Mark D. Schubert
Mark assists clients in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust settlement, and elder law.
Mark’s main professional goal has always been to help people “create the right future” by providing intelligent, efficient, comprehensive solutions, ideally those which don’t just solve problems but help prevent them from ever occurring. Whether the potential problem is unnecessary taxes, a misdirected, mismanaged, or squandered inheritance, or the loss of assets to creditors or the nursing home (just to name a few), he believes that virtually any goal is achievable through proactive planning.
Mark recognizes that good legal outcomes inevitably result from a partnership between attorney and client. While he may be the expert about the law, he views each person he works with as the expert about his or her own situation, values, needs and goals. The challenge is to bring together these two essential forms of expertise.
Mark strives to do that first by listening carefully to understand the unique circumstances and perspective of each person and family. Leveraging that insight, he can then offer targeted information, analysis and guidance, with the objective being to empower his client to make informed and confident decisions. Working together in collaborative fashion, each can then bring their respective expertise to bear in creating an optimal solution.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Bachelor of Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude
University of Wisconsin Law School
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
Mark is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, and enjoys hiking, backpacking, and camping. He also values health and fitness and feels at his best when he is able to get the gym consistently. He likes good movies, sampling new wines, live theater, art museums, photography, and conversations with friends.
Married to Jennifer Schubert, who is an HR professional for a local medical provider, and who came with a cat named Pearl. His father Charles is a retired teacher and school administrator.
Questions & Answers
I specifically chose the kind of work I do because my family has always been the most important thing in my life. It just seems natural to me to want to have planning in place which would provide my loved ones with the strongest and most meaningful protection reasonably possible. Similarly, taking steps to implement the planning other members of my family put in place before me, so as to carry out their wishes as fully as possible, is not a burden to me but rather a responsibility I embrace as a way to honor their memory.
I have noticed over the years that my clients often hold similar views. I find it extremely fulfilling to help clients who feel motivated to protect the people they love, or for whom helping to make a family member’s intended legacy become a reality is itself an act of love. My passion for helping people achieve those kinds of goals is sincere and boundless. In fact, I feel truly privileged to do it.
I’m not sure, but I think a lot of the reason has to do with people associating “estate planning” with their own mortality (which polls consistently show is most people’s number one fear). While I can understand that to a degree, I also think it is unfortunate. After all, wearing a seat belt does not mean that you are planning to get in a car accident. Fundamentally, the purpose of estate planning for the vast majority of anyone’s life is simply to provide protection against an unlikely event, so that there is no need to worry about it and you can instead focus on living life.
I appreciate many forms of art, but I wouldn’t claim to have artistic ability. However, I do enjoy working with my hands and exploring my creative side. I would like to learn more about woodworking and to create at least a few simple pieces of furniture. I may also one day give in to the urge to try writing.