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Selecting Your Estate Planning Partners is very important.
Badura & Wintz Law is honored that Dan Wintz was selected by his peers as Omaha’s 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Trusts and Estates and Omaha’s 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for Elder Law.
Margaret Badura and Dan have been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for 12 consecutive years as leading lawyers for their professional abilities in Trusts and Estates, Elder Law, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, and Litigation – ERISA.
Badura & Wintz Law LLC continues to receive U.S. News & World Report’s and Best Lawyers’® collaborative ranking among America’s “Best Law Firms.” Badura & Wintz Law LLC received Tier 1 (the highest) rankings in Trusts & Estates Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, and Elder Law in the Omaha Metropolitan area. Firms included among U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. A Tier 1 ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, and peer review from leading attorneys in the field. The 2020 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and client votes received on record. Almost 16,000 lawyers provided more than 1,229,000 law firm assessments, and more than 12,000 clients participated providing 107,000 evaluations.
Specializing in Estate Planning, Wills, Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Probate and Trust Administration, Special Needs Trusts, and Elder Law
To help you attain your objectives, we are proud to include in our practice Nebraska’s first and currently only Estate Planning Law Specialist (certified by the Estate Law Specialist Board, Inc. accredited by the American Bar Association), a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a former Creighton University School of Law Estate Planning Adjunct Professor, and a Charter Member of Elder Counsel.
In addition, we maintain and improve our skills through active membership in and focused continuing legal education through the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; WealthCounsel; ElderCounsel; the Omaha Estate Planning Council; the Nebraska Bar Association - Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section and the Rural Practice Initiative; and the Iowa Bar Association - Elder Law and Probate, and Trust & Estate Planning Sections; the American Bar Association Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section, and the Omaha Bar Association.
Margaret A. Badura
Margaret is a premier estate planning attorney. Her reputation, substantive knowledge, client and family centered focus, and strong work ethic will make a vital contribution to maintaining the firm's standard of excellence in estate planning, will and trust design and drafting, trust funding and probate, fiduciary representation, and elder law.
Margaret graduated from Creighton Law School in May, 1992. She has been a member of the Nebraska Bar since September, 1992. She started her legal career as a Deputy County Attorney in the Douglas County Nebraska County Attorney’s Office. Since 1998, Margaret has been in the private practice of law where her practice has focused on Trusts, Wills, Estate Planning, Guardianships and Conservatorships, Trust Administration and Settlement, determinations of Nebraska Inheritance Tax and Probate.
She has a “Preeminent 5.0 out of 5” rating by Martindale Hubbell and has been named to “Best Lawyers” in Elder Law by her peers since 2013. According to “Justice,” the NE Supreme Court’s on-line case management system, Margaret has represented Personal Representatives, Co-Personal Representatives, or Trustees in over 400 different cases involving decedent’s estates. She is a Charter Member of ElderCounsel and is active in the Nebraska Bar Association Section on Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law and the Omaha Bar Association keeping current in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Will, Trust and Power of Attorney preparation, as well as contested matters in Probate Court.
Daniel J. Wintz
Dan's practice focuses on estate planning and estate and trust administration. Dan, who has previously been a partner in several of Omaha’s largest law firms, brings a unique knowledge about lifetime and death planning for IRA, retirement plan, deferred compensation and equity-based compensation plans to bear for clients and their families.
He also brings extensive practical knowledge and experience to bear in advising fiduciaries in performance of their duties in administration of trusts, estates, and retirement plans. His farm background serves him well as a trusted adviser to farm families on farm transition planning, taking care of the surviving spouse, and providing for on- and off-farm heirs.
Dan is Nebraska’s first and currently only Certified Estate Planning Law Specialist. He is also the 2017 Omaha Lawyer of the Year for Trusts and Estates and 2020 Lawyer of the Year for Elder Law. Dan is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and has been further elected to participate in ACTEC’s exclusive Fiduciary Litigation and Retirement Plans in Estate Planning Sections. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Trusts and Estates, Elder Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Litigation – ERISA. Dan has been voted by his peers as a Super Lawyer in the practice areas of Estate Planning & Probate and is Peer Rated: AV- Preeminent Peer Rated (Martindale-Hubbell). He has been an Adjunct Professor in Creighton University College of Law where he taught Estate Planning.
Dan has authored or co-authored numerous articles on estate planning including Chapter 18, "Creation and Administration of Trusts" of the Nebraska State Bar Association's Probate Practice Manual and is a frequent speaker on estate planning topics including: the Nebraska Bar State Association’s Continuing Legal Education program on Administering Trusts & Medicaid for Estate Planners in 2018, and the Association’s. Estate Planning and Probate Seminar, "Changes in Attitudes Changes in Latitudes, Drafting Considerations Under the Title 4 of the Uniform Trust Code;" and the Nebraska ARC, "Special Needs Trusts."
In 2019, the Nebraska State Bar Association bestowed the 2019 George H. Turner Award on Dan. The George H. Turner award originated in 1964 and was established to recognize a member of the Bar demonstrating unusual effort in furthering public understanding of the legal system, the administration of justice, and confidence in the legal profession.
He received the 2011 Community Sower Award from the Nebraska Partnership for Philanthropic Planning in recognition of his work with clients in aiding them in fulfilling their charitable planning objectives. Dan has been an elected member of the Nebraska State Bar Association House of Delegates and is a member of the Association’s Rural Practice Initiative to improve the delivery of legal services in rural Nebraska.