Bill is current in several areas of the law. He represents individuals and small businesses in a broad range of transactions including taxation, corporate, buying and selling of businesses, real estate, collaborative family law, and trusts and estates. He also has emphasis in representing mental health therapists. Bill had an extensive family law practice and represented lawyers, doctors, university professors, CPAs, and corporate executives in divorces as well as same sex and unmarried couples in litigation before he reduced his practice.
Bill has successfully tried a broad variety of cases to courts and to agencies, such as Wisconsin Circuit Courts, Tax Appeals Commission of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing, Federal District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, Madison Equal Opportunities Commission and State Equal Opportunities Commission. He no longer tries cases but stays involved in his clients’ litigation.
In 2014-2018, Bill received a "Super Lawyer" award for Family Law, to join his 2006 award as a "Super Lawyer" in Wisconsin in Tax Law. That year he won a significant sales tax case before the Wisconsin Tax Appeals Commission. Bill received the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Award for being in the top ten family law attorneys in the State of Wisconsin for 2016. Bill has been a Certified Collaborative Lawyer with respect to the new collaborative divorce model since its Wisconsin inception.
Bill has served for decades in the community, including the Board of Energy Services, Inc., the Board of Briarpatch and as its vice-president and president, and on the Teen Speech Program for the Optimists Club of West Madison, as well as having been president of the Middleton Jaycees. He has also served on condominium boards and as president of an EAA airplane flying club.
Since he became an Eagle Scout, he has been interested in the outdoors and has backpacked in the Rockies, canoed in Canada, scuba dove in oceans, and rafted wild rivers. He has several times completed the Birkebeiner (cross country ski marathon) and is an avid downhill skier, tennis player, and biker. Bill has two accomplished daughters, Whitney and Meagan.
William A. Abbott received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, with distinction, in 1973. He was then admitted to Beta Gamma Sigma, a business school honor fraternity, and Phi Kappa Phi, an all-school honor fraternity. He received his law degree, cum laude, in 1975 from the University of Wisconsin and was bestowed with the Order of the Coif, which is given to the top ten percent of each law school class.
Please check out his profile on "LinkedIn" for endorsements. You will find endorsements from former clients, other lawyers, and retired judges (sitting judges may not offer such endorsements). He looks forward to working with you.
2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. is pleased to announce their firm's Super Lawyers and Rising Stars of 2018. Super Lawyers: William Abbott, Ann Emmerich, Patricia Putney, David Joanis, David McFarlane, John Moore, Ward Richter and Sheila Sullivan. Rising Stars: Laura Lyons and David Ress. (Read More)
IRS Revenue Procedures 2017-58 - What You Should Know
It's Official. The 2018 annual exclusion amount will be $5.6 million and the annual exclusion for gifts will be $15,000 per person. These and all of the other inflation adjusted tax items are set out in the IRS Revenue Procedure 2017-58 (which you can see in the attached link).
When to Hire A Lawyer (And If You Do, Do Not Tie His or Her Hands Behind Their Back)
Give serious consideration to having an attorney review every major contract before you sign. Do not tie his or her hands behind their back by signing the document first and then having them review. Read more. (Newsletter by William A. Abbott)
2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. is pleased to announce their firm's Super Lawyers and Rising Stars of 2016. Super Lawyers: John Moore, Ward Richter, William Abbott, Ann Emmerich, David McFarlane, Patricia Epstein Putney, Sheila Sullivan and David Joanis. Rising Star: Laura Lyons (Read More.)
What Can Delay A Foreclosure?
In most cases, the foreclosure procedure works exactly as intended. However, anyone contemplating the acceptance of an obligation secured by a lien on real estate should be aware that a simple and inexpensive foreclosure is not guaranteed. (Newsletter by William A. Abbott)
Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. Celebrating 165 Years
Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. is proud to announce that they have been providing 165 years of legal services to individuals and businesses.