joe schuman
schuman and iselt
kurt iselt

Schuman & Iselt, LLC, is a two-person firm whose practice is strictly limited to probate of decedent’s estates, trust administration, and drafting of planning documents like wills, trusts, and power of attorney. Our clients are diverse in their financial condition, gender, age, and race, but we have special roots in the LGBT community and in the Buddhist tradition where we have both found our spiritual home. Our shared goals are:

  • Expertise. We limit our practice area to avoid straying from our core competence. Our senior partner has, for twenty-five consecutive years, received the highest possible rating, “AV Preeminent,” from Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Sensitivity. We want to be easy to talk to—to inspire trust as well as to earn it.
  • Affordability. We use a loosely-defined sliding scale fee structure, but our highest rates for our most complicated work for our most affluent clients are far less than big-name downtown firms.
  • Creativity. It brings us joy to find simple and effective solutions to problems which appear complicated, or to make a suggestion that lets you do more than you hoped to accomplish.

“Sometimes in books and movies the family attorney is a trusted counselor like the doctor or clergy. That’s our model. I’ve always cherished my multi-generational clients who were clients of my father, or whose parents or grandparents were clients of my father. I’m delighted when the couple for whom I wrote their first will when their first child was born, is coming back for updates when the child graduates from college. Now that Kurt has joined my practice, there’s somebody I trust to take care of those clients when I can’t - and perhaps to take care of their children in turn.”

Joseph Schuman
Founding Partner