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Michelle L. Ward

Michelle L. Ward

Michelle L. Ward, J.D., LL.M, CSEP is a Partner with Keebler & Associates, LLP whose emphasis is in estate planning with primary focus on retirement distribution planning. She also analyzes trusts for designated beneficiary status, benefits, and viability of inherited IRA analysis, as well as prepares private letter ruling requests and specimen retirement planning documents.  Michelle has received more than 30 favorable private letter rulings and is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning.

Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and received her LLM in estate planning from Western New England College of Law.  Her professional affiliations include the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Green Bay Estate Planning Forum.

Michelle is also co-author of Panel Publishing’s Roth IRA Answer Book (2008 through 2014 editions) and Quick Reference to IRAs (2008 through 2013 Editions) and AICPA’s The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010: Tools, Tips, and Tactics.  Michelle has also authored articles appearing in Trusts & Estates, Investments and Wealth Monitor, and Journal of Retirement Planning. Michelle is a member of the editorial advisory board of Penton Media’s Trusts and Estates magazine.

Prior to joining Keebler & Associates, LLP Michelle was in private law practice in Green Bay and was also a Senior Consultant with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP.

Robert S. Keebler

CPA/PFS, MST, AEP (Distinguished), CGMA
Robert S. Keebler

Robert S. Keebler, CPA/PFS, MST, AEP (Distinguished), CGMA is a partner with Keebler & Associates, LLP and is a 2007 recipient of the prestigious Accredited Estate Planners (Distinguished) award from the National Association of Estate Planning Counsels. He has been named by CPA Magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Practitioners in the United States and one of the Top 40 Tax Advisors to Know During a Recession. Mr. Keebler is the past Editor-in-Chief of CCH’s magazine, Journal of Retirement Planning, and a member of CCH’s Financial and Estate Planning Advisory Board. His practice includes family wealth transfer and preservation planning, charitable giving, retirement distribution planning, and estate administration. Mr. Keebler frequently represents clients before the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the private letter ruling process and in estate, gift and income tax examinations and appeals.

In the past 20 years, he has received over 150 favorable private letter rulings including several key rulings of “first impression.” Mr. Keebler is nationally recognized as an expert in estate and retirement planning and works collaboratively with other experts on academic reviews and papers, and client matters. Mr. Keebler is the author of over 75 articles and columns and editor, author, or co-author of many books and treatises on wealth transfer and taxation, including the Warren, Gorham & Lamont of RIA treatise Esperti, Peterson and Keebler/Irrevocable Trusts: Analysis with Forms.

Mr. Keebler is a member of the editorial board of the Society of Financial Service Professionals “Keeping Current” series. He is a featured columnist for CCH’s Taxes Magazine – “Family Tax Planning Forum,” Steve Leimberg’s “News of the Week Newsletter” and the Bureau of National Affairs Tax Division. Bob also had his article “Is That Your ‘Final’ Answer?” published in Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal. Bob frequently is quoted in national publications such as New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Barrons, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, Financial Advisor, Forbes, Kiplinger, Lawyer’s Weekly, On Wall Street, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Wealth Manager and Worth in addition to many local and regional newspapers.

He is a frequent speaker for legal, accounting, insurance and financial planning groups throughout the United States at seminars and conferences on advanced IRA distribution strategies, estate planning and trust administration topics including the AICPA’s Advanced Estate Planning, Personal Financial Planning Conference and Tax Strategies for the High Income Individual Conference.

Mr. Keebler graduated (cum laude) from Lakeland College with a degree in Accountancy and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a Masters in Taxation. Before practicing in Northeastern Wisconsin, he practiced with Price Waterhouse where he concentrated in taxation.


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  1. John McKenna, CPA

    I thought the program would cover the new portability form more, but still a great program (9/10!).

  2. Fred Gilliam, CPA

    Great program! I rate this a 10!

  3. Robert Price, CPA

    Very good comments, suggestions, and precautions. This program is very worthwhile!

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