Iowa Estate Planning Lawyers

Edward E. Cox
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Centerville, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(641) 856-3251 105 W Van Buren
P.O. Box 518
Centerville, IA 52544
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Probate and Real Estate
Drake University
Ed Cox practices in agricultural law, estate planning, and real estate and handles general practices matters. Prior to private practice Ed worked as staff attorney at the Drake University Agricultural Law Center. He has written several publications on agricultural law issues and has given numerous presentations on the topic across the country. Ed is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Missouri.
Colby Merlound Lessmann
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Sioux City, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
(712) 252-3226 613 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA 51101
Estate Planning, Elder, Landlord Tenant and Probate
University of South Dakota School of Law
Attorney Colby M. Lessmann was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, and is a graduate of Sioux City North High School. Colby graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Business (B.S., 1996) and School of Law (J.D., 1999). During his law school education, he published a casenote in the South Dakota Law Review (1998) and was both the Managing Editor and the Production Editor for Volume 44 of the South Dakota Law Review (1998-1999). After graduating from Law School, Colby clerked for Justice Robert Amundson of the South Dakota Supreme Court in Pierre, South Dakota. In August...
Christine L. Crilley
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Hiawatha, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 37 years experience
(319) 363-5606 320 Miller Road
Hiawatha, IA 52233
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Family and Probate
University of Iowa
CHRISTINE L. CRILLEY is a General Practice Attorney and Collaborative Lawyer with over thirty years of experience in a variety of legal areas such as family law, adoptions, business law, litigation, construction law, probate and wills.

In Addition to her law practice Ms. Crilley is also an accomplished Mediator and Arbitrator as well as a nationally approved Mediation Trainer. She offers basic Mediation training and advance Mediation training as well as Collaborative Law Training, and Parent Coordinator Training. Christine is also a Parenting Coordinator and Parent Coach.

After earning her B.A. degree at the University of Northern Iowa in 1979, Christine...
Joseph Creen
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Davenport, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 45 years experience
(563) 344-4900 5505 Victoria Ave
Davenport, IA 52807
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Personal Injury
Drake University Law School and University of Notre Dame
Joseph C. Creen has over 35 years experience in the practice of law, litigating cases in Iowa and Illinois state and federal courts and advising clients with personal, business and employment matters, real estate matters, individuals and families for estate planning needs and probate. Mr Creen has a varied and extensive trial practice experience, including personal injury, brain injury, product liability, wrongful death, slip and fall, auto cases, catastrophic injury, as well as contract and construction disputes, estate & probate matters, such as Will contest and undue influence, consumer protection, such as wrongful foreclosure or collections, ...
Colin L Hendricks
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Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 1 year experience
(515) 242-2425 666 Grande Ave
Suite 2000
Des Moines, IA 50309
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Agricultural, Business and Tax
University of Iowa College of Law
My practice primarily deals with estate planning, tax, and corporate formation/governance, though my law firm can help with almost any business need you may have.

I typically deal with individuals, families, and small business owners to (a) protect and arrange themselves during life, (b) provide guidance to loved ones upon their passing, especially for minor children, and (c) transition businesses and wealth from one generation to the next in an organized and tax-efficient manner.

