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Start-up Business Basics

October 4, 2017
Filed in: Business Law


Start-up Business Basics

Every business needs a plan, and a person or group willing to execute it. One of the most important things that a startup business can do is seek out advice on how to get a business formed, what documentation is needed to do so, what liabilities a new business faces, and what a new business needs to be prepared for. These are all important elements of a successful new business plan.

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Buyer’s Paperwork in Real Estate Closings

August 2, 2017
Filed in: Real Estate


Buyer’s Paperwork in Real Estate Closings

A buyer of real estate is usually entering into one of the largest financial transactions of their lifetimes and one with a mountain of paperwork. Yet, it’s not unusual for a buyer to show up at the closing and sign documents they have not reviewed, not ask any questions that they may have, and not consult an attorney.

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Is the Bar Accountable After an Alcohol-Related Accident?

June 21, 2017
Filed in: Car Accidents, Personal Injury


Is the Bar Accountable After an Alcohol-Related Accident?

Iowa law provides that a bar can be held liable if a patron is overserved and then injures someone. These cases, known as “dram shop” cases, most commonly arise in situations involving drunk-driving car wrecks and drunken assaults.

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Can I still sue for my injuries in a car accident if I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt?

June 5, 2017
Filed in: Car Accidents, Personal Injury


Can I still sue for my injuries in a car accident if I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt?

When a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is common that he or she was not wearing a seatbelt. We find that clients are concerned that they do not have a case now. They think that just because they were not wearing a seatbelt, they caused their injuries.

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“Why is my Spouse so Crazy?”

May 22, 2017
Filed in: Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law


“Why is my Spouse so Crazy?”

Divorce is inherently emotional, confrontational, and messy. It often forces us to fly our defensive flag in ways we have never had to. Suddenly, moments you once held sacred with your one-and-only are held under an electron-microscope, studied, scrutinized and used against you in order to prove you are an unfit parent.

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He Liked it so He Put a Ring on It: Property Rights After a Break Up

May 9, 2017
Filed in: Divorce


He Liked it so He Put a Ring on It:  Property Rights After a Break Up

A tale as old as time. A couple meets, they fall in love, and get engaged. Three years later: no wedding and the rose tint fades. The couple has been together for years, accumulated lots of property and now they are left wondering “what happens next?”

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The Case of a Missing Comma

April 21, 2017
Filed in: Appeals, Litigation


The Case of a Missing Comma

When drafting legal documents, it is critically important to use correct punctuation, accurate grammar, and proper phrasing. A good example of this rule is a Maine case about overtime pay that hinged on a missing comma.

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The Role of Email, Text Messages, and Social Media in Divorce

January 13, 2017
Filed in: Alimony, Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law


The Role of Email, Text Messages, and Social Media in Divorce

Any of these means of electronic communication can, and frequently are, used as evidence in court during a dissolution of marriage or modification proceeding. When going through a divorce or modification action, expect that your electronic communication and social media will be scrutinized.

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Association Restrictive Covenants and This Little Piggy

December 19, 2016
Filed in: Appeals, Business Law, Litigation


Association Restrictive Covenants and This Little Piggy

The question the Court was asked to answer was whether a pig was livestock or a pet? The Association sued Gebauer claiming a 135 pound Vietnamese potbellied pig violated the neighborhood’s restrictions on livestock and constituted a nuisance or inconvenience to neighbors.

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Divorce & Bankruptcy: The Handmaidens of Misery

July 5, 2016
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Filed in: Alimony, Bankruptcy, Child Custody, Child Support, Family Law


Divorce & Bankruptcy: The  Handmaidens of Misery

You have just gone through the misery of an emotionally draining divorce. The State Court by virtue of Decree after trial or by agreement has established the rights and liabilities related to marital debt — the unpaid credit cards, car loans, first and second mortgages on the house that neither you nor your ex-spouse can now afford as the family is no longer a two-income family.

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