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June 1, 2015

Joel Vos and Jake Natwick presented at a joint seminar in coordination with EFS Wealth Management on May 21, 2015 in Sioux City. Joel Vos presented on strategies to protect beneficiaries who may be poor money managers. The presentation discussed trust provisions that can be included in an estate plan...
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May 28, 2015

We expect what we read in the newspaper to be based on the facts. Sometimes that’s the case and other times it clearly isn’t. Recently the Des Moines Register published an opinion piece titled “Woman Went to Prison for a $20 Theft”. It sounded like a pretty harsh judgment. At...
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April 30, 2015

Dan Dykstra introduced associates Allyson Dirksen and Jason Bring to the community at the Siouxland Key Executive Welcome Dinner on April 28. Allyson Dirksen is a graduate of Iowa State University and Creighton University School of Law. She is a member of Heidman Law Firm's Agricultural, Business, Employment, Estate Planning,...
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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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