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April 29, 2015

Divorce is a stressful and highly emotional process, and anxiety and worries can be exacerbated during the holidays. If adults feel the heightened sense of stress, those feelings are only magnified for children. While the Iowa courts do not require parents to celebrate holidays together with their children, if families...
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April 22, 2015

Alimony is requested, personal injuries are claimed, or allegations are made which appear plausible based upon the evidence disclosed by parties during the legal process. However, then the golden ticket is found, i.e., the opponent’s Facebook page. Even though the opponent thought their Facebook page was private, news flash…it is...
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April 21, 2015

For decades, Iowa has followed an adversarial divorce process, which requires filing a petition and going through the court system to conclude your marriage. Often, it results in high-conflict situations and animosity between the parties. The traditional process can take years to complete. Unfortunately, it is usually the children who...
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April 15, 2015

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March 25, 2015

Recently, a question was posed on a probate list serve that I follow. The question raised was whether Iowa inheritance tax could be avoided by having the intended beneficiary of an estate (a nephew) be adopted by his aunt. The full scenario was a little more complicated than that. The...
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March 9, 2015

Iowa’s inheritance tax is not a new phenomenon. The tax has been around in some form since 1896. Iowa inheritance tax applies to estates where the decedent resided in Iowa at the time of death or had property located in the state of Iowa. For many people, inheritance tax is...
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March 9, 2015

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February 24, 2015

In an opinion released on February 20, 2015, the Iowa Supreme Court upheld a district court’s decision finding a violation for speeding based on a ticket issued by one of Sioux City’s mobile speed cameras. In City of Sioux City v. Michael Jacobsma, the Defendant was found responsible for speeding...
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February 19, 2015

Pat Sealey obtained a favorable jury verdict on February 18, 2015 in Sioux County. Lucille Miedema crossed Highway 60 in front of Darrell Wickman. Miedema admitted she was at fault for the accident. Wickman incurred approximately $7,000 in medical bills after the accident. The jury awarded $1,058 in past medical...
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February 18, 2015

As most farm owners and producers are aware, the 2014 Farm Bill made some key changes to its safety net programs. The new Farm Bill introduced us to the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs and eliminated the Direct and Counter-Cyclical and Average Crop Revenue Election...
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