Your Attorney and Partner in Building a Legacy
Collins Law Firm is a new kind of law firm for a changing world. Collins Law Firm is consistent, patient and professional, giving each case the attention it deserves. An integral part of its service is working closely with its clients so they can make the right decisions with respect to their estate planning and power of attorney needs.
Our loved ones are often the reason we work so hard. Collins Law Firm’s job is to help you make sure you and your loved ones are cared for if something happens to you and preserve the resources you have for their benefit.
Collins Law Firm works with financial planners, accountants, insurance companies and other professionals to figure out the best way to take care of your family based on your values. At Collins Law Firm takes pride in our ability to find the right fit based clients’ values; ensure they understand the available options and are actively engaged in the process. Collins Law Firm focuses on clients’ personalities, goals and values to provide a tailored estate planning solution.
Christopher Lowe has provided legal services to numerous individuals, families, and small businesses in a wide range of legal matters, including probate, estate planning, personal injury and general litigation, and real estate matters. He is available for initial consultations over the phone for no fee to determine if he can assist you in your legal matter. He lives in Wauwatosa with his wife and three children.
Chris has practiced law in Wisconsin since 1985. He established Lowe Law Offices, S.C. in 1989, with his father, Robert J Lowe (1928-2007). Prior to Lowe Law Offices, S.C. he served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Warren, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin from 1985-1987 and practiced as a litigation attorney with a corporate law firm in Milwaukee from 1987-1989. He received his law degree (cum laude) in 1985, and his undergraduate degree (BA-Accounting) in 1982, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Deanne Robison brings over 25 years of estate planning experience to Collins Law Firm. She helps clients create a plan to determine who will take care of them if they can no longer make decisions for themselves. For example, if they become incapacitated as a result of an illness or sudden accident. She also helps clients create a plan to distribute their assets and preserve their legacy by getting to know them and drafting wills and trusts that reflect their legacy goals.
Deanne also brings additional experience for those clients who have been asked to handle a person’s estate or trust after death by counseling them about the necessary steps for an efficient transfer.
Deanne graduated from West Chester University, located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, in Cleveland, Ohio. Deanne started her legal career in Ohio with the UAW Legal Services Plan, which was the largest pre-paid legal services plan serving unionized workers, where she represented clients in estate planning and estate and trust administration. In 2016 she moved to Wisconsin and prior to joining Collins Law Firm, LLC, was the Managing Partner/Owner of the Law Offices of Deanne L. Robison, LLC.
Deanne is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the State Bar of Ohio, and other Local and State Bar Associations/Organizations. In addition, she is a volunteer for the Wills for Heroes Foundation and the Hunger Task Force.
Imagine that you travel out to a piece of land and begin to build without any plans. You have no architectural guidelines or construction blueprints. It would seem unwise, wouldn’t it? And yet, in my profession, I encounter this type of thinking related to estate planning on a daily basis.
Everyone has an estate. You may own a car, a home, other property, a business, savings accounts or other investments, furniture, or other personal possessions. If you plan properly, you can build a legacy for your family and future generations. It’s never too early to start and it’s never too late to begin. I can assist you in this process and help you to build and protect your assets. Working through the estate planning process with me will give you and your family goals to aim for and the security that comes from peace of mind.
In many ways, I feel uniquely qualified to help you and your family through this process. My father came from a family of 12 children and my mother from a family of 7. They didn’t have much growing up, but they worked extremely hard to create something for themselves, their families, and the next generation. Their work ethic and legacy building is a part of me. I benefitted from their efforts and want to continue their legacy.
During my undergraduate years, I studied international business in Belgium and learned to speak French. After college, I spent time in England and Spain and in 2004 I had the good fortune to take a trip around the world through Europe, Asia, and Australia. I studied international law through a program at the University of Toronto in Canada and the East China School of Politics and Law in Shanghai. My travels solidified my education and gave me a better understanding of people from different cultures and backgrounds. It also gave me a deep appreciation for the beauty that exists worldwide and that all of us have the opportunity to share if we preserve it.
When I began my career, I quickly faced the challenges that all entrepreneurs face. As a small business owner, I’ve experienced the focused effort it takes to build a business and how critical it is to preserve what you have built. My wife and I have two children and I see first-hand how easy it is to get caught up in the day-to-day. It’s important to maintain a view of the bigger picture of what you’re building for your family and for their future families. Estate planning builds a bridge of hope for a better future not only for generations within a family but also for communities as a whole.
The plans that we will create together for your family will be tailored to your personality, goals, and values. You’ll be involved in every stage of the process as we go through the available options together. By creating this plan, you’ll ensure that your desires are carried out throughout your lifetime and beyond.
No matter whether you are just starting your family or you are close to retiring, if you are thinking of estate planning, call me to set up a consultation. Take the time to fill out our Estate Planning checklist in advance so I can tailor our initial discussion to your needs. I look forward to helping you build your legacy.
As difficult a subject Estate Planning can be to discuss, Gifford made the entire process seamless and comfortable. He was responsive, educational and patient with us as we navigated through this project. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Gifford and Collins Law in the future!
My husband and I have done estate planning with Collins Law Firm, LLC and Giff was wonderful to work with. He made the whole process easy to understand and execute.
Gifford is very knowledgeable and thorough. Be prepared for a thick stack of organized papers. He helpfully includes a summary in less legal terms. I trust the estate plan and my relationship with Gifford will meet my needs.