Iowa Real Estate: Title Opinions

BLOGGED:  Iowa Real Estate: Title Opinions When a buyer is purchasing real estate, the buyer’s attorney will complete a title opinion. A title opinion is an attorney’s professional opinion regarding the title for a parcel of real estate. The attorney will examine the abstract for the property, which contains the history of that parcel from the beginning […]

Introduction to Collaborative Law

BLOGGED: Introduction to Collaborative Law   Collaborative divorce is a solution-oriented alternative to the traditional divorce and litigation method. The collaborative approach blends the benefits of each party having representation while negotiating face-to-face in a civil and respectful manner. The parties and lawyers work together as a team to reach an acceptable, comprehensive divorce settlement. […]

August: National Make-a-Will Month

BLOGGED: August: National Make-a-Will Month   August is National Make-a-Will Month. It is important to have a will, regardless of whether you have children or own a lot of assets. If you do not have a will, the distribution of your assets is pre-determined. Without a will, you cannot choose your beneficiaries, nor can you […]

The Healthcare Power of Attorney and Living Will

BLOGGED: The Healthcare Power of Attorney and Living Will     A power of attorney (POA) is a document in which you (the principal) appoint another person (the agent) to manage your affairs in the event you are not able to do so. The healthcare power of attorney allows your agent to make medical decisions […]

Contempt Actions in Family Law

BLOGGED: Contempt Actions in Family Law When a court issues an order, it becomes legally binding and all parties must obey it. If one party willfully disobeys the order, court penalties may be imposed. This is known as being held in contempt of court. Civil contempt actions are common in family law cases, as the […]

The Four Types of Marital Debt

BLOGGED: The Four Types of Marital Debt During divorce, marital debt is split among the parties, just like marital property. It is always best to pay off as much debt before filing for divorce. However, if the debt cannot be paid off, the divorce decree should clearly state who is responsible for the debt and […]

Iowa Supreme Court Prohibits Life Without Parole for Juveniles

BLOGGED: Iowa Supreme Court Prohibits Life Without Parole for Juveniles On May 27, 2016, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that juveniles cannot be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Iowa is the 19th state to ban life without parole for juveniles. However, Iowa is only the second state, after Massachusetts, to […]

For Sale By Owner: The Initial Documents

BLOGGED: For Sale By Owner: The Initial Documents For sale by owner (FSBO) is the process in which an owner sells real estate without a real estate agent. It saves the buyer and seller real estate sales fees, such as the real estate agent’s commission. However, without an agent, the process can be intimidating, as the seller […]

S Corp. v. C Corp.

BLOGGED: S Corp. v. C Corp When a business is formed as a corporation, the business owners must choose whether the business should be a C corporation (C Corp) or a S corporation (S Corp). The C Corp is the standard corporation. In order to become an S Corp, however, one must elect to be […]

How is the 401K Divided?

BLOGGED: How is the 401K Divided? When dividing property in divorce, it is not unusual that one spouse has a 401K that he or she has contributed to for the duration of the marriage, while the other spouse has no retirement savings. If a prenuptial agreement was not signed and contributions were made to the […]