Business and Commercial Law
We assist in selecting and creating the type of organizational entity under which to operate (e.g. corporation, limited liability company, partnership); negotiating and preparing business agreements; preparing legal documents for the sale and purchase of a business; obtaining financing and funding for business operations; dissolution of legal entities; and business succession planning.
Two members of our firm are former county attorneys. In 1998 we gave up prosecution and began representing defendants. We handle all types of criminal cases, from minor infractions and misdemeanors, such as traffic violations, to serious felony indictments.
We have extensive experience representing creditors in collecting debts, filing mortgage foreclosures, and pursuing other secured creditor cases for lenders.
As we get older, many of us are faced with difficult and important decisions regarding our healthcare and our financial well-being. We can help you plan for both the present and the future through the use of wills , trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, and health care directives.
We assist in all aspects of settling estates, whether that is being done through probate of a will or settlement of a trust. We have a paralegal devoted exclusively to the assistance of our estate administration clients. We have several attorneys with decades of experience in preparing the necessary legal documents and tax returns to settle an estate.
We represent insurance companies in negligence cases, such as automobile crashes and property liability (slip and fall). We also represent dram shop carriers whose customers are sued in Iowa.
We also defend product liability cases-some of them involving seven figures of damages--both inside and outside of Iowa for manufacturing companies and their insurers. We are proud of our defense record and would be happy to discuss it with you.
Litigation and Appeals
We assist cities and other government entities with their legal issues, including sale of property; passage of ordinances; bidding and construction issues; employment law issues; prosecution of misdemeanors; and other matters.
Personal Injury Law
Our firm has a strong track record of representing individuals who have been injured. Cases we have handled to successful conclusions include motor vehicle injuries, farm injuries, defective product injuries, wrongful death cases, diving cases, quadriplegia cases, brain injury cases, and work-related injuries.
Real Estate Law
Our firm represents clients in all proceedings and transactions that deal with residential and commercial real property - land and the structures attached to it - including purchase and sale, construction, mortgages and foreclosures, leases, land use & zoning, title examinations, quiet title actions, closings, landlord/tenant disputes, and management.
Wills & Trusts
We help individuals protect their loved ones and plan for the distribution of their property and assets at their death through the drafting and updating of wills and trusts.