Charles G. Maris


Charles G. Maris

Location: Brookfield

T: 262.792.2424

F: 262.792.2474

Download VCard

Connect with Charles Online

Assistant: Lori Rogahn

T: 262.792.2436


  • Best Lawyers® in America - Trusts and Estates (2012-2022), Non-Profit/Charities Law (2013-2022)
  • Best Lawyers® in America - Milwaukee, Non-Profit/Charities "Lawyer of the Year" (2020)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine - Estate and Probate (2013-2020)


  • J.D., cum laude, Marquette University Law School
  • B.B.A., magna cum laude, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee


Charlie focuses his practice on estate planning for individuals, including the preparation of wills, trusts, marital property agreements and powers of attorney; the implementation of gifting strategies; and trust and will administration. Licensed in both Wisconsin and Florida, he brings unique perspective to his clients who own property or reside in both states. Charlie also counsels individuals and small family owned businesses on real estate transactions and general business matters.


Representative Clients

  • Individuals
  • Business Owners

Notable Representations

Prenuptial Agreement, Domestic Trust Recently, Charlie had a client who was to be married to a non-U.S. citizen. The client’s fiancé is a citizen of Japan and the estate plan not only included a prenuptial agreement but also the preparation of a special domestic trust to ease the estate tax burden as the fiancé is not entitled to the marital deduction for estate tax purposes.

Special Needs Trust Charlie has a client that has an adult disabled daughter and he not only prepared the standard will, trust and powers of attorney, but also a special needs trust so that the disabled daughter retains eligibility for various government programs.

Will, Revocable Trust, Power of Attorney, Stock Purchase Agreement With a client in the process of retiring and selling his business interest to his partner, Charlie assisted with the preparation of not only the standard estate planning documents such as a will, revocable trust, powers of attorney but also a commercial real estate offer to purchase and a stock purchase agreement so that his common stock interest and interest in the commercial building are both completely purchased when he retires.

Contested Will Recently, Charlie represented a charity in a will contest where a disgruntled blood heir was unhappy with the terms of the will which left most of the estate to charity. He secured the admission of the will to probate so that the charity received most of the estate as the deceased had planned.


Professional Activities

Member, State Bar of Wisconsin

Member, The Florida Bar

Member, Waukesha County Bar Association

Member, Former President, Waukesha County Estate Planning Council, Ltd.

Member, Milwaukee Estate Planning Forum

Community Involvement

Former Chairman, Ministry Council, Peace Lutheran Church, New Berlin, Wisconsin

Herbert Mueller Society Member, Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Member, Scholarship Committee Member, American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association-Milwaukee

Member, Douglas F. McKey Christmas Club

Former Member, Board of Directors, Association for the Rights of Citizens with Handicaps

Published Articles / Presentations

Lecturer on general estate planning and estate administration for other lawyers for required continuing education credits

Frequent lecturer on estate planning for various community groups