The law firm of Orth and Laskowski,SC and its predecessors have served the greater Milwaukee area for over 150 years. The original law firm was established in 1859 in downtown Milwaukee. Today the law firm primarily serves families from its Brookfield location.
Attorney John Laskowski is the principal attorney with the firm, with over 30 years of experience in private practice. When you make an appointment to see an attorney with the firm, you will meet with Attorney Laskowski, who will personally handle your case from start to finish.
Attorney Laskowski earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and his Juris Doctor degree from Seattle University School of Law in 1979. The firm's areas of practice include estate planning, probate and elder law. (See - Areas of Practice). The law firm works primarily in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties.
When estate planning clients come into our office, they often think of transferring their assets to their loved ones by means of a Will or a Trust. We help them to do that. But, one of the most important documents which we discuss not related to finances is the Power of Attorney for Health Care. You are able to designate the person or persons (Health Care Agent) you wish to make medical decisions on your behalf. Many hospitals insist that you have this document in place upon admission into a hospital. Also, in most circumstances, a legal guardianship can be avoided with a properly executed Power of Attorney for Health Care and a durable Power of Attorney for Finances.
It is important that you discuss your wishes for medical care with your family and your health care agent, so when the time comes, your agent can follow your wishes. This is particularly true with end of life medical care. Many people can be kept alive indefinitely with a ventilator and a feeding tube. However, if there is no chance of a person obtaining a meaningful recovery, most people do not want all types of extraordinary measures provided.
Make sure that when you see your estate planning attorney that you discuss creating a Power of Attorney for Health Care. It will benefit you and your family.