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Practice Areas

Family Law

Willow River Law has a team of experienced, compassionate family law attorneys that will fight to protect your rights. Family law actions strike at the heart of what matters to you. When your emotions get strained, you can rely on the family law attorneys at Willow River Law to provide sound advice, maintain focus on your desired result, and support you through one of the most difficult chapters of your life. Whether you are in need of representation in a divorce, paternity action, post-divorce, or contested custody and placement dispute, Willow River Law has the right attorney for you.

Kyle Schaffer | Ryan Shervey | Kate Avoles

Guardian ad Litem

A guardian ad litem (GAL) is an attorney who represents the best interests of an individual in a legal matter when they do not have the ability. Margaret Kaiser has satisfied the legal education requirements to serve as a guardian ad litem in every type of legal action in which a GAL may be required.


Representing the best interest of children and giving custody and placement recommendations to the court in divorce and paternity cases. See the following Wisconsin State Bar website for more information on GALs in family law matters: http://www.wisbar.org/forpublic/ineedinformation/pages/guardians-ad-litem.aspx


Representing the best interest of minors and vulnerable adults in guardianship actions. These cases often involve elderly individuals who have questionable decision-making capacity or who may need protective placement.


Assisting minors who have suffered injuries by representing their best interests in minor settlement hearings.


Serving as guardian ad litem in Chapter 48 cases involving children in need of protective placement or services. This includes termination of parental rights cases and adoptions. She has worked with adoption agencies and birth parents in Minnesota and Wisconsin in sensitive and important matters.


Representing the best interest of minors or individuals who cannot be located in probates.

Margaret V. Kaiser

Criminal Law

Willow River Law offers you an experienced and aggressive criminal defense no matter how minor or severe the charge. When you are faced with criminal charges, you need to have confidence in your legal representation. We will guide you through the legal process, fight to protect your rights, and help you pursue justice in your case. Willow River Law provides a zealous criminal defense you can count on.

Ryan Shervey | Kate Avoles

Employment Law

From drafting employee handbooks and providing advice regarding current legal trends and compliance requirements, to dealing with difficult employees and defending wrongful termination claims, Willow River Law provides the tools and knowledge necessary to protect employers from potential liability. With experience advising both employers and employees, our attorneys bring a unique and valuable perspective to address your employment needs.

Kate Avoles

Real Estate

Whether you are a business owner, home owner, landlord, tenant, buyer, seller, or contractor, Willow River Law has experienced attorneys who are prepared to represent you through transactions, contested disputes and litigation. We will thoroughly analyze your case, develop a strategy that takes into consideration your unique circumstances, and work alongside you to achieve your goals. Willow River Law has a real estate litigation team that you can rely on.
Willow River Law is also here to help you through your real estate transactions, including For Sale by Owner (FSBO) sales and commercial leases.

Kyle Schaffer | Ryan Shervey | Margaret V. Kaiser

Civil Litigation

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Social Security Disability

Willow River Law understands the struggles that go along with applying for Social Security Disability benefits and we are here to help you. We also appreciate how important these benefits are to our clients. The Social Security Administration routinely denies disability benefits to worthy applicants at the first two reviews. However, many people win on their third appeal, which is decided by a judge. This is why it is important to have an experienced attorney by your side and not to give up after being denied.
Willow River Law helps our clients develop their claim under clear theories of disability to present their case. This is accomplished by understanding Social Security laws and studying each client’s medical history. We will make sure your record with the Social Security Administration is complete and contains all of the information necessary to determine if you are disabled. We work with claimants’ healthcare providers to present evidence which supports their disability. Most importantly, Willow River Law present our clients’ cases to the judge effectively and persuasively through written briefs, hearing preparation and representation.
Willow River Law is honored to provide Social Security Disability Insurance representation to disabled citizens and veterans throughout Western Wisconsin.

Margaret V. Kaiser

Estate Planning and Probate

Estate Planning

Willow River Law is here to help your family prepare for the future. Whether you need a complex trust or simple will, you can rest assured knowing that your hard work and assets will be preserved for your loved ones after you are gone. At a meeting with our attorneys, you will share your goals for the future of your family and estate and we will do the hard work to help you achieve them.


After a loved one is gone, oftentimes the estate must be probated. Willow River Law is here with compassion and understanding to help you navigate the probate system so you can focus on honoring the wishes of your loved one. We look forward to the opportunity to support you and your family through this difficult time.

Margaret V. Kaiser

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Friday 8:30-Noon


Eau Claire Location

402 Graham Avenue, 2nd Floor
Eau Claire, WI 54701
(By Appointment Only)