John H. Lhost

John Lhost's practice includes estate planning and trust administration, planning for ownership and transfers of interests in closely-held businesses and planning for acquisition, sale, development and preservation of real estate. His work experience includes:

  • Service as trustee of various trusts benefiting clients' families.
  • Structural planning for intergenerational transfers or retention of interests in family-owned businesses.
  • Assistance of fiduciaries and beneficiaries with fiduciary tax and accounting issues in connection with administration of estates and trusts.
  • Planning for retention and preservation of tracts of family-owned land, including representation of several non-profit land trusts.


  • Conservation Gifts in Estate Planning, Instructional seminar, October 2006.

  • Environmentally Friendly Development, State Bar of Wisconsin 2006 Environmental Law Update Seminar, September 2006.

  • Tax Planning for Conservation-Minded Property Owners, Seminar, April 2004.

  • Conservation Options for Landowners, Gathering Waters, Inc. Instructional Seminar, March 2001.

  • Planning for Land Protection; Tax and Planning Considerations; Ozaukee Land Trust, Inc.  Conservation Forum for Business, February 1997.

  • Issues Concerning Real Property Held in Trusts and Estates, State Bar of Wisconsin Mid-Winter Convention, January 1997. 

  • Split Dollar Insurance, The Basics, Quarles & Brady Trusts and Estates Group, August 1996. 

  • Perspectives on Problems Facing Fiduciaries, Milwaukee Bar Association, Sections on Probate and Real Property, June 1996. 

  • Land Trusts on the Urban Fringe: The Increased Interaction of Land Trusts and Government in Land Use Planning, American Planning Association Mid-West Regional Conference, October 1995. 

  • Succession Planning for Closely-Held Businesses, Quarles & Brady Closely-Held Business Group Breakfast Seminar, March 1995.

  • A series of presentations on fiduciary income tax and accounting issues presented to the Quarles & Brady Trusts & Estates Group in 1995 and 1997, including An Overview of Fiduciary Income Taxation; Income in Respect of a Decedent; Marital Deduction Trusts with Charitable Remainders; The Separate Share Rule Under I.R.C. §663 (c); Bond Premium Amortization; The Basics of Wisconsin’s Marital Property Act; Subchapter S Issues Confronting Trustees and Personal Representatives; Tax and Accounting Issues in Connection with “Phantom Income” Assets. 

  • Basic Estate Planning, Grinnell College Estate Planning Seminar, November 1994. 

  • Discounts and Premiums in Valuing Interests in Closely-Held Businesses, Quarles & Brady Family Law Group, October 1994. 

  • Revocable Living Trusts, Milwaukee Estate Planning Council, September 1994. 

  • Business Succession Planning, Quarles & Brady Legal Issues Seminar presented to the Automobile Dealers Association of Mega Milwaukee, Inc., September 1994. 

  • Succession Planning for Businesses, Quarles & Brady Business Law Training Session, August 1994.


Contact John H. Lhost

Contact John H. Lhost

Quarles & Brady LLP
411 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin  53202
Phone: (414) 277-5867
Fax: (414) 978-8867


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Wisconsin