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Wisconsin Judicial Benchbook Vol 5: Probate, Guardianship and Mental Health
  • AK0029
  • 978-1-57862-212-2

411+ pp.; 4th edition, 2013

Be more effective with the same information judges use at your fingertips 

When you’re preparing a probate, guardianship, or mental health case, you’ll want this volume at your side. It encompasses the multiple aspects of these areas of the law in six major sections. Written by a committee of experienced judges, this Benchbook delivers the essential rules, citations, and commentary in a handy, easy-to-use format.

Cover all your needs 

Whatever you face with probate, guardianship, or mental health cases, the Benchbook has you covered:

  • Learn conventional probate procedures, as well as probate alternatives, such as the formal termination of a life estate
  • Understand basic rules of intestate succession and the modification of trusts
  • Find out how protective services and protective placements work in guardianships
  • Become familiar with the rules for involuntary and voluntary mental commitments and commitments for alcoholism
  • And much more!

Know what to do 

With the Benchbook’s easy-to-follow outline format, you’ll have the practical, step-by-step guidance you need to help you represent your clients in probate, guardianship, or mental health cases.

Be up to date on citations

In October 2013, the fourth edition of this volume was released. Inside, citations were updated to reflect the current codification of the Wisconsin Statutes, and citations were added to provide supplemental authority for existing discussions.

Summary of contents

Formal Probate

  • Formal Probate Procedure
  • Wills
  • Powers and Duties of Personal Representative (Formal Probate)
  • Family Rights
  • Intestate Succession

Informal Probate

  • Informal Probate Procedure
  • Powers and Duties of Personal Representative (Informal Probate)

Probate Alternatives

  • Probate Alternatives/Summary Proceedings
  • Trusts
  • Powers and Duties of Trustees


  • Guardianship
  • Guardian of Individuals Found Incompetent
  • Protective Placement and Services
  • Guardianship of Estate of Minor
  • Guardianship of Spendthrift

Other Proceedings

  • Conservatorship
  • Power of Attorney for Health Care

Mental Health

  • Involuntary Mental Commitments
  • Alcohol Commitments
  • Criminal Commitments and Transfers
  • Voluntary Mental Admissions/Settlements
  • Patients' Rights and Records

Don’t get caught unprepared

With this great resource, you’ll know better what to expect in your case and be able to plan your strategies and decide how to proceed through each process. This will help you accurately inform your clients about what they should expect, what options may be available, and how the court may look at specific facets of their case.

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