Laughlin, Ryan

Ryan Laughlin



Phone: 920.337.4525

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About Ryan

Ryan Laughlin joined Hawkins Ash CPAs as a Partner in 2021. With over 20 years of professional experience with regional, national, and global public accounting firms, Ryan utilizes a unique blend of accounting, tax, and legal expertise to provide tax and transactional planning to business owners, individuals, and families. Ryan manages multiple consultative planning projects and assists with client engagements for Hawkins Ash CPAs associates and partners throughout the Firm.

Areas of Focus

Income tax planning and preparation

Lifetime and charitable gift planning

Business entity selection

Family business succession planning

Transfer tax planning (estate, gift, and GST)


Juris Doctorate of Law, William Mitchell College of Law

Master of Taxation, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Certified Public Accountant

Accredited Estate Planner

Certificate in State and Local Taxation

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Member

Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA), Member

The Estate Planning Council of Northeast Wisconsin, Treasurer and board member

National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, Former National Board Member, Former Editor for the NAEPC Journal of Estate and Tax Planning

Green Bay Estate Planning Forum, Immediate past president

Community Organizations

Ryan is a frequent speaker for professional and business organizations including National Business Institute, BizTimesEconomic Trends annual breakfast, Green Bay Estate Planning Forum, Milwaukee Estate Planning Forum, The Estate Planning Council of Northeast Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Wisconsin Family Business Forum, St. Norbert College, and several local trade and business organizations.

Recent Posts by Ryan

Two Essential Documents To Protect Your Estate

Two Essential Documents to Protect Your Estate

Estate planning isn’t just about what happens to your assets after you die. It’s also about protecting yourself and your
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Sandwich Generation

Talking About the Sandwich Generation

The term “sandwich generation” was originally coined to describe baby boomers caught between caring for their aging parents and their
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Roth IRA Conversions

Podcast: Roth IRA Conversions

Today, we will discuss Roth IRA conversions and why you may want to at least consider this move as part
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Estate Planning Check Ups Cover

Podcast: Estate Planning Check-Ups

Two weeks ago we discussed the Federal estate tax exclusion amount of nearly $12 million per person. A common misconception
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Step-Up In Basis At Death

Podcast: Step-Up in Basis at Death

Last week, we discussed some of the basic rules, terms, and figures related to estate and gift tax. This week,
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Estate Planning Check Ups

Podcast: Gifting Basics

Clients often ask me what are the tax consequences of gifting money or other assets to children, grandchildren or other
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insurance plans and estate taxes

Shield Your Life Insurance From Federal Estate Tax

If you have a life insurance policy, be aware that the proceeds your beneficiary receives could be subject to federal
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