Originally from Fort Dodge, Iowa (north central Iowa), my practice takes me all across the state of Iowa. I'm proud that my family has been providing...
E. David Wright
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Dubuque, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 42 years experience
(855) 244-6433 770 Main St
Dubuque, IA 52001
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Insurance Defense, Personal Injury and Probate
University of Iowa
Randal Caldwell
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Newton, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 40 years experience
(641) 792-4160 211 1st Ave W
Newton, IA 50208
Estate Planning, Elder, Municipal and Probate
University of Iowa
Experience Counselor with more than 30 years experience advising clients in stressful and difficult circumstances
Shannon D. Simms
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Waterloo, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(319) 291-6161 3112 Brockway Road
P.O. Box 1020
Waterloo, IA 50704
Estate Planning, Business, Family and Probate
Drake University Law School
I am a licensed Attorney, certified Mediator and certified Collaborative Law Attorney in the State of Iowa and am passionate about providing quality client service through competency, communication and compassion. I am a part of the general practice firm, Nelson Law Firm, PLLC, where I provide legal services at our main office in Waterloo, Iowa and branch office in Grundy Center, Iowa. My practice areas include but are not limited to, business law, real estate, mediation, family law, including collaborative family law, creditors' rights law (including subrogation, collections and foreclosure), estate planning, probate, guardian/conservator law, and guardian ad litem services....
Brett P. Hall
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Sioux City, IA Estate Planning Attorney
(712) 226-4255 701 Pierce Street
Suite 202
Sioux City, IA 51101
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
University of South Dakota School of Law
Brett P. Hall is an attorney licensed to practice in Iowa, Nebraska, and the United States District Court, Northern District of Iowa. Mr. Hall is a member of the American Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association, the Nebraska State Bar Association, and the Woodbury County Bar Association. He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, School of Law. Brett lives in Sioux City with his wife and four children. He is active within the community and enjoys participating in local fundraising events, and volunteering with local nonprofit organizations.
David M. Pillers
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De Witt, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience
(563) 659-2548 615 10th St
De Witt, IA 52742
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Insurance Claims
Valparaiso University School of Law
DAVID PILLERS is a partner in the law firm of Pillers and Richmond. He received his major in Economics and minor in Business from Valparaiso University, graduating in 1992, and received his law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law, graduating in 1998. Mr. Pillers maintains a general practice but concentrates his practice in the areas of Civil Litigation, Collective Bargaining, Business and Corporate Law, Municipal Law, Real Estate and Estate Planning. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association (Member of the Probate and Real Estate Section), Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association (Section Member: Motor...
Melvin O. Shaw
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Coralville, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience

