 1997
  • Director, Aurora Family Service of Milwaukee , 1999 - 2010
  • President, Aurora Family Service of Milwaukee, 2007 - 2009
  • Treasurer, Rosalie Manor, 1991
  • Trustee, Village of Shorewood, 2006 - 2011
  • Vice President, Aurora Family Service of Milwaukee, 2006 - 2007

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, What's New in '92, Case Law Update, State Bar of Wisconsin, 11th Annual Family Law Workshop, August 1992
  • Speaker, Annual Convention, Annual Case Law Update, State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section, June 1992
  • Speaker, Update II: Proposed Legislation and Bibliography, State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section, January 1993
  • Speaker, Tax Aspects of Divorce, LAW/Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, December 1989
  • Moderator, Defense Research Institute
  • Speaker, Avoidance in Bankruptcy of Liens Created in Divorce Action, Milwaukee Bar Association, April 1989
  • Speaker, 12th Annual Family Law Workshop, Child Support and Child Tax in the 21st Century, State Bar of Wisconsin, August 1993
  • Speaker, Navigating the Medical Assistance Maze, Planning After October, 1993, Association for Women Lawyers, Estate Planning Group, 1993
  • Speaker, Divorce Taxation, State Bar of Wisconsin, February 1994
  • Planner and Moderator, Ethics Presentation, Milwaukee Bar Association Professionalism Committee Seminar, 1994
  • Speaker, Tax Aspects of Divorce, LAW/Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, December 1989
  • Cobra: Lifeline to Health Insurance, American Journal of Family Law, Vol. 3, No. 3 at 181, Fall, 1989
  • How to Save Income Taxes in Divorce Cases, Wisconsin Journal of Family Law, Vol. 12, No. 3, 1992
  • Medicaid Divestment by Becker, Barbara J. and Hickey, Margaret W., Attorney's Desk Reference Chapter, State Bar of Wis. CLE Books, 1994-2009
  • Law in the 50 States, M. Hickey, reporter for Wisconsin to the ABA Family Law Section on family law cases and statutes , 1996-2002
  • HSS 80: New Rules for Child Support Obligations, 68 Wis. Law. 14 , April, 1995
  • New Methods Proposed to Collect Child Support Arrears May Violate Due Process and Could Be Counterproductive., 17 Wis. J. Fam. L. 3, July, 1993
  • "Trials and Tribulations" , Column in Elder Law News, published quarterly until 2004
  • Estate Planning by Hickey, Margaret W. and Hogue, Mary M., Advising Older Clients, Vol. II, State Bar of Wis. CLE Books, 1998, with updates through 2011
  • Administrative Enforcement: A New Tool to Collect Support Arrears, 71 Wis. Law. 12, December, 1998
  • Making a Maintenance Judgment Stick, 21 Wis. J. Fam. L. 2, April, 2001
  • Legislature Looking at Child Support Changes, 21 Wis. J. Fam. L. 4, October, 2001
  • Estate Planning for Cohabitants, 22 J. Am. Acad. of Matrim. Law. 1, 2009
  • Is Support Different in High Income Cases? A Discussion of Ladwig and Chen, Wisconsin Journal of Family Law, 2010

Educational Background:

  • A.F.S. student to Colombia, South America, (1/77 - 1/78), Colombia
  • Marquette-in-Madrid Study Center, Semester of study and travel (1/81 - 6/81), Madrid, Spain
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, August, 1982

Industry Groups

  • American Academy Of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association Fellow
  • American College Of Family Trial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers In America (elder And Family)
  • National Academy Of Elder Law Attorneys
Office Location for Margaret W. Hickey

222 E Erie St
Suite 320
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414-273-1414

Fax: 414-273-3223

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