Milwaukee Attorney Denasha Scott

Denasha A. Scott,
Partner

Denasha A. Scott serves as counsel to individuals and families regarding appropriate estate planning arrangements to carry out their goals and objectives. Examples of Denasha’s work in this area include:

  • Drafting of wills, trusts and other estate planning documents.
  • Complex gift and estate tax planning techniques.
  • Probate and trust administration.
  • Estate and gift tax return and fiduciary income tax return preparation.
  • Representation before the IRS and Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

Denasha also serves as counsel to businesses and professional practices on a wide variety of ongoing business needs. Examples of her work in this area include:

  • Acting as general counsel and business advisor.
  • Business succession planning.
  • Business and tax planning.
  • Organization and development of corporations, LLCs, and partnerships.
  • Shareholder’s agreements.
  • Corporate governance and compliance.
  • Contract drafting and negotiations.
  • Corporate restructurings, joint ventures, spin-offs, mergers, and acquisitions.
  • Stock purchase and asset purchase agreements.

Denasha also serves as counsel to nonprofit organizations and foundations on all aspects of non-profit law and tax exemption. Examples of her work in this area include:

  • Start-up of non-profit organizations.
  • Income tax-exemption, property tax exemption, sales tax exemption.
  • Continuing compliance with the complex federal and state regulations applicable to non-profit organizations and their officers and directors.
  • Governance and corporate procedures.
  • Organizational change, changes to articles and bylaws, non-profit mergers, spin-offs, joint ventures, strategic alliances, creation of subsidiaries, and other reorganizations.
  • Fiduciary duties of officers and directors and avoiding liability risks.
  • Endowments, planned giving and charitable trusts.

Denasha is admitted to practice law in Wisconsin.

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1997, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif)
  • Beloit College (B.A., 1994, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • Selected by peers as a Wisconsin Rising Star in estate planning (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012)

Publications

  • Co-author, "Legal and Financial Aspects of Tax-Exempt Organizations," National Business Institute, November 2009

Teaching Experience

  • Denasha has spoken to numerous groups on estate planning and non-profit law.

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • American Bar Association—Real Property, Trust & Estate; Business Law Sections 
  • State Bar of Wisconsin—Real Property, Probate and Trust Law; Business Law; Taxation Sections
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Association of Women Lawyers

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