Melvin O. Shaw is a solo, general practicing attorney at The Law Office of Melvin O. Shaw, P.LC., located in Coralville, Iowa. His general practice areas include real estate, estate planning and probate, and business... Read More »
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Charles Hendricks
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West Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 20 years experience
(515) 222-9900 1454 30th
Suite 202
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Drake University Law School
Lee Michael Rankin
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Council Bluffs, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(712) 322-6000 421 W Broadway
Suite 200
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Lee M. Rankin is a partner at Willson & Pechacek, PLC, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Mr. Rankin primarily practices in the areas of taxation, corporate law, estate planning, real estate, and trust and probate administration. He represents clients in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Monona County and throughout Southwest Iowa and Eastern Nebraska. Lee was born in Omaha, NE and received his BSBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in accounting in 1998. He received his Nebraska license as a Certified Public Accounting in 2001. In 2002, Lee returned to school, attending the University of Nebraska College of Law where...
Lindsey R Buchheit
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Sergeant Bluff, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(712) 823-1024 633 1st Street, Suite A
PO Box 533
Sergeant Bluff, IA 51054
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Prior to founding Buchheit Law (June, 2013), Lindsey worked as an attorney for two Sioux City law firms from 2007-2013. Lindsey is the President of the Siouxland Estate Planning Council, Secretary of the Sergeant Bluff Community Development Corporation; Secretary of the Center For Siouxland; and a board member of the Iowa Small Business Development Centers. Lindsey is a Martindale Hubbell BV Distinguished attorney and is licensed in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Lindsey's practice includes but is not limited to estate planning and probate; family law; business and creditor law.
James Arenson
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Cedar Rapids, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(319) 363-8199 425 2nd St SE #900
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Criminal
University of Iowa
At Arenson Law Group, PC, you will find forward-thinking, progressive, and open attorneys who work hard with your best interests in mind. At our law firm you will find modern art, sleek brushed aluminum, and lots of light, unlike the traditional law office. Arenson Law Group, PC attorneys handle cases throughout Iowa and focus on practices such as: Business Law, Corporate Law, Family Law, Criminal Law, and Bankruptcy.
Lisa A. Allison
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Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(515) 635-5299 4225 Fleur Drive
#145
Des Moines, IA 50321
Estate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Drake University Law School
Mitchell Taylor
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Burlington, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 28 years experience
(319) 752-4537 420 N Roosevelt Avenue
Suite 110
Burlington, IA 52601
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Probate and Real Estate
Drake University Law School
Samuel Kreamer
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West Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 39 years experience
(515) 727-0900 7155 Lake Dr Ste 200
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
Sam practices primarily in Estate Planning (including wills and trusts), probate law, succession planning and business law. In addition to being a lawyer, he is also a certified public accountant. Sam received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration-Accounting from the University of Southern California (U.S.C.) in 1978, and his Juris Doctorate at Drake University in 1981. Sam is licensed to practice law in all courts within Iowa, as well as the following Federal Courts: Northern and Southern District of Iowa, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Tax Court. Sam is a member of the...
Ethan J. Huizenga
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Orange City, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(712) 737-3885 209 First Street NE
P.O. Box 123
Orange City, IA 51041
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Saint Louis University and Dordt College
Patrick Dillon
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Sumner, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 years experience
(563) 578-1850 209 E 1st Street
Sumner, IA 50674
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Bankruptcy and Business
Drake University Law School
Dean D. Carrington
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Iowa City, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 27 years experience
(319) 354-1104 321 E Market St
Iowa City, IA 52244
Estate Planning and Tax
University of Iowa College of Law
Dean grew up on a grain and livestock farm near Iowa City, passed the Certified Public Accountant exam, and focuses on pre-death estate planning and post-death trust/estate administration. His practice includes (i) establishing revocable (living) trusts to avoid probate and facilitate privacy, (ii) creating wills, trusts and retirement-account beneficiary designations with customized provisions to accomplish family-specific goals, such as delaying inheritances for immature beneficiaries, (iii) implementing powers of attorney for finances and for healthcare/medical directives (living wills), and (iv) administering probate estates and trusts and filing the necessary tax returns.
Chad W. Eichorn
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West Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer
(515) 727-0986 1415 28th Street
Suite 160
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Drake University Law School
Chad grew up in Ames, Iowa. Prior to his career as an attorney, Chad was a minister for 10 years in local churches and denominational administration. Chad lives in West Des Moines with his wife, Sarah, and two boys, Walker and Max. Chad’s practice focuses on elder law, estate planning, and non-profit/charitable organizations. He is a licensed mediator for elder law matters. He has provided quality representation to a spectrum of clients including individuals, families, charities, municipalities and professional sports teams. Along with his work as an attorney, Chad routinely speaks at churches and other charitable organizations across the country...
Thad Murphy
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Dubuque , IA Estate Planning Attorney
(563) 265-6971 1635 Associates Drive Ste 103
Dubuque , IA 520021
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Social Security Disability
University of Iowa School of Law
A northeast Iowa native, Thad grew up on a small farm on the outskirts of West Union, Iowa. After graduating from the University of Iowa College of law, he practiced for three years in Davenport, Iowa and has practiced since 2003 in Dubuque, Iowa. He has also maintained an office in Davenport since 2007. Currently practicing out of the Pioneer Law branch in Dubuque, Thad focuses on estate planning, elder law, Social Security disability and veterans disability. When not spending time with his wife and two daughters, Thad enjoys speaking with other attorneys and professional groups. In the past Thad...
Meagan K. Box
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Bettendorf, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(309) 734-1001 2550 Middle Rd
#300
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal and DUI
Southern Illinois University School of Law
David William Patton
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Storm Lake, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 years experience
(712) 732-6720 216 East Fifth Street
Post Office Box 900
Storm Lake, IA 50588
Estate Planning, Family and Real Estate
Drake University
Dave Patton has practiced law for over 35 years, initially in private practice in a suburban law firm in Des Moines, Iowa; then as staff attorney for a small state agency (the Iowa Governor’s Office of Planning and Programming), followed by a move to Richmond, Virginia, where he became a partner in a boutique law firm engaged in business and environmental litigation almost exclusively in federal courts, before returning to his hometown to raise his four boys and engage in the general practice of law, limited to marital, custody, and property disputes, estate and probate matters, real estate and business...
Gary J. Schmit
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Iowa CIty, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 32 years experience
(319) 354-1104 321 East Market Street
Iowa CIty, IA 52245
Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
University of Iowa College of Law
Gary has been working with individuals and families to help with their estate and tax planning for almost thirty years. He has a robust tax practice, preparing both individual and fiduciary returns. With this background, he also advises his clients on their estate planning, bringing his areas of expertise together to draft comprehensive plans that accomplish their goals. Gary also facilitates trust and estate administration, and so further helps families carry out their plans. In his career, Gary has worked with multiple generations, providing guidance and counsel on issues relating to finances, taxes, wealth transfer, and almost everything in between.

