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Daniel J. Krause

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Phone: (608) 268-5751
Fax: (866) 366-4091

116 Spring Street
Oregon, Wisconsin 53575

Dan Krause gives his clients financial privacy, security, asset protection and peace of mind. His years of experience in the courts, continuous study, and countless hours of two-finger typing in front of a glowing screen have created the Estate Planning Law Specialist* you see today. A Wisconsin native who founded Krause Donovan Estate Law Partners, LLC in 2000, Dan has been in the US Army, Wisconsin Army National Guard and is currently a retired Major from the US Army Reserves JAG Corps. He is also a veteran of the US Peace Corps, having served 2 years in Kenya as a teacher and secondary school administrator.

Dan and his law partner, Nelson Donovan wrote the book Estate Planning in Wisconsin: Privacy, Protection and Taking Control, published in 2017. It is an easy-to-understand primer for non-experts, covering the basics of estate planning, including wills, trusts and powers of attorney.

Dan received his law degree from New York University School of Law on a scholarship. NYU Law is ranked in the top handful of law schools in the country, and consistently ranked #1 in tax law. He is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and Minnesota as well as both of Wisconsin’s federal district courts and a number of tribal courts. He has successfully litigated many cases, including contested trusts and wills, and designed and administered many hundreds of estate plans.

After helping clients in many probate cases through the years, Dan knows the importance of avoiding this court hassle when possible. Keeping the transfer of assets easy, private and secure using living trust planning is one way Dan finds satisfaction.

Another great joy of Dan’s life is helping people avoid losing their assets in potential litigation and avoiding the devastating cost of nursing care. Asset protection techniques are always evolving and Dan studies hard to keep his clients ahead of the creditors and predators.

*Dan is certified by The Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc., an ABA-accredited, attorney-run subsidiary of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. He is one of only nine EPLS certified attorneys in Wisconsin today.


J.D., NYU School of Law, 1999
Dean’s Merit Scholarship
Fellow for Institute of Judicial Administration
Editor on the Environmental Law Journal

M.A., NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Phil.), 1999

B.A., University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, 1992
Chancellor’s Medallion
Academy of Letters & Science Distinguished Achievement Award
Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Tau Delta Honor Societies, Student Government

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Wisconsin Supreme Court, 1999
Minnesota Supreme Court, 1999
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2003
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2008
Menominee Tribal Court, 1999
Oneida Appeals Commission, 2000
Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Court, 2001
Credentials, Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Estate Planning Law Specialist (EPLS)*

American Bar Association
Member Since: 1999
(Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section)

Wisconsin Bar Association
Member Since: 1999
(Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and Elder Law Section)

Asset Protection Council

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Madison Estate Council

Wealth Counsel

Elder Counsel

Publications, Presentations and Teaching Engagements
  • Book: Estate Planning in Wisconsin: Privacy, Protection and Taking Control 2017 (with Nelson Donovan) (cover, reviews)
  • Trusts from A to Z (Tax Reduction with Trusts, Grantor Trusts), National Business Institute 2016
  • Trusts 101 (An Overview of Trusts including Wisconsin’s new trust law), National Business Institute 2014
  • How to Draft Wills and Trusts in Wisconsin (Fundamental Principles of Will Drafting and Using Living Trusts and Powers of Attorney as Estate Planning Tools), National Business Institute 2007
  • Estate Planning and Living Trusts, Krause Law Offices Seminar 2004-2013
  • An Intro to Philosophy (1 Semester course), College of Menominee Nation 2002-03
Non-Legal Activities

Dan is an elected member and former President of his local school board (Oregon School District). Active in his church and local Knights of Columbus and Rotary Club.

Dan lives with his 2 kids and enjoys hiking in the woods and the mountains.

If you are in need of an attorney in the Madison area, please give me a call at (608) 268-5751 or contact me online.

Client Reviews
Arlene F. Tremendous help
He and his staff were kind, considerate and patient with all the questions my family and I had and the advice he gave us was a tremendous help. I would strongly recommend Krause Donovan to anyone needing legal help with estate planning.
Michelle M. Weight off my shoulders
Thank you so much for all of your hard work and time so far! I really appreciate your guidance throughout the process, it has already taken a huge weight off of my shoulders.
Sal & Marcelle G. In “good hands”
We were pleased with the friendly and professional manner in which you and your staff explained legal matters to us. We felt confident that we were in “good hands” in the drawing up of this sensitive and important document.