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December 2, 2014

You may have heard the term “employee at-will” but may not know exactly what it means or if you fall under that category. An “employee at-will” is one that can be terminated for any reason, or no reason at all, at any time. Likewise, an at-will employee can separate from...
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November 20, 2014

When a maintenance issue arises, a tenant must give written notice of the issue to the landlord. While a phone call or in-person conversation may be quicker and more convenient, it does not meet the legal requirements to trigger the deadlines for a landlord to fix the issues. The tenant...
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November 13, 2014

The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) operates independently of the Iowa Court system. IDOT has the authority to impose its own sanctions if you receive a traffic citation. Drivers often think that because they paid a fine imposed by an Iowa Court, the punishment for the citation is done. This...
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November 6, 2014

An individual or group of individuals who are starting a new business should consider forming a legal entity to protect them from most personal liability for business obligations and debts. One versatile type of business entity is the limited liability company. A limited liability company can operate with a single...
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October 31, 2014

A trademark typically falls into one of two categories: (1) a word or phrase or (2) an image, logo, design, or one of the more non-traditional trademarks (sound, smell, color). When an individual or business uses one of these items to identify their products or services, they can apply for...
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October 23, 2014

One category of original works of authorship subject to copyright protection is “pictorial, graphic and sculptural works.” This category would include three-dimensional works made out of any type of material. The work is protected once it has been created and offered to the public for sale. No specific form of...
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October 20, 2014

When someone dies, their property will pass either through the court process known as “probate” or will bypass the process and be distributed directly to designated beneficiaries. Probate assets are any assets solely owned by the deceased individual and often include: real property (not in joint tenancy), personal property (e.g....
Read More about Blog: The Difference Between Probate And Non-Probate Assets

October 14, 2014

October 12, 2014 – Patrick Sealey obtained a defense verdict for his client, Beverly Hinds, in Woodbury County. Renee and Thomas Olhausen brought suit against Hinds for running her car into a building on October 30, 2012. Renee Olhausen was seated on the other side of the wall and claimed...
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October 6, 2014

Do adult children have an obligation to pay for parental support? I never would have even considered the question because it is seems like no one in Iowa, Nebraska, or South Dakota believes that adult children, in general, have any obligation for parental support. When mom and dad get old...
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September 29, 2014

In addition to the fiduciary duties applicable to board members of all corporations, such as the duty of care and the duty of loyalty, there are several ethical responsibilities specific to nonprofit and other tax-exempt organizations. Nonprofit organizations should establish and adopt a Code of Ethics that covers board members...
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