Gretchen J. Burgess

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Gretchen J. Burgess

Attorney Gretchen Burgess is dedicated to helping individuals and families navigate the complexities of estate planning, including the preparation of revocable and irrevocable trusts, wills, powers of attorney for healthcare and finance, special and supplemental needs trusts, and marital property agreements.

Gretchen also handles the establishment and termination of adult guardianships, as well as the preparation of Wispact trusts. She assists clients in all aspects of the estate administration process, including formal and informal estate administration, special administration, and trust administration.

In addition, Gretchen has significant experience in farm succession planning. In fact, she has presented on farm succession planning to farm families through the University of Wisconsin’s Agricultural Extension program. Her knowledge of the topic is an asset to the firm’s overall abilities to help farmers with business operations, property sales/purchases, divorces, and other legal matters that affect farmers.

Community commitment is important to Gretchen. She is an active member through service on boards of several organizations that affect children, families, and the community overall. She has volunteered her time with Big Brothers Big Sisters, CASA, Crimestoppers, and Rotary Botanical Garden. She is also active in legal organizations and volunteering her time for higher education.

Gretchen is available to meet with clients in the firm’s Madison and Janesville offices, as well as remotely.

  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • Hamline University School of Law, International Law concentration, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2005, J.D.
  • Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, B.A. Japan Studies & History
Associations and Memberships
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association, Member (2012-Present)
  • Madison Estate Council, Member (2022-Present)
  • Blackhawk Technical College Foundation, Board of Directors (2016-Present)
  • Walworth County Crimestoppers, Board of Directors (2023)
  • Macalester College, Admissions Representative (2014-Present)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-Central Wisconsin, Board of Directors, President (2019-2022); Board Member (2014-2019)
  • CASA Rock County, Board of Directors (2016-2023)
  • Rotary Botanical Garden, Board of Directors (2020-2023)

Gretchen lives in Whitewater with her husband, son, and daughter, and loves to snowmobile and scuba dive. She has lived in Tokyo, Japan, and she is a Gold certified figure skating judge and coach.