Altoona Estate Planning Lawyers

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Tyler Smith
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Altoona, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 17 years of experience
(515) 212-4000 809 8th St. SW, Suite F
Altoona, IA 50009
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Personal Injury and Probate
University of Iowa
Colin L Hendricks
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Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 2 years of 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...
Brad Biren
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Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years of experience
(515) 493-4878 699 Walnut St Suite 400
Des Moines, IA 50309
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Health Care
University of Iowa
Brad is the newest addition to Johnston Martineau, joining as senior associate in the fall of 2017. He holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and his law degree from the University of Iowa. His broad and varied experience with the law and work in the public sector includes assisting with prosecutions at the US Attorney’s Office in Davenport, project management at the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, and nonprofit management throughout the United States.

While a native of New York City, Brad has grown to love the Midwest, especially the state of Iowa. He met...
Todd Elverson
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Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 years of experience
(515) 243-1914 700 2nd Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Drake University Law School
Alexandria Vandenberg
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Ankeny, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 1 year of experience
(515) 964-2000 1610 SW Main Street, Suite 207
Ankeny, IA 50023
Estate Planning, Family, Juvenile and Probate
Drake University Law School
Jonathan Kramer
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Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 18 years of experience
(515) 288-6041 699 Walnut Street
Suite 2000
Des Moines, IA 50309
Estate Planning, Antitrust, Business and Tax
Charles Hendricks
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West Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years of 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
Lisa A. Allison
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Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years of experience
(515) 635-5299 4225 Fleur Drive
#145
Des Moines, IA 50321
Estate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Drake University Law School
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...
Matthew Bollman
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West Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years of experience
(515) 727-0986 1415 28th Street
Suite 160
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Estate Planning and Elder
University of Denver
ABOUT US Pearson Bollman Law (http://www.pearsonbollmanlaw.com) routinely counsels families in the areas of estate planning, wills, trusts, probate/trust administration, elder law/Medicaid planning, and VA pension eligibility. Attorney Matthew Bollman Matt grew up in northeast Iowa. Upon graduating from the University of Denver, College of Law in 2000, he moved to Seattle, Washington and then to Phoenix, Arizona. Matt and his family moved back to Ankeny in 2008 to return to the family environment Iowa provides. Matt joined Phyllis Pearson in her practice January 1, 2011. In 2010, Matt became a VA Accredited Attorney. Matt's practice focuses on estate planning, probate/trust administration and elder law. He...
Seth J. Harrington
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Urbandale, IA Estate Planning Attorney
(515) 975-3447 2961 100th Street
Ste. 9
Urbandale, IA 50322
Estate Planning, Criminal, Family and Juvenile
Law school doesn’t just teach you about the law. It also teaches you to never give up. While it was probably the hardest thing I ever did, the lessons I learned there are why I can stand up for clients at some of the hardest times of their lives. I graduated from Drake Law School in 2004 and have ten years of experience in the courts of Iowa standing up for people’s rights, whether as a private attorney, a prosecutor or a child protection attorney.
Samuel Kreamer
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West Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 39 years of 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...
Thad Murphy
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West Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney
(515) 727-0986 1415 28th Street Ste 160
West Des Moines, IA 50266
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...
Troy Skinner
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West des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years of experience
(515) 327-1222 4000 Westown Pkwy
West des Moines, IA 50266
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
David Hellstern
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West Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years of experience
(515) 244-3500 6601 Westown Parkway, Suite 200
West Des Moines, IA 50266-7733
Estate Planning, Business, Construction and Probate
Drake University Law School
Donald Young
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West Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 45 years of experience
(515) 440-2175 Century II Bldg., Suite 160
1415 28 Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Estate Planning, Elder and Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
James Meade
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West Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 50 years of experience
(515) 868-0163 1200 Valley West Drive, Suite 206-02
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Estate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Family
Harvard Law School
Jody Sours
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West Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer
(515) 327-1000 1601 22nd Street, Suite 300
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Estate Planning
Ankeny, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years of experience
(515) 964-1825 408 SW 3rd St
Ankeny, IA 50023
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Tax
Penn State, The Dickinson School of Law
Ankeny, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 years of experience
(515) 964-1825 408 SW 3rd St
Ankeny, IA 50023
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Tax
Penn State, The Dickinson School of Law
Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 63 years of experience
(515) 288-2910 1300 Locust St
Des Moines, IA 50309
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Collections
Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years of experience
(515) 243-1914 100 Court Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Elder
Drake University Law School
Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 57 years of experience
(515) 288-5000 604 Locust St
Des Moines, IA 50309
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Business and Elder
Ankeny, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years of experience
(515) 964-1825 408 SW 3rd St
Ankeny, IA 50023
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Bankruptcy and Business
Drake Law School
Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 48 years of experience
(515) 274-8679 701 E Court Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Communications
George Washington University, National Law Center
Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer
(515) 283-4660 666 E Walnut St
Des Moines, IA 50309
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer
(515) 362-0613 711 High St
Des Moines, IA 50309
Estate Planning, Administrative, Divorce and Family
Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 33 years of experience
(515) 288-0145 699 Walnut St Ste 1700
Des Moines, IA 50309
Estate Planning
Univ of San Diego School of Law
Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney
(515) 248-9000 801 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Tax
Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer
(515) 875-4812 309 Court Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309
Estate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Family
Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years of experience
(515) 277-7136 415 42nd St
Des Moines, IA 50312
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
West des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years of experience
(515) 327-1222 4000 Westown Pkwy
West des Moines, IA 50266
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
West des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 52 years of experience
(515) 327-1000 1601 22nd St
West des Moines, IA 50266
Estate Planning
Drake University Law School
West des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 41 years of experience
(515) 243-4148 2700 Westown Pkwy
West des Moines, IA 50266
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Collections
University of Iowa College of Law
Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 53 years of experience
(515) 287-7000 535 E Army Post Rd
Des Moines, IA 50315
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Collections
West des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 29 years of experience
(515) 327-1222 4000 Westown Pkwy
West des Moines, IA 50266
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
West Des Moines, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 43 years of experience
(515) 225-9000 4401 Westown Parkway, Neptune Bld. #302
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Collections
Mary, Marshall Wythe Law School
West des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 years of experience
(515) 727-0900 6600 Westown Pkwy
West des Moines, IA 50266
Estate Planning, Business and Collections
Grimes, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years of experience
(515) 202-5979 2602 SE Victory Drive
Grimes, IA 50111
Estate Planning, Business, Consumer and Criminal
St. Mary's University School of Law
West des Moines, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 years of experience
(515) 243-4148 2700 Westown Pkwy
West des Moines, IA 50266
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Collections
University of Iowa College of Law
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Planning your estate?

Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


Fiduciary: A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.

Personal representative: The person who administers an estate. If named in a will, that person's title is an executor. If there is no valid will, that person's title is an administrator.

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