Cedar Rapids Estate Planning Lawyers
Supporting the Legal Needs of Iowans
Many do not think to plan until it is too late. If you were to suddenly
become unable to communicate, who would take care of your day-to-day affairs?
Would anyone be able to pay your bills or decide what medical care you
would receive? If you were to pass away, what would become of your children?
Who would receive your assets?
Estate planning and other legal services can help you answer these questions,
protecting both you and your loved ones. Our Cedar Rapids estate planning
lawyers at Pearson Bollman Law have helped thousands of Iowa clients build
robust estate plans that protect their futures. Our estate planning team
can work with you directly to identify your estate planning goals and
strategize on how to most efficiently and effectively accomplish them.
No matter the type or complexity of your problem, our team will give your
estate planning case the complete, attentive support it deserves.
To learn more about how we can meet your legal needs, schedule a consultation
with our estate planning team. Call
(515) 298-8850 or
contact us online to get started.
Our Practice Areas
We offer a full suite of legal services at affordable, fixed fees. Our
estate planning team can work with you to build a plan that will suit
your budget. Our firm can also provide legal assistance throughout Iowa,
with 5 offices conveniently located throughout the state.
Our Cedar Rapids estate planning attorneys can assist you with:
Estate Planning. We are committed to helping Iowans protect themselves and their loved
ones through proactive, effective planning. We also believe that it is
never too early to start estate planning, as the institution’s tools
can often work to protect those who are young and healthy. Our firm can
assist with the creation, review, and updating of a wide variety of estate
planning tools, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, conservatorships,
guardianships, advanced healthcare directives, and more.
Trust Administration. Trusts can be tremendously useful tools to protect wealth from probate
and taxation, but they also require sufficient levels of maintenance and
administration. Many grantors choose to operate as their own trustees
while they are alive, but a successor trustee will need to be appointed
once you become unable to communicate or pass away. Our firm can take
some of the guesswork and risks out of choosing the appropriate successor
trustee. We can work to ensure the efficient management of the trust and
the prompt distribution of assets in accordance with your wishes.
Probate. Every estate will need to go through some manner of probate. Many understandably
seek to avoid probate as much as possible, as the process is notorious
for delays and ballooning costs that can quickly decimate an otherwise
healthy estate. We can help you proactively minimize probate’s impact
on your assets through estate planning as well as help you resolve conflicts
that emerge during the process. If you have been appointed as an executor
or administrator to a loved one’s estate, you will be expected to
handle numerous complex responsibilities in tallying and appraising their
assets, notifying the appropriate parties, settling debts, and distributing
assets. Our team is familiar with the ins and outs of Iowa probate and
can help you efficiently and accurately manage your role as personal representative.
Estate Disputes. Conflicts often emerge during the probate process, especially when a
loved one’s livelihood is on the line. These types of disputes often
involve objecting to the legitimacy of a last will and testament, and
the probate process – as well as any distribution of assets -w ill
not be able to continue until they are resolved. We can assist you in
navigating probate disputes involving wills. Our team can also help you
with disputes involving the management of trusts, conservatorships and
guardianships, those breaching their fiduciary duties, and elder abuse.
Medicaid Planning and Elder Law. Long-term care can be outrageously expensive in Iowa, leaving seniors
looking to explore nursing homes or assisted living care in a tough spot.
Many worry they will need to effectively liquidate their retirement savings
and nest eggs to fund late-in-life care, consequently denying their children
and loved ones any access to the wealth that they worked hard to build.
We can help you avoid this unfortunate scenario by avoiding alternative
solutions that can accommodate the rising costs of long-term care. This
includes exploring eligibility for Medicaid, the government benefits program
that can cover many long-term care expenses.