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Articles - 2017 Archive

December 21, 2017

A Clay County District Court jury delivered a verdict in favor of defendant physician in a medical malpractice case in October. The plaintiff claimed our physician failed to diagnose a complication of surgery that resulted in permanent injuries. The jury found that was not the case. The physician was defended...
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December 21, 2017

"To Civic's credit and to their attorney's credit, they've managed to get a deal done that's acceptable to the city," said Jeff Wright, a private Sioux City attorney representing the city. "While nobody wins in a deal like this, the result for the city is going to be acceptable."

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December 20, 2017

By the time you read this, the tax bill should be signed: 1. The average taxes on corporations around the world is 23%. When adding average state taxes to the new corporate tax rate of 21%, corporations in the U.S. will be taxed at 26%. 2. When capital investments are...
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December 19, 2017

The bill has not been passed but the Congressional Conference Committee has struck a deal on tax reform. From an estate planning standpoint, they are doubling the federal estate tax exemption to what will be $11.2 million in 2018. This is a per person exemption from federal estate tax and...
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December 19, 2017

John Gray defended a wrongful death claim and obtained a favorable defense verdict in Woodbury County. John defended the owner of a steer that killed a man when the man got in a trailer with the steer. The jury found the defendant not liable. The case was tried before Judge...
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December 14, 2017

Ellen Tolsma has been selected as Secretary to the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (I.O.W.A.). Ellen said, “It is a great way of connecting women attorneys across Iowa, keeping people aware of opportunities to further women in law. I would never have met some of these people if not for...
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December 12, 2017

Congress is actually moving quickly through passage of a tax act and a potential compromise through a conference committee. Keep your eye out for their final bill as it may make sense to consider the following: · It looks like we will not be able to deduct the state income...
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December 12, 2017

John Gray obtained a favorable defense verdict on October 25, 2017 in Madison County, Nebraska. A defense verdict was received in a medical malpractice case on behalf of a neurologist regarding failure to diagnose. The case was tried before Judge Mark A. Johnson.
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December 6, 2017

The National Business Institute recently hosted a seminar: “As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation”. Attorney, Jeff Wright, was honored to be asked to moderate. The seminar covered such topics as; What Information the Judge Needs to Make a Ruling, What Judges Don’t want to See,...
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December 4, 2017

Dan Dykstra recently gave a presentation to the Planned Giving Council of Siouxland called “Charitable Answers to get Zero Estate Tax on Large Estates”. Once people get to a higher exemption levels, they may want to look at ways to eliminate or reduce federal estate tax. Utilizing charitable contributions is...
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