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 - 2018
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 regard by her colleagues, Ms. Hickey has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 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 and Awards:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

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

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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