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Todd Elverson
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Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 years experience
(515) 243-1914 700 2nd Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Drake University Law School
Scott D Flynn
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Keota, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 19 years experience
(641) 636-2220 306 E Broadway Ave
Keota, IA 52248
Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate and Tax
University of Iowa
Emily Eisenlauer
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West Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 1 year experience
(515) 727-0986 1415 28th Street
Suite 160
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Drake University
Emily was born and raised in the Des Moines area. She graduated from Drake University Law School in 2018 with High Honors, where she was a Junior Member of the Drake Law Review and Treasurer of the Moot Court Board. Emily found her love for Estate Planning and Elder Law while assisting low-income seniors with legal matters at the Drake Legal Clinic. She practices out of the West Des Moines office of Pearson Bollman Law and focuses on estate planning, elder law, and probate/trust administration. Outside of the office, Emily enjoys spending time with her dog, Ruth, biking the local...
Joel T. S. Greer
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Marshalltown, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 42 years experience
(641) 752-5467 112 W Church St
Marshalltown, IA 50158
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
University of Iowa College of Law
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (top 1%) Past President, Iowa State Bar Association Past President, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers (250) Past V.P., Iowa Association for Justice (f.k.a. Iowa Trial Lawyers) Founding Board of Directors, American Academy of ADR Attorneys Past Chair, Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission Past Member, Iowa Supreme Court Nominating Commission Top Great Plains SuperLawyers (top 5%) Board of Directors, Iowa Defense Counsel Association Board of Directors, Iowa Law School Foundation AVVO rating 10/10
Eric Checketts
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Malvern, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 3 years experience
(402) 913-0119 58890 288th Street
Malvern, IA 51551
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
University of Iowa
My practice is centered on a philosophy of personalized service. Calls returned, emails answered, and constant awareness of your legal matter's status are just a few of the ways that I strive to make your experience superlative.
Ryan Ross
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Sioux City, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(712) 252-3226 613 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA 51101
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Willamette University College of Law
Attorney Ryan Ross is a graduate of Doane College (B.S. 1992 with distinction) and Willamette Law School (J.D. 1995). He is admitted to practice law in the United States Federal Court, as well as Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska state courts. Ryan handles primarily real estate property matters (such as title opinions, title guarantee, foreclosures, deeds, sales, acquisitions, condominium transactions, purchase agreements, contracts, leases, options, easements, restrictive covenants, construction liens, landlord-tenant, evictions, subdivision, and zoning and board adjustment items), business matters (corporations, nonprofit corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, acquisitions, sales, mergers, contracts, succession planning, dissolutions, and licensing), and estate planning...
Melvin O. Shaw
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Coralville, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(319) 337-7429 1303 5th Street
Suite 104B
Coralville, IA 52241
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
University of Iowa
Melvin O. Shaw is a solo, general practicing attorney at The Law Office of Melvin O. Shaw, P.LC., located in Coralville, Iowa. His general practice areas include real estate, estate planning and probate, and business law. Melvin graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2004. Melvin earned an M.A. from the University of Iowa in 1997 and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Melvin is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association (Probate, Real Estate, Business Law, and Family Law committees). He...
Mark William Schwickerath II
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Marion, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 2 years experience
(319) 531-7992 309 7th Avenue
Suite 200
Marion, IA 52302
Estate Planning and Elder
Drake University
William was born and raised in Northeast Iowa in the town of New Hampton. He has followed both his father’s and his brother’s lead, receiving a degree in both accounting and law. While in law school he participated in many groups and was fortunate enough to be the Treasurer of the Student Bar Association and the Managing Editor of the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.

William practices out of the Marion office of Pearson Bollman Law. His practice focuses on estate planning, elder law, probate/trust administration, and taxation.
Alexandria Vandenberg
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Ankeny, IA Estate Planning Attorney
(515) 964-2000 1610 SW Main Street, Suite 207
Ankeny, IA 50023
Estate Planning, Family, Juvenile and Probate
Drake University Law School
Mark Alan Newman
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Forest City, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience
(641) 585-5043 PO Box 408
36131 HWY 69 N
Forest City, IA 50436
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Drake University Law School
Mark was born on a farm in Wright County, Iowa and currently raises cattle and grapes, he owns a local winery called 99 Bottles Winery near Garner, Iowa.

Mark raised his family in rural Iowa and loves the country. Mark was an Auctioneer for many years and still sells farmland at Auction when his clients want him to do that.

Mark sold over 30 Million Dollars worth of Farm Land in the recent years in North Central Iowa and Southern Minnesota.

Contact Newman Thompson & Gray, for all of your legal needs!
John Werden
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Carroll, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(712) 792-9752 815 N Main St
Carroll, IA 51401
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
Drake University Law School
Ryan Prahm
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Coralville, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(319) 351-2028 425 E. Oakdale Blvd., Suite 201
Coralville, IA 52241
Estate Planning, Business, Health Care and Real Estate
University of Iowa
Jaime C. Watts
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Coralville, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 years experience
(319) 351-2028 425 E. Oakdale Blvd., Suite 201
Coralville, IA 52241
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
University of St. Thomas, Minnesota School of Law
Michelle Marcove Weiser
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Bettendorf, IA Estate Planning Attorney
(563) 355-8345 2414 18th Street
Bettendorf, IA 52722
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Washington University School of Law
Michelle grew up in Denver, Colorado. Not long after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder she moved to New York City where she worked at a hedge fund before attending law school. Her law career has taken her to NYC, Denver and Chicago, but as of 2018 she now calls Iowa home. Michelle enjoys the family-centric lifestyle Iowa provides, and appreciates its atmosphere of kindness. She is also enjoying the wonderful biking Iowa provides. In her free time, Michelle likes to practice yoga, cook (mostly organic) and run.

Michelle’s background is in corporate and international taxation and her current...
Daniel P Fischer
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Harlan, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(712) 755-2111 502 Market Street
PO Box 726
Harlan, IA 51537
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
University of Iowa
Daniel is committed to competent advising, responsive communication, and value-based service for clients. With a background and continued involvement in his family's farm, Daniel P. Fischer understands the legal needs and planning techniques best suited for individuals, farms, and businesses in southwest Iowa. Daniel studied Agricultural Business and Economics at Iowa State University, where he graduated summa cum laude and served as the Student Body President. At the University of Iowa, Daniel earned his Juris Doctor, with distinction, and was published in the Iowa Law Review for his note on the taxation of agricultural bankruptcies. Following law school,...
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