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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...
Read More about Blog: But I Thought My Facebook (And Other Social Media) Was Private?

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...
Read More about Blog: You Do Have Options In The Divorce Process

April 15, 2015

Read More about Cindy Moser Chairs Judicial Selection Commission

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...
Read More about Blog: Inheritance Tax Family Planning

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...
Read More about Iowa Inheritance Tax And The In-Laws

March 9, 2015

Read More about Heidman Law Firm Named A 2015 Top Ranked Law Firm By Fortune Magazine

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...
Read More about Blog: Iowa Supreme Court Rules On Sioux City Speed Camera Case

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...
Read More about Pat Sealey Obtains Favorable Jury Verdict

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...
Read More about Blog: Time Is Running OUt To Make Key 2014 Farm Bill Program Decisions

February 3, 2015

When you move to a new state, it is a good time to review your estate planning documents with an attorney who practices in that state. If your estate plan is more than a few years old, or if you have had any major life changes, you should contact a...
Read More about Blog: I Just Moved To Siouxland: Do I Need To Review My Estate Plan?
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