Des Moines Estate Planning Lawyer, Iowa


Includes: Gift Taxation

Joseph G. Bertroche, Jr. Lawyer

Joseph G. Bertroche, Jr.

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Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Wills & Probate, Collaborative Law

Attorney Bertroche is a practicing lawyer in the state of Iowa.

Benjamin D. Bruner

Estate Planning, Wills & Probate, Real Estate, Tax
Status:  In Good Standing           

Heather Wood

Criminal, Estate Planning, Family Law, Personal Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           

Frank A. Comito

Criminal, Estate Planning, Family Law, Insurance, Litigation
Status:  In Good Standing           

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Michael Kenny Thibodeau

Social Security, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Corporate, Collection
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  13 Years

Scott A. Hall

Corporate, Collection, Family Law, Estate Planning, Construction
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  11 Years

Lyle L. Simpson

Agriculture, Trusts, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Corporate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  57 Years

John Michael Bouslog

Landlord-Tenant, Trusts, Estate Planning, Corporate, Collection
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  35 Years

Robert A. Vanorsdel

International Tax, Estate Planning, Trusts, Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           

Kent Arden Herink

Real Estate, Copyright, Wills & Probate, Estate Planning
Status:  In Good Standing           

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LEGAL TERMS

STATUTORY SHARE

The portion of a deceased person's estate that a spouse is entitled to claim under state law. The statutory share is usually one-third or one-half of the deceas... (more...)
The portion of a deceased person's estate that a spouse is entitled to claim under state law. The statutory share is usually one-third or one-half of the deceased spouse's property, but in some states the exact amount of the spouse's share depends on whether or not the couple has young children and, in a few states, on how long the couple was married. In most states, if the deceased spouse left a will, the surviving spouse must choose either what the will provides or the statutory share. Sometimes the statutory share is known by its more arcane legal name, dower and curtesy, or as a forced or elective share.

MARITAL LIFE ESTATE TRUST

See AB trust.

DEATH TAXES

Taxes levied at death, based on the value of property left behind. Federal death taxes are called estate taxes. Some states levy inheritance taxes on people who... (more...)
Taxes levied at death, based on the value of property left behind. Federal death taxes are called estate taxes. Some states levy inheritance taxes on people who inherit property.

ESTATE PLANNING

The art of continuing to prosper when you're alive, and passing your property to your loved ones with a minimum of fuss and expense after you die. Planning your... (more...)
The art of continuing to prosper when you're alive, and passing your property to your loved ones with a minimum of fuss and expense after you die. Planning your estate may involve making a will, living trust, healthcare directives, durable power of attorney for finances or other documents.

SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE

The person or institution who takes over the management of trust property when the original trustee has died or become incapacitated.

PER CAPITA

Under a will, the most common method of determining what share of property each beneficiary gets when one of the beneficiaries dies before the willmaker, leavin... (more...)
Under a will, the most common method of determining what share of property each beneficiary gets when one of the beneficiaries dies before the willmaker, leaving children of his or her own. For example, Fred leaves his house jointly to his son Alan and his daughter Julie. But Alan dies before Fred, leaving two young children. If Fred's will states that heirs of a deceased beneficiary are to receive the property per capita, Julie and the two grandchildren will each take a third. If, on the other hand, Fred's will states that heirs of a deceased beneficiary are to receive the property per stirpes, Julie will receive one-half of the property, and Alan's two children will share his half in equal shares (through Alan by right of representation).

PROBATE COURT

A specialized court or division of a state trial court that considers only cases concerning the distribution of deceased persons' estate. Called 'surrogate cour... (more...)
A specialized court or division of a state trial court that considers only cases concerning the distribution of deceased persons' estate. Called 'surrogate court' in New York and several other states, this court normally examines the authenticity of a will -- or if a person dies intestate, figures out who receives her property under state law. It then oversees a procedure to pay the deceased person's debts and to distribute her assets to the proper inheritors. See probate.

INTESTATE

The condition of dying without a valid will. The probate court appoints an administrator to distribute the deceased person's property according to state law.

INHERITANCE TAXES

Taxes some states impose on people or organizations who inherit property from a deceased person's estate. The taxes are based on the value of the inherited prop... (more...)
Taxes some states impose on people or organizations who inherit property from a deceased person's estate. The taxes are based on the value of the inherited property.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

IOWA SUPREME COURT v. Lickiss

... The commission further recommends that, prior to reinstatement, Lickiss provide proof that he (1) has returned all wills and client materials to clients for whom he provided estate planning and probate services prior to the date of his suspension, (2) has attended continuing legal ...

ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BD. v. Murphy

... The district court entered an order appointing Patricia as the guardian and conservator of Doss. Murphy was designated as the attorney for Patricia. After the conservatorship and guardianship was opened, Doss continued to include the Murphys in her estate planning. ...

IN THE MATTER OF ESTATE AND TRUST OF OTTEROS

... a week in 1998. 9. The 1998 changes were done in secret; only the attorney, Poppen, Elsie and Martin knew of the changes. Before this everyone knew what Elsie's estate planning consisted of. Persons seeking to set aside ...