Elkader, Iowa Estate Planning Lawyers

Mark William Schwickerath II
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Dubuque, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 2 years experience
(563) 265-6971 1635 Associates Drive
Suite 103
Dubuque, IA 52002
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.
E. David Wright
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Dubuque, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 years experience
(855) 244-6433 770 Main St
Dubuque, IA 52001
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Insurance Defense, Personal Injury and Probate
University of Iowa
Emily Eisenlauer
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Dubuque, IA Estate Planning Lawyer
(563) 265-6971 1635 Associates Drive Ste 103
Dubuque, IA 52002
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...
Patrick Dillon
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Sumner, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(563) 578-1850 209 E 1st Street
Sumner, IA 50674
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Bankruptcy and Business
Drake University Law School
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...
Michelle Marcove Weiser
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Dubuque , IA Estate Planning Attorney
(563) 265-6971 1635 Associates Drive Ste 103
Dubuque , IA 52002
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...
James T. Peters
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Independence, IA Estate Planning Attorney
(319) 334-9992 309 1st Street East
Independence, IA 50644
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Family and Workers' Comp
University of Iowa
Ethan Epley
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Denver, IA Estate Planning Lawyer
(319) 984-5479 171 E. Main St.
PO Box 50
Denver, IA 50622
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Bankruptcy and Tax
Drake University
Attorney Epley received his J.D. from Drake Law School in Des Moines in 2009. While at Drake Law School, Ethan was a member and officer in the Agricultural Law Association and an Editor for the Agricultural Law Journal. Ethan earned his undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University in 2002 with a major in Agricultural Studies and a minor in Agronomy. While at Law School in Des Moines Ethan worked for the Beginning Farmers Center located in Urbandale Iowa. While working for the Center Ethan participated in a research project regarding the...
Patrick Ritter
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West Union, IA Estate Planning Attorney
(563) 422-4125 101 N Vine St
West Union, IA 52175
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
University of Iowa
Decorah, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 39 years experience
(563) 382-2959 212 Winnebago St
Decorah, IA 52101
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Business and Tax
West Union, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 52 years experience
(563) 422-6021 117 S Vine St
West Union, IA 52175
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Appeals and Arbitration & Mediation
University of Iowa College of Law
Decorah, IA Estate Planning Attorney
(952) 920-6825 3395 Bluffton Rd
Decorah, IA 52101
Estate Planning, Business and Health Care
West Union, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 52 years experience
(563) 422-6021 117 S Vine St
West Union, IA 52175
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Appeals and Arbitration & Mediation
University of Iowa College of Law
West Union, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 52 years experience
(563) 422-6021 117 S Vine St
West Union, IA 52175
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Appeals and Arbitration & Mediation
University of Iowa College of Law
Waukon, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 33 years experience
(563) 568-3439 25 1st Ave NW
Waukon, IA 52172
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Tax
Dubuque, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 45 years experience
(563) 557-8400 700 Locust St
Dubuque, IA 52001
Estate Planning and Business
Sumner, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(563) 578-1850 107 N Railroad St
Sumner, IA 50674
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Bankruptcy and Business
Drake University Law School
West Union, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 52 years experience
(563) 422-6021 117 S Vine St
West Union, IA 52175
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Appeals and Arbitration & Mediation
University of Iowa College of Law
Dubuque, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 37 years experience
(563) 690-1495 880 Locust St
Dubuque, IA 52001
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Elder and Tax
University of Iowa Law School
West Union, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 52 years experience
(563) 422-6021 117 S Vine St
West Union, IA 52175
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Appeals and Arbitration & Mediation
University of Iowa College of Law
Dubuque, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 44 years experience
(563) 583-9102 3065 Vail Trail
Dubuque, IA 52001
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Divorce
Christine L. Crilley
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Hiawatha, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 36 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 44 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, ...
David M. Pillers
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De Witt, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 21 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...
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....
Joel T. S. Greer
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Marshalltown, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 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
Dean D. Carrington
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Iowa City, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 26 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.
James Arenson
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Cedar Rapids, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 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.
Gary J. Schmit
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Iowa CIty, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 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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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
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...
Thomas H. Gelman
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Iowa City, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 years experience
(319) 354-1104 321 E Market St
Iowa City, IA 52244
Estate Planning, Business, Health Care and Tax
University of Iowa College of Law
Tom was born and raised in Iowa City. He received his BA degree from Harvard University in 1975 and then returned home to attend the University of Iowa College of Law. After completing law school in 1978, Tom joined the law firm where he has been a partner since 1983. Tom represents individuals, businesses and tax-exempt organizations on a variety of legal matters principally in areas of business and transactional law, including contracts, real estate, business and non-profit entities, estate and gift planning, administration of trusts and estates, healthcare, and charitable foundations. In addition to his legal practice, Tom has...
Dell A. Richard
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Coralville, IA Estate Planning Attorney with 44 years experience
(319) 354-9592 845 Quarry Road
Suite 130
Coralville, IA 52241
Estate Planning, Business, Probate 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
Scott Flynn
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Iowa City, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 19 years experience
(319) 337-3167 119 Wright St
Iowa City, IA 52240
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Business and Tax
Kristy Arzberger
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Mason City, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 33 years experience
(641) 424-3131 1531 S Monroe Ave
Mason City, IA 50401
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
Drake University Law School
Cedar Rapids, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 44 years experience
(319) 395-7400 401 Old Marion Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Estate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Tax
University of Iowa College of Law
Traer, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(319) 478-8645 601 1st St
Traer, IA 50675
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Tax
Mason City, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 52 years experience
(641) 423-6223 214 N Adams Ave
Mason City, IA 50401
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Personal Injury
University of Iowa College of Law
Waterloo, IA Estate Planning Lawyer with 43 years experience
(319) 232-3304 531 Commercial St
Waterloo, IA 50701
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
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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.


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