June 22, 2016

Across the country, the tale begins as follows. A parent returns home from work or goes to the school to pick up the child or shows up for weekend visitation – but the child is missing – taken by the other parent. Some children are returned to the left behind parent; others vanish without a trace. Another scenario is that one parent goes on vacation with the child overseas and never comes back. Iowa family law attorneys are no...

June 3, 2016



Nobody likes thinking about their own mortality, but it is human nature to do so, and also human nature to worry about the future. If you have ever wondered and worried what happens to your belongings when you die, the good news is that this is something wholly within your control. If you make a will, then the answer is whoever you choose. If you do not make a will, then your possessions will be divided among your closest fa...

May 24, 2016

As long as your will conforms with the requirements set forth in Chapter 633 of the Iowa Code, or the Iowa Probate Code, you can certainly draft your own will and trust documents. That said, the more complicated your situation is, the less we recommend doing this. It is never a bad idea to discuss your estate planning needs with experienced and trustworthy estate lawyers, even if it is just to find out that you can in fact pro...

May 9, 2016

Even thinking about our own mortality causes most of us great anxiety, but when there are minor children involved, these feelings are intensified. One thing clients often ask us is how they can still influence their children and how their children are raised if something happens to them. Obviously, once you are dead you can only have but so much influence. There are some things you can do when estate planning, however, that ca...

May 3, 2016

After you put all of the time and thought required into your original estate plan, the last thing you want to hear is that it needs to be reviewed and updated periodically. That said, there are many events which occur in life which require an update to your estate plans, and some goals naturally go out of date and therefore require review and change. No matter what, we recommend our clients and potential clients review and upd...

April 25, 2016

Everyone needs an estate plan, and not making one leaves the serious possibility that your affairs will not be handled in the way you want them to be, nor your goods distributed as you wish them to be, in the event you are incapacitated or you die. If you have spent most of your adult life working hard and building wealth, then it is important to preserve that wealth; not only for your own enjoyment but also for future generat...

April 19, 2016

There is an old saying that there are only two things you can be sure of in life; death and taxes. Since you know very early on that someday you will die, it is important to make an estate plan before you die. The level of planning done in advance will dictate what happens afterwards. For example, if you set up a proper revocable trust, then you can avoid probate entirely. It is important to plan well and organize things while...

April 12, 2016

Iowa Gun Trust Authorized


On January 4th, 2016 the U.S. Attorney General signed Rule 41F which changes requirements for firearms trusts* purchasing NFA-regulated firearms. On March 31st Governor Terry Branstad signed the Hearing Protection Act into law which permits Iowans to own suppressors, one of the items regulated under the NFA. These two changes have sparked interest in Iowa firearms trusts* (also referred to as Iowa gun...

April 11, 2016

Getting older comes with worries about physical and mental health, and at some point (sooner, rather than later) we all need to plan for our later years. While most people think estate planning is deciding what to do with your belongings after your death, the most important component of estate planning is actually how to handle your matters in the later years of your life. This is especially true in cases of dementia and other...

April 5, 2016

If you have children under the age of 18, you should name a guardian in your will. If something happens to you and your child or children are left without a caregiver, the court is going to choose a guardian for your children; wouldn’t you rather have the say over who that person will be?


What is the Role of a Guardian?


The guardian’s job is to do what you do now as a parent; care for your children and act in the best interest...

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