The process of estate planning inevitably raises some difficult emotional and personal issues. Others, particularly those you love, will be affected by the plans you make now and will be expected to exercise their own judgment once you are gone. Estate planning comprises three major areas: planning for incapacity, directing your wealth, and minimizing taxes.
Probate is the court-supervised administration of an decedent’s estate. When an individual passes away, the personal representative handles the transition of their assets and pays any debts and taxes. The Executor is the personal representative named in a Last Will and Testament. If the decedent did not have a Last Will, the Iowa Code determines who the personal representative will be.
Unlike other areas of the law, elder law solutions are determined by the client’s needs. A client’s age, assets, medical history, marital status, and family background are all unique. Applying a one-size-fits-all approach can be risky. An elder law will work with you, your family, and your other professional advisors to craft documents that protect you now and into the future.
Real estate law is a branch of civil law that covers the right to possess, use, and enjoy land and the permanent man-made additions attached to it. Real estate law directly or indirectly impacts most of us on a daily basis, affecting homeowners, renters, landlords, home buyers and home sellers.
Our firm represents local, regional, and national property management companies and ownership entities in both residential and commercial lease and contract drafting, the development of management policies and procedures, and facilitates compliance with state and federal housing laws and regulations. In addition, our firm represents landlords and tenants in lease and tenancy related litigation.
As a small business owner, you have dedicated a great deal of time and money to your business and its success. Your hard work and expertise have been the driving force in your business’ prosperity. You want to continue your success and thrive in the future.
Our firm represents both individual and corporate clients in a wide variety of litigation matters, ranging from landlord-tenant disputes to breach of contract claims to contested probate matters. In addition, our attorneys have extensive experience in real estate-related litigation, including quiet title actions, declaratory actions, contract forfeitures, foreclosure actions, and construction defect